Royal Sonesta New Orleans Welcomes Directors of Rooms and Engineering

NEW ORLEANS — Royal Sonesta New Orleans, a landmark hotel in the heart of the French Quarter, announced the addition of director of rooms Kenneth Jackson and director of engineering Zakaria (Zak) Nyangoro to its executive staff. Details were shared in a press release.

Jackson joins the Royal Sonesta New Orleans team with more than two decades of hotel service and hospitality experience in the New Orleans area. He most recently served as the director of rooms for The Roosevelt New Orleans, where he guided the activities of key guest contact departments, held overall budget approval authority and monitored employee performance. He has also held a number of roles at DoubleTree by Hilton in New Orleans, Hilton New Orleans Airport and Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

Also bringing Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ team more than 20 years of industry knowledge, Nyangoro has worked throughout the country and internationally. Previously serving as director of engineering for Hyatt Regency Hotels in Carol Gables, Florida, he also worked as regional director of facilities management for BRE Properties Inc. in Irvine, California. In addition, Nyangoro spent years with Sandals Resorts International, first serving as group chief engineer for the Montego Bay, Jamaica property, then as corporate director of engineering and maintenance in Miami.

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“Kenneth and Zak are welcomed additions to the Royal Sonesta New Orleans family,” said hotel General Manager Alfred Groos. “The multitude of experience each brings to the team will be a tremendous asset as we continue to deliver standout experiences for our guests.”

Royal Sonesta New Orleans is home to several dining and entertainment venues, including Restaurant R’evolution, Bar R’evolution, The Jazz Playhouse, Desire Oyster Bar, Le Booze and PJ’s Coffee Café. In addition to numerous amenities, the hotel offers 20,000 square feet of meeting and special event space and 483 newly appointed rooms — including 36 suites. It’s one of 80 properties within Sonesta.


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