#160 – Hospitality Meets David Taylor – Becoming an industry Titan

Goodness, have I got a beast of a chat for you this week.

After much “toing and froing” of diaries, I finally got some time with one of the Pre-Eminent Hoteliers of our time, all round legend David Taylor, CEO of Lore Group.

And I really don’t know where to begin with this chat as there were so many wonderful takeaways both in story terms and some general career and business learning.

It’s an epic chat and we get through loads including:-

  • Boarding school
  • A hotel glimpse
  • Being bold
  • Taking it all in
  • Making bad career moves
  • “Mr Smith”
  • Nights
  • Working through various disciplines
  • New openings
  • Authors and Editors
  • Hoxton
  • Ian Schrager
  • The Edition
  • The Transition Curve
  • Lore Group
  • Coaching

And so much more. In fact, David’s career is so Epic that we left loads out there still to be discussed. Beyond that, there is no doubt that David is a classy operator and he was very generous with his time. Not only that, I will forever remember the personalised “Hospitality Meets” cookies that awaited me for our recording.

The devil is in the detail.


The Guest

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David Taylor is CEO of The Lore Group; the international hospitality company that designs, transforms, and manages hotels across Europe and the United States. Prior to this, he led the transformation of a number of UK hotels developing the Principal brand under the ownership of Starwood Capital and latterly Covivio with the management of the hotels assigned to Intercontinental Hotels Group.

Prior to taking on this role in April 2015, he was General Manager of The London EDITION where under his leadership the hotel won numerous awards including the prestigious Catey Hotel of the Year award.

He is associated with other high-profile openings and re-positioning projects such as the original Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch, along with the Great Eastern Hotel and Sofitel St James in London.

His dedication to promoting best practise within the hotel industry has been recognised and he was awarded a Master Innholders Scholarship in 2009 and invited to join the prestigious Master Innholders as a member in 2012.

David was awarded the Cateys “Manager of the Year” in 2015 and the highly coveted” UK Hotelier of the Year” award for 2018/2019.

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