Boyle and Martinez to Lead Connecticut Hotel’s Repositioning

SHELTON, Conn. — June 11, 2013 — Officials of New Castle Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel owner, operator and developer, today named Paul Boyle general manager and Annette Martinez director of sales and marketing of the 117-room Westport Inn in Westport, Conn. New Castle assumed management of the hotel in April of this year.

“The Westport Inn is ripe for experienced management and creative marketing input,” said Gerry Chase, president and COO of New Castle. “Paul and Annette are the two best people to reposition this hotel and fully integrate it into the business and social fabric of the community of Westport.”

Boyle’s 20-plus year career includes general manager positions with virtually every major brand family, including Starwood, Marriott, Hilton and IHG, as well as prominent management companies including HEI Hotels & Resorts, Interstate Hotels & Resorts and New Castle Hotels & Resorts. Most recently, he served as general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott in nearby Shelton, Conn., where he oversaw two major renovations during the previous 24 months, simultaneously earning the highest guest and employee satisfaction ratings in the hotel’s history.

“Paul’s knowledge of this market is second to none, and he’s a very effective hotel operator,” Chase said. “He’s held several key positions with us in the past and I’m confident that the future of the Westport Inn is all but assured, with Paul as the general manager.”

Annette Martinez launched her hospitality career with Marriott in 2000 and has held increasingly responsible corporate and property-level sales positions throughout the region. Most recently, Martinez served as sales manager for the Bridgeport Holiday Inn, where she was responsible for double digit increases in both key accounts and government production.

“The Westport Inn has substantial business drivers and a charming, country inn feel,” noted Boyle. “I’m confident that this property soon will be among the area’s leading hotels for both business and leisure visitors.”

Located off I-95 in the heart of Westport, Conn., the Ascend Collection hotel offers 6,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 3,200 square foot Westport ballroom, the largest event space in the city. Just one hour from Manhattan, the Westport Inn is a short distance from Fairfield University, Save the Children, Sacred Heart University, Bridgewater Corporation and Terex Corporation and a convenient launch pad for visitors taking in a play at the Westport Playhouse or visiting nearby Sherwood Island State Park. The hotel’s Red Hen Restaurant and Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. An indoor pool and fitness center round out the amenities at this pet-friendly hotel.

About New Castle Hotels & Resorts
The Westport Inn is operated by Shelton Conn. based New Castle Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning independent third-party hotel manager, owner and developer with more than 29 hotels and resorts and nearly 5,000 rooms under contract or in development. New Castle’s growing portfolio of hotels spans 10 states and three Canadian provinces and includes several of Canada’s historic landmark resorts.  The privately-held company was established by CEO, David Buffam in 1980 and consistently ranks among the top hotel management and development companies in North America, serving the United States and Canada.  New Castle is a preferred operator for diverse brands within the Marriott, Hilton and Starwood families. For additional information, please go to