Red Carpet Hospitality Gala

The Hotel Association of NYC Foundation hosted its annual Red Carpet Hospitality Gala on December 2nd at the Grand Hyatt New York. The event was led by HANY Foundation co-chair, Vijay Dandapani and Loews Hotels Chairman & CEO, Jonathan Tisch, who honored entrepreneur, Ian Schrager and The Shubert Organization.

The gala was attended by our On Property Leadership & Corporate Operations Teams.

Gabrielle Rein x Fifty

Fifty Hotel & Suites hosted and informal meet and greet during wine hour with artist Gabrielle Rein whose art is on display in Fifty’s Club Room. The event was a great success with guests and press in attendance. Next time your at the Fifty check out her art work!

Runstreet x Gardens Suites Hotel

Gardens Suites Hotel partnered with Runstreet for a recent fun filled, Art Run. The event started off with a talk by featured artist Rubin, who gave insight into his creation process for the beautiful murals painted on the back patio walls as well as the garage door at Gardens. Then a 5k run was followed around Midtown, Manhattan passing by other street murals. Thank you to all who participated!

Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

The Winner Is:  From the Executive, Ops, Development Team
The before and after of a guest checking into and out of the Gardens Suite Hotel by Affinia!
This was an amazing two-sided two-faced pumpkin – congratulations to the team for a job well done!
 
All of the pumpkins submitted showed great creativity and a strong team effort.  Everyone should be very proud of their work and really are all winners!
Submitted By Finance
Submitted By Human Resources
Submitted by IT/Design & Construction/Facilities
Submitted by Marketing
Submitted by Revenue Department
Submitted By Sales

We also held a candy count contest – to see who could guess the number of tootsie rolls in the jar…..many were close but the overall winner was Lloyd Tapper – Congratulations!!       

The Benjamin Hotel x Pajama Program

On October 18, The Benjamin hosted a reading session in partnership with Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that promotes a healthy bedtime routine for children. Volunteers from The Benjamin team read to a group of 15 kindergartners (Ages 4 and 5) from a school in the Bronx. Dr. Rebecca Robbins was a guest speaker for the reading session. The kids received an inspiring storybook, cozy pajamas and a Winkz owl to take home!

Thank you to all the volunteers that supported the event and stay tuned for more reading sessions at The Benjamin!

2019 Big Apple Stars Nominees

Congratulations to all of Denihan’s Big Apple Stars nominees and Gunita Suri at The Benjamin who was a finalist!

Full-Time Hourly With Guest Contact
Imre Nemeth, the Benjamin Hotel
Leah Singleton, Fifty Hotel & Suites
Javon Maynard , Gardens Hotel & Suites
Jean Benjamin, Shelburne Hotel & Suites
Irving Rodriguez, Surrey Hotel

Full-Time Hourly Without Guest Contact
Dagoberto Duque, The Benjamin Hotel
Morris Cargill, Fifty Hotel & Suites
Omar Oughton, Gardens Hotel & Suites
George Amponsah, Shelburne Hotel & Suites
Ricardo Almonte, Surrey Hotel

Full-Time Room Attendant
Aniberca Reyes, The Benjamin Hotel
Barbara Skorka, Fifty Hotel & Suites
Anna Bielen, Gardens Hotel & Suites
Matilda Creglia, Shelburne Hotel & Suites
Suze Philemon, Surrey Hotel

Managerial Below General Manager
Gunita Suri, The Benjamin Hotel **Finalist**
Patricia Leon, Fifty Hotel & Suites
Henry Cabrera, Gardens Hotel & Suites
Ronald Lewis, Shelburne Hotel & Suites
Dino Sigalas, Surrey Hotel

St. Jude’s Walk/Run to honor Madaline Ansalone

On Saturday, September 28th, Denihan participated in the St. Jude’s Walk/Run to honor Madaline Ansalone.

Denihan had a group of Madaline’s colleagues and family participate and the group raised over $7000 for St. Jude’s.  Out of 209 teams, Denihan’s team was in the top 10 in funds raised!  Overall the New York St. Jude’s walk raised $384,668 and this all goes to cover the cost of hospital stays for children with cancer.

Thank you to all that participated and donated.  Madaline would be so proud of what we accomplished!

2019 Housekeeping Week Concludes…

Housekeeping week continued last week with food, snacks, chair massages, games, raffles, ice cream and more! Everyone enjoyed a week long fun of celebration  and received a customized Denihan gift! Thank you to all who helped make the week fun for our team, and the biggest thank you to our Housekeeping Teams, we wouldn’t have this week without all your hard work and dedication!! 

Virtuoso Travel Week 2019!

The annual Virtuoso Conference was attended this year in Las Vegas by Ellen Gerchick and Andrea Ambroze  on behalf of The Surrey. This was the largest ever with over 6500 travel advisors and suppliers globally. Together they completed over 285 one on one appointments, plus several lunches and receptions in one week. Another year for The Surrey partnering with the top industry professionals!

No matter where you come from or where in the world you travel;  “Lady Liberty” always welcomes you home….#travelenlightens 
Come visit NYC!!

Celebrate Services Week!

Celebrate Services Week kicked off with a great start thanks to NYC & Company. Every year they host an event for the service managers of NYC. This was year we played Giant Jenga, Super Mario Brothers, did NYC Trivia and then visited the Cauldron where we got a full on Harry Potter Experience.

Celebrate Services Week continues until August 2nd. Stop by and say thanks to your friendly service manager 😊

Summer BBQ Client Event at The Gardens

The Gardens hosted its annual Summer Client Event where we had the opportunity to showcase our rooms, outdoor space and new art installation. We had 35 key people from a mix of Corporate, Mission, Group, Travel Agents and FIT Tour Operators.
Our guests enjoyed catered barbecue from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que with Bubbles and Rose under the Artwork by @Rubin415. The food, refreshments, weather and company were perfect, and no one wanted to leave.

A special Thank You to the Gardens Operations team for the beautiful set-up and for the support from the attendees of our Corporate Sales Team.

The Benjamin’s 20th Anniversary!

The Benjamin Hotel celebrated 20 years of being the wonderful landmark we all know and love. We also celebrated associates reaching milestones of 5 years, 10 years, 15 years and 20 years! Each associate received a Benjamin pin with different colored gems depending on the years completed; yellow for 5, green for 10, red for 15 and diamond for 20. Everyone certainly had a great time! Thank you to Patrick and Brooke for stopping by and for their lovely speeches!

HSMAI Awards

A big congratulations to Ann Murtagh, who was nominated for Salesperson of the year at the HSMAI awards last week! We appreciate all her hard work and dedication to Denihan, way to go Ann!

Farewell Pedro!

Yesterday was Pedro’s last day after being the face of the Gardens NYC for 30 years! He is embarking on a new exciting journey to Houston, Texas with his family. We celebrated with the best food New York has to offer, pizza! Thank you Pedro for all of the years you dedicated to making sure our guest were happy!

Training Week at the Shelburne

The Shelburne Hotel and Suites team enjoyed a fun filled packed week full of training, painting and team building. The week ended with a pep rally taco party along with amazing t-shirt giveaways! #livelikealocal

    

Happy Retirement to Gina!

Last week we bid adieu to one of our Room Attendants at the Gardens NYC. Gina Consiglieri dedicated 19 years to our wonderful hotel. We wished her all the best and a very happy and relaxing retirement!

Rescue the Runway: NYC 2019

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.

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