East West Hospitality named “Business of the Year”

East West Hospitality named “Business of the Year” by the Vail Valley Partnership

Avon, Colorado (May 16, 2018)East West Hospitality is pleased to announce that it has been named the 2017 “Business of the Year” by the Vail Valley Partnership at the recent Success Awards.

This 15th annual event recognizes Eagle County businesses that have excelled over the past year and acknowledges their hard work and dedication as the best in the Vail Valley.

Every day, the EWH team provides genuine hospitality to guests and fellow employees while providing optimal results to property owners. It is a local and collaborative approach with a far reach that supports this honor and award.

Major EWH initiatives for 2017 included:

  • EWH implemented a starting minimum wage to $15 per hour for all hourly employees, well in excess of Colorado’s minimum of $10.20 per hour. This move positively impacted more than 300 employees in the Vail Valley.
  • EWH added the Solaris Residences, Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa and Lodge Tower to its Vail luxury portfolio.
  • EWH was awarded the management contract for The Lion, Vail’s newest luxury residential development that opened in June 2017.

“We are thrilled to earn this important recognition from the Vail Valley Partnership,” said EWH President & CEO Colleen Weiss-Hanen. “What truly sets East West Hospitality apart is the dedication of our more than 1,400 associates to providing genuine hospitality to our homeowners and guests.”

Strong community involvement has long been an important value for EWH. The company supported several Vail Valley non-profits in 2017, including:

  • EWH worked with the Cycle Effect to create and fund a college scholarship program for the program that uses mountain biking, education and mentoring to build self-esteem and improve fitness for at-risk young women.
  • More than 700 EWH employees are personally involved with more than 70 Vail Valley community organizations, including the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, the Education Foundation of Eagle County, Vail Valley Foundation, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the Vail Rotary, the Bright Future Foundation, Pink Vail, Walking Mountains Science Center, Roundup River Ranch and Bravo Vail!

EWH is dedicated to supporting the health & wellness of its employees through the Mountains of Wellness initiative, which includes a comprehensive program of Quarterly Wellness Trainings, Monthly Lunch & Learns, Weekly Manager Tips, Weekly Health Tips, and Weekly Recipes.

EWH employees who participate in the company-sponsored health insurance have access to the Viverae Health Management System, which includes on-site biometric health screenings and assessments annually.  This initiative has resulted in consistent improvement in employee overall health scores.

EWH has been long-committed to being an environmental leader. A number of its managed properties – including The Ascent, Eagle Point, Eye Pieces, Falcon Point, Highlands Lodge, Poste Montane Lodge, Vail Spa and The Wren – have been certified by the Vail Valley’s Actively Green program, a partnership with the global non-profit Sustainable Travel.   EWH is an ongoing sponsor of the Walking Mountains Sustainable Film Series.

Additionally, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has honored EWH and Eagle Point, Falcon Point, Vail Spa Condominiums, Poste Montane Lodge and The Wren at Vail as Gold Leaders and The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa as Bronze Achiever.

New for 2018, the company recently launched a Sabbatical Leave Program for all full-time employees who have been the company for 10 years.  It features 4 continuous weeks of Paid Sabbatical Leave in addition to the employee’s current paid vacation time with eligibility for another Sabbatical 7 years later.

Based in Colorado, East West Hospitality has more than 30 years of success in a diversity of businesses including association, rental and property management, hotels, spas, fitness, restaurants, and retail operations. EWH actively manages over 85 Homeowner Associations and more than 2,500 units with over 1,300 employees in Colorado, Utah, South Carolina, California, and Hawaii.  EWH is honored to provide a comprehensive collection of condominiums, townhouses, luxury homes, and hotels within its vacation rental program.  With more than $2 billion in assets under management, East West Hospitality prides itself on offering optimal results for owners and genuine hospitality to our guests and employees.

For more information, please visit www.eastwesthospitality.com.

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By | 2018-05-18T16:20:45+00:00 May 18th, 2018|news|Comments Off on East West Hospitality named “Business of the Year”

Vail’s SOLARIS RESIDENCES awarded Four-Star rating from 2018 Forbes Travel Guide

Luxury accommodations in the heart of Colorado’s Vail Village offer lavish Studio – 4-bedroom mountain residences, helpful Personal Assistants, slopeside ski storage, pool, spa & more

VAIL, Colo. (March 5, 2018) – Solaris Residences – luxury accommodations in the heart of Colorado’s Vail Village – is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Four-Star ranking for 2018 by the Forbes Travel Guide.

Forbes calls Solaris a “haven for skiers” in a “brilliant Vail Village location,” describing the property as “everything you could desire when it comes to amenities. Take a dip in the indoor pool and hot tub, indulge in a massage in one of the three spa treatment rooms with soaking tubs.” With a fitness center, valet parking and heated underground parking, “the Solaris Residences makes a Vail ski escapade easy.”

Located in the heart of the Vail Village, Solaris offers spacious accommodations ranging from Studios to lavish four-bedroom plus den residences, adorned with floor-to-ceiling mountain views, stone fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, hardwood and hand-hewn stone floors, cherry finishes; expansive baths; climate-controlled wine storage and more.
Solaris residents and guests enjoy complimentary slopeside ski storage at Gondola One and private Vail-area shuttle service by Cadillac Escalade.
Solaris offers all guests the opportunity to fully customize their vacation experience with its unique Personal Assistants program. More than a concierge, Solaris’ Personal Assistants are ready to make each and every guests’ stay a spectacular one, by not only proactively contacting guests prior to arrival to take care of simple tasks such as pre-arrival grocery shopping, dinner reservations and arranging local childcare, but also to determine what would make their stays truly special and memorable, and delivering those unique amenities or experiences to each guest.

The Shops at Solaris offer guests incredible access to exemplary cuisine, including the world-renowned Matsuhisa restaurant by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Solaris is also home to Böl, a lively bowling alley and full-service restaurant & bar serving casual fare and CinéBistro, Vail’s only high-end movie theater. Other outlets include several fine art galleries, Betteridge Jewelers, the Alaska Fur Gallery, Luca Bruno, Skipper & Scout, Gray Salt, Formation, Tommy Bowers Ski, North Face, Mountain Cupcakes and Vail Brewing Company.

In the winter months, families can enjoy the 6,000 sq. ft. outdoor ice skating arena at Solaris; in the summer – the vibrant public plaza hosts numerous festivals, concerts and cultural events, including the Vail Farmers’ Market, Taste of Vail and the GoPro Mountain Games.

Solaris Residences are managed by East West Destination Hospitality, the authority in providing luxury mountain lodging, with Colorado destinations including Vail, Beaver Creek, and Snowmass Village and Lake Tahoe, California. By offering genuine hospitality with hotel-like services in vacation residences, East West Destination Hospitality excels at creating enduring relationships with travelers that are passionate about the mountain lifestyle.

For more information or to book your Solaris stay, please visit www.solarisvail.com or call 970-476-9000.

By | 2018-03-07T20:46:57+00:00 March 7th, 2018|news|Comments Off on Vail’s SOLARIS RESIDENCES awarded Four-Star rating from 2018 Forbes Travel Guide

East West Destination Hospitality names Tom Puntel Vice President of Sales & Marketing

East West Destination Hospitality is pleased to announce that Tom Puntel is now serving as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at the growing company, which manages more than $2.5 billion in vacation rental assets at mountain resorts in Colorado and California.

A seasoned hospitality sales executive with more than 25 years of experience, Puntel spent the last 13 years with Hyatt Hotels, most recently serving as the Director of Sales, Marketing & Events at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. Puntel also held property level and regional level sales leadership roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and the Intercontinental Group in both Denver and Chicago.

A graduate of Purdue University, Puntel will be responsible for building a comprehensive sales and marketing strategy for East West Destination Hospitality, which manages properties in Beaver Creek, Vail and Snowmass in Colorado and in Lake Tahoe, California, including Vail Spa, which completed more than $10 million in upgrades last winter, and the newest luxury property in the Vail Village, the Lion.

“This newly created position for the organization is based on the growing interest that we are seeing from property owners to drive value and from vacation renters to experience unique services in the amazing mountain resorts where we do business,” said Colleen Weiss-Hanen, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Partner for East West Destination Hospitality.

East West Destination Hospitality currently manages 80 homeowner associations for more than 13,000 individual owners. Named Colorado’s “Best Property Management Company” by ColoradoBIZ Magazine, the company prides itself on providing expertise in real estate and property management and the highest levels of customer service.

For more information, please visit www.eastwestdestinationhospitality.com or call 970.763.7126.

By | 2017-11-14T04:42:06+00:00 November 14th, 2017|news|Comments Off on East West Destination Hospitality names Tom Puntel Vice President of Sales & Marketing

East West Destination Hospitality now offering luxury lodging at the Lion

East West Destination Hospitality is now offering luxury vacation lodging at the Vail Valley’s hottest new high-end property, the Lion.

Developed and owned by Grupo Pegaso, the Lion offers a variety of lavish “alpine modern” residences ranging from 1- to 5-bedrooms, all with opulent finishes and spacious balconies, plus three levels of underground parking and an amazing location in the heart of Lionshead. Summer rates start at $259 per night for a studio residence.

Amenities at the Lion include a huge outdoor salt-water hot tub, an indoor infinite current lap pool and salt-water hot tub, a fitness center with steam room and an entertainment room. Located less than 350 yards from Vail’s Eagle Bahn Gondola, the Lion offers Ski Valet service and oversized ski lockers with boot dryers to their winter guests.

Residences can be booked at www.thelionvail.com or by calling (866) 282-7056.

East West Destination Hospitality’s newly established Vail Mountain Lodging division is overseeing the rental residences. Vail Mountain Lodging currently encompasses several unique luxury homes and Vail properties in addition to the Lion: Vail Spa, the Wren at Vail and Eagle Point Resort round out the collection.

“We are thrilled to offer exclusive access to the newest luxury residential development in the Vail Valley this summer,” said East West Destination Hospitality Managing Partner Peter Dann. “Guests can enjoy a fantastic vacation with the best amenities and the highest levels of service in the heart of Vail.”

Last winter, East West Destination Hospitality oversaw $10 million in upgrades to the Vail Spa Condominiums, another East West managed property, which is located next door to the Lion.

 

Named Colorado’s “Best Property Management” company for 2016 by ColoradoBIZ Magazine, East West Destination Hospitality currently manages 65 homeowner associations for more than 13,000 individual owners. With more than $1.2 billion in assets under management, the company prides itself on providing expertise in real estate and property management and the highest levels of customer service.

For more information, please visit www.eastwestdestinationhospitality.com or call 970.763.7126.

To book your stay at The Lion, please visit www.thelionvail.com or www.vailmountainlodging.com.

By | 2017-11-07T04:37:55+00:00 November 7th, 2017|news|Comments Off on East West Destination Hospitality now offering luxury lodging at the Lion

East West Destination Hospitality hires Kris McKinnon to serve as Director of Sales for Vail & Beaver Creek

East West Destination Hospitality is pleased to announce that it has hired Kris McKinnon to serve as the Director of Sales for its Vail Mountain Lodging and Beaver Creek Mountain Lodging divisions.

A veteran sales executive with more than 20 years of mountain travel industry experience, McKinnon joins East West Destination Hospitality after spending more than a decade at SKI.com, where she most recently served as the Vice President of Sales and Business Development. A graduate of Colorado Mountain College, she spent nearly 10 years as a ski instructor & manager for Aspen Skiing Company before moving into sales, where she rose to the position of Managing Director of Worldwide Sales. McKinnon is the most recent Past President of the Board of Directors for SkiTops, the official Ski Tour Operators Association.

“Kris is a seasoned ski industry sales executive who has proven her expertise in leading sales teams, increasing revenues and strategic planning,” said East West Destination Hospitality Managing Partner Peter Dann. “We are thrilled to have her taking charge of our luxury vacation sales efforts in Vail and Beaver Creek as we ramp up for another busy ski season.”

In addition to managing sales for over 250 condominiums, townhomes and private homes in Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch, McKinnon will manage the reservations sales team for Vail Mountain Lodging.  Vail Mountain Lodging encompasses several unique luxury homes and Vail properties, including Vail Spa – which completed $10 million in upgrades last winter – the Wren at Vail, Eagle Point Resort. East West Destination Hospitality recently announced that it is also now offering luxury vacation lodging at the Vail Valley’s hottest new high-end property, the Lion.

By | 2017-11-07T04:28:49+00:00 November 7th, 2017|news|Comments Off on East West Destination Hospitality hires Kris McKinnon to serve as Director of Sales for Vail & Beaver Creek

East West Destination Hospitality & The Westin Riverfront honored by Vail Valley Partnership

East West Destination Hospitality and The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain are thrilled to have both been named finalists in the 14th Success Awards by the Vail Valley Partnership.

East West Destination Hospitality is being honored as a “2016 Business of the Year” and The Westin Riverfront was honored as a “2016 Best Place to Work.”

We’re excited to celebrate with all of the amazing Vail Valley business nominees at the awards luncheon on May 12th at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch.

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To view the full list of nominees, please click here.

By | 2017-06-27T03:53:48+00:00 April 10th, 2017|news|Comments Off on East West Destination Hospitality & The Westin Riverfront honored by Vail Valley Partnership

The Westin Riverfront hosting World Cup Viewing Party

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is holding a special World Cup Viewing Party this Saturday as the resort’s Resident Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin seeks to clinch the Audi FIS Ski World Cup title for the season in Aspen.

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Please join us in The Westin Riverfront Lobby from NOON – 4pm on Saturday, March 18th for a viewing party of the NBC Sports coverage. When Mikaela wins, Crazy Mountain Brewery will be pouring complimentary beer (must be 21years old).

By | 2017-06-27T03:53:48+00:00 March 13th, 2017|news|Comments Off on The Westin Riverfront hosting World Cup Viewing Party

Walking Mountains Sustainable Film Series continues with important titles

Don’t miss the Walking Mountains Science Center’s 2017 Sustainable Film Series, which are shown on the 1st Tuesday of every month at Loaded Joes in Avon and 3rd Tuesday of every month at Dusty Boot in Eagle starting at 6:30 p.m.

East West Destination Hospitality is proud to once again be a “Sustaining Sponsor” of this important series, which is designed to raise awareness and encourage community dialogue about environmental issues afflicting our world through award-winning independent featured films.

The upcoming schedule includes:

  • The Burden & Nature’s Orchestra – Feb. 7 & 21st
  • The Messenger – March 7 & 21st
  • Racing to Zero – April 4 & 18th
  • The Power of One Voice – May 2 & 16th

No reservations are required. To view a complete list of upcoming films, please click here.

By | 2017-02-03T16:06:09+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|news|Comments Off on Walking Mountains Sustainable Film Series continues with important titles

East West Destination Hospitality promotes John Patterson to Regional Engineering Director

East West Destination Hospitality is pleased to announce that John (JP) Patterson has been promoted to the position of Regional Engineering Director overseeing The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain as well as Snowmass Hospitality and managed Associations.

Patterson joined the East West team in 2015 as the Director of Engineering at The Westin Riverfront. He previously spent more than 20 years with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, including more than nine years as the Corporate Director of Projects. He also spent nearly five years in Engineering Management for Hyatt Hotels.

“The Westin Riverfront and the associations managed by Snowmass Hospitality involve very complex systems, so we are fortune to have someone of JP’s caliber overseeing both teams,” said East West Destination Hospitality Managing Partner Colleen Weiss-Hanen. “JP is very well respected and has demonstrated the ability to manage complicated systems while overseeing a strong engineering team.”

Last month, East West Partners, KSL Capital Partners, LLC and Aspen Skiing Company finalized the purchase to complete Colorado’s Snowmass Base Village project. The joint venture includes all commercial spaces in the Base Village, the Snowmass Hospitality property management company and the Viceroy Hotel, as well as all remaining development parcels. Construction in the Snowmass Base Village is expected to begin this spring.

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Congrats to JP!

By | 2017-06-27T03:53:48+00:00 January 17th, 2017|news|Comments Off on East West Destination Hospitality promotes John Patterson to Regional Engineering Director

Record powder piling up in Colorado & California!

A series of strong winter storms continue to cover Lake Tahoe and the Vail Valley in record snow levels – Northstar is reporting 42 inches of snow in the past 24 hours and 122 inches in the past 7 days. That is more than 10 feet of snow!!

In the Vail Valley, both Vail & Beaver Creek are reporting more than 30 inches of fresh powder this week.

Enjoy the amazing skiing – and stay safe out there!

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By | 2017-06-27T03:53:48+00:00 January 11th, 2017|news|Comments Off on Record powder piling up in Colorado & California!