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Hilton Hartford Hotel Appoints Shane Arnold as New Executive Chef

HARTFORD, CT. September 11, 2017 – Shane Arnold has been appointed as the Executive Chef for the 393-room Hilton Hartford. As Executive Chef, Arnold’s responsibilities include menu creation and management of all food departments throughout the Hilton including the hotel’s restaurant, m&m Bistro. Waterford Hotel Group, Inc. professionally manages the Hilton Hartford.

Chef Arnold joins the Hilton team from his most recent position as Executive Chef at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, CT. Prior to the Sheraton, Chef Arnold was the Executive Sous Chef and Assistant Restaurant Manager for the 409-room Marriott Hartford Downtown, a role he held for nearly 10 years. Arnold previously serviced as a Task Force Chef for Waterford Hotel Group, lending his culinary management expertise to several properties in the company’s portfolio. In 2011, he was awarded the Outstanding Manager of the Year award by the Connecticut Lodging Association.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Arnold to the Hilton Hartford,” commented Nick Lorusso, General Manager of the hotel. “His culinary experience and familiarity with the day to day operations of a large hotel make him a welcomed addition to the Hilton’s food and beverage team,” added Lorusso.

Chef Arnold holds an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC.

About the Hilton Hartford

The 393-room Hilton Hartford is located at 315 Trumbull Street in the heart of downtown Hartford. The hotel features an indoor pool swimming pool, fitness center, complimentary wireless Internet access, m&m Bistro, an American contemporary restaurant, Element 315, a cocktail lounge, meeting space, and business center. The hotel is located in Hartford's city center and is within walking distance of over 25 local restaurants and pubs. The hotel is located near many historic museums, Capitol tours, art performances, and numerous historic attractions such as The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Mark Twain House or The Old State House. The hotel is connected to the XL Center (UCONN Basketball) via the city's skywalk and located near many corporate, regional and national headquarters. The hotel is 15 miles away from Bradley International Airport and two blocks from Union Train Station. The Hilton Hartford is professionally managed by Waterford Hotel Group. For more information, please visit

About Waterford Hotel Group

Waterford Hotel Group is one of the nation's leading hotel and convention center management companies. Waterford Hotel Group has experience operating virtually every type of hotel property, including limited services properties, all-suite hotels, conference centers, and large full service and resort properties. The company’s approach to hotel development and operations is hands-on, and features frequent site visits and constant communication with customers and partners. Additionally, Waterford Hotel Group offers centralized accounting, financial reporting, strategic marketing, human resources, and day-to-day operations management systems to increase market share and profitability at all properties. For more information, visit our website at

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