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Mr. Loor

Charlie Loor

Chief Concierge, Hotel Chandler

Charlie Loor is the Chief Concierge at Hotel Chandler in Manhattan's Flatiron District. Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Loor graduated from John Jay College with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, but quickly decided to pursue a career in hospitality. He began his hospitality career with City Experts in Manhattan. While working for City Experts, he served several Manhattan hotels and quickly made a name for himself with in the industry. Mr. Loor has spent much time scouring the city for interesting things to do and see to recommend to guests. He worked as a concierge at the DoubleTree Times Square and The Paramount. While serving these properties, he built key relationships with New York's hottest spots. Mr. Loor has been in his current role at Hotel Chandler since 2012. Mr. Loor is a member of the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges. In his free time, he enjoys cycling (Loor was on the U.S. Cycling National Team from 1998-1999, raced for a European Division 1 team from 1997 - 2001), boxing, and spending time with his young son.

Mr. Loor can be contacted at 646-218-4409 or concierge@hotelchandler.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.