City Manager Jay Ash says the construction of the Wyndham Chelsea Hotel on Everett Avenue helped start a new era in the city, transforming a blighted industrial area to a place of great pride for the community.
Ash said more than 200 people attended the hotel’s groundbreaking in 2000 despite a driving rainstorm.
“People were in awe and so proud that the groundbreaking for a hotel was happening in Chelsea,” recalled Ash. “The Wyndham has really been a center of activity not only for hospitality but for us celebrating community. There have been so many events there and the staff at the Wyndham has become an extension of our family.”
And the new leader of the Wyndham staff in Chelsea is David D’Arcy, who assumed the position of general manager on November 11.
D’Arcy was welcomed aboard by Steven Haley, director of sales since the hotel’s opening in January, 2001 and who has become a familiar face in the community.
“I’m looking forward to working with David and I welcome him to the hotel and city,” said Haley. “We’ve met some of the dignitaries in the city such as Jay Ash and Councilor-at-Large Leo Robinson and I’m excited to be working with him.”
D’Arcy will oversee all the operations of the 117-room hotel including the sales and marketing, food and beverage, staff development, transportation to Logan Airport, and customer satisfaction. He will be working closely with Haley in the management of the hotel.
He grew up in West Roxbury and graduated in 1985 from Catholic Memorial High School where he played soccer. He studied business management at Suffolk University and Northeastern University.
“My first job was as a night auditor at the Holiday Inn in Brookline,” said D’Arcy. “I became the night manager two years later.”
D’Arcy was the general manager at the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth (Mass.) for the past four-and-half years.
“I like the hotel industry a lot, especially meeting new people and trying to improve the operation of the hotel and its occupancy and how guests view our hotel,” said D’Arcy. “I enjoy working with people who share the same commitment to customer satisfaction that I do.”
D’Arcy said he has always respected the Wyndham Hotel name.
“I think the Wyndham is a great name and I hope to bring a lot to this hotel,” said D’Arcy.
Any changes in store at the Wyndham?
“Down the road we look to renovate some of our first floor rooms as well as the fitness center,” said D’Arcy.
The new GM has toured the city and is optimistic about Chelsea’s continuing growth and development.
“There is a great future for Chelsea, both in business development and as well as the residential outlook,” said D’Arcy. “There is a great shopping area across the street with Market Basket, Starbucks, the other stores, and the brand new hotel next door. It shows that there is a lot of great, new development here.”
D’Arcy hopes to join local organizations, some of whom hold their meetings at the Wyndham.
“Being part of the community is vital to the hotel,” said D’Arcy.
D’Arcy and his wife, Lynne, have a daughter, Alexis, 6.