Archer Hotel Napa Appoints Key Executives to Spearhead Opening

NAPA, CA—Archer Hotel Napa, a new-build hotel based here, has named two key appointments to the executive team: General Manager Michael Collins and Director of Sales and Marketing Kini Sanborn.  

The luxury, boutique property is slated to open in spring 2017. They will lead the pre-opening efforts of the 183-room hotel, which is at the First Street site of the former Merrill’s building, the anchor of the First Street Napa development.

Archer Napa will feature an expansive rooftop and sweeping views of Napa Valley, the only vista of its kind in downtown Napa, according to the company. Charlie Palmer Steak will be the signature restaurant at the hotel. The Charlie Palmer Group will also oversee the culinary direction of the rooftop bar, poolside and in-room dining as well as private events and executive retreats.  

“Archer is a personality, a way of being, an attention to detail and a welcoming residence,” said Blaze Brigman, VP of operations, LodgeWorks. “The most important decision we make—far superior than any fixture or trim—is who will personify Archer and ignite the passion, creating unforgettable moments big and small. Having Michael and Kini lead our team in Napa will set the bar high for our guest experience and add tremendous value to the culture we have worked to cultivate within the brand.”

Collins, a 25-year hospitality industry veteran, was the general manager at the Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma, CA. His resume includes posts at the Langham Huntington Hotel, Shutters on the Beach, the Umstead Hotel and Spa, Palazzo Resort and The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas. He spent more than 16 years with Ritz-Carlton, mastering a number of roles ranging from sales to operations at various properties.        

Sanborn has nearly two decades of experience in the hospitality industry. Recently, she was the director of sales and marketing at Bardessono Hotel & Spa, a 62-room ultra-luxury escape in Yountville, CA. She was on the executive board for the Yountville Chamber of Commerce and served as the marketing chair for the organization. Previous stints were held at Pan Pacific Hotel, Hotel 1000, Edgewater Hotel and Sorrento Hotel. She began her luxury hospitality career with Hotel Arts, Ritz-Carlton in Spain, overseeing group sales for the USA market.  

Archer Napa will be the third addition to Archer’s hotel collection. The inaugural property, Archer Hotel New York, opened May 2014 in Manhattan’s Garment District. Archer Austin is in development with a late summer 2016 opening approaching and a Florham Park, NJ property will be the brand’s first suburban location.