Nasser Samman, the former manager at the Garden City Hotel, has signed on to run seaside establishment in Long Beach.
* This story was updated at 1:45 p.m. on 10.5.12.
Allegria has hired a new general manager to run the seaside hotel in Long Beach.
Nasser Samman, the manager at the Garden City Hotel since 2001, has
signed on to run the Allegria, at 80 W.
Samman started his new position, succeeding Michael Witte, in
September. The Garden City Hotel was recently sold, after which Samman started
to hunt for another job, knowing new owners typically hire new management,
according to Newsday
“With its oceanfront setting, cutting-edge design, and
unwavering commitment to guest satisfaction, The Allegria represents everything
to which a great hotel aspires,” Samman said in a statement. “It is an honor to
serve as its general manager. I
look forward to becoming actively involved in Long Beach and the surrounding
communities and contributing to the ongoing success of this truly extraordinary
hotel and dining destination.”
The nine-story Allegria Hotel has 143 rooms and is owned by
the Woodmere-based Alrose Group.
Allen Rosenberg, president of development group, said that he has known Nasser for many years and he called him the
region’s leading general manager.
“That he has now moved from The
Garden City Hotel to The Allegria is both exciting and indicative of the
exceptionally high level of service afforded our guests,” Rosenberg said in a
According to Rosenberg, Samman will
oversee daily operations of guest services, food and beverage, sales, and
day-to-day operations at the hotel.
“From dining to social gatherings
to overnight stays, Nasser will oversee every aspect of the Allegria
experience, ensuring that our standards remain at their unrivaled best,”
Samman joined The Garden City Hotel
in 1997 as director of food and beverage operations. Within two years, he was
promoted to director of hotel operations.
In 2001, he was appointed general manager. Samman graduated from New
York City Technical College and was honored by its Department of Hospitality
Management with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. He was trained in hotel management at
Damascus University in Syria.
Earliler this year, after nearly a year after the Allegria filed for Chapter 11 protection
, a bankruptcy judge approved a plan
to reorganize the finances of the Long Beach establishment.
Grady Collin, formerly of the general manager at the Hilton
Boston Downtown, will succeed Samman at the Garden City Hotel.
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