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Hotel Casa Del Mar Appoints Charlie Lopez-Quintana as General Manager

SANTA MONICA, CA. September 26, 2017 – Hotel Casa Del Mar, an Edward Thomas Collection property, proudly announces the appointment of Charlie Lopez-Quintana as the oceanfront property’s General Manager. In his new role, Lopez-Quintana will be responsible for leading all aspects of operations for Santa Monica’s acclaimed luxury seaside hotel, including elevating service levels and overseeing the resort’s food and beverage programming at culinary outposts Catch, Terrazza Lounge and the recently debuted Wine Room.

Lopez-Quintana has more than 20 years of global experience in the hospitality industry and arrives at Hotel Casa Del Mar following eight years at Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, where he served as the Executive Director of Resort Operations and was responsible for overseeing both the front- and back-of-the house operations teams that include accommodations, spa, recreation, fitness, golf and retail.

“With a wealth of knowledge in luxury hospitality and a diverse international background in hotel management, we couldn’t be more excited to have Charlie as our leader at Hotel Casa Del Mar,” said Edward Thomas Collection Vice President and Managing Director Klaus Mennekes. “Committed to providing an exceptional guest experience, we are confident Charlie will further elevate the world-class accommodations and unparalleled service for which our property is so renowned.”

Prior to his role at Terranea Resort, Lopez-Quintana spent more than 15 years with the Ritz-Carlton company in Europe, the Middle East and Asia where he assisted in the opening of nine Ritz-Carlton properties. He moved to the United States in 2001 to open The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and supported the opening of seven additional Ritz Carlton properties, including those in Dubai, Doha, Grand Cayman, Battery Park, South Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Tenerife.

Lopez-Quintana is a native of Barcelona, Spain and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Sciences from Universitat de Barcelona. His passion for the hospitality industry stems from his grandmother, who has spent more than 50 years as a restaurant chef and owner, and first introduced him to the business. Lopez-Quintana is a multi-linguist fluent in Spanish, English, French, Catalan and conversational in Italian. In his free time, Lopez-Quintana is committed to community involvement and has served on the Chair Committee for Ride for Humanity/Habitat for Humanity, The Pancreatic Cancer Organization Executive Committee, Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce, Palos Verdes Marathon Chair Committee and also a member of The Marine Mammal Care Center and International Bird Rescue.

About Hotel Casa Del Mar

Offering breathtaking views of the Pacific, Hotel Casa del Mar brings the luxury, romance and relaxing feel of a Mediterranean resort to the Southern California coast. Once an exclusive beach club in the 1920s, the hotel’s timeless charm and elegance remain. Designed by Michael Smith, the lobby’s original soaring ceiling and dramatic windows offer spectacular sunsets and a picturesque place to unwind. The hotel features two restaurants, a lively lobby bar and lounge with nightly entertainment, luxurious indoor cabanas, an exclusive spa, fitness center and outdoor pool. With the most spectacular setting in Los Angeles and world-class amenities, Hotel Casa del Mar sets the standard for comfortable, relaxed luxury.

About Edward Thomas Collection

The Edward Thomas Collection of Hotels was founded in 1982 by third-generation hotel and real estate investors Edward and Thomas Slatkin, whose family previously owned the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel. In 1994, Beverly Hills-based ETC opened exclusive Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. In 1999, after a $50+ million renovation, ETC opened a hotel with a history as Santa Monica’s “Grande Dame,” Hotel Casa Del Mar. Both members of The Leading Hotels of the World, the adjacent, sister and luxury properties are the only hotels in the Los Angeles area located right on the sand. ETC’s management team includes Partners and Co-Founders Edward and Thomas Slatkin and President/Chief Operating Officer Timothy S. Dubois.

Stephanie Senter

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