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Ms. Murphy

Sandy Murphy

General Manager, The Beverly Hilton

Sandy Murphy has served as the General Manager of The Beverly Hilton since August 2008. A Hilton veteran with more than 25 years of experience, Ms. Murphy oversees all aspects of the nine-acre property, leading, and growing a legendary brand that has endured for nearly 60 years.

Ms. Murphy takes Conrad Hilton's philosophy "be hospitable" to heart. The warm and inviting ambiance The Beverly Hilton has enjoyed over the last two decades is most certainly the result of Ms. Murphy's kind and friendly nature. She has brought many worldwide productions to life and welcomed Presidents, Heads of State, A-list celebrities, and luminaries from all over the world into the hotel.

Prior to joining The Beverly Hilton, Ms. Murphy served in executive management roles spanning the West Coast. She previously served as the Area Vice President of Southern California, where she was responsible for the operation of a collection of Hilton and Doubletree hotels located in airport, suburban, urban, and resort markets. She also served as the Area Vice President of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, overseeing 10 Hilton hotels in the marketplace. She started her Hilton executive management career at Embassy Suites in Covina, Calif. as Assistant General Manager. The Southern California native was also educated in the center of it all, beginning at Cal Poly Pomona and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where she majored in Finance, Human Resource Management, and Marketing.

Ms. Murphy lives and breathes The Beverly Hilton mission of "a time well spent" each day. Beyond the hotel, she is passionate about improving the quality of life of others through philanthropic endeavors such as The Sumer Nicole Alvarez Foundation, the Revlon Run/Walk for Women, and the Guide Dog for the Blind.

Please visit http://www.hilton.com for more information.

Ms. Murphy can be contacted at +1 310-274-7777 or sandy.murphy@hilton.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.