GETTING TO KNOW: Susanne Traudt, GM, South Place Hotel


After four years at South Place Hotel in London, general manager Susanne Traudt counts the hotel’s restaurant winning a Michelin Star as her ultimate career highlight.

Name:  Susanne Traudt  

Job title: General Manager, South Place Hotel

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Highlight of your career so far?  The award of the Michelin star in Angler Restaurant

If you could choose three guests, dead or alive, to dinner, who would you choose? David Bowie, Jo Malone and Angela Merkel

Last hotel you stayed at? Four Seasons in Dubai on my honeymoon

Best piece of advice you ever received? Never assume, and communicate your thoughts

Biggest service bugbear? Bad attitude and ignorance

If you went on Stars in their Eyes, who would you portray? Grace Kelly

Which other company (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire and why? I do love The Maybourne Hotel group, as all of their properties are amazing and service is outstanding, but I also like the Adidas brand because their trainers are great but also a big fan of their sustainability concept.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning? Put my heels on and walk around the public areas of the hotel and say hello to the team

Your first job? Waitress in a Portuguese restaurant in Munich

If you weren’t a hotelier what would you be doing? Running a delicatessen shop in my hometown of Munich

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? Developing or running a larger hotel in an exciting city (not necessarily London)

Your dream job? I love my current job 😊

Something you wish you knew before joining the industry: Improvement never stops and every day is a new challenge. 

In one word…

Favourite food? A plate of delicious pasta

Favourite UK city? London

Favourite request on the jukebox? Dancing Queen from Abba

Favourite drink? No doubt a Negroni

Favourite holiday destination? Thailand

Favourite film? The Holiday  

Favourite gadget? My Dyson hairdryer  

Favourite thing you own? My Crystal decanter

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