Over 50 Years Crafting The Art of Hospitality
Denihan is a nationally-recognized, premier owner and operator of full service boutique hotels in top U.S. urban markets. Its hospitality portfolio includes The James brand, Affinia Hotel Collection, luxury independents including The Surrey and the Benjamin and third party independent hotels.
Setting Denihan apart is a uniquely personal, guest-centric approach to hospitality, developed and refined over 50+ years and three generations of family leadership in the hospitality business. The core values instilled by Benjamin ‘Bud’ Denihan continue to be the foundation of its culture. Mutual respect, hard work and a relentless focus on superior customer service are principles reflected in the company’s day to day business, as well as in the people it hires and the partners with whom it does business.
Today Denihan operates under the leadership of brother/sister team Brooke Denihan Barrett, CEO of Denihan Hospitality and Benjamin ‘Patrick’ Denihan, CEO of Denihan Investments. Since acquiring the company from other family members and becoming sole owners in 2006, Brooke and Patrick have expanded the portfolio to cities outside of New York, acquired and evolved the James into one of the industry’s most coveted boutique brands, and invested over $400 million in acquisitions and redevelopment projects. In 2009, Denihan redeveloped The Surrey into one of the most luxurious hotels on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Three years after re-opening, The Surrey became the only Relais and Chateaux hotel in Manhattan in 20 years, and in 2015, was named the Number One New York City hotel in the Conde Nast Traveler annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
Denihan is committed to thoughtfully growing its real estate portfolio through joint ventures and management contracts. The company’s unique operating platform, with strong repositioning, renovation and operating expertise, allows Denihan to compete for nontraditional assets to drive profit and create value-added opportunities, giving it a competitive edge over others seeking conventional and branded hotels.
Acquisitions and Development drive Denihan’s growth. The team’s extensive relationships within the real estate and hospitality industries provide early access to potential deals. Focused underwriting, driven by appropriate market positioning and supported by a highly-experienced operations team, ensures that new additions perform as envisioned to earn attractive, risk-adjusted returns.
Denihan’s vision for the future includes continued family involvement, continued ownership of current assets and the addition of management contracts to expand the portfolio. While actively seeking opportunities in key U.S. urban markets across the portfolio, the company is focused on the growth of The James, named one of America’s most trusted brands by Entrepreneur magazine in 2014.
Today the Denihan portfolio includes 10 hotels located in New York City and Chicago. The James Los Angeles – West Hollywood – WeHo’s first new build hotel in over 30 years – will open in 2016 at the iconic location of Sunset Boulevard and La Cienega. The company’s most recent transaction was the joint venture acquisition of The Carlton hotel in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood in September 2015. Denihan’s hotels also include an impressive list of chef-driven restaurants and bars.