Pete Ells Appointed General Manager at Royal Sonesta Houston

HOUSTON, TX – June 2015 – Industry veteran Pete Ells has joined the Royal Sonesta Houston as General Manager.  In his new role, he oversees the recently renovated, 485-room property – a landmark in the sought after Galleria/Uptown area with 50,000 square feet of premier meeting and event space.   Prior to his appointment, Ells was Managing Director of the famed Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, a 308-room, AAA Five Diamond resort located on California’s central coast.  During his two years with the Historic Hotels of America property, where he managed a team of 700 in addition to a variety of real estate assets, he grew revenues by 40 percent.   From 2008 until 2012, Ells was the General Manager of the iconic Royal Palm Resort and Spa, a 119-room Destination Hotels & Resorts property featuring one of the Phoenix area’s top restaurants.  He was also pivotal in developing and implementing a central reservations office for several Destination assets in the southwest.   Prior to that, Ells was employed by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company for four years, initially as the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix and later, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, a AAA Five Diamond oceanfront resort in Half Moon Bay, CA.   Between 1995 and 2004, Ells was a General Manager for Park Lane Hotels.  He joined the company with the famed St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio and was later promoted to General Manager of the 1,010-room Parc 55 Hotel San Francisco, which he brought under the Renaissance flag.  He also had oversight of the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel and Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown.   Ells began his career with Marriott International in Bethesda, MD as a Restaurant Manager in 1982.  He served the company until 1995, when he departed as Director of Operations at the Newport Marriott in Newport, RI.   Ells holds a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.  In addition to serving on the American Hotel & Lodging Association Resort Committee, he has been elected to numerous state and local hotel, lodging and visitors bureau boards.   About Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston The 485-room Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston is an AAA Four-Diamond-rated, full-service hotel located in the heart of the Galleria area, an upscale business, shopping, dining and entertainment district in Uptown.  The modern, 23-story property, which was recently reimagined through a painstaking, nearly $30-million renovation, offers 50,000 square feet of function space, several dining options, a swimming pool and 24-hour fitness facility.  Steps away from The Galleria mall and Post Oak Boulevard, it is also situated in close proximity to downtown, Highland Village, Memorial Park, Greenway Plaza, the museum and theater districts and Texas Medical Center.  Reservations are available by calling 617.315.9100; toll free at 800.SONESTA or online at

The 485-room Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston is AAA approved Four Diamond full service hotel located in the area of the Houston Galleria. The hotel offers 24-hour fitness center, roof top swimming pool, and 50,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel offers a spectacular location within walking distance of the Houston Galleria. The hotel is a convenient home from which to explore the nearby attractions, professional sporting events, and exciting dining and nightlife the city of Houston and the hotel’s uptown neighborhood has to offer.

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