Experienced Hospitality “Executives” Create A New Brand Of Boutique Hotel
Atlanta, GA – At the apex of their long careers in hospitality, a “Dream Team” of hotel development and management experts are bringing their talents home with the creation of Chancellor’s House, now under construction in Oxford, MS.
Brothers William and Fred Alias, and Mike Donoghue have all enjoyed decades of notable success in the hotel business. Now, as they prepare to open Chancellor’s House in Oxford, they are bringing back to the unique, historic college town a standard for the kind of luxury hotel they can achieve in a boutique-sized property.
After receiving his degree from Ole Miss, Fred Alias joined the corporate ranks at Holiday Inn, first in California then in Memphis, TN. Alias’ talent caught the eye of W.B. Johnson Properties in Atlanta, have recruited him and ultimately promoted him to Vice Chairman.
While at W.B. Johnson Properties, he developed the largest franchise Marriott in the U.S. in Orlando, with 1,150 rooms. and the Brickell Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Miami, Florida, which was the largest Holiday Inn franchise granted at the time. He also launched the Ritz Carlton chain with two signature properties in Atlanta, one in Buckhead across from Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza and the other downtown on Peachtree Street.
The concept he created for the Ritz Carlton chain established a widely recognized standard for luxury hotels throughout the industry worldwide.
In 1982, he created Sandcastle Resorts, through which he developed the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa the most profitable franchise Hilton in the country perennially ranked the top in Hilton properties customer satisfaction. Recently, the Serenity Spa in the Hilton Sandestin Beach was ranked as having one of the Top 10 spa treatments in the world by USA Today.
Over the course of his exceptional career, Alias has created more than 9,000 hotel rooms and commanded the respect of his peers worldwide.
So, when N. David Porter, working with developer Tommy Stone, an Ole Miss alumnus and fraternity brother of the two Alias brothers, secured a prime location in Oxford for a luxury hotel, he knew only Fred Alias could assemble the right team to oversee the management, atmosphere and guest services of a trend-setting, new brand of boutique hotel.
Fred Alias, drawing on his decades of experience, agreed to become president of Chancellor’s House Management Group with his brother, William Alias as CEO. Managing Director Mike Donoghue, who has been a part of the Alias team for more than 30 years will oversee day to day management of the property. According to Fred Alias, “We simply could not find a single person in the hotel industry that I trust more to make the guest experience the very best.” They also brought in Weston Arntsen to become Manager and Director of Guest Services.
Together, this team envisions a level of luxury achievable only in a small hotel, where every detail is designed to ensure a lodging experience like no other. Alias has achieved so much during his successful career, but is just as excited about this 31-room Chancellor’s House as he was in building the Orlando Marriot and the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa.
“I have been very content with what I have accomplished over the years and had no idea I would have another chapter in my career, but when I learned about the perfect location and size of this property, it was like a dream come true. I have always wanted to deliver the best service possible and we do in a 600-room hotel. However, in a hotel with 50 rooms or less, you can provide the guests with anything they want as long as it is legal. In fact, Chancellor’s House will be like an ongoing focus group where all guests’ requests and comments are heard and made possible. I am very excited to be a part of this venture.”
From the moment its limo picks up guests at the airport to the meal made to the guest’s specifications, Chancellor’s House will offer more customized services than any other hotel. Elegant touches such as monogrammed linens, special pet accommodations and memory-making moments such as hunting, seminars on southern culture, attending local athletic and culture events will make staying at Chancellor’s House a singular experience.
“For us, it’s is about setting the standard for luxurious lodging here. We want to make sure each guest leaves feeling very, very special,” Donoghue said. This unique, worldclass hotel will open in the summer of 2016.