This month’s featured General Manager is doubly special because she is the Dual General Manager of Sonesta ES Suites Schaumburg and Sonesta ES Suites Lombard. We asked Maureen a few questions to help our guests get to know the woman who is behind the successful operation of these two hotels. Here’s what she had to say:
What do you like most about working within and leading a hotel (or your hotels)?
I love the teams that I work with and I love the input they have on making the hotels a success. Also, there is never a dull moment – something is always going on that keeps you on your toes.
During your time with Sonesta – what have you enjoyed most?
Taking a hotel (Schaumburg) that was un-renovated and unloved and turning it into something special for the team, and for our clients.
What has been your hotel’s most successful Everyday Surprise?
St. Patricks Day- we made green shakes, green beer and everyone really got into it. Looking forward to doing it again in 2018…
If you weren’t a hotelier, what would you be?
Tough questions… but I’d probably do what my parents wanted me to originally do- be a nurse. It’s still caring for people but in a different way 🙂
What do you enjoy most about living in the greater Chicago area?
There is always something to do, and I’m never bored and all of my family is fairly close to Chicago.
Name your favorite place to visit— any destination in the world.
I’m a Florida girl – love the ocean and would LOVE to move there someday. Probably the Ft Lauderdale area… I’m getting tired of the winters here in Chi-town.
Name three items you absolutely do not travel without.
Sunscreen, cell phone, and my music.
What is something your guests would be surprised to know about you?
I am a big time concert goer – I love to rock out to Filter, Foo Fighters, 3Doors Down, Metallica etc.. and I also love country music… Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley. I go to all the big shows and I go to all the small venues in the area and do road trips to see shows.
The next time you find yourself traveling to Chicago, book a stay at Sonesta ES Suites Schaumburg or Sonesta ES Suites Lombard and say “hello” to General Manager Maureen Fleetwood!