Hotel Albergo, a gem to behold with Tony W. Gergess

Hotel Albergo, a gem to behold with Tony W. Gergess

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in east Beirut, a stone’s throw from downtown, the Hotel Albergo is a sanctuary of luxury and the only Relais & Châteaux property in the country. Old-world charm meets high-end service at this Beirut landmark, as Tony W. Gergess, the newly appointed general manager, explains. 

How will your hospitality experience help in your new role as GM of the Albergo?
Having been fortunate enough to have diversified my experience between large luxury chain hotels and authentic boutique hotels, I can bring international management standards to the role. I shy away from cookie-cutter management practices to bring an element of surprise to every guest experience.

What makes the Hotel Albergo unique?
The Albergo is very distinctive; it is an all-suite luxury hotel, where each unit is individually designed. The hotel also has sought-after restaurants and extensive outdoor spaces. It is a unique hotel for guests to totally immerse themselves in Levantine culture.

What do you have planned for the Hotel Albergo?
After the successful launch of our new cocktail bar, Swim Club, we recently opened the Lobby Café, with a lush outdoor terrace and an all-day casual menu. Our next focus will be on revamping the suites with soft touch-ups. The hotel is working on offering more services in the near future, such as a spa and an authentic Turkish hammam.

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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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