Alfred L. Groos
President and General Manager
Alfred L. Groos was appointed General Manager of the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans on April 1, 2006. The title President was added in 2010, and reflects his oversight of the Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston in addition to his responsibilities in New Orleans. Mr. Groos joined Sonesta International Hotels Corporation in 1977, and most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of the former Chateau Sonesta Hotel New Orleans.
After graduating from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Mr. Groos started his hospitality career at the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans as a trainee. In 1994, he moved to the former Chateau Sonesta Hotel New Orleans to become the hotel’s opening general manager. In 1996, Mr. Groos was named Vice President and General Manager of the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Boston. Mr. Groos returned to New Orleans in 2000, when he rejoined the former Chateau Sonesta Hotel as Vice President and General Manager.
Since 2001, Mr. Groos has served on the board of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and in 2005, was named Chairman of the Board. He currently serves on the Bureau’s Executive Committee.
In 2003, Mr. Groos served as President of the New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association. The Association, which is comprised of hospitality professionals of the Greater New Orleans area, represents the lodging industry and provides a means to further professionalism, knowledge, and profitability. That same year, Mr. Groos was honored with Where Magazine’s 2003 “General Manager of the Year” award.
In 2006, Mr. Groos was sworn in as the Vice Conseiller Gastronomique for the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs.
In 2007, Mayor C. Ray Nagin appointed Mr. Groos as a Commissioner to the board of the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority, who’s exclusive mission is to spur economic growth and development that will attract out of state visitors to the state.
Jay D. Wiendl
Director of Operations
Jay D. Wiendl, third generation in his family to serve in the hospitality industry, brings to his new position extensive knowledge of hotel operations, development and design to the landmark French Quarter property.
A native of Florida, Jay Wiendl began his career in hospitality and tourism after serving in the United States Navy. Prior to joining the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans, Wiendl served as Resort Manager of the AAA Four Diamond Award winning Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Wisconsin, a 1,300-acre flagship development for the Marcus Hotel Group.
In his position as Director of Operations at the Royal Sonesta, Wiendl will support the General Manager by over-seeing the hotel’s daily operations, which include guest accommodations, capital improvements, rooms division and all of the hotel’s primary food and beverage outlets.
Director of Sales & Marketing
With a wealth of experience in hospitality sales and marketing, Ms. Guido now oversees marketing for Sonesta’s luxury property in the Crescent City. Prior to joining Sonesta, she was Director of Sales & Marketing of the Windsor Court, Le Meridien and Fairmont Hotels.