Introducing ‘People of the Palace,’ A Spotlight on Our Talented Team

Introducing our newest initiative, #PeopleOfThePalace. Each month we’ll be highlighting the amazing talent here at The New York Palace through our social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn). Whether they are right in the center of the action, or behind the scenes making sure the hotel runs smoothly for our guests, The Palace appreciates each and every one of our employees for bringing a unique personality to the hotel.

We kick this month off with Leonardo Lorenzo, our Associate Director of Catering. Below is the full interview for this month’s Employee Showcase:

[The New York Palace]: How long have you been working at The Palace?
[Leonardo Lorenzo]: I’ve been here for a year and 4 months now.

[NYP]: Tell us a little more about what you do here – what’s your day-to-day?
[LL]: We sell our event space for social events, corporate events, as well as non-profit events. After the selling process takes place, we also plan events and execute them. So, it’s a one stop shop for our clients. We get to be with them from Day 1 when they inquired about our space, all the way to the end of their event. We have a team of 6 on the catering side. It’s a great team, I’m very proud of them. We also have fantastic Banquet, Culinary and Steward Teams that really make it happen and deliver on the day of the event.

[NYP]: Did you start in Catering Sales?
[LL]: I’ve pretty much known I wanted to work in hotels since high school. So, I went to school for hotel management, and started in Operations. I worked the Front Desk, I did Housekeeping, I had internships in every possible department – including security – I worked in the kitchen, I did it all in terms of the hotel business. 13 years ago is when I made the big switch of moving from Operations to the Catering side of the operation. That’s when I said ‘This is it, this is where I want to be.’ So I’ve been doing this for quite a bit now.

[NYP]: What’s your favorite part about The New York Palace?
[LL]: It’s been an amazing experience. I would have to say our incredible Courtyard is a unique feature that our property has. It really sets the tone and tells a story of our history. It’s really beautiful. Secondly, the team. We have an amazing, amazing team in every single department and it’s so pleasant to work with them all.

[NYP]: Where do you live now?
[LL]: I’ve been in the States since 2002, but I’m originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now I’ve lived in Hell’s Kitchen ever since I moved to New York in 2009.

[NYP]: Tell us a little about your favorite place to eat?
[LL]: I can tell you all about my favorite spots in the city. I love going to this little Italian tapas place in my neighborhood called Briciola on 51st and 9th. It’s just so cozy – it’s tiny. You sit at one long communal table surrounded by wine racks. All the servers are European. It’s super fun.

[NYP]: What’s been your most memorable moment here at The Palace?
[LL]: When I booked my first wedding. That was the most rewarding moment when I first started, was when I got that first signed contract for a Villard Ballroom wedding. It’s because it’s a trust that you’ve gained after several site visits and appointments with a possible bride and her family. It’s a very sentimental decision that this family is making. They’re spending their own money and they really create that connection with you.

[NYP]: Share a fun fact about yourself that we may not know. Any hobbies, etc.?
[LL]: I really like to entertain other people. I like to have a good time when I’m here and when I’m not here. I like to spend time with friends, laugh and be positive.

[NYP]: What’s your favorite event in NYC?
[LL]: I love The Nutcracker. It’s a beautiful ballet. I love musicals. I’m one of those people that go and wait in line for the lottery. I just saw the Book of Mormon, it was great. I saw Kinky Boots, Hedwig and the Angry Inch – it’s really cool to win tickets through the lottery.

Thank you, Leo for sharing your experience with The New York Palace. We’re happy to have you on board!

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Join us in the Lobby for a Happier Hour

The Palace strives to give every guest a royal experience through the most unique amenities and events. This desire inspired Palace Hour, a social event exclusively for guests, held in The Palace lobby every evening, Monday through Saturday.

Pause during your walk through The New York Palace lobby to enjoy unique offerings available to guests. A casual take on events at The Palace, The Palace Hour highlights our best features  with everything from divine confections from our patisserie in NYC to refreshing specialty drinks right from Trouble’s Trust  and Tavern on 51’s signature bar menus. The mood and atmosphere is set at 5pm as the lights dim and music fills the room, creating the perfect environment to sample rich treats. Each hour presents a new theme, enabling guests to sample our most decadent offerings. Silky chocolate truffles from Pomme Palais may be an offer one day, then a specialty beverage the next, guaranteeing that no matter what day you attend you’ll be pleasantly surprised. View our calendar of events for more on upcoming themes.

Palace Hour highlights the experiences that make a stay at The Palace wonderful. The event entices guests to linger in the lobby, rather than pass right through, creating an elegant lounge atmosphere. Follow The Palace on Instagram where we often share photos of our exclusive offerings with hashtag #PalacePerks

See some photos from our recent Specialty Beverage “Honey Bramble” Palace Hour

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Suite Discoveries: Rise & Shine to Sweeping Skyline Views

Let the city surround you from the comfort of a spacious Executive Suite in The Towers. To provide the most unique experience, all Towers Executive Suites face West with guaranteed skyline views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and beyond. Peering out over the vast metropolis from floors 41 and above, provides the perfect inspiration for planning your ideal New York City adventure.

The Towers at The New York Palace boasts the finest Executive Suites New York City has to offer. Sweeping midtown views accompany every reservation, a feature uncommon in the city that never sleeps. Expansive windows frame uninhibited views of the New York City skyline while vibrant artwork creates the perfect juxtaposition for sleek, welcoming furnishings. 24-hour room service offers the ultimate in-suite dining option while mirrored pocket doors separate the bedroom from the living space to create your own private escape. Not only do guests of The Towers  stay in the most well-appointed Executive Suites NYC can provide, weekend travelers can indulge with a complimentary glass of Champagne in their private Towers reception area. The royal treatment continues with nightly turn down service, attentive concierge and a complimentary newspaper of your choice delivered daily.

Allow The New York Palace to present you with the most exclusive Executive Suites New York has to offer. You simply won’t find these sweeping skyline views anywhere else, so submit an inquiry to The Towers to begin planning your stay.

Discover the views and top nearby NYC attractions for yourself:

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