SOURCE: Coastal Hotel Group

April 25, 2008 15:28 ET

Lodge on the Desert Names Jacque Traweek General Manager

Will Oversee Expansion

TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwire - April 25, 2008) - Jacque Traweek has been named General Manager at Lodge on the Desert according to Yogi Hutsen, President of Coastal Hotel Group. Coastal Hotels has managed the historic Tucson lodging property since December 2006.

Prior to joining Lodge on the Desert, Traweek was General Manager at Cave B Inn, a small luxury boutique resort in Washington state. Traweek is no stranger to Tucson, having grown up in Oracle and attended The University of Arizona. Her first hospitality work experience was at the then Sheraton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort. At Sheraton she also worked with Hutsen, who was General Manager at the time. Says Hutsen, "Jacque returns to Tucson with a wealth of experience in all areas of hotel management... in hotels from the Virgin Islands to the Hawaiian Islands and more recently the northwest. Her family is here and Jacque has always considered Tucson home. Her excitement to be back is exactly what's needed to take Lodge on the Desert to the next level as a quality Tucson boutique resort experience."

Traweek replaces Tucson hospitality veteran Maria Lane who, as Hotel Manager, will continue to oversee the housekeeping department and front desk.

Lodge on the Desert is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion. When complete in early 2009, the property will occupy nearly five acres in mid-central Tucson and feature 100 guest rooms and suites, a new lobby -- appropriately named the Hacienda -- swimming pool and spa, plus expanded conference facilities, the largest accommodating up to 80 guests for a banquet. Additionally, an expansive lawn will be available for weddings and social events. By the end of summer, the Hacienda and pool will debut, along with two new guest room buildings and conference rooms. At the same time, a total renovation of the lodge's restaurant and bar will be finished.

Adds Traweek, "Tucson indeed is a special place to me. I grew up enjoying Sunday brunches at Lodge on the Desert with my family, strolling the beautiful grounds afterward. To now have the opportunity to oversee its expansion and manage the new property will allow me to give back to this wonderful community."

About Lodge on the Desert

Lodge on the Desert was designed as a private residence and completed in 1931. The home was sold in 1936 and the new owner opened for business as Lodge on the Desert with seven rooms. A year later another guest room and swimming pool were added. The Lodge has since been operated as a resort facility, except during World War II when it served as an apartment hotel for service personnel. Between 1952 and 1973, additional guest rooms were constructed. In 1997, Lodge Partners purchased the historic resort and completely refurbished all 35 guest rooms, expanded the kitchen and restaurant, and added a patio and lounge. Lodge on the Desert is located at 306 North Alvernon Road, just north of Broadway Boulevard. For reservations or more information, call (520) 325-3366. Or visit www.LodgeOnTheDesert.com.

About Coastal Hotel Group

Coastal Hotel Group is a privately held, Seattle-based hotel hospitality management company specializing in distinctive luxury hotels, resorts, inns, and lodges. Established in 1987, Coastal Hotel Group has earned a reputation for providing remarkable lodging choices for the discerning traveler. For more information, visit www.CoastalHotels.com or call (206) 254-9923.

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