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Mr. Loor

Charlie Loor

Chief Concierge, Hotel Chandler

Charlie Loor is the Chief Concierge at Hotel Chandler in Manhattan's Flatiron District. Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Loor graduated from John Jay College with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, but quickly decided to pursue a career in hospitality. He began his hospitality career with City Experts in Manhattan. While working for City Experts, he served several Manhattan hotels and quickly made a name for himself with in the industry. Mr. Loor has spent much time scouring the city for interesting things to do and see to recommend to guests. He worked as a concierge at the DoubleTree Times Square and The Paramount. While serving these properties, he built key relationships with New York's hottest spots. Mr. Loor has been in his current role at Hotel Chandler since 2012. Mr. Loor is a member of the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges. In his free time, he enjoys cycling (Loor was on the U.S. Cycling National Team from 1998-1999, raced for a European Division 1 team from 1997 - 2001), boxing, and spending time with his young son.

Mr. Loor can be contacted at 646-218-4409 or concierge@hotelchandler.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.