Australia’s first hotel under the Aloft brand, Aloft Perth, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Morahan as General Manager. Slated to open in August 2017, Aloft Perth will launch the brand into Australia with additional Aloft Hotels scheduled to open in Adelaide and Melbourne in 2019.
In his role, Stephen will be responsible for appointing a strong opening team and establishing Aloft Perth as a destination for the next generation of travellers, who are drawn to the brand and the hotel’s energetic social atmosphere, innovative initiatives and modern style.
“It’s great to be back in Australia after five years in Thailand and I’m delighted to be heading up the team that will open the first Aloft hotel in Australia,” said Stephen Morahan. “Aloft resonates with today’s hyper-connected global traveller with its distinctive style, innovative programming and approach to technology. Designed to shake up the staid and traditional mid-market hotel sector, we are excited to redefine this category in Perth.”
Stephen began his career with Marriott International, which recently completed its merger transaction of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, in 2006 as Restaurant & Venue Manager for the recent Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa, where he was responsible for overseeing the resort’s diverse mix of food and beverage venues. From there he went on to pursue various roles, including Banquet Manager at The Westin Sydney, Executive Assistant Manager of Food & Beverage at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney and Hotel Manager at The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket.
For the past four years, Stephen held the position of General Manager at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort in Thailand, where he oversaw every aspect of the property’s operations. With over 10 years’ experience working for Marriott International, Stephen brings a wealth of experience to his new role.
As General Manager for Aloft Perth, Stephen will report to Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand & Pacific at Marriott International.
“Stephen’s exceptional skillset and wealth of experience make him the perfect candidate for this role,” said Sean Hunt. “His strong leadership skills, creativity and track performance record put Stephen in a good position to successfully launch the Aloft brand in Australia.”
Located in Rivervale, just east of Perth’s CBD, Aloft Perth will feature 224 loft-like rooms, leading edge technology and a buzzing social scene. Facilities at the hotel include the brand’s signature W XYZ bar where guests will be able to enjoy live music performances from up-and-coming local artists, Re:fuel a one-stop grab ‘n’ go food and beverage area, as well as a full-service restaurant. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s fitness centre, equipped with an outdoor swimming pool. Business travellers will have access to a variety of functional spaces.