It’s time for another Meet the GM here at Sonesta and this month we’re excited to be highlighting Taves Maciel, General Manager of Sonesta ES Suites Colorado Springs. To get to know Taves, we asked him a few questions. Check out his answers below to learn about the person who plays an integral role in keeping our hotel up to the high standards we are known for.

Q: What do you like most about working within and leading a hotel?  

A: Building and Developing my team. I enjoy seeing their professional growth and becoming stronger people.

Q: During your time with Sonesta – what have you enjoyed most? 

A: Believe it or not, the conversion and renovation of my hotel. It was chaotic and stressful, at times, but my team really pulled together to make it a positive experience for everyone.

Q: What has been your hotel’s most successful Everyday Surprise? 

A: When Santa Claus (Bob Jamison, my Maintenance Manager) comes to visit the hotel to see our employees’ and guests’ children. We have snacks and small gifts to hand out.

Q: If you weren’t a hotelier, what would you be? 

A: A professional MMA fighter

Q: What do you enjoy most about living in the greater Colorado Springs area? 

A: Riding my Harley Davidson through the mountains. There’s no feeling like having the wind in your face while riding through some of the most beautiful scenic areas in CO.

Q: Name your favorite place to visit—  any destination in the world. 

A: Any place with an ocean

Q: Name three items you absolutely do not travel without. 

A: Coffee, water, and my cellphone (so I can take selfies with Snapchat filters ha ha ha)

Q: What is something your guests would be surprised to know about you? 

I lived in a hippie commune with my father when I was a child.

Don’t forget to say a friendly “hello” to Taves Maciel the next time you find yourself staying at Sonesta ES Suites Colorado Springs!