171 | The Engine that Drives the Hotel with Stan Turkel


Stanley Turkel is a recognized authority in the hotel industry. He operates his consulting practice serving as an expert witness in hotel-related cases and providing franchise consultation and asset management.

Prior to forming his hotel consulting firm, Turkel was the Product Line Manager for Hotel/Motel Operations at the International Telephone & Telegraph Co. overseeing the Sheraton Corporation of America. Before joining IT&T, he was the General Manager of the Summit Hotel (762 Rooms), General Manager of the Drake Hotel (680 Rooms) and Resident Manager of the Americana Hotel (1842 Rooms), all in New York City.

Stanley Turkel is one of the most widely-published authors in the hospitality field. More than 275 articles on various hotel subjects have been published in the leading hotel magazines and posted on the Hotel-Online, BlueMauMau, Hotel NewsResource and eTurboNews websites. Two of his hotel books have been promoted, distributed and sold by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. A third hotel book was called “passionate and informative” by the New York Times. His fourth hotel book, “Hotel Mavens: Lucius M. Boomer, George C. Boldt and Oscar of the Waldorf” was published in October 2014.

Stanley Turkel has been designated the 2014 and 2015 Historian of the Year by Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In This Episode, Stan Reveals …

  • His hospitality journey, from his early beginnings in the back of the house, to General Manager at multiple New York City hotels.
  • How he made the transition from GM to hotel consultant, and some of the opportunities he had along the way that gave him this foundation.
  • Where his passion began for historical hotels, and his Built to Last book trilogy which describes 183 hotels in the United States that are each more than a hundred years old and fifty rooms or larger.
  • Several stories about notable hotels, hoteliers he admires, and why.

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