Jonathan Stapleton, general manager at The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa in Bath, is to leave the hospitality industry after almost five decades.
Stapleton has been GM at the five-star 49-bedroom hotel since October 2014 and told Boutique Hotelier that now was the time to ‘hang up his hospitality boots and do something different in life’.
Ben Danielson, current group operations director with the Vineyard Group is to take over as general manager at The Royal Crescent Hotel, departing his current position after five years with the Group.
Stapleton has spent 46 years working in five-star hotels and resorts around the world. Experience in the UK includes six years as general manager at The Old Course Hotel, four years at Lough Erne Resorts and a short stint as CEO at Farncombe Estate in Broadway.
He joined The Royal Crescent in 2014 following its £5m renovation from owners Topland Hotels and drove the hotel to achieve five AA red stars in 2016.
Speaking to BH, Stapleton said: “It has been a wonderful journey taking me to some eight countries, fun too, driven as I have always remained, to consistently exceed guests’ expectations in all areas of the business. Opening three international hotels, taking two hotels to AA 5 Red Stars, having my own restaurant ‘down under’, becoming a Master Innholder and President of The International Spa Association for EAME, as well as meeting many of the world’s most recognised people and working with some great owners and teams, has made each and every day a welcome challenge to be enjoyed, whereby nothing is impossible.”
A spokesperson for the Royal Crescent Hotel said the news of Stapleton’s departure could not yet be confirmed when approached by Boutique Hotelier.