DUNEDIN, Fla. – Fenway Hotel in Dunedin, Fla., has appointed Michael (Mickey) Melendez as its new general manager.
Melendez will oversee the hiring of new staff and day-to-day operations at the hotel. He has relocated from Florida’s east coast, where he most recently worked as general manager of The Daytona, Autograph Collection.
“Michael’s diverse experience and positive leadership style make him a welcome addition at Fenway and the larger Mainsail family,” said Joe Collier, president, Mainsail Lodging & Development. “This is a challenging time in the travel industry, and having a clear vision and familiarity with managing an Autograph property will enable him to play a vital role in (our continued success.)”
Melendez has more than 17 years of hospitality experience, beginning his career with Columbia Sussex, where he worked his way from bellman to director of operations. He entered management with the Shaner Hotel Group, where he served as general manager to several properties throughout the Southeast, including the Courtyard Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront, the Durham Marriott City Center, and others.
In his most recent position, Melendez opened and served as general manager of The Daytona and was previously task force general manager at the Playa Largo Resort & Spa, both members of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. Melendez attended Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he earned his degree in hospitality and tourism management.
Originally opened in 1927, Fenway Hotel is an icon of the jazz age, playing host to notable explorers, artists, politicians, musicians, and living legends in its time as an operating hotel. Today, the hotel features 83 guest rooms and suites; a combined 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, featuring the Caladesi Ballroom with water views; a resort-style pool; and an expansive front lawn that is popular for events.