The Dorchester announces the appointment of Luca Virgilio as General Manager from January 2022. In his new role, Luca will oversee operations and strategies for the iconic 250-bedroom London hotel on Park Lane. He will manage a comprehensive renovation of The Dorchester commencing February 2022.
Italian-born Luca joins from Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Eden, Rome, where he has held the position of general manager since 2014. During this time Luca oversaw the refurbishment of the Hotel Eden and positioned it as Rome’s most luxurious hotel. Luca’s career has seen him in leadership roles in Switzerland, Monte-Carlo, Rome and London, amassing numerous accolades for the hotels under his direction.
During his tenure, amongst other accolades, Hotel Eden has been awarded The One to Watch at Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards and Best Hotel in Europe at the Prix Villégiature Awards. Luca himself received recognition this year as Best Italian Hotelier 2021 at the DUCO Travel Summit after having repositioned the hotel with his team and for his commitment to guest and employee experience.
Commenting on Luca’s appointment, Christopher Cowdray, chief executive officer of Dorchester Collection, says: "Since we acquired Hotel Eden, Luca has done an outstanding job in transforming the property into one of Rome’s best hotels. Now, as we enter a new era for The Dorchester with an extensive renovation, I know that Luca will bring his flair and passion for excellence to the project, reinforcing the hotel’s legendary status."
"I am delighted to return to London to run one of the world’s most renowned hotels at a time of immense change, which will see the hotel further enhanced. The Dorchester has a rich heritage and incredibly loyal employees, and to be part of its legacy is an exciting prospect", said Luca.