Washington, CT (September 17, 2013) – Grace Hotels, a luxurious sanctuary in Connecticut, is pleased to announce two senior appointments following its recent expansion. Stuart Barwise becomes General Manager of the newly acquired Mayflower Grace and Regional General Manager, New England. Ian Grant has been appointed Regional Food & Beverage Director, New England.
Barwise and Grant both join from US Hotels, the sister group of Grace Hotels, where they held the roles of Director, Hotel Operations, and Director, Food & Beverage Operations respectively.
Barwise has honed his expertise in the hospitality field over a period of 30 years, latterly in leadership positions at prestigious establishments including the White Barn Inn & Spa, Embassy Suites Hotel Portland and The Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii, and as Vice President of Lodging and General Manager of the ski and golf resort, Sugarloaf. At US Hotels his role included the oversight of group-wide technology, community and government relations and business development within the New England region.
Grant began his hospitality career at the French Culinary Institute in New York City where he was awarded a Grand Diploma of Culinary Arts. After cooking in the restaurants Bouley, Jean Georges, Daniel and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Grant progressed into food and beverage management where he worked for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and The Soho House Group during its international expansion phase.
By the end of 2013, Grace Hotels will be present on five continents, with the opening of Grace Cafayate in northern Argentina, Grace Panama and Grace Marrakech. The most recent additions to the portfolio, The Mayflower Grace in Washington, Connecticut and The White Barn Grace in Kennebunk, Maine, expand the group’s presence in New England.