Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills announces the promotion of Maykel Escalona to Hotel Manager, marking his second year with the brand's flagship, West Coast property and tenth year serving luxury hotels in major U.S. markets.
Holding the role of second management position at the contemporary, Art Deco hotel, located at the gateway to the city's most coveted zip code, Escalona will oversee all hotel operations with an objective to ensure each and every guest expectation has been exceeded throughout their stay.
During his two years as Director of Food and Beverage at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, Escalona demonstrated his leadership by implementing new systems and service standards; restructuring teams for improved alignment across verticals; and initiating new marketing plans for multiple venues. Escalona will build on these accomplishments in his new position of Hotel Manager, which will include the development and mentorship of over 400 team members and managers, as well as leading day-to-day operations of the Forbes Five-Star hotel.
Escalona originally hails from Miami, where he earned a degree in Hotel Management from Florida International University. He answered a calling for luxury hospitality with his first roles at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach and Fontainebleau Miami Beach, where he served as General Manager for the latter property's celebrated Michael Mina 74 restaurant. From Miami, Escalona moved north to broaden his luxury hospitality experience in a new market, at The Beekman Hotel in New York City.