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INTERVIEW

Arash Azarbarzin
CEO, SH Hotels & Resorts
By Can Faik
Photography courtesy of SH Hotels & Resorts

SH

Hotels & Resorts, an affiliate of global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, is a hotel brand management company that operates
1 Hotels, a mission-driven luxury lifestyle brand that launched in 2015 with properties in South Beach, Manhattan, Brooklyn, West Hollywood,
and Haitang Bay. SH Hotels & Resorts also operates Treehouse Hotel, a sister to the 1 Hotels brand, and Baccarat Hotels & Resorts, a luxury
brand that debuted its flagship property in March 2015 in New York.
What was your background prior to working for SH Hotels?
I was a founding member of sbe Hotel Group, where I served as president for 12 years. I also spent several years in
leadership roles at W Hotels & Resorts, as well as with St. Regis and Four Seasons. It was at W that I first met and
worked with our chairman and founder, Barry Sternlicht. I always admired him and his vision for 1 Hotels, and I was
thrilled to be able to work with him again as president, and now CEO, at SH Hotels & Resorts.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love traveling the world, seeing new cities, and experiencing new cultures. Since each 1 Hotels and Treehouse
property is created with the distinct influence of its local environment, I really get a deep understanding of the
numerous places I travel to.
You've noted expansion is high on the brands' agenda. Where is SH Hotels putting its focus in terms of growth?
We believe in our brands and expansion is a high priority. We will be opening two new 1 Hotels locations this
year-1 Hotel Toronto this summer and 1 Hotel Nashville this fall. We have other 1 Hotels locations coming in Cabo,
Melbourne, San Francisco, London, Paris, and Hanalei Bay [Hawaii]. We just announced a Treehouse that will open
in Brickell [Miami], and we also have several Baccarat properties on the horizon.

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Letter from the President
News
Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
Guest Perspective
Who's Who
New NEWH Corporate Partners
Conference Roundup
Have You Seen
Scholarships
Scholarship Heroes
Interview: Arash Azarbarzin
Sustainability Point of View
Q&A: Tara Chung
Q&A: Courtney Elfand
Q&A: Gabe Rodriguez
Cover Story
Project: Canopy Cancun
Project: Pressed Roots
Project: Giannino Mayfair
Project: Portola Hotel & Spa
Chapter Highlights
Save the Date
New Members
Partner Profiles
Ad Index
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