Dream Hotel Group names GM of Unscripted Durham

Matthew Whiteheart oversees day-to-day management and operations of the 74-room Unscripted Durham and its food-and-beverage outlets. Photo credit: Dream Hotel Group
Matthew Whiteheart. Photo credit: Dream Hotel Group

Dream Hotel Group appointed Matthew Whiteheart general manager of the Unscripted Durham in Durham, N.C. Whiteheart has nearly 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including a decade in management roles at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C.

As GM, Whiteheart oversees day-to-day management and operations of the 74-room hotel and its food-and-beverage outlets. The hotel features five restaurants and bars, including a rooftop pool deck and lounge and three street-level restaurants. Dream Hotel Group opened the hotel, its flagship location for its Unscripted Hotels brand, in July 2017 following a $19.5 revitalization. The hotel is located in historic downtown Durham within walking distance of the American Tobacco Campus, Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Whiteheart spent a little over 10 years at his last hotel, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, where he most recently served as director of rooms. Before starting there, he held roles at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham, N.C.; Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg, Maine; and Corolla Light Resort in Corolla, N.C.

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“As a North Carolina native with vast hospitality experience in the state, Matthew brings an amazing knowledge of the region, as well as a proven record of superior skills and professionalism that we’re certain will support our goals for the property,” Jay Stein, CEO of Dream Hotel Group, said in a statement.

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