10 Questions: Theresa Henkelmann, Homestead Inn – Thomas Henkelmann

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for some unique insight and perspective. This week, we talk to Theresa Henkelmann of the Homestead Inn – Thomas Henkelmann.

Name one thing about your hotel that you haven’t told anyone else.
Our property was the original building on the Bell Haven peninsula, and the property on which extraordinary homes were built in the 19th Century was originally our property’s farmland.

What is the most unusual thing about your hotel?
Our building exteriors are Currier and Ives, while the interiors are contemporary and eclectic while maintaining architectural integrity.

What kind of imprint would you like to leave on the hotel?
I hope it will be the exhale factor, releasing outside pressure when entering the property.
What is your hotel’s unique selling point?
We are a stone’s throw from Manhattan situated in residential grandeur. We offer room to breathe, guest ‘Chambers,’ our extraordinary multi award-winning restaurant Thomas Henkelmann, and the added value of access to water, sports and shopping.

Who is your hotel’s ideal guest?
Sophisticated, well-traveled and appreciates quality.

Which elements will let the guest realize that they’re in your hotel?
Our personalization is forefront. The property itself, the guestrooms and particularly the restaurant. Our guests are mentally transported to Europe.

Which part of the hotel is your personal favorite?
The Drinks Room hands down. It is my welcome mat to everything else. It’s a tour of my world.

Do you have a favorite room?
My favorite room depends of the mood and time of year.

Which is your favorite spot nearby?
I love Greenwich Avenue. It offers world-class shopping and variety of wonderful restaurants.

Which hotel, apart from your own, do you like particularly?
The Ritz on Place Vendome in Paris.

Theresa Henkelmann

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