Arlo Hotels, an independent four-star lifestyle hotel brand, has named Karan Kakar as general manager of Nautilus by Arlo, the brand’s first expansion outside New York City. Kakar will play an integral role in re-imagining the historic South Beach hotel, bringing Miami’s “global urban’’ perspective to the beach.
Kakar comes to Nautilus by Arlo with more than 15 years of experience in managing diverse hotels, including luxury, mid-large convention hotels, and resorts. In his past roles, Kakar has specialized in leading hotel renovations and brand conversions. Most recently, Kakar lead the $47 million renovation of the Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club on Miami Beach, which is Hersha Hospitality Trust’s biggest asset and the largest renovation undertaken by the company to date. Shortly before that, he led a $20 million conversion of South Beach’s Mondrian from Morgans Hotel Group to Menin Hospitality.
“Karan comes to us with a wealth of experience that will be critical to the introduction of the Arlo brand and culture to the Miami market,” said Javier Egipciaco, senior vice president and managing director of Arlo Hotels. “In addition to an extensive knowledge of the South Beach hotel scene, he also has a charismatic energy that suits this hotel and our brand incredibly well.”
Designed by the father of Miami Modern architecture – Morris Lapidus – the 250-room Nautilus opened in 1950. Today, by working with local chefs and global brands, curating spaces and creative events, Nautilus by Arlo reimagines the “essential’’ South Beach experience for travelers and locals.
Photo; Karan Kakar (Nautilus by Arlo)