Garden City Hotel, Allegria get new chiefs

Nasser Samman, in the Allegria Hotel?s restaurant, took Nasser Samman, in the Allegria Hotel’s restaurant, took over management of the Long Beach hotel last month. Previously, he managed the Garden City Hotel. (Oct. 4, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

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Two of Long Island's top luxury hotels have new general managers.

A spokesman Thursday confirmed that the Garden City Hotel has named Grady Colin to run the 280-room, nine-story hotel, which was recently sold.

His predecessor, Nasser Samman, has signed on to run the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach. That hotel is also nine stories, has 143 rooms and bills itself as the only oceanfront hotel on Long Island west of the Hamptons. The company that owns it, the Woodmere-based Alrose Group, recently emerged from bankruptcy.

Both men assumed their new jobs in September. Colin took over management of the Garden City Hotel after the recent sale of the property to Fortuna Realty Group, a Manhattan real-estate management and development firm. It took over on Sept. 20.

Colin was unavailable for comment, the spokesman said. He previously worked as general manager at the Hilton Boston Downtown, and before that worked at New York hotels, including the Waldorf-Astoria.

Samman, who began working at the Garden City Hotel in 1997, said he started job hunting after the sale because new owners in the industry typically bring in new management. Last month, an executive at the hotel emailed employees to tell them their jobs would be terminated as part of a changeover to new ownership. Thursday, the spokesman confirmed that all but 30 of the 300 workers have been rehired.

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Samman, when asked if he planned to compete head-to-head with his former employer, said the Allegria competes with every hotel on the Island. But he added, "The Allegria Hotel is going to be moving forward to a luxury and customer-service focus."

Samman succeeds Michael Witte at Allegria.

Though both hotels cater to high-end clients, their demographics differ, said R. Moke McGowan, president and chief executive of the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Allegria has a South Beach, Fla., feel and is geared to a younger clientele, he said. The Garden City Hotel, on the other hand, has more of a village environment and is well known in both the metro area and internationally, he said. "That is why I don't think they will go after the same business."

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