Cincinnati hotel joins Preferred Hotels & Resorts

The contemporary art-filled Summit hotel features a nine-story atrium, a library, a rooftop terrace, an art gallery and 239 guest suites. Photo credit: The Summit Cincinnati

The Summit Hotel in Cincinnati has joined the portfolio of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, an independent hotel brand. Preferred Hotels & Resorts represents more than 750 hotels, resorts, residences and hotel groups across 85 countries. The Summit is the only member of Preferred Hotels in Cincinnati and the second hotel in Ohio affiliated with the hotel group.

“We are thrilled to bring an elevated experience to our guests as a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts,” said Martin Pittman, AT Hospitality Group’s VP of operations. “Their exquisite hotels reflect our own commitment to surprise and delight every guest and affiliating with them will help us to even further expand the memorable experiences we offer. Preferred Hotels’ emphasis on nurturing independence and celebrating individuality is a perfect fit for us as Cincinnati’s premier luxury boutique hotel,”

The Summit opened in the Madisonville neighborhood in 2018. Originally a doorbell factory, then a rainbow-hued parking garage, the property emerged as a contemporary art-filled hotel featuring a nine-story atrium, a library, a rooftop terrace, an art gallery and 239 guest suites.

AT Hospitality Group will manage the hotel property. The private development group oversees The Summit and Madison Square, a mixed-use development currently under construction featuring an international food hall, an outdoor theater, a dog park and independent dining and shopping.

“We’re thrilled to welcome The Summit into the Preferred Hotels & Resorts family. Cincinnati is always in the conversation when it comes to must-visit locations in the U.S., especially around food, beverage and entertainment,” said Robert Van Ness, executive VP, Americas, Preferred Hotels & Resorts. “The seasoned leadership team driving development in and around The Summit means even more memorable experiences for our iPrefer loyalty members.”

AT Hospitality Group also announced new executive leaders as part of the transition. Pittman, previously GM of The Summit, was promoted to AT Hospitality’s VP of operations. In his new role, Pittman is responsible for guest service in the rooms and food-and-beverage departments; functional oversight of operations, finance and human resources, as well as future acquisitions and oversight of the hotel.

Previously hotel’s director of sales & marketing, Denise Bayless now is AT Hospitality’s regional director of sales & marketing. Bayless is responsible for all sales and marketing efforts for The Summit and will help lead positioning of AT Hospitality’s future developments, including lodging, food-and-beverage venues and entertainment districts.