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Mr. Marino

James Marino

General Manager, The Lexington New York City

James Marino is the General Manager of The Lexington New York City. With more than two decades in luxury hospitality and experience in major metropolitan markets such as New York and Chicago, Marino successfully guided the Manhattan hotel through a multi-million dollar transformation. Mr. Marino joined The Lexington New York City from the Hyatt Arlington in Arlington, Virginia where he served as general manager for three years. His strong background in finance, sales and marketing drove the successful operation of the 318-room hotel; Mr. Marino exceeded Hyatt Arlington's annual budgeted revenue goal for two consecutive years while also increasing the overall RevPar (Revenue per Available Room) by more than 20%. Under his guidance, the Hyatt Arlington also improved its standing on the international travel review forum, Trip Advisor - jumping from #31 to #9. Prior to the Hyatt Arlington, Mr. Marino spent two years with Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. As general manager of the Wyndham Glenview Suites in Glenview, Illinois, he placed an emphasis on delivering above-average guest experiences. Mr. Marino's efforts helped position the hotel among Wyndham Hotels & Resorts top three properties for overall guest satisfaction. His work also earned him recognition within the industry as a nominee for “Illinois Hotelier of the Year” in 2008. Mr. Marino's success at the Wyndham Glenview Suites secured him a position as the task force general manager for the brand. As the lead trouble shooting general manager, he was assigned to improve operating results at the Wyndham Princeton Forrestal Hotel and Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey and the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Resort in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Marino's highly developed management expertise is rooted in his varied experience throughout the country. In addition to his work with globally recognized brands such as Hyatt and Wyndham, Mr. Marino has also lead operations for hotels within the Hilton, Omni and Kimpton portfolios. His exceptional track record for managing distinctive Four Diamond boutique properties is defined by accomplishments that include consistently leading all Kimpton Hotels in their Chicago region in average daily rates, occupancy, guest comment card scores and employee surveys while acting as general manager of Hotel Monaco in Chicago; and earning the AAA Four Diamond Award for Chicago's Omni Ambassador East in 2004 and 2005, a first in the hotel's more than 80 year history. His innovative and creative approaches to management resulted in his hotel, the Hotel Monaco Chicago, to appear on the Travel Channel's “Great Hotels” with Samantha Brown, with its own dedicated 30-minute segment. Mr. Marino attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook and continued his education at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration where he earned his Masters in Professional Studies.

Mr. Marino can be contacted at 212-755-4400 or jmarino@lexingtonnyc.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.