14 June 2016
ROCCO FORTE HOTELS APPOINTS RICHARD COOKE AS NEW GENERAL MANAGER OF THE BALMORAL
Richard Cooke has been appointed the position of General Manager of The Balmoral, the iconic Rocco Forte Hotel situated in the heart of Edinburgh. Mr Cooke brings 23 years of experience in hospitality management across a variety of five-star properties in Canada, USA, South East Asia and China.
Mr Cooke will be responsible for the day to day operations and strategic direction of the hotel, including 168 rooms and 20 suites; the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Number One; all-day dining venue Hadrian’s Brasserie; the iconic Afternoon Tea lounge Palm Court; the hotel’s dedicated whisky bar, Scotch; The Balmoral Bar; The Balmoral Spa and the hotel’s meeting and conferencing offerings.
Mr Cooke joins The Balmoral from his position as Area General Manager of the Shangri-La Hotels in Toronto and Vancouver, having opened the Shangri-La Toronto. Prior to this he spent ten years in various management positions with Shangri-La Hotels including General Manager of Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Manager of the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore and Hotel Manager of Pudong Shangri-La Hotel in Shanghai.
Mr Cooke started his hospitality career in the UK before moving to New Zealand and the Regent Hotel in Auckland. He subsequently moved to the U.S where he held the position of Executive Assistant Manager at The Ritz Carlton in Dearborn, Michigan and The Ritz Carlton in San Francisco before moving to Rosewood Hotels and Resorts in Dallas as Director of Food and Beverage.
On his appointment at The Balmoral, Mr Cooke said:
“I am delighted on so many levels to take up this position. I get the chance to work with legendary hotelier Sir Rocco Forte. My dream has been to manage an iconic hotel, which the Balmoral without question is and I fulfil this in a city I have fallen in love with over the past few years.”
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Many hotels claim to have landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. The Balmoral is a grand Rocco Forte hotel located at Edinburgh's most prestigious address, No 1 Princes Street. The Balmoral offers 188 opulent suites and contemporary rooms. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant or the informal Hadrian’s Brasserie. Afternoon Tea is served in the refurbished Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of over 400 Scottish whiskies at Scotch. Expertly blended cocktails are shaken and stirred to perfection at The Balmoral Bar and signature Scottish treatments are available at The Balmoral Spa.
Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 10 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg.
Future opening: Jeddah in 2016, Shanghai in 2018