Hilton's El Conquistador Tucson hires former Royal Park Hotel GM

The El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort. Photo credit: Hilton

El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort, in Tucson, Ariz., named Michael K. Platt as its new GM.

Michael K. Platt. Photo credit: Hilton

Bringing more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the El Conquistador team, Platt was most recently the GM of the four-star, four-diamond Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Mich., when it received WorldHotels’ award for “Best Experience Creator” for the third consecutive year, as well as recognition for improved revenue management.

Born in Zimbabwe and fluent in three languages, Platt’s passion for travel and education has led him to a variety of luxury brands, with GM positions at Arista Hotel in Chicago; the Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica and the Hilton Long Beach in California; and the El San Juan Hotel & Casino in Puerto Rico, the first Waldorf Astoria Collection property and the first casino resort in the world to carry the Waldorf Astoria flag.

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When he is not working, this new Tucson local can be found watching F-1 racing or walking his three French bulldogs.

The 428-room resort recently completed the largest renovation in its 35-year history. The property spans 80 acres, and includes its own horse stables, a mini Western village bookable for private events, southwestern cuisine and multiple swimming pools. The hotel overlooks Pusch Ridge and the Santa Catalina Mountains, and offers daily wellness activities such as nature walks and yoga.

The property also offers five swimming pools, a 143-foot water slide, the Elements wellness center, a kids club, horseback riding, hiking, cycling and more.

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