Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel has new Regional VP Reed Kandalaft. With experience spanning across almost two decades in the luxury hospitality industry, Kandalaft brings creativity, innovation and a drive for excellence to Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel as the new Regional Vice President and General Manager.
Reed Kandalaft at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel as the new Regional Vice President and General Manager. Courtesy all images of Four Seasons Hotel.
“It was always a dream of mine to work for such a highly regarded company such as Four Seasons. And since I’ve been with the company, I’ve had the great honour and pleasure of working at so many stunning properties from urban hotels and beachfront destinations, I now get to add ‘legendary’ to that list.” - Reed Kandalaft, Beverly Wilshire's new Regional Vice President and General Manager.
His enthusiastic international flair is certain to elevate both the guest and employee experience at this vibrant, resort-style urban retreat. Kandalaft’s illustrious Four Seasons career began in 2008 as Director of Rooms at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. He quickly rose through the ranks, working at Four Seasons properties in Damascus, Los Angeles, Surfside and most recently One Dalton, Boston.
You bring with you a wealth of knowledge in running luxury hotels, all of which received top accolades under your leadership. Is it this same drive that you will bring to the property, along with your well-honed leadership philosophy, which is inspired by the passion of the employees?
Each city offers unique challenges and opportunities. It’s finding those and instilling a culture of inclusion, integrity and diversity in which our team can thrive and in turn, provide our guests with exceptional service.
What is Kandalaft’s first project?
“Well it’s two-fold” he beams. “I’m excited to dig into Beverly Hills. I have knowledge of Los Angeles, but Beverly Hills is incredibly unique and I need to quickly get up to speed. Our property affords the unique opportunity to be in the heart of it all. I plan to visit as many restaurants and landmarks as possible in our quiet enclave within the first 90 days! I’m also excited to get to know the Hotel’s nearly 800 employees. Our team is the heart beat of this renowned property. It’s imperative that I get to know everyone who helps make this beauty tick.”
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Highly dedicated to Beverly Hills and Beverly Wilshire, Kandalaft will build on his global experience and the vast expertise of his team to ensure the worldwide community of sophisticated travellers discover what the city and the Hotel have to offer.
Meanwhile, are you and your family excited to enjoy the quintessential Southern California lifestyle?
My wife and I look forward to enjoying evening strolls year-round in this idyllic weather. I’m also excited for my kids to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle just beyond our doorstep.
A history-rich property turns soon 100
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel is a history-rich property built in 1928, when Beverly Hills was still undiscovered by Hollywood’s in-crowd. Take a step back in time with us as we share fun facts on the evolution of the iconic Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel:
Built on the site of the Beverly Auto Speedway, Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel provided residents with an opportunity for picnics and Model T Ford races on Sunday afternoons.
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel has been made guest appearances in movies such as Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Clueless, Sex and the City: The Movie and Valentine’s Day, but gained worldwide recognition as the setting of the movie Pretty Woman.
The Mediterranean-style pool is modeled after Sophia Loren’s private villa pool in Italy.
Famous stars such as Elvis Presley, Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen have all lived in the Hotel, which continues to receive fan mail for the actors, even decades after they have moved out.
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel is a salute to its construction and renovation teams over the years. It has withstood major earthquakes in 1933, 1971 and 1994 and was designated an air raid shelter during World War II.
The Concierge team has a combined total of more than 175 years of experience among them, and six Les Clefs d’Or members.
Opened in June 2006, CUT is Wolfgang Puck’s first steak restaurant, and was designed by the famed architect Richard Meier (of the Getty Museum).
The Spa spans more than 8,000 square feet (745 square metres), with nine treatment rooms (seven with in-room showers), and was the first Spa on the west coast to feature luxury skincare line, 111SKIN.
There are more than 800 employees working at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel.
Located on the private, key-accessed 14th floor of the Beverly Wing, the Penthouse Suite is the largest guest room space in the city at 5,000 square feet (465 square metres). And only Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel features two rooftop terraces, overlooking the Hollywood Hills from the Royal Suite or the legendary Drive from the Rodeo Terrace.