PHILADELPHIA, May 1 // PRNewswire // -- Radisson Hotels & Resorts(R) today announced the hiring of James Riker as the new general manager of one of its marquee properties, the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia located at 1701 Locust Street just off the world-renowned Rittenhouse Square, the city's most prestigious residential, commercial and business district. Riker brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the position.
Most recently, Riker was with the Waterford Hotel Group serving as general manager at the Hilton Hartford Hotel in Connecticut. Prior to that role, Riker was with Waterford serving as regional hotel director with responsibility for multiple brands. Riker was previously general manager at the Radisson Greystone Castle in Denver and assistant general manager at the Radisson Hotel Pontchartrain in Detroit. Riker has his B.S. degree from the University of Utah as well as a Certified Hotel Administrator designation from the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
"With the significant investments we made into renovating the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, we were committed to establishing a solid leadership team that can take the hotel to new heights," said Bjorn Gullaksen, executive vice president of Carlson Hotels Worldwide Managed Hotels & Resorts - The Americas, and president of The Regent Luxury Group. "We're excited to welcome Riker back to the Radisson family to fill this important position. His extensive hospitality experience will be of great benefit to both staff and guests alike."
"I'm thrilled with the opportunity to lead this historic property into a new era and provide visitors to Philadelphia with an unforgettable hotel experience," said Riker. "The recent renovations position the Warwick as one of the premier lodging destinations in the city, offering guests both classic style and modern amenities. Along with the talented and experienced staff, I am dedicated to ensuring the complete guest satisfaction only Radisson can offer."
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel was originally constructed in 1926 and features fashionable English Renaissance architecture. The 301-room hotel was fully renovated in 2007 including the addition of Sleep Number Beds by Select Comfort(TM), 32" HD Plasma televisions and marble bathrooms in all guestrooms. The hotel also features a new contemporary restaurant, Tavern 17, featuring upscale cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Other refurbished areas include a state-of-the-art fitness center and the elegantly refitted Grand Ballroom.
Radisson Hotels & Resorts, one of the world's leading, full-service hotel companies, offers warm and engaging genuine hospitality at every point of guest contact and is focused on being the hotel of choice with business and leisure travelers by understanding their independent mindset, changing needs and desire to have more control over their hotel experience.
Radisson is continuing to evolve the brand, introducing new product and service standards to enable guest choice. Radisson recently introduced Express Yourself, the first online check-in service in the hotel industry that enables guest to pre-check-in online up to seven days prior to their stay and note key service preferences.
There are more than 400 Radisson locations in 66 countries. Reservations can be made online at http://www.Radisson.com, through a travel agent or by phone at 800-333-3333. Radisson is a division of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, a global leader in the hotel industry encompassing five hotel brands and more than 980 hotels and resorts in 71 countries.
SOURCE Radisson Hotels & Resorts