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Avi Haksar became familiar with hotels early in life as his parents were from different parts of the world, India and Ireland. “Growing up in India, I did a lot traveling with my mom both to Ireland and the States and stayed in a lot of hotels,” he explained. “You get a sense of the sights, sounds and smells.”

Even with that experience, he studied marine biology and biochemistry at the University of Miami. “I enjoyed the field work very much,” he said. “But I was more interested in meeting people than doing lab work. That led me to go to Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland.”

This January, he became Managing Director at Rosewood Sand Hill following a stint at Rosewood Crescent in Dallas and a number of Four Seasons properties. The Menlo Park hotel is one of the smaller properties Avi has overseen or worked at. “That it was a five star facility with a resort kind of feel excited me,” he said. “There’s more time to spend with the team and to get to know everyone personally. There’s also more time to spend with the guests.”

Not surprisingly, Avi said that hospitality management is all about people and service: “For me, the most important thing is that we have incredible service, and it has to be consistent. We want to anticipate our guests’ needs and be there before they ask.”

Surrounded as he’s been by chefs, it’s also not surprising that Avi’s principal hobby is cooking. “I collect cookbooks and recipes,” he said. “My 8-year-old son is my best critic.

“And I also continue to enjoy travel, even though I’ve lived all over the world.”

Avi’s favorite spot if he had to pick just one — Sayulita, Mexico. “It’s such a great little town.”

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Earth Hour commemorated at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park

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In an effort to shine a light on the negative effects of climate change, Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park dimmed its lights for the 10th annual Earth Hour tonight for over an hour, illuminating its Madera restaurant and Sense spa by candlelight. “This was the second year we took part in Earth Hour,” said Gabor Vida, Rosewood’s […]

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Any impact of Super Bowl 50 on Menlo Park and Atherton?

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Rosewood Sand Hill’s managing director Alan Campey reflects on career in the luxury hospitality industry

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The idea occurred to Alan Campey while teaching water skiing on Lake Muskoka in northern Ontario. “I spent my summers there during high school,” he recalled over lunch at Madera in Menlo Park’s Rosewood Sand Hill, where he is Managing Director. “The basic job requirement was drive the boat safely and be able to pull people out of the […]

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Spotted: “Golden Egg” at Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park

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Nicole Neal: Working to build relationships at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley

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That she’d end up in the hospitality industry was not what Nicole Neal had in mind when she majored in industrial and manufacturing engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. But her husband landed a job in the Napa Valley soon after college and, as she says, there were really two employment options — hotels […]

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Tricia Young: Providing hospitality and comfort at Atherton Inn

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Atherton native Tricia Young was at the county offices one day in need of  a permit for some work on her home. A brochure caught her eye — How to Open and Operate a Bed and Breakfast in San Mateo County. “It was one of those light bulb moments,” she said in the well-appointed kitchen of […]

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Rosewood Sand Hill: All lit up for the holidays

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The Rosewood Hotel on Sand Hill has been open less than year but this evening’s first holiday party of the season appeared to be an instant tradition. Families were packed into the lobby for the tree lighting while the bar was hopping with the [usual?] Thursday night see-and-be-seen crowd. That the in-hotel jewelry boutique, Stephen […]

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Best Place to Watch the Sunset in Menlo Park

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Make an Online Reservation (via OpenTable.com)! A great byproduct of the new Rosewood Sand Hill is that its a terrific place to watch the sunset from either the outdoor patio adjacent to the bar or Madera restaurant. Food is tasty (although pricey in the restaurant) and view towards the western hills is awesome. Heads up #1: While umbrellas provide […]

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