It’s time for another Meet the GM post here on the blog, and this month we’re featuring the General Manager of our new hotel, The Clift Royal Sonesta, Michael Pace. We did a Q&A with Michael to get to know him a little better. Check out his answers below and learn something new about this treasured member of our Sonesta family.
Q: What do you like most about working within and leading a hotel?
I love the ever changing dynamics both with guest and employee interactions, and I cherish any opportunity to motivate, inspire and engage with my team.
Q: During your brief time with Sonesta – what role/opportunity have you enjoyed most?
CLIFT became The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel on May 8, 2018, and the hotel team and I were truly impressed by the care, passion and support we received before, during, and after the transition; we felt like family immediately.
Q: What has been your hotel’s most successful Amazing Moment ?
On May 8, 2018, which was our Day One as Sonesta hotel, we welcomed our first official Sonesta guest, who happened to be checking into the hotel for his 100th visit. We had a live DJ and electric violinist playing in the lobby as he arrived. He was welcomed by the hotel and Sonesta corporate leadership teams, with drinks, nibbles, a goodie bag, and instant upgrade to Travel Pass Elite Status.
Q: If you weren’t a hotelier, what would you be?
My passions are around sustainability and design, so maybe an Eco-minded architect.
Q: What do you enjoy most about living in the local San Francisco area?
Family is so important, and my wife’s family all live nearby. I also love the diversity of nature, ideas, cuisines and culture in the Bay Area.
Q: Name your favorite place to visit — any destination in the world.
Paris. I met my wife and soul mate there, so the memories are priceless.
Q: Name three items you absolutely do not travel without.
My iPhone and charger, killer shoes, and extra pocket squares.
Q: What is something your guests would be surprised to know about you?
I am from the island of Malta, and was a windsurfing instructor when I was a student.
If you have an upcoming stay at the new Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, keep an eye out for General Manager, Michael Pace. And if you do see him, be sure to say a friendly “hello”!