Charlestowne Hotels Names Matthew Barba General Manager of Historic Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, IL
September 25, 2015 2:23pm
(Chicago, IL; September 25, 2015)— Charlestowne Hotels has announced luxury hotelier Matthew Barba as the new general manager of the Deer Path Inn, a historic English Inn located in Lake Forest, IL, a quaint town along Chicago’s North Shore. In his new role, Barba will oversee day-to-day operations, marketing and sales, and will manage a team of over 125 employees for the 57-room property that features nearly 8,500 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, a fine dining restaurant, a traditional English pub and more.
“Matt’s vast experience in hotel management and concentration in AAA Four and Five Diamond properties made him the ideal individual for the general manager position at Deer Path Inn.,” states Michael Tall, President and Chief Operations Officer of Charlestowne Hotels. “We are excited about this transition and look forward to seeing Deer Path Inn elevated to a world-class lodging and dining destination under Matt’s direction.”
With a career spanning 20 years in hotel management, Barba brings a comprehensive background in hotel, restaurant, and project management to his new role. Prior to Deer Path Inn, he served as Regional Director of Operations at Charlestowne Hotels and was responsible for overseeing the management of several properties in the portfolio and was at the helm of successfully launching the operations for some high-profile hotel projects. Most recently, he opened The Sewanee Inn, located on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. The inn was ranked the #1 hotel in Tennessee on TripAdvisor within the first 10 months of opening.
Before Charlestowne Hotels, he held various escalating management positions, including project management, at a number of celebrated hotels. Most notably, The Waldorf Towers in New York, the Garden City Hotel on Long Island, the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island and the Walt Disney World Resort. Barba holds a degree in Hospitality Management and International Tourism from New York Institute of Technology.
“I’ve always been drawn to historic buildings and loved Deer Path Inn’s iconic manor house on my first visit,” said Barba. “The building’s charm and its relationship with the Lake Forest community made it an easy decision for me. The team and I are looking forward to reopening the Inn and welcoming our guests back again for the first time.”
Deer Path Inn is currently closed for a substantial renovation and will reopen at the end of this year, 2015. For additional information and periodic updates on the renovation and restoration progress, please visit TheDeerpathInn.com.
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Located in an historic Manor House (c.1453) building just 30 miles north of Chicago, the Deer Path Inn debuted in 1929 as a popular pastoral retreat for Chicagoans. Modeled after a mid-15th century Manor house in Chiddingstone, Kent, England, the half-timber and stuccoed Tudor-style inn features authentic detailing including stone fireplaces, leaded windows, and beamed ceilings. The inn has received several awards from renowned organizations such as Zagat and Distinguished Restaurants of North America. It was also voted the best wedding venue in the Northshore by Northshore magazine and Wine Spectator recognized it for having the “most outstanding wine list in the world” 18 years in a row. Currently closed for restoration, the inn will re-open at the end of this year. For additional information and periodic updates on the renovation progress, please visit TheDeerpathInn.com.
Charlestowne Hotels is a full-service hospitality management company offering innovative, yet proven, expertise in hotel management. Founded in 1980, Charlestowne Hotels has become one of the top ranked management companies in the US with assets in 14 states. Charlestowne’s proficiency in managing a diverse portfolio of properties, including both flagged and independent hotels ranging in character from AAA Four Diamond hotels and luxury boutique inns to resorts and condo hotels, has led to numerous industry accolades including Condè Nast Magazine “Gold List” and “Readers’ Choice Award,” Top 100 Hotels in the US” by Travel + Leisure, TripAdvisor’s #1 and #2 Luxury Hotel in the US, Smith Travel Research's "Best Performing Hotel in the US,” as well as other national media and travel industry honors. For more information please visit CharlestowneHotels.com.
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