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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO (SEPTEMBER 2015)Thompson Playa del Carmen, the first luxury lifestyle-driven hotel in Riviera Maya, today announced the appointment of Julian Smaldoni as General Manager.  Smaldoni will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day operations at Thompson Playa del Carmen, including the rooms division, sales and marketing, revenue management, food and beverage, finance and entertainment. In this multi-faceted role, Smaldoni will ensure that all Thompson Playa del Carmen services and facilities reflect quality standards, while delivering a consistent level of service for guests.


Prior to joining Thompson Playa del Carmen, Smaldoni served as Managing Director of Faena Hotel and Universe in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Smaldoni possesses extensive years of experience in the hospitality sector, having served as General Manager for several notable properties throughout Mexico, including Capella Bahia Maroma and Ixtapa Resort & Spa; Tides Riviera Maya (now Viceroy Riviera Maya); and Quinta Real Huatulco and Gala Resort Playacar in Playa del Carmen and Huatulco (now Sandos Playacar and Dreams Huatulco).


Under Smaldoni’s management, several hotels and resorts have earned a number of prestigious awards and achievements, including TripAdvisor’s Reader’s Choice Awards’ ‘Best Hotel in the World 2010’; World Travel Awards’ ‘Best Leading Resort in Mexico 2010’; Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘Best Resort of Mexico 2010’; Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards’ ‘Best Mexican Resort 2008’; and Travel & Leisure’s ‘Top 15 Resorts 2007 and 2008’. In addition, Smaldoni was awarded General Manager of the Year in 2005 from Quinta Real Hotels, which comprises of eight luxury hotels in Mexico.


Smaldoni earned his college degree in Business from San Andres College in Argentina, and his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s prestigious School of Hotel Administration in 1997.


Reservations at Thompson Playa del Carmen are currently being accepted for stays starting on November 20, 2015. For more information or to reserve, please visit or call (844) 823-8100.

About Thompson Hotels

Founded in 2001, Thompson Hotels is an international hospitality company that offers sophisticated luxury to its discerning clientele. The Thompson portfolio of lifestyle hotels includes The Cape, the brand’s recently-opened resort in Los Cabos; Gild Hall and Smyth in New York City; Thompson Chicago; Thompson Toronto; Belgraves in London; and Thompson Miami Beach. Thompson Hotels also has multiple new projects in development, including Thompson Playa del Carmen, The Beekman in Lower Manhattan, Thompson Nashville, and Thompson Seattle. Thompson Hotels is a Commune Hotels & Resorts brand. For more information, please visit

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About Commune Hotels & Resorts

Formed in October 2011, Commune Hotels & Resorts is an international, multi-brand lifestyle hotel management company which manages and operates Alila Hotels and Resorts, an Asian luxury resort brand; Thompson Hotels, a luxury lifestyle brand; Joie de Vivre Hotels, a collection of independently branded boutique hotels; and tommie, a new, micro lifestyle hotel brand launching in 2016. The San Francisco-based company manages more than 40 hotels and resorts across Asia, North America, and Europe, and is expanding its portfolio internationally. For more information, please visit

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