Silvia Kirkland Zese

Area Director of Housekeeping at Vail Resorts

Silvia Kirkland Zese

My name is Silvia Kirkland Zese, I am a fairly seasoned hotelier from Italy with around 15 years of experience in the hospitality business, mainly in Rooms Division - including Front Office, Guest Services, Concierge, PBX, Housekeeping, Laundry and Uniform Room, Guest Relations, VIP Operations, Revenue and Reservations, and Night Audit.

I have spent the last 18 years of my life moving around Italy first, then Europe and the US due to school and job opportunities.

After graduating from University of Bologna, my first hotel job was a seasonal position in a Resort & Convention Center in Greece, which was sort of a coincidence but it directed me towards my path, the same path I am still following 14 years later.

When I returned from Greece I started the International Master in Tourism and Leisure in Trieste (Italy), graduated the following year and began my hotel career right after.

My most recent move has been from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Washington DC, where I currently live. Following the successful opening of a boutique 5 star property in downtown DC, which unfortunately closed only 6 weeks later due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am now unemployed, as unfortunately too many of my colleagues, waiting for our beloved industry to recover, hoping for better times to come soon for all of us, and open to the opportunity to find a new company and a new hotel that I can call home again.

Insights by Silvia Kirkland Zese (8)

Outsourced housekeeping - the panacea to all our housekeeping woes?

I have personally worked with a couple of third parties in the past, one that managed only the hiring process and the payroll portion, and one that actually managed the operations - under my team's supervision.

The Night Manager: What Happens When The Lights Go Down?

In the summer of 2013, when I was still working for Hyatt in New York City, I found myself facing a pretty tough decision.

Service Excellence: The Value Of Pride And Awareness

So far, in the service excellence section, one of the main messages that has come across is that creating and maintaining the right service culture within an organization, requires different actions, and can be done with diverse approaches.

Service Excellence Introduction: The Service DNA

Dear colleague, friend, family member... today I have a very simple question for you: when you think about hospitality, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If I am not mistaken, the first word that came to you was most likely service.


A major shout out to all Housekeeping Departments in all properties and all over the world, for being able to cope with the new needs brought by pandemic. With no doubt this has been the department most affected and most challenged by the virus reality.
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