The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus wins two Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica awards

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOSPITALITY JAMAICA -

ONE OF Kingston city’s most el­e­gant ho­tels, The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus, copped two of the 15 Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica 2016 Awards, which were be­stowed on some of the tourism in­dus­try’s finest en­ti­ties and in­di­vid­u­als on November 19.

Not only did the ho­tel take home the award for the ‘Best Euro­pean Plan’, but it was named ‘Best Busi­ness/Con­fer­ence Ho­tel’, while its owner, vet­eran hote­lier Kevin Hen­drick­son, copped the Hos­pi­tal­ity Per­son­al­ity of the Year Award, which, in re­al­ity, made it a triple for the New Kingston-based ho­tel.

“I have to thank the en­tire team from the ho­tel group,” Hen­drick­son said in his re­sponse on the night of the awards. “That ef­fort has contributed to the suc­cess and growth, be­cause it would be im­pos­si­ble for any one per­son, or just even a hand­ful of peo­ple, to achieve this phe­nom­e­nal growth over the last few years.

“It re­ally is nice, the recog­ni­tion that Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica does for the in­dus­try over­all and the ex­po­sure not just to us Ja­maicans, but to the en­tire world,” he added.

The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus of­fers a to­tal of 14 venues to host con­fer­ences as well as busi­ness and so­cial func­tions. These can eas­ily ac­com­mo­date from two to 1,000 per­sons. Ap­prox­i­mately 1,300 square me­tres (10,000 square feet) of flex­i­ble func­tion space are avail­able.

The ho­tel has been de­scribed as ex­ud­ing a very cos­mopoli­tan flair. It en­com­passes 300 rooms and suites which pro­vide a panoramic view of the neigh­bour­ing Eman­ci­pa­tion Park, sec­tions of the city of Kingston and the port, and parts of the Blue and John Crow Moun­tains to the north. There is a wide se­lec­tion of ameni­ties, in­clud­ing restau­rants, free Wi-Fi and ca­ble tele­vi­sion in all rooms and across the prop­erty, a gym, swim­ming pool and ten­nis courts.

The 24/7 Cafe, as its name sug­gests, is al­ways open – 24 hours per day, seven days per week – and of­fers items such as sand­wiches, sal­ads and pas­tries, while the Blue Win­dow restau­rant serves up de­li­cious meals be­tween 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day. The very el­e­gant Blend Bar and Lounge is open from 4 p.m. to mid­night and of­fers Ja­maican cock­tails delights and food fu­sions, in­clud­ing sev­eral seafood dishes.

The ho­tel has been lauded by many for its ex­tra­or­di­nary ser­vice, and friendly and help­ful staff, who have been de­scribed as the ones who make it an ideal des­ti­na­tion. From the front desk rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the bell­men, house­keep­ing and restau­rant staff, they all have been ap­plauded as “friendly, cour­te­ous and at­ten­tive”.

Hos­pi­tal­ity Per­son­al­ity of the Year, Kevin Hen­drick­son (fourth right), sur­rounded by his win­ning team and his fam­ily.

From left: Editor-In-Chief of The Gleaner, Garfield Gran­di­son (left), con­grat­u­lates The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus team – the ho­tel’s gen­eral man­ager, Peter Hil­lary; Pru­dence Simp­son; Rox­anne Wil­liams; and Kevin Hen­drick­son.

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