Our Team


On a mission to revolutionize the hotel industry and save consumers from expensive and boring hotels, Gerard gave up work after five years as a hotel analyst, sold his home and joined forces with Simon in July 2002. Gerard’s vision to provide a visually and mentally stimulating experience at an affordable price drives the YOTEL project. Previously, Gerard worked at an operational level for Hyatt International, Marriott Hotels and Conran Restaurants. “The majority of hotels in the world are either poorly designed, badly managed or ridiculously expensive. Operators such as One Aldwych, Hotel du Vin and Malmaison have led the way in excellence and value for money. YOTEL will continue this mantra but at the more affordable end of the spectrum.” You can find him on his bicycle training for a triathlon, cruising in his classic car or snooping around hotels, checking out the competition.


Claes brings over twenty years of management experience, most recently joining the YOTEL team from MGM Resorts International where he served as the Vice President of Hotel Operations for the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. In this role, he oversaw the entire rooms division, a full-service spa operation, hotel sales, property marketing and entertainment. Prior to MGM resorts, Landberg spent eleven years in the leisure/gaming industry with Caesars Entertainment in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City, as well as with Station Casinos in Las Vegas. Prior to that, he was at the Hilton New York & Towers in Manhattan.  Claes is  now overseeing the strategic direction and lead the daily operations for the continued growth of the Times Square West hotel.


Michael has thirty years of Hospitality Industry experience including four times as a CFO with both Hotel companies and F&B companies. His prior roles have included property, multi-property & Regional Controller, General Manager and various Corporate roles in Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Brand management. Michael has worked with management companies such as Marriott, Mandarin Oriental, Soho House and Helmsley. With owner operators such as Ian Schrager, Blackstone, City Hotels, Amsterdam Hospitality, Cipriani & EMM who each managed their properties both under various brands and as independents. Michael has lived and worked in NYC, Barbados, Michigan and Washington DC. And he has opened hotels such as the NY Marriott Marquis, Hudson Hotel & The London, reopened The Empire and opened restaurants such as Catch and Lexington Brass all in NYC. He was part of the inaugural teams that launched the brands LXR Hotels and Resorts & Marriott Conference Resorts.

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