City centre hotel appoints new manager

Adam Flint has been named the new general manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre hotel.

He brings more than 20 years’ experience to the business.

It’s his first position with Focus Hotels Management Ltd, which has operated the hotel for more than a decade, and he said it’s a very exciting time to join the Focus family.

He said: “Focus Hotels is a small-to-medium-size business with big ambition and is currently investing in the infrastructure for growth. It’s a very good time to be joining Focus.”

Despite coming from a family which has spent five generations in dentistry, Adam was bitten by the hospitality bug early and has never wanted to do anything else.

He came through Marriott’s fast-track management graduate programme and has worked at that group’s hotels in Regents Park, Heathrow, Swindon, Leicester and Birmingham.

He has also worked for EQ Hotels and Hilton and then the Doyle Collection, a private Irish business.

He won a prestigious Acorn Award in 2003, which annually recognise the 30 brightest under-30-year-old prospects in the hospitality industry, which he said was a “big moment” in his career.

While his brother and cousin have kept the family dentistry tradition going, Adam said it was the variety of roles and experiences that drew him to hospitality.

“I enjoy having to be a ‘jack of all trades’, getting involved in everything from accounting to sales, marketing to food, the hospitality industry has enabled me to dip my hand into so many different areas as well as to move all around the country.”

It has now brought him to the DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre, which earlier this year celebrated its 50th anniversary, and which was the city’s largest hotel when it first opened.

Adam said: “We are looking to build upon our strong ESG credentials and do everything we can to make this hotel the preferred place to stay in Bristol.

“We’re in an excellent location, with Temple Meads rail station on our doorstep and the historic harbourside just a ten-minute walk away.

“This hotel has a rich history going back 50 years, but there is so much investment and development going on in this part of the city that I am very much looking to the future, and for this hotel to be a major player in the vibrant heart of Bristol.

“I am passionate about hospitality, I live and breathe it, and will be bringing that into all that I do in this exciting new role.”

Devin Grosse, chief executive of Focus Hotels, said: “We’re excited to welcome Adam to the Focus family and look forward to him bringing his infectious enthusiasm for our industry to a hotel which has been a beacon of hospitality and hope for more than fifty years – and counting.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre has 206 bedrooms, 17 meeting rooms as well as the unique Kiln Restaurant, located in an original 17th century glass kiln which was part of Bristol’s thriving glass industry.

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