Refinery Hotel, a historic hat factory-turned-chic-hotel scheduled to open this fall, announces the appointment of Randy Taormina as General Manager.
In his role as General Manager, Taormina will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of management and operations for Refinery, including oversight of staff, recruitment and development, training, scheduling, preparation of annual budgets and guest satisfaction.
Taormina, with over ten years of experience in the hotel industry, most recently worked as General Manager at the Doubletree by Hilton in Syracuse, N.Y., where he substantially increased guest satisfaction scores. Prior to this role, he worked for more than eight years for Lodgian Inc. as a General Manager in Dallas, Phoenix, Denver and Pittsburgh, and with notable brands such as Marriott, Hilton and IHG. At the age of 24, he became the youngest General Manager in the Lodgian Inc. 90-hotel portfolio and was operating some of the highest revenue-generating hotels in the company. Taormina started his hospitality career in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where he served as Food & Beverage Director and Assistant General Manager at resorts across the island.
“Randy’s many years spent working around the country gives him the unique ability to connect with a diverse range of travelers, providing them with an incredible hotel experience,” said Ezra Aini, owner of Refinery Hotel. “We are pleased to have Randy lead our Refinery team as General Manager and look forward to his future success with the hotel.”
*Editor’s Note: Mr. Taormina is available for media interviews.
About Refinery Hotel
Refinery Hotel will become the newest hotel in New York’s Fashion District when it opens this fall on 38th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Originally built as a high-end millinery factory and tea salon in 1913, Refinery’s design draws on the building’s past combining raw elegance in the guestrooms with refined public spaces. This 197-room hotel will have fashion-forward loft-like guestrooms featuring industrial-chic design, 12-foot high ceilings, and amenities by Pure by Gloss. The property will also host a top-tier restaurant and bar, unique artisanal coffee, tea lounge, and a stunning 3,500 square foot upscale rooftop public space with views of the Empire State Building. The building has been re-imagined by Stonehill & Taylor (The NoMad, Crosby Street Hotel). Rates start at $325. www.refineryhotelnewyork.com