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NEW YORK – Feb 14, 2017The Knickerbocker Hotel announces the appointment of Karim Abdelhamid to Hotel Manager of the landmark luxury-lifestyle hotel. Effective immediately, Abdelhamid is responsible for managing guest experiences as well as overall operations throughout the 330-room hotel, including the signature restaurant and bar, Charlie Palmer at The Knick; St. Cloud rooftop bar and lounge; ground-level café and eatery, Jake’s Coffee Roasters; and a 2,200-square-foot event space.

“Karim is a natural fit for the Hotel Manager position and brings extensive knowledge of the luxury hospitality industry,” said Holly Breuche, Vice President of Operations at The Knickerbocker. “We are thrilled to welcome such an accomplished and dedicated professional to our team.”

Abdelhamid is a seasoned leader in luxury hospitality operations with nearly two decades of experience. Abdelhamid most recently served as the Resort Manager at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, where he led the entire operation. Abdelhamid began his career at another historic landmark in New York City, the Plaza Hotel, before holding executive roles in Egypt, Philadelphia and Qatar.

“I am delighted to join The Knickerbocker team as the hotel continues to build upon its rich legacy by offering a classic New York experience with a contemporary twist,” said Karim Abdelhamid, Knickerbocker Hotel Manager.

The Knickerbocker Hotel is managed by Highgate, a premier hospitality investment and management company whose growing portfolio includes more than 100 properties in gateway cities worldwide.  RLJ Lodging Trust, a real estate investment trust, owns The Knickerbocker Hotel. 

About The Knickerbocker

The Knickerbocker, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, is a landmark luxury-lifestyle hotel that offers a classic New York City experience with a twist. A haven of sophistication with contemporary design by acclaimed interior designers Gabellini Sheppard, the Beaux Arts monument to New York’s coming of age is situated on the famed corner of 42nd Street and Broadway. The Knickerbocker boasts 330 guest rooms including 31 suites and four Tribute Suites; a signature restaurant and bar, Charlie Palmer at The Knick; St. Cloud, the hotel’s rooftop bar with a Club Macanudo cigar lounge; an event space for up to 160 guests; a ground level coffee shop and café, Jake’s; and a state-of-the art fitness center. Channeling the glamour of New York City’s Gilded Age and as envisioned by John Jacob Astor IV at the turn of the 20th century, the hotel heralds the return of refined elegance to Times Square today. The 1906 building, once host to such notables as John D. Rockefeller and F. Scott Fitzgerald, is now a luxury oasis with unrivaled city views of the bright lights of Broadway and Bryant Park. The Knickerbocker reopened its doors in February 2015 following an expansive renovation and is located at 6 Times Square, New York, NY 10036. For reservations or more information visit theknickerbocker.com or call 212.204.4980; 855.86K.NICK (5.6425). Follow Knickerbocker on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. #KnickofTime.

Contact: Andi Picker

212.688.8200

About Highgate

Highgate is a premier real estate investment and hospitality management company widely recognized as an innovator in the industry. Highgate is the dominant player in U.S. gateway markets including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Honolulu. Highgate also has an expanding presence in key European markets through properties in London, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna and Prague. Highgate’s portfolio of global properties represents an aggregate asset value exceeding $10B and generates over $2B in cumulative revenues. The company provides expert guidance through all stages of the hospitality property cycle, from planning and development through recapitalization or disposition. Highgate has created a portfolio of bespoke hotel brands and utilizes industry leading proprietary revenue management tools that identify and predict evolving market dynamics to drive outperformance and maximize asset value. With an executive team consisting of some of the industry’s most experienced hotel management leaders, the company is a trusted partner for top ownership groups and major hotel brands. Highgate maintains corporate offices in New York, London, Dallas, Chicago and Seattle. For more information, visit highgate.com.

About RLJ Lodging Trust

RLJ Lodging Trust is a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on acquiring premium-branded, focused-service and compact full-service hotels. The Company’s portfolio consists of 158 hotels with approximately 31,180 rooms located in 26 states and the District of Columbia and an ownership interest in one unconsolidated hotel with 171 rooms.

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