Plans to bring a new full-service hotel to Downtown Allentown are moving forward.
J.B. Reilly, cofounder and president of City Center Lehigh Valley, which owns the Renaissance Hotel that is under construction, has hired a general manager and director of sales and marketing to lead facility.
The 170-room hotel, which will connect to the PPL Center hockey arena and overlook Center Square from Seventh Street, will be led by Scott Bullock as general manager and Mark De Intinis as director of sales and marketing.
Bullock is an award-winning hotel operations professional with extensive experience supervising four-star properties across the nation. He joined Center City Lehigh Valley from Morgan Management in Rochester, N.Y., where he was vice president of hospitality, managing the Strathallan Doubletree and CHAR Steakhouse.
He said he was looking forward to getting in on the ground floor of such an exciting new project.
“I think it’s a wonderful project. A hotel connected to an arena … and in the middle of more than a billion dollars of real estate development, that’s fun,” Bullock said.
Bullock said he thinks the public will be thrilled with the high-end luxury brand hotel that Renaissance is bringing to the Lehigh Valley, and he said he believes the final product will be a welcome addition to the downtown.
De Intinis brings 25 years of hospitality experience in sales and marketing, revenue management and revenue generation to his role. His background includes sales and marketing executive roles with Marriott, Hilton Worldwide and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, as well as two years as general manager of a Cambria Suites property in downtown Pittsburgh.
The Renaissance Allentown Hotel, which will have nearly 11,000 square feet of flexible event and meeting space, is scheduled to open this winter and has begun taking reservations for early 2015.