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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

We The Dogs NYC – Yappy Hour Event

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!

Chrissy Denihan Featured in Lodging Magazine

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.”

The Benjamin’s Holiday Lunch!

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 James NoMad Sales & Marketing Team Volunteers

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.

“Catch A Vibe” – The James NoMad

The James New York – NoMad welcomed top clients last night to “Catch a vibe” and indulge in the scene while paying homage to the prohibition past. Special performances included Ezinma and Najah Lewis. Prohibition activations included complimentary hand massages by Sundays with a special custom purple nail color takeaway, shoe shine station, and cigar girls passing out CBD edibles.

Happy Thanksgiving from The James Nomad, Shelburne and Fifty Team!

The James Nomad and Shelburne enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast catered by Boston Market while the Fifty team showed off their cooking skills and brought in their favorite dishes to share! Each hotel was surrounded with good food, good company and shared lots of laughs.  Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!

The James Nomad   

Shelburne Hotel and Suites

Fifty Hotel and Suites

The James NoMad – Halloween Hoopla!

The James New York NoMad celebrated Halloween early with their very first Halloween Hoopla event!! Team members competed against each other for the most baskets in under two minutes! There was an array of sweets and snacks for the spectators to enjoy while watching this intense competition get all the way to the final round! Juan Acosta and Cesar Cabrera were the winning team, taking home$100 and hotel bragging rights!!

2018 Big Apple Stars Nominees

Congratulations to the Denihan 2018 Big Apple Stars Nominees!

Full Time Hourly with Guest Contact

Betty Veliz – The Benjamin

Jasmin Rivera – Fifty Hotel & Suites by Affinia

Nigel Bradshaw – Gardens Suites Hotel by Affinia

Luc Aboua – The James New York – NoMad

Treshawwna Knight – Shelburne Hotel & Suites by Affinia

Fatima Kdiry – The Surrey


Full Time Hourly without Guest Contact

Braulino DeJesus – The Benjamin

Charlie Evan – Fifty Hotel & Suites by Affinia

Anibel Caballero – Gardens Suites Hotel by Affinia

Manuel Cruz – The James New York – NoMad

Henry Baj – Shelburne Hotel & Suites by Affinia

Tony Randolph Sahai – The Surrey


Full Time Room Attendant

Maria Gros – The Benjamin

Lena Narinesammy – Fifty Hotel & Suites by Affinia

Emma Perez – Gardens Suites Hotel by Affinia

Maria Rodriguez – The James New York – NoMad

Miguelina Jimenez – Shelburne Hotel & Suites by Affinia

Mery Cardenas – The Surrey


Manager Below General Manager

Leticia Ryan – The Benjamin

Christina Trusu – Fifty Hotel & Suites by Affinia

Nadia Rodriguez – Gardens Suites Hotel by Affinia

Dave Stewart – The James New York – NoMad

Ecker Cano – Shelburne Hotel & Suites by Affinia

Kelsey Pratt – The Surrey

Real Estate Weekly with Chrissy

What a great profile on Chrissy Denihan delivered to us by Real Estate Weekly


Real Estate Weekly

Suite life gives Denihan scion an edge in hotel business

By Jackson Chen | August 30, 2018

Since Chrissy Denihan was a little girl, she’s been around the family business of hotels and hospitality.

She grew up in the Lyden House hotel, a former property of the Denihan Hospitality Group’s portfolio that has since been transferred to Rockefeller University’s ownership.

During those formative years, she was exposed to the intricacies of a fast-evolving hotel industry in New York City.

Living in the Lyden House in Midtown East, Denihan absorbed everything from how the hotel’s guest service agents interacted with customers, to riding the elevators with those worldly customers who were experiencing New York for the first time.

“It’s an experience that can’t be measured,” Denihan said of her childhood. “It’s cool to see and it’s still one of my favorite things to do, to sit in the hotel lobby and watch the travelers and see how they experience our products.”

All that knowledge formed a solid foundation for her professional life. Denihan has worked for the family business for 12 years, the last of which was as vice president of asset management and development.

Currently, Denihan Hospitality Group owns and operates several luxury and boutique hotels in popular U.S. markets. Its varied collection includes The James hotels and the Affinia Hotel Collection, as well as independt outfits such as The Surrey and The Benjamin.

More recently, the company has been looking to focus more on the hotel management side of things and partnering with owners of independent, off-branded hotels.

Denihan said it’s a balancing act between ownership and management but that the company is looking to provide valuable experience in partnerships with smaller hotels.

With her executive title comes many responsibilities and Denihan has a hand in many different pies.

Her role includes managing everything from the company’s James Hotel in Washington, D.C. set to open in 2021, to the major renovation of the Shelburne Hotel at 303 Lexington Avenue under their Affinia brand in the city.

She’s also involved in the search for a food and beverage partner that matches each of their hotels, like Scarpetta at the James Hotel in NoMad, French restauranteur Daniel Boulud’s Boulud Café Boulud at The Surrey in the Upper East Side and celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s The National Bar at their Benjamin Hotel in Midtown East.

More simply, she’s responsible for making sure all of the company’s hotels perform to their highest potential, bring in the most money they can and keep their customers happy and returning.

Looking forward, Denihan said that the company is interested in other markets. Like their D.C. expansion, she said there are a few opportunities to expand their James Hotel line, whether it’s in New York or across the nation and North America.

Despite being tasked with all these duties, Denihan said it’s an exciting time for the hospitality sector. In the last decade or so, she explained that traveling has evolved and with it, their customers.

“The market and the style in which hotels and lifestyle boutiques are used has changed so much,” Denihan said. “People are using social spaces more than they were a decade ago.”

Denihan added that travelers are more interested in experiential travel, looking for experiences with their lodging and finding the right restaurant to dine in.

The VP added that the hospitality industry in New York can expect a coming tailwind as with several major projects coming online. Denihan said that with Hudson Yards, Manhattan West, Moynihan Station and JP Morgan redeveloping their new headquarters, she’s expecting a great deal of visitors and attention on New York City.

To capture that coming crowd, Denihan has put her faith in her family business’ model. To separate themselves from the crowd of luxury hotels, she pointed to the values she learned over time with her family that have found their way into the company’s operations.

From her childhood time spent in one of the hotels, to working in the family business for more than a decade, she said there are certain things that can’t be taught.

“Growing up in the hotels, you realize it’s about the human connection,” Denihan said. “We all know how to run different operations and look at different projections, but I think that something that is not always taught is the human connection.”

Denihan said that they prioritize how their employees treat their guests, how well they work with one another, and how they look to provide a real experience to those staying at their hotels.

“The one thing that really sets us apart is really just being honest and candid with one another,” Denihan said of her family. “I think that trickles throughout our entire [company] culture.”

The Fifty NYC – Housekeeping Week 2018

The Fifty celebrated all week 70’s style!!  The week kicked off with management flipping pancakes while the team played “THE PRICE IS RIGHT” where associates had to guess the cost of hotel related items.  Did you know a vacuum cost $69 in 1970!? The week continued with massages, Cuban lunch, dance off, and fresh made smoothies.  The highlight of the week was at the morning standup where the management team arrived  dressed in style and danced to disco music.

The James NoMad – Housekeeping Week 2018

The James NoMad Housekeeping Week was filled with competition, artistic style, and lots of food!  Breakfast started the week off right on Monday! Tuesday the team competed in Minute-To- Win-It games using everyday housekeeping items.  The highlight of the week was on Wednesday where the team enjoyed a full barbeque all cooked by Dave Stewart.  The chicken was the hit and it took him a whole day to prepare.  At Sip & Paint, the team showed their artistic ability, enjoyed some cheese, and sipped some wine.  A scavenger hunt and pizza party concluded this week of fun events.    


The Shelburne – Housekeeping Week 2018

The Shelburne hotel enjoyed a week of food, fun, and festive activities to celebrate Housekeeping Week! Breakfast started the week celebration followed by a competitive basketball tournament on Tuesday.  Eight teams competed to get the most baskets in two minutes.  Richie and Agnes were our winning team taking home $100!!! The week continued with massages and a visit from the ice cream truck.  A taco bar on the rooftop conclude the week and associates took home umbrellas as a gift of appreciation.


2018 Summer Outing – The Gardens, the James NoMad, the Shelburne and the Surrey

The Gardens, the James NoMad, the Shelburne, and Surrey Hotels joined forces for the 2018 summer outing.

The hotels headed to Forest Lodge in NJ to enjoy a full day of sun, swimming, and eating. People danced, swam, played basketball, and even had some hotel vs hotel competitive games. The water slide and cotton candy were the highlights of the day!



Denihan Chia Pets

A great note from Shena Kirby with our Sabre Call Center team to Andrea LoPiccolo!

“The team has had so much fun with these little chia pets you handed out during your visit.

Here are some pics we thought you would enjoy! Thank you from our team!”

Farewell Summer Interns!

Denihan Hospitality Group was lucky to have three incredible summer interns – Carolyn Najarian, Megan Luna-Victoria and Charlie Rech! We are so grateful for all of their hard work and dedication.

All three interns will be entering their senior year of college – we wish them the best of luck and hope they continue their paths within the hospitality industry.


Christmas in July!

The Benjamin celebrated Holidays in July a few weeks ago!

We hosted a successful event where 25-30 of our repeat and new customers were able to see our events spaces come alive for the holidays!

Chef Rezart blew everyone away with his super delicious ravioli, mini pizzas and pigs in a blanket.

We even had a surprise celebrity join in the fun…Summer Santa was a big hit!! Can anyone guess who our Santa was??????????? (HINT: JR)

Thank you to the Benjamin team for throwing a great event!


As Services Week Comes To An End…

As Services week comes to an end…we thank everyone who participated!!
Way to make a us gals feel appreciated!

Lunch at the National!

Coffee and treats from Garine and the sales team!

Thank you to the Shelburne team for our lovely Edible Arrangement and the Fifty and Benjamin teams for a great Panera lunch!!

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