• Viceroy Santa Monica Welcomes New Hires

     
    POSTED April 13, 2017
     

Viceroy Santa Monica has revealed the hiring of three new employees: Nijad Fares as hotel manager; Jakub Skyvara as director of restaurants and banquets; and Lance Robinson as hotel concierge.

In his new role, Fares will be responsible for managing all operational aspects at the boutique property, including sales, marketing, food and beverage and future growth efforts. Previously, Fares served as the director of food and beverage at Cliff Hotel San Francisco. He’s also worked for The St. Regis Monarch Beach; The Westin San Diego; The Westin Maui; and The Sheraton San Diego.

As he steps into his role of director of restaurants and banquets, Skyvara will be responsible for the hotel's food and beverage operations. Most recently, he worked for the Four Seasons Hotel Ranch Encantado where he led the hotel’s food and beverage operation. Skyvara has spent time working at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and the Beverly Wilshire.

As hotel concierge, Robinson will lead personal guest experiences, providing travelers with extensive information on local activities and assisting in all visitor requests. Robinson has worked for InterContinental Los Angeles Century City, W Hollywood and Loews Hollywood.

“Our team is thrilled to welcome Nijad, Jakub and Lance into the Viceroy family,” says Todd Yamaoka, general manager. “Their impressive backgrounds paired with their passion for the hospitality industry will be instrumental in the continued success and momentum of the property.”

 

Los Angeles has such a robust food and dining scene, it’s rare to be the first at anything these days. But Benny Boy Brewing  appears to have pulled that off with its claim to be the city’s first combined brewery and cidery. Located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, just minutes from downtown, Benny Boy is anchored by a spacious outdoor beer and cider garden. Groups are welcome. The 1,200-square-foot cider house is available for private events of up to 51 guests while a full venue buyout accommodates 300. 

 

If you’re considering Santa Barbara as a destination for an upcoming meeting, there are more hotels and restaurants than ever before, along with new flights into Santa Barbara Airport.

Here are some highlights. 

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Palihouse Santa Barbara, a 24-room boutique hotel in the historic Presidio neighborhood has opened. Offering a “vintage preppy meets American Riviera vibe,” total group buyouts are available, as well as outdoor entertaining space for intimate events.

 

By a number of measures, hotels are doing well in San Francisco.  For starters, occupancy rates, according to preliminary data, were 67.2% for the month of April, with average daily room rates just above $225. As the San Francisco Travel Association notes, those numbers point to the best-performing month for San Francisco hotels since pandemic restrictions were put in place in March 2020.