The Hollywood passionate and local industry leader joins the team to manage operations and launch the newly opened luxury lifestyle hotel within the Oxford Hotels & Resorts portfolio in its next era of hospitality
LOS ANGELES, August 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Oxford Hotels and Resorts, LLC and The Godfrey Hotel in Hollywood announce the appointment of Constantin Kabilafkas as General Manager of the brand’s first West Coast location. With more than two decades of industry experience, Kabilafkas now oversees the operations of the 220-room luxury lifestyle property, including on-site amenities such as its food and beverage outlets, including the SoCal-centric restaurant and bar About Last Knife (ALK); an event space in the courtyard; and the roof I | 12,000 square foot O – the largest public rooftop space in Los Angeles – which features a 70-foot projection mapping video wall, two bars, a pool, fire pits and a plan of water. Sponsored and managed by Oxford Capital Group, LLC and Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC, respectively, The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood is the 10e California property, and 12e in the western region.
“We look forward to continuing to grow the talent of Oxford Hotels & Resorts by welcoming the Managing Director Constantin Kabilafkas to the team,” says George Jordan, Chairman of Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC. “The Godfrey presents itself as a new beacon of hospitality in the Hollywood region, and it will be exciting to see Kabilafkas lead the hotel in showcasing the individuality of the property as we enter the second year of ownership.
After spending his teens and early twenties in Hollywood as an aspiring musician and concert enthusiast, Kabilafkas hopes to bring the true spirit of Hollywood hotel experience. Kabilafkas is for “freedom, flexibility and fun”, as his original career plan was to enter the rock ‘n roll scene as a performer on the Sunset Strip. Kabilafkas aims to bring some of that mindset into his work at Godfrey Hotel Hollywood, where he is dedicated to creating an elevated yet accessible experience for guests and locals seeking a vibrant nightlife, of dynamic restaurants, sophisticated architecture, innovative technology, high touch. culture of service and privileged location.
“Growing up in Los AngelesI have seen how this iconic neighborhood has changed and adapted over the years, seeing Godfrey Hotel Hollywood become a leader in the area’s hotel scene for authentic experiences,” says Kabilafkas. “I am delighted to further showcase the essence of Hollywood at the hotel, while continuing to establish the unique identity of the hotel in the neighborhood.”
Kabilafkas began his hospitality career in high school, working as a dishwasher at one of his family’s 19 restaurants. Southern California Restaurants. While continuing to play music part-time, he then learned to work in all the stations of a restaurant and used this experience to later become the owner of his own restaurant. Seeking a lifestyle that didn’t require a seven-day work week, he devoted his time to his wife and newborn daughter and returned to his family’s homeland, Greece for several months. Upon his return to the United States, Kabilafkas continued his food and beverage expertise with managerial roles at that of Santa Monica Hotel Casa del Mar, Canary Islands Hotel in St. Barbarathe iconic Biltmore in Los Angeles, and others. Since then, he has held key management positions at Luxe in Bel-Airgroup TAO at The Dream in Hollywood The Standard at Downtown Los Angeles and was the opening general manager of the Pasadena Hotel & Pool, before joining the team at the Godfrey Hotel Hollywood.
About the Godfrey Hollywood Hotel
Located in the vibrant heart of Southern California most iconic neighborhood, the Godfrey Hotel Hollywood is one block south of Sunset Blvd. and is within walking distance of many of the area’s top destinations. This includes the famous Hollywood Bowl Amphitheater, Universal Studios, Capitol Records Building, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Pantages Theater and more. With art made by Los Angeles native artist Nick Petronzio in partnership with the curator Kevin Barry fine artinterior designer The Gettys Group and architect Steinberg Hart, this brand new 220-room hotel embodies the energy of the new Hollywood. It came at an exciting time for the neighborhood, as major entertainment, tech and creative houses now call the area home, including Netflix, Live Nation, Fender and Buzzfeed. Locals and visitors enjoy the property’s SoCal-centric restaurant and bar, About Last Knife (ALK), and rooftop I | O of 12,000 square feet, including a 70-foot projection mapping video wall, two bars and a swimming pool. The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood is Oxford Hotels & Resorts’ 10th hotel in California and 12th in the West region.
About Oxford Capital Group, LLC
Oxford Capital Group, LLC is an award-winning international property investment, development and management firm focused on acquisitions, developments, large-scale redevelopments and operationally intensive real estate. Oxford, its affiliates and directors have participated in more than $3 billion real estate investments and private equity, with a particular focus on the hotel industry (more than 15,000 hotel rooms); mixed-use projects rooted in hospitality, including multi-family (over 1,000 units); housing for the elderly (more than 3,000 units); urban retail; and parking. Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC is its wholly owned hotel management subsidiary, specializing in the operation, management and branding of distinctively designed luxury lifestyle hotels and food and beverage venues . Its growing national portfolio of luxury hotels and lifestyle brands includes Audrey, cassFelix, GodfreyGriffin, Julian, king georgeLe Meridien Essex Chicago, London House, Hotel Los Gatos, Porter, Thompson (Chicago), Versey and Vertigo. It also has a growing collection of restaurants, rooftops, bars and pool-centric food and drink venues. These include About Last Knife (ALK), I|O Rooftop, LH Rooftop, Ruka and WTR. Oxford Living, LLC is its senior housing investment and management platform. Oxford Residential, LLC is its multi-family development subsidiary.
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