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Mr. Steinbock

Erich Steinbock

Managing Director, The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

A 45-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Erich Steinbock holds the position of Managing Director of the legendary Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, New York. He also oversees the operations at Rosewood Tucker's Point, Bermuda. Mr. Steinbock joined Rosewood Hotels & Resorts following eleven years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. At Ritz- Carlton Mr. Steinbock became General Manager of several properties within the collection and participated in the opening of 14 Ritz-Carltons both domestically and internationally. Mr. Steinbock also served as Vice President of Food & Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Corporate office where he worked on developing concepts and opening restaurants with distinguished chefs Eric Ripert, Laurent Tourandel, Dean Fearing, Wolfgang Puck and others. Erich Steinbock knew at an early age that he wanted to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. He began his career as waiter's apprentice in Vienna, followed by seasonal work in Switzerland. After spending two years as a Bar Manager on the island of Corsica, he left Europe behind to cultivate his hospitality career in Bermuda, holding positions in Food & Beverage Manager and Social Director for Elbow Beach Surf Club. Soon, Mr. Steinbock moved to the United States and took the position of Maître d' at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont before moving on to become Resident Manager at The Huntley Lodge in Big Sky, Montana. He then joined Little America Hotels & Resorts where he held positions as Food & Beverage Manager at Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho and General Manager of The Westgate Hotel, a five star, five diamond property in San Diego California In 1991, Mr. Steinbock returned to Vienna to obtain his MBA at City University of Seattle. While in school, he worked as Director of Sales at Ottakringer, the largest brewery in Vienna, spearheading all Pepsi Cola sales in Austria and approved financial plans for more than 200 restaurants within the company. After Mr. Steinbock received his MBA, he moved back to the United States where he joined Steve Wynn at Mirage Resorts. While in Las Vegas, he worked as Vice President of Food & Beverage at Treasure Island and was instrumental in executing the pre-opening activities for the well-known Bellagio hotel. His wealth of experience, knowledge in the hospitality industry and appreciation for the culture and history of legendary hotels led him to manage one of Manhattan's most iconic hotels, The Carlyle. “I am thrilled to join Rosewood and lead the team at The Carlyle,” said Mr. Steinbock. “I have an enormous respect for the tradition and significance of the hotel as the social center of Manhattan's Upper East Side. It is a place where history is written and the future is created and I look forward to opening an exciting new chapter in The Carlyle's history.”

Mr. Steinbock can be contacted at 212-570-7100 or erich.steinbock@rosewoodhotels.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.