FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH, Fla. – Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG) has appointed Candice Cancino as general manager of the new AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach, scheduled to open in early 2021.
In her new role, Cancino will oversee all hotel operations, and will maintain Marriott and AC brand standards. The 10-story, 171-room property is currently being constructed in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and 23 miles of sandy beach. Owned by Miami-based real estate investment and development company Key International, the AC by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach is the city’s first AC brand hotel.
“Candice is a seasoned industry veteran with an impressive background working with well-respected brands, notable independents, and upscale resorts,” said Ron Mader, regional vice president of operations of HVMG. “It is her extensive experience and personal passion for excellence and service that make her an ideal choice to manage this exciting new build in the heart of South Florida.”
With nearly 25 years of hospitality experience, Cancino was first introduced to hotels while living in Switzerland during her college years. Her career began with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, where she spent 13 years overseeing various departments, including training, housekeeping, rooms, and front of house throughout locations along the east and west coasts of the U.S.
She then worked with W Hotels in California and New York, overseeing two properties in Murray Hill, N.Y., before moving on to work as director of operations and general manager at several hot spots in New York and Washington, D.C., including The Normandy Hotel, The Row, Hyatt Herald Square, and The High Line Hotel. During the past five years, she held general manager positions at the boutique King George Hotel and the independently owned Carmel Mission Inn, both in northern California.
The AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach will feature breathtaking ocean views, onsite open-kitchen-set dining, library-focused workspace, resort-style pool with cabanas, oversized balconies, and nearly 1,000 square feet of meeting space. Guestrooms and common space will embrace the modern style and décor synonymous with South Florida-style living.