Highgate appoints new GM for Hilton's Gates Hotel South Beach

The Gates Hotel South Beach

The Gates Hotel South Beach, a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, appointed Brent McNally as GM. In this role, McNally will be responsible for driving overall operations and guest satisfaction of the lifestyle hotel’s 235-rooms, signature restaurant Agaveros Cantina and 3,000 square feet of meeting space.

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“We’re thrilled to have Brent McNally join the Highgate team,” Jeff Toscano, SVP of lifestyle hotels at Highgate, said in a statement. “With his extensive background in lifestyle hospitality and guest experience, we look forward to Brent furthering the success The Gates South Beach already enjoys.”

Brent assumes this position immediately and has already stepped into the role of overseeing all aspects of the hotel operations, including the recent completion of a redesign of the hotel's entrance, lobby bar, lounge and destination pool deck, as well as reimagined guestrooms – all with custom artwork from artist Jorge De La Torriente.

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McNally brings more than 12 years of experience in opening and repositioning hotels. Most recently, McNally served as GM for the Monterey Tides Hotel in Monterey, Calif. Prior to this, he held various executive leadership positions including GM at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif., and assistant GM of the Cypress Hotel (currently Juniper Hotel) in Cupertino, Calif. An industry veteran, McNally was formerly on the board of directors for the Monterey County Hospitality Association, and was vice-chair of the board of directors for Visit Huntington Beach.

The Gates Hotel South Beach is located on Collins Avenue, near Ocean Drive, South Beach’s nightlife scene and the Atlantic Ocean. Built on the foundation of the 1954 Ankara Motel, The Gates maintains the historic, Art Deco-inspired architecture on the exterior, while breathing new life into a reconstructed interior that blends modern comforts with vintage glamour. The exclusive, boutique-style setting offers outdoor spaces such as modern cabanas overlooking the pool and canal, expanded pool deck for communal dining, bicycles and a custom SoBe Tuk-Tuk that transports guests to private beach chairs. On-property restaurant Agaveros Cantina pairs Mexican-inspired dishes with more than 100 tequilas and mezcals imported from Mexico.  

The Gates South Beach is part of The Gates Gallery of Hotels, a collection of distinct hotels offering all-encompassing getaways for guests that reflect local hospitality in uniquely curated environments with locations in Key West, Barcelona and San Francisco (coming soon). The Gates Gallery of Hotels is managed by Highgate, a real estate investment and hospitality management company whose portfolio includes more than 100 properties in gateway cities worldwide. 

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