M&R Hotel Management today announced the appointment of Anthony Lugaro as general manager of its 95-room Holiday Inn Express Staten Island West hotel in the Travis neighborhood near the West Shore Expressway.
Lugaro, a 10-year hospitality industry veteran who has worked in hotels in New York and Georgia, oversees all aspects of the hotel’s management, including operations, sales, marketing, security, maintenance, housekeeping and accounting.
He previously served M&R Hotel Management as assistant general manager of the Holiday Inn NYC – Lower East Side, where he started as front office director in 2013.
Prior to joining M&R, Lugaro was assistant general manager of the Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden from 2011-2012 and front office manager at the Hampton Inn Times Square South from 2010-201l. Earlier in his career, he held similar positions at Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn hotels in New York and Savannah, Georgia.
Lugaro earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Pontifical Catholic University in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and a certification in property management systems from Hilton Worldwide. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
“Anthony’s experience with both the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands makes him well qualified to take the helm at Holiday Inn Express Staten Island West,” said Brian M. McSherry, M&R Hotel Management chief operating officer. “We’re confident he’ll make a valuable contribution to both the hotel and our company.”
The Holiday Inn Express Staten Island West features king, queen and double rooms, 24-hour fitness and business centers and meeting space. Complimentary amenities include Express Start hot breakfast, Wi-Fi throughout the building, bottled water and daily newspaper.
The hotel is adjacent to the 103-room Holiday Inn Staten Island the 93-room Comfort Inn on Wild Avenue, both also managed by M&R. All three are preferred hotels of the Staten Island Yankees baseball team, the Single A-short season affiliate of the New York Yankees.
M&R Hotel Management also operates four hotels in Manhattan, six in Queens and one each in Roslyn, New York, the Boston suburb of Braintree, Massachusetts, and the Caribbean island of Dominica.
M&R operates hotels under the brands of InterContinental Hotels Group, parent of the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands; Choice Hotels International; Wyndham Hotel Group; and Best Western International. Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide also have certified M&R to manage selected brands.
M&R’s business plan calls for expansion of its portfolio in the New York metropolitan area and beyond through third-party management contracts.
Based in Great Neck, M&R Hotel Management provides consulting services in hotel site and contractor selection, feasibility analysis, permitting, financing, franchising, human resources support, sales and marketing, revenue management, food and beverage management, risk management audits, e-commerce, design, procurement, accounting audits and engineering in addition to on-site management.