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Tough times don’t last, tough people do!

We wanted to share some of the incredible feedback received on TripAdvisor for each of our Core 4 hotels. Our guests have spoken about how accommodating and resilient our teams have been during such difficult times. With review titles like “COVID CHAMPS” and “HELPING HEALTHCARE WORKERS” – we want to thank our employees for all their hard work in the current environment to ensure that the safety and security of our guests remains our number one priority. We are #DENIHANSTRONG!



American Hotel & Lodging Association Free Resources

HOTEL INDUSTRY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FREE TRAINING, EDUCATION COURSES FOR HOTEL EMPLOYEES

Courses Include Online Hospitality Trainings, GED, ESL, College

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 1, 2020) – In an effort to support the 8 million hotel industry employees affected by this unprecedented public health crisis, the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation), the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), today announced free resources to help industry employees continue their education during this difficult time.

As part of AHLA’s Hospitality for Hope Initiative, the AHLA Foundation will provide:

  • Free hospitality management online courses
  • Professional development scholarships for AHLA certifications
  • Continuing education online programs (English as a Second Language, GED, and Associate Degree College Courses)

In this time when travel has virtually come to a halt and many employers have had to furlough their team members, ongoing learning opportunities can keep employees connected to the job. The Foundation has underwritten funding to provide the top three online manger trainings at no cost to all lodging employees in the U.S. These include:

  • Supervisory Skills Builders,
  • Hospitality Manager: Leadership, and
  • Certified Hotel Administrator review course

The courses are provided through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) and will be made available April 1 – 30. 

“With nearly four million hotel workers losing their jobs because of this public health crisis, the AHLA Foundation aims to provide free opportunities to help employees advance their skills and education so that when we all get back to work, they are one step ahead,” said Rosanna Maietta, President of AHLA Foundation & AHLA EVP. “Our people are our greatest resource, and in their time of need, we want to do all we can to support them with free education and certification opportunities.”

In addition to the AHLEI managerial courses, the Foundation is offering professional development scholarships to cover the cost of AHLA’s portfolio of professional certifications, allowing individuals to grow their industry knowledge, enhance their professional skills, and receive industry recognition.

Additionally, the Foundation is providing scholarship funds to support continuing education for employees seeking attainment in English as a Second Language, high school diploma equivalency via the GED, and Associate Degree college courses that can all be done online through Pearson AcceleratED.

Information on the free training courses, professional development scholarships, and continuing education offerings can be found by visiting http://www.ahlafoundation.org.

The Foundation’s announcement is part of AHLA’s newly announced Hospitality for Hope Initiative, which seeks to showcase the positive work the hospitality industry is doing to help employees, communities across the country, and the industry during this unprecedented health crisis.

In the midst of this challenging time, we are encouraged by the many individuals and groups coming together to create much needed support systems. For those interested in joining our support network, consider financially supporting the Foundation’s relief efforts by making a donation HERE.

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About The AHLA Foundation:

The AHLA Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is dedicated to helping people build careers, improve their lives and strengthen the lodging industry. From lifting individuals out of poverty and connecting them with a life-long career in the industry to providing certifications to promote current hotel employees into leadership positions, the Foundation’s programs are changing the industry by changing lives. We are committed to elevating, educating, and empowering individuals and the public on the industry’s story of opportunity and advancement. Since its founding in 1953, the Foundation has distributed over $27 million in support of the industry and is committed to ensuring a strong and viable workforce for the entire lodging industry. The Foundation is funded solely by contributions from generous individuals and companies who want to give back to the hotel industry and ensure a successful future. Learn more at http://www.ahlafoundation.org.

Message from Brooke & Patrick

Dear Denihan Team Members,

It’s probably an understatement to say all our lives have changed in such a brief period of time.  The impact that COVID-19 is having on all of us is unprecedented.  As you know, we have had to make some very difficult decisions as owners of Denihan to ensure the survival of our business.  We know this has been difficult for all of you and we appreciate your support and understanding.   

We have been a family business for over 50 years and been through many ups and downs.  We must admit that this current situation has been the most challenging in the history of our business. But it’s during the most challenging times that we need to be resourceful and come together. We are reminded of a story our father told us of how the family’s laundry business survived during WWII.  While the men were away on the battlefield, the women in the family were left to run the business.  They quickly came together and shifted the focus of the cleaning business to military contracts to keep the business afloat.   Similarly, we have seen so many of our team members rise to the occasion these past few weeks and be resourceful in so many ways.

While it is impossible to know how long this crisis will last, the strength, determination, courage and resilience we all possess will get us through this.  We will see you on the other side and begin anew together!

Thank you for all you do for us.  May you and your loved ones stay safe and God bless!

Sincerely,

Brooke and Patrick

PS. We will continue to stay in touch with all of you.

Brooke D. Barrett                                         Patrick Denihan

Chief Executive Officer                                 Chief Executive Officer

Looking Forward to a Much Brighter Tomorrow!

Tough times bring our amazing and dedicated teams closer together.  As you know, we had to temporarily close The Benjamin and The Surrey, making it one of the most difficult weeks in our companies’ history.  But it’s a reminder of how resilient our teams are.  Shout outs with a special thank you to the entire management teams at both properties, as they each demonstrated a high level of professionalism and teamwork while navigating through unprecedented circumstances. We look forward to seeing everyone’s welcoming smiles very soon! Stay safe and healthy.

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!

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!! 

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.

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!

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

    

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.

Anniversary Recognition Program – Fifty Hotel & Suites

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!!!

Live Like a Local – The Shelburne Open House

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!

Fifty’s Recognition Awards!

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

Shelburne’s Recognition Awards!

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

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