"Sooner or later, we're all in the hospitality business. I bet you'll find that Chapter 8 alone is worth the cost of the book."
Seth Godin, Author, What To Do When It's Your Turn
"At Virgin Hotels, we are building a new hotel experience-something that can only be done by learning lessons from the greats of our industry and understanding the needs and wants of today's consumers. In The Heart of Hospitality
, Micah Solomon--one of the true thought leaders of the customer experience--has gathered unparalleled hospitality wisdom and distilled it in an incredibly readable and useful format. We were delighted to be part of this project and recommend it to any company or individual looking to grow within our industry."
Raul Leal, CEO, Virgin Hotels
"Micah Solomon is one of today's preeminent thought leaders on where hospitality, customer service, and customers themselves are heading. In The Heart of Hospitality
, Micah has put together the only book of its kind: a spectacularly useful, intelligent, and wry look at what determines success in the hospitality industry, packed throughout with his own insights and the insights of an extraordinary roster of great leaders and practitioners from our industry today."
Herve Humler, President and COO, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
"In this groundbreaking new book, Micah Solomon manages to distill the wisdom of some of America's most enlightened hospitality professionals. He combines the power of their insights with his own refreshing point of view in a compelling narrative style that is concise and to the point. The Heart of Hospitality
illustrates that ultimately it is the human connection that builds and sustains guest loyalty. This is an inspirational and useful book for anyone interested in customer satisfaction. Is there anyone who isn't?"
Patrick O'Connell, Chef/Proprietor, The Inn at Little Washington
"An incredibly valuable look at the hospitality industry, hospitality management, and how to succeed with today's (and tomorrow's) guests."
Sara Kearney, Vice President, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
"It's ironic, but many people and organizations in our industry fail because they lack knowledge and insight for how to provide true hospitality, how to truly care for the guest. That's why The Heart of Hospitality
is so important. It steps in to fill this gap. And it fills it with knowledge from the very best: hospitality icons Isadore Sharp, founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Herve Humler, president and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Danny Meyer, president and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, and so many more. Micah Solomon has interviewed the key executives from hospitality's best, including those from The Broadmoor and The Inn at Little Washington, Montage, Fairmont, EDITION, and Virgin Hotels and has merged their insights with his own as one of the best and best-known customer service experts himself. Their collective insight focuses on all the key ingredients to deliver an exceptional guest experience - hiring the right people, developing the necessary internal systems and hospitality standards, creating the proper service culture, defining steps for service recovery and visualizing anticipatory service, as well as offering fascinating and essential discussions on how technology has and will change the guest experience."
Bill Quiseng, Hospitality-industry GM (Radisson, Renaissance, Autograph Collection)
"Micah Solomon has gathered all of the great hospitality industry heroes, hotel management practitioners and great restaurateurs together and pulled crucial hospitality management and business insights out of them. This is transformational to the reader who wants to thrive in the challenging world of hospitality and hospitality management."
Rupesh Patel, President and CEO, 3Hospitality
From the Inside Flap
Success in today's rapidly changing hospitality industry depends on understanding the desires of guests of all ages, from seniors and boomers to the newly dominant millennial generation of travelers. Help has arrived with a compulsively-readable new standard, The Heart of Hospitality: Great Hotel and Restaurant Leaders Share Their Secrets
by Micah Solomon, with a foreword by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company's president and COO Herve Humler.
This up-to-the-minute resource delivers the closely guarded customer experience secrets and on-trend customer service insights of today's top hoteliers, restaurateurs, and masters of hospitality management including:
- Four Seasons Chairman Isadore Sharp: How to build an unsinkable company culture
- Union Square Hospitality Group CEO Danny Meyer: His secrets of hiring, onboarding, training, and more
- Tom Colicchio (Craft Restaurants, Top Chef): How to create a customer-centric customer experience in a chef-centric restaurant
- Virgin Hotels CEO Raul Leal: How Virgin Hotels created its innovative, future-friendly hospitality approach
- Ritz-Carlton President and COO Herve Humler: How to engage today's new breed of luxury travelers
- Double-five-star chef and hotelier Patrick O'Connell (The Inn at Little Washington) shares the secrets of creating hospitality connections
- Designer David Rockwell on the secrets of building millennial-friendly restaurants and hotel spaces (W, Nobu, Andaz) that resonate with today's travelers
- Restaurateur Traci Des Jardins on building a "narcissism-free" hospitality culture
- Legendary chef Eric Ripert's principles of creating a great guest experience The Heart of Hospitality
is a hospitality management resource like no other, put together by leading customer service expert Micah Solomon. Filled with exclusive, first-hand stories and wisdom from the top professionals in the industry, The Heart of Hospitality is an essential hospitality industry resource.
As Ritz-Carlton President and COO Herve Humler says in his foreword to the book, "If you want to create and sustain a level of service so memorable that it becomes an unbeatable competitive advantage, you'll find the secrets here."