George Sovatzis has been appointed as general manager at The Drake Hotel at their flagship location in Toronto.
Sovatzis brings 24 years of experience to his new role, where he will continue to guide and direct The Drake family and its long-standing commitment to art and culture alongside community engagement and world-class hospitality.
Early on in his career, Sovatzis honed his craft within operations while holding various leadership roles in front office and housekeeping, and eventually moved into sales and revenue management. Over the last five years, he re-engaged operationally as the general manager, heading operations for a prominent Toronto Hotel group, successfully leading his teams through property renovations and brand development, as well as overseeing their successful restaurant spaces, before taking on the role of general manager of the Drake Hotel.
Sovatzis attributes his love for the industry to the paternal side of the family. Both his grandfather and father worked in hotels for many years, unknowingly providing him with a proverbial backstage pass into the world of hotels. When the time came to carve a career path, it was a forgone conclusion, hospitality was his calling.
“When I think of The Drake Hotel, what comes to mind is an innovative, entrepreneurial, best-in-class property that creates an inspiring and inclusive hospitality-driven experience for all,” says Sovatzis. “When it came to change, I really wanted to align myself within a dynamic work culture that synched well with my values and personal growth.”
He brings a wealth of experience from luxury Toronto hotel properties including The Anddore House, Four Seasons, Shangri-La and Ritz Carlton, and understands what it takes to build a successful team that will deliver a truly unique guest experience.
“I can’t imagine a more inspired, playful, and timeless setting to bring this guest experience to life than within the flagship Drake Hotel”, says Sovatzis.