Robert Thomas has been named general manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey.
For the last three years, Thomas has been general manager for the Marriott Hotel Marina del Rey, where he directed the hotel’s repositioning, as well as the design and addition of a spa and new dining outlets for the property.
While at the Marriott, Thomas achieved the highest associate opinion survey score increase in the region, as well as double-digit increases for the property in market share and guest satisfaction ratings.
Last year, he won Marriott’s General Manager Sales Leadership Award, Ingenuity Award and Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
He served previously as a regional vice president for Extended Stay, overseeing the operations of 45 Marriott-managed hotels in six western states, and earlier won 2002 Marriott Manager of the Year honors while leading the Manhattan Beach Marriott.
Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
“I look forward to celebrating the success of our property’s spectacular room renovation and to the launch of our new Ritz-Carlton spa later this year,” Thomas said. “Knowing Marina del Rey as I do, there’s no better setting for a Los Angeles-area luxury stay than The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. It is an honor to become part of The Ritz-Carlton family, especially at such a renowned and respected property.”
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina has 304 rooms and suites and is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation, scheduled to be completed by the end of summer.
The renovation involves guest rooms, suites and corridors and will upgrade the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, hotel officials said. Rooms will have new bedding and furnishings and flat-screen televisions.