Charlestowne Hotels announces the appointment of Kevin Kruse to general manager of The Bristol Hotel, the city's first boutique property, slated to open in early Fall 2018. He will lead the management operations for the eight-story, 65-room historic revitalization of downtown Bristol's notable Executive Plaza building. The hotel, managed by Charlestowne Hotels, will include a regionally-inspired restaurant serving authentic Appalachian cuisine, lively rooftop bar and prime event space.
Kruse is a native of Western Tennessee and a veteran of both the United States Marine Corps and luxury hotel industry. He brings over 30 years of international hospitality experience to the Bristol community, including a pedigreed, 27-year career at Ritz-Carlton properties in Laguna Niguel, Atlanta, San Juan, Chevy Chase and Dove Mountain. He also held general manger positions at B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale and Savannah's Mansion on Forsyth Park. His skills in providing high profile management, topnotch service and efficient operations will support the curation of The Bristol Hotel's upscale environment.
Having spent time in more than 84 countries, Kruse's world-class experience allows for a deeper understanding of cultural identity. He is committed to preserving the influential nature of the city's historic legacy and also serves on the board of The Bristol TN/VA Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). In addition to the success of The Bristol Hotel, Kruse will play a vital role in driving the growth of tourism to the Blue Ridge Mountain region.