Sonesta Appoints Mark Ernst as General Manager for Sonesta Silicon Valley
Sonesta International Hotels Corporation is proud to announce the appointment of Mark Ernst as General Manager for Sonesta Silicon Valley. In this role, Ernst will be charged with reopening the property after a multi-million dollar renovation which includes significant updates to the common area and guest rooms, as well as a brand new food and beverage experience.
Ernst takes on this new role after establishing a proven record of accomplishment in delivering outstanding guest experiences. He has a long-standing history with Sonesta, having worked for the global hospitality brand since 2014. Most recently, Ernst served as the Task Force General Manager for The Clift Royal Sonesta in San Francisco, and started his career at the iconic Royal Sonesta New Orleans, first as the Director of Food & Beverage and then as Assistant General Manager. Prior to joining Sonesta, he held positions at several other hotel brands including Waldorf Astoria Hotels, The Roosevelt New Orleans, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, W San Francisco and Marriott New Orleans, Convention Center.
"Mark is a valued member of our Sonesta team and we look forward to having him bring his brand knowledge and deep industry expertise to Sonesta Silicon Valley. With nearly 20 years of hotel experience, we are confident he will bring passion and precision to the re-opening of this property," said Carlos Flores, President & Chief Executive Officer of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation.
Located minutes away from the headquarters of Silicon Valley giants, such as Google and Apple, and five miles from San Jose International Airport, the sophisticated Sonesta Silicon Valley is currently undergoing upgrades to create a compelling guest experience that brings the local art, cuisine, and atmosphere right to the hotel.
The newly redesigned hotel will have 236 spacious guest rooms and suites inspired by the natural elements of the surrounding area. The hotel will be accented with locally inspired abstract artwork, enhanced electrical connectivity, upgraded guest wireless coverage, electronic on-touch key entry and wired HSIA in every room. In a commitment to sustainability, Sonesta Silicon Valley will also introduce energy saving environmental controls to reduce their carbon footprint.
The re-opening of Sonesta Silicon Valley will also introduce Manzanita, a California table and bar, showcasing California cuisine in a modern setting. The new restaurant will be accompanied by a new indoor and outdoor dining concept with a welcoming atmosphere and community seating and dishes will feature locally sourced ingredients.
The hotel will feature over 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, conducive for brainstorming and sharing ideas. This flexible meeting space includes three standalone rooms and a ballroom, which can be divided into three separate spaces - all of which are equipped with pull-down screens and internet connectivity.