Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort
The Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort announces the appointment of Chris Pranis as director of sales of the 175-room all-suite hotel, scheduled to open later this summer. In this position, Pranis will oversee and manage group and business markets for the resort, which is currently being constructed oceanfront along Florida’s Atlantic shoreline. Developed by Miami-based Key International, and managed by Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG), the Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort will offer 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 5,200-square-foot, oceanfront ballroom with outdoor terraces, and expansive waterfront lawns for events.
“Chris has a solid foundation in hotel sales, extensive experience in the local and regional markets, and productive relationships with key customers, all of which makes him a tremendous asset for the property,” stated hotel General Manager Jason Kern.
Pranis has spent the past decade in Florida’s hotel industry, most recently as director of sales at the only AAA four-diamond oceanfront resort in Central Florida, The Shores Resort & Spa. Prior to that, he was senior sales manager at the luxurious Casa Monica Hotel in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district, and corporate sales manager of the award-winning Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast. Prior to heading to Florida, Pranis spent eight years in New York, overseeing sales and marketing efforts for the Mill Pond Golf Course and Great Rock Golf Club. He also served as director of golf at Arnold Palmer Management/Century Golf.
Situated just 10 minutes from historic downtown St. Augustine and adjacent to the iconic St. Augustine Pier, the Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort will offer 175 two-room suites providing spacious accommodations. Each suite will include a private bedroom and separate living area with sofa bed, armchair and well-lit work/dining table, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. Other amenities will include complimentary Wi-Fi, cable and in-room movies, telephone with voicemail and data port and a laptop-sized safe, as well as an infinity-style oceanfront pool and Splash Park for children.
Guests will enjoy Embassy Suites by Hilton’s famous FREE cooked-to-order breakfast and nightly evening reception, but will also have a number of other culinary options from several onsite venues. The resort’s signature restaurant, Harvest & Reel, will feature locally sourced and specialty seafood, served from an open-show kitchen, while the poolside bar and grille will offer Latin-inspired dishes. Within the main lobby area, the upscale Rhum Bar will feature specialty cocktails and spectacular Atlantic views, with a full-service Starbucks Café and 24/7 market also available.
With Pier Park to the south and Anastasia State Park to the north, resort guests will also find plenty of off-property opportunities to relax, bike ride, surf, fish, paddle board and more. The resort is partnering with local outfitters to provide a variety of guest experiences, such as eco-tours, surf lessons and historical tours of St. Augustine, to name a few.
For more information, visit www.embassystaugustine.com