Benchmark Hospitality Names Mike Taylor GM for Hotel 718, Brooklyn

“Mike is a veteran of the New York metropolitan market,” said Mr. Parsons. “He has served in executive-level positions withinNew York City and surrounding markets for the past 20 years, including two previous general manager appointments. He is ideal for this terrific new hotel close to Brooklyn’s historic Downtown.”

Mike Taylor has extensive experience within New York hospitality. Previous to joining the Benchmark Hospitality organization, Mr. Taylor served as director of convention services at the New York City landmark hotel, The Waldorf=Astoria. During his six-year tenure with the property a portion of his responsibilities included the coordination of visiting US and foreign dignitaries, such as Presidents, Prime Ministers, and the Pope.

Following this appointment, Mr. Taylor joined North Maple Inn in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and also Benchmark Hospitality International, which operated the property at the time. Taylor was rapidly promoted to general manager. Under his leadership the hotel consistently earned the Four Diamond Award and was designated “One of the 50 Best Places to Work in the State” by a leading business publication.

Subsequent to this, Mr. Taylor opened and successfully launched The Heldrich Hotel, located in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey, also a Benchmark Hospitality property. Additionally, Mr. Taylor has served as corporate staff support for Benchmark Hospitality International, overseeing the group operations of 14 North American properties.

Earlier in his career, Taylor was employed with major brand hospitality companies where he participated in the pre-opening and transition teams for properties in Anaheim, San Diego, and Palm Desert, California.

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Michael Taylor has lectured at New York University (NYU) Center for Hospitality Tourism and Travel. He also served as NYU course instructor of Financial Management for Hospitality and Travel. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Truman State University, located in Kirksville, Missouri, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned his Master of Science degree in Hospitality Industry Studies from NYU. Taylor is past president of the New Jersey Hotel & Lodging Association, and has served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Conference Centers.

Upon opening in November, Brooklyn’s new Hotel 718 will feature a perfect blend of comfort required by today’s discerning traveler with a celebration of the heritage and culture of Brooklyn. Part of the distinctive Personal Luxury Collection® of Benchmark Hospitality International, the hotel’s 128 guestrooms will feature luxurious appointments and state-of-the-art technology. Upon completion, the H. Thomas O’Hara-designed Hotel 718 will offer spa services, a fitness center and cardio room, and a rooftop lounge. The hotel will include an inspired 75-seat signature Restaurant and Bar. Original works of art are being commissioned from Brooklyn artists for placement throughout the hotel, complementing the sweeping views from the 19-floor tower. Just steps away from the MetroTech Center, Brooklyn’s historic Downtown, and the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, Hotel 718 will provide ready access to Brooklyn’s diverse cultural and entertainment attractions day and night. Located on historic Duffield Street, the hotel is minutes from Manhattan by subway, bus, taxi or automobile, and is within easy access to LaGuardia and JFK Airports.