The Surrey team enjoyed delicious ice cream on our beautiful rooftop to welcome the delightful weather!
Rescue the Runway is an event put on by Mr. Bones & Co. a 501(c)3 animal welfare nonprofit organization. The event is designed to get the community involved via adopting, fostering, volunteering, advocacy or financial support. It feature’s NYC’s most adorable runway, with homeless pups up for adoption strutting their stuff alongside local community heroes and other notable guests who escort them down the runway in the hopes of landing a forever home.
Affinia Hotel & Suites was an official partner of the event and is looking forward to continuing to grow a relationship with Mr. Bones & Co.
The team celebrated with a relaxing afternoon enjoying fresh mocktails, hand massages and manicures. Our local neighbors Rituals and Sundays Nail Salon helped to host the event which was one to remember!
Last Thursday, the Fifty Hotel & Suites celebrated the retirement of Wilgress Dey. For the last 21 years, Dey has been a loyal, dedicated member of the team.
We would like to thank you for all your hard work! Best wishes in your retirement!
The James team enjoyed fresh smoothies to celebrate the Associate of the Month, Manager of the Quarter and candy count winners!
The Surrey prepares for sunnier days by installing new plants to our entrance with the help of our Hotel Manager, Brian Twomey and our Director of Rooms, Gavin Hasty.
In 2018, The Fifty Hotel & Suites launched an “Anniversary Recognition Program” to show gratitude for the loyalty each associate had with the Hotel!
On Friday April 5th, we had one big event with the team to celebrate and acknowledge everyone’s most recent milestone anniversary (5 year, 10 year, 15 year, 20 year and 25 year)! We celebrated 40 associates with a champagne toast along with some sweets and treats!!!
Congratulations to all the winners!
Revenue Game Changer – Paula Weissand
Behind the Scenes Game Changer – Brittany Favorito
Team Player – Mariorara Sfera
Train the Trainer – Nana Adu & Mariorara Sfera
MVP – Monica Derchi
The Shelburne hosted its first Client event where we had the opportunity to showcase our new rooms/suites.
The event was held on the 10th floor and had 75 top clients in attendance. The audience was a great mix of Corporate, Missions, Group, Travel agents and FIT Tour Operators.
The renovation was warmly received by all and the Mission of Denmark who left us last year due to product is excited about coming back for UNGA!
Besides seeing the renovated rooms the clients were so excited about the special activations we had which included a photo booth, relaxing massages by Oasis and Crystal Tarot Card readings by Modern Sanctuary.
All is all a really amazing evening!
The Benjamin celebrates International Women’s Day with breakfast for our team members and a rosé tasting for our guests.
Congratulations to all the winners at the Fifty!
Revenue Game Changer – Jonathan Lam
Behind the scenes game changer – Teela Nakashian
Customer Hero – Jasmine Rivera
Team Player – Sammy Asfaw
Train the Trainer – Lupe Olmos & Patricia Leon
MVP – Patricia Leon
Most photogenic – Brian Gehlich
Congratulations to all the winners at the Shelburne!
Revenue Game Changer – Anne Marie Lachmeyer
Financial Services Games Changer – Linda Aboagye
Behind the scenes game changer – Luis Palanco
Customer Hero – Denis Harrow
Team Player – Grazyna Skorynkiewicz
Train the Trainer – Ecker Cano
MVP – Chris Ramlochan
Congratulations to all the winners at the Gardens!
Revenue Game Changer – Anne Marie Lachmeyer
Behind the scenes game changer – Nadia Rodriguez
Customer Hero – Kris Krol
Team Player – Elvira Kim
Train the Trainer – Elvira Kim
MVP – Nigel Bradshaw
Congratulations to all the winners of 2018. We are all so proud of you.
Congratulations to The Surrey for winning Overall Best Hotel of the year! Congratulations to all of the winners as well!
Ballots, Wine, Oscar’s, and popcorn…..and of course viewing on the large screens….another Surprise & Delight for our Fifty guests!
Love is in the air! Our Valentine’s Day Wine Hour made Thursday a special treat for everyone. Guests and associates received goodie bags with sweet treats. It was a fun filled day at the Fifty Hotel and Suites!
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. ~Voltaire
“Love is not singular except in syllable” ~Marvin Taylor
“Love is the silent saying and saying of a single name.” ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960.
The Surrey Managers had a wonderful time yesterday during our paint event! It was held in a quaint spot called The Paint Place. We had the pleasure of painting banksy with a balloon while enjoying wine, cheese and charcuterie plates. A great time was had by all and we cannot wait for the next one!
The National Restaurant proudly participated in The Grand Gourmet in Grand Central yesterday! They offered Berkshire Pork Belly with Guajillo Chile Dressing and Chicharrones as the featured course. Thank you to our team for being excellent representatives of the restaurant!
The National Restaurant had the honor of being featured in the New York Post for one of the most romantic spots in New York City! To view the full article, click on the link below!
The Surrey is once again nominated to be the No. 1 City Hotel in the U.S. & NYC in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards! We’d like to claim this honor once again and to do it, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! It only takes two minutes to vote, and you’ll be entered to win a $10,000 dream trip for two!
It’s easy: just click this link to cast your vote and rate every category as excellent. We’re counting on you!
The Surrey Team
NYC’s Newest Dog Community launched last night at The Fifty Hotel & Suites, creatively titled Yappy Hour. It was an immensely successful event with adorable pups, flowing wine and great food! We The Dogs NYC is a Nonprofit Organization, supporting NYC area animal rescue organizations.
We can’t wait to host more Yappy Hour events across all Affinia Hotels in the future!
15 Women Moving Up Hospitality’s Career Ladder
By Lodging Staff -January 22, 2019
Over the past few years, more and more women seem to be climbing to the top ranks of the hotel industry. This isn’t a coincidence—woman are making their own opportunities to succeed, whether that be through founding their own companies, networking with former colleagues, or finding unexplored niches within hospitality. Even more inspiring? These women are bringing others with them, creating a more diverse industry and strengthening the market positions of their companies. These 15 women are just a few who represent the amazing leaps and bounds that female hospitality leaders are making all over the industry.
5 Chrissy Denihan
“There was a moment earlier in my career where Denihan was presented with an opportunity that I thought would be a game changer for us, but because nobody else seemed all that enthused about it, I didn’t fight for it hard enough,” Denihan says. “We ended up letting this opportunity pass by and, as I anticipated, a competitor pounced on it. That was a turning point for me. Since that time, I haven’t been afraid to insert myself into any conversation as it relates to growth or business initiatives. The executive team doesn’t side with me every time—which is expected and the sign of a healthy dialogue—but at least I take satisfaction in knowing that I spoke up and made my voice heard.”
Title: Managing Director, Denihan Hospitality
Education: B.S. in Organizational Behavior, Boston College; Executive Education: Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Executives program, Columbia Business School.
First hotel industry job: Guest Services at Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, Calif.
What she doesn’t leave the house without: Her cellphone (“Which is also my wallet.”), and chapstick or lipstick if going out on the town.
Favorite destination: “I loved Istanbul. I think the city has so much culture and excitement. It’s a beautiful country. My husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, and I traveled throughout Turkey. We loved Bodrum and this cool little boutique called Maçakızı Hotel.”
Every year Boutique Design Magazine in conjunction with BDNY (Boutique Design New York) holds The Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design. It is the industry’s oldest and most prestigious awards program, and this past November Gardens Suites Hotel was a finalist in The Best Room Midscale Category. As always it is so nice to be nominated and be a finalist in the industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony.
Next Up The Shelburne….
The staff enjoyed a hot breakfast and are excited for changes to come!
The Benjamin Team celebrated the new year with some healthy and fun edible arrangements.
The Benjamin team celebrated with a terrific Holiday lunch catered by our very own National restaurant. The food was amazing, the company was better. There was a wide assortment of raffle prizes and many happy winners. What a way to end our year!
The Gardens team enjoyed a delicious Italian lunch to celebrate Christmas and all upcoming holidays! We also raffled off many great prizes including gift cards, hotel stays, a TV and many more. Everyone was happy and appreciated having one last family meal before the new year!
November Shout Out Winner
A special shout out goes to Eleanor Carter, Director of Benefits for tirelessly working on getting our new benefits package and converting to the new insurance carrier. Additionally she had an expert on Social Security come in to educate associates eligible for Medicare on making the right decision on what is the best option for them. She is always looking out for the associates best interests. Thank you Eleanor for all you do for us!
In the spirit of giving back and supporting our local community, on December 12th the James New York – NoMad Sales & Marketing Team volunteered to provide support to the Actors Theatre Workshop. The ATW provides New York City Homeless children with unique and life-changing experiences with a 12 week after school theatre and education program, The Builders of the New World. In conjunction with this program ATW hosts holiday celebrations for the children providing the opportunity to enjoy a nutritious meal, experience a drama class and receive a special holiday gift.
The James NoMad team assisted the theatre with the holiday celebration including, setting up for the party, decorating the theatre, serving food, joining in creative exercises with the children, and assisting with flyers and newsletter creation.
The James NoMad staff celebrated with a holiday Potluck! Over 30 dishes were presented and all indulged in some scrumptious delicacies!
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