Vail, CO (December 2, 2009) – The RockResorts Vail Collection announces the appointments of Stephan Nicolas as general manager at The Lodge at Vail
, and Jonathan Brownlee as hotel manager at The Arrabelle at Vail Square
. In their new roles, Nicolas and Brownlee will oversee all aspects of daily operations at these award-winning premier Rocky Mountain resorts.
Nicolas brings 15 years of hospitality industry experience to The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort. Since 2007, Nicolas served as general manager of Keystone Lodge & Spa in Keystone, CO, during which time he led the hotel to achieve a AAA Four Diamond rating for its 20th consecutive year, and oversaw major renovation projects including a spa re-launch, restaurant and hotel upgrades, and implementation of award-winning environmental practices. Previously, he spent three years as resident manager of Equinox Resort & Spa (formerly A RockResort) in Manchester Village, VT. Under his supervision, the resort consistently exceeded RockResorts brand standard audits and guest satisfaction benchmarks. Nicolas has also held tenures as general manager of Legendary Inns of Newport and hotel manager at Cliffside Inn, both in Newport, RI. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI.
Brownlee joins The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort, from The Lodge at Vail, where he was the director of rooms since 2007 overseeing all reservations, housekeeping, front desk, concierge and bell operations. He also managed The Austria Haus Hotel. Prior to that, he served in the positions of front office manager, director of housekeeping and housekeeping manager/evening manager on duty at The Lodge at Vail. During his tenure, Brownlee founded The Lodge at Vail’s Green Team, a task force dedicated to analyzing current sustainable practices and implementing the most efficient environmental strategies in all hotel operations. Prior to joining Vail Resorts, Brownlee was the front office manager at the Chase Park Plaza in his native St. Louis, MO.
“We are thrilled to welcome Stephan and Jonathan into their new positions,” said Bryan Austin, Vice President and Area General Manager of the RockResorts Vail Collection. “Both have excelled in their previous roles within the Vail Resorts family, demonstrating their dedication and dynamic leadership capabilities. These assets will help elevate The Lodge at Vail and The Arrabelle at Vail Square to even greater levels of excellence for our guests.”
The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort renowned for relaxed luxury and impeccable personal service, is situated in Vail Village with 165 rooms and suites. The Arrabelle at Vail Square features 36 rooms and 66 condos. It offers guests a magnificent hotel experience that combines Old World charm and the timeless elegance of Europe’s grand resorts with the romance and world-class style of the region’s alpine heritage. Both offer RockResorts SpasÒ and fine dining options.
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