Kimpton’s Santa Barbara Hotels Get a New Director of Operations


LOS ANGELES (July 15, 2014) — Twenty-year hospitality veteran Robert Hannigan has added regional director of operations to the myriad titles he has held and departments he has mastered throughout his tenure. Hannigan is the newly appointed general manager of The Hotel Palomar Los Angeles-Westwood, a Kimpton Hotel, as well as operations director of Kimpton’s The Hotel Wilshire in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara’s Canary Hotel and Goleta’s Hotel Goleta. Hannigan’s experience in every aspect of hotel and restaurant operations makes him the perfect person for these responsibilities.

Hannigan started his career with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in 2007 and has traversed the country since then. He began in Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, VA, first as assistant general manager directing overall hotel operations of front office, housekeeping, room service and security departments, then as general manager of his first hotel, Kimpton’s Morrison House, named to Conde Nast’s ‘Gold List of Best Hotels in the World’ five years running. There he was responsible for overall operations of the hotel. He then headed west in 2012 as general manager of the Hotel Solamar in San Diego and recently landed in Los Angeles.

Says Hannigan, “Kimpton has an extraordinary commitment to its culture. General managers are at the housekeeping lineup each morning, attend daily operations meetings, frequently walk the building, are out on the floor and, of course, finish the day by hosting our legendary Wine Hour. Being able to draw on inspiration from a variety of sources, including guest interactions, working with our amazing team or being inspired by the various architectural elements and appreciating the greatness around you allows you to constantly improve upon what you’re delivering in your hotel, whether it’s service, product or design.”

Hannigan was first introduced to the hospitality industry during college working summers at a beautiful hotel on Block Island off the coast of Newport, R.I. He found that he was naturally inclined for the job and loved being a part of the operation, working with guests and staff. Says Hannigan, “It’s like having front row seats to the greatest show on earth.” He then held a variety of positions in the industry in Aspen, Snowmass and Denver, CO and New York City.

Hannigan lives and breathes the Kimpton ethos, saying, “We work as hard on making it a great place to work as we do a great place to stay. All of the efforts we put into our employees are repaid to the guest tenfold, so it works for everyone.”

While wearing many hats may keep most mortals from achieving work-life balance, Hannigan relishes whatever his backyard has to offer. He enjoyed skiing and biking in Colorado, in Washington DC he was a fan of the museums and history of the area. In San Diego and Los Angeles, he is back outdoors again on his bike or out with his dogs.

About The Hotel Palomar Los Angeles-Westwood and BLVD 16 Restaurant and Lounge
The Hotel Palomar Los Angeles is centrally located in the Westwood Village neighborhood. Its location provides easy access to Beverly Hills and shopping on Rodeo Drive, the breezy beaches of Venice and Santa Monica, the Skirball Cultural Center, Hammer Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The hotel features 268 spacious guest rooms including 30 suites, of which 24 are spa suites with Fuji soaking tubs, 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and all the amenities that a Kimpton hotel is known for including complimentary coffee/tea and wine hour, pet-friendly program, mind, body, spa services, pool and lounge. BLVD 16, located adjacent to the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles, offers innovative, seasonal American cuisine inspired by the area’s bountiful selections. Blvd 16’s menu, created by Chef Richard Hodge, includes only the freshest seafood, poultry and produce, culled from local and regional sources and prepared with authenticity, vibrancy and flavor. The Hotel Palomar is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90024. For more information call 310-475-8781, visit and follow on Facebook. For more information on BLVD 16 call 310-474-7765, visit and follow on Facebook for updates on special events, holiday offerings and wine tastings.

About Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants in the United States and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to America. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for while away from home through thoughtful perks and amenities, distinctive design that tells a story and inspires a sense of fun at each hotel and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local. Kimpton also leads the hospitality industry in eco-friendly practices that span all hotels and restaurants, and is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix HospitalityIndex, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a Fortune magazine “Best Place to Work” five times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates 60 hotels and nearly 70 restaurants, bars and lounges in 26 cities. For more information, visit

Karen Gee-McAuley
Relevance PR
O: 818-541-7724
C: 323-428-1921

Michelle Drown
Senior Editor
Santa Barbara Independent
122 W. Figueroa St.
Santa Barbara, Ca 93101
(805) 965-5205
- - - - - - - - -
2008 National Winner, Best Weekly-Affiliated Website
2010 Citizen of the Year Award

event calendar sponsored by:
Recent Comments