In the News

A collection of recent press, awards and accolades, and internal updates highlighting our team members and properties.


Freepoint Hotel Featured in New York Times

November 10, 2017

The Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge, MA and HHM Executive Vice President, David McCaslin, are highlighted in “The Travel Podcast Comes Into Its Own” in the New York Times.


Philadelphia Business Journal Features HHM Restaurants & Bars Growth

November 1, 2017

The Philadelphia Business Journal notes the expansion and creativity within HHM’s restaurants and bars division, now being led by industry expert Josh Levine.


Philadelphia Business Journal Highlights HHM’s Independent Portfolio

November 2, 2017

Featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal, Villanova University’s David Fiorenza recognizes that a focus on independent brands will appeal to a wide range of demographics.


Hotel Business Notes HHM’s IC Growth

october 21, 2017

As described in Hotel Business, HHM has been quietly building up its Independent Collection (IC) luxury/lifestyle division and recently revealed that, in the span of 24 months, IC’s size has doubled, surging to 24 properties with 3,000 rooms, pulling in $200 million in managed revenue.


President & CEO, Naveen Kakarla, Talks Growth of Soft Brands

october 19, 2017

A group of industry leading owners and managers of fully independent and soft-branded hotels share their perspectives on the continuing growth of soft-brand collections.


HHM Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Readers

october 17, 2017

HHM has six hotels recognized in Conde Nast Traveler’s 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Congratulations to the following hotels that were included in the list of the best hotels in their respective markets: Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, DC; The Boxer in Boston; The Rittenhouse and The Independent Hotel in Philadelphia and Pan Pacific Seattle.


The Rittenhouse Hotel Featured in Huffington Post

october 6, 2017

The Huff Post titles the piece a ‘Love Letter to Philadelphia’ describing The Rittenhouse as one of those rare properties that’s big enough to house a community of artisans that anticipate the needs of guests without being overwhelming.


Hersha Boasts Four Influential Rising Stars on Hotel Management Magazine’s Thirty Under 30

September 21, 2017

According to David Eisen, Editor-in-Chief of says “this year’s class is a testament to hard work and dedication within the hospitality industry and I salute these young professionals on a job well done and look forward to watching their careers evolve.” Selected are young leaders Emma Williams, Anthony Scotland, Pierce Meck, and Joe Heck.


Forbes Travel Names Pan Pacific Seattle a Fall Escape For An Unforgettable Break

September 15, 2017

The fall foliage in the Pacific Northwest is sublime, but that’s not the only reason to hightail it to Seattle. This Four-Star Pan Pacific Hotel in the quirky Freemont neighborhood hosts an Oktoberfest celebration during the third weekend of September that is not to be missed.


Hersha Named One of the 'Best Places to Work' by Philadelphia Business Journal

August 10, 2017

The Hersha Philadelphia Office was honored to be included in Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best Places to Work 2017, award given to organizations that offer a high level of associate engagement and development programs.


Lacroix at The Rittenhouse Recognized by USA Today as Top Hotel Restaurant in the U.S.

August 9, 2017

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Chef Jon Cichon calls his cuisine “Progressive International,” but basically he applies classical technique of the finest French and Continental cooking to a culturally broader palette of ingredients, resulting in dishes you won’t find elsewhere.


HHM Welcomes Josh Levine, Senior Vice President of Restaurants & Bars

August 1, 2017

Josh Levine joined HHM as Senior Vice President of Restaurants and Bars, effective July 24th based in the Philadelphia Office. Josh plans to establish a strong food and beverage platform to fully support our hotels in providing unique and memorable experiences for our guests. Josh joins HHM from STARR Restaurants where he was Vice President of Operations, responsible for the performance of 34 restaurants and bars. Included in his portfolio were notable restaurants in many of the markets we serve including New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Miami.


Travel Channel Names Pan Pacific One of the Best Places to Stay in Seattle

July 31, 2017

According to the Travel Channel, if location is what you’re after, it doesn’t get much better than the Pan Pacific Seattle. Just walk out the front doors of the hotel, and in less than a mile, you can arrive at 2 of the city’s top 10 attractions, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market.


The Rittenhouse Spa & Club Receives ‘Best of Philly’ Award

July 24, 2017

Philadelphia Magazine honored The Rittenhouse Spa & Club with a 2017 ‘Best of Philly’ award for the ‘Best Luxe Tanning Treatment’.


HHM Hotels Raise $130,000 for Autism Speaks

July 17, 2017

For the fourth consecutive year, HHM partnered with Autism Speaks to launch a month-long fundraising and awareness-raising campaign during the month of April. We raised $130,000 this year, a $26,000 increase from the 2016 campaign. We could not have achieved this without the efforts of our inspired team members from coast to coast.


The Envoy Hotel and Lookout Rooftop & Bar Named Best of Boston

July 10, 2017

Our Envoy Hotel and Lookout Rooftop & Bar were recognized as some of Boston’s Best by Boston Magazine and The Improper Bostonian.


Food Network Names The Rittenhouse’s Library Bar Best in US

June 25, 2017

The Food Network named the 20 best hotel bars in the US, including our very own Library Bar at The Rittenhouse Hotel.


HHM Announces Pan Pacific Seattle

June 1, 2017

Purchased by Hersha Hospitality Trust in February of 2017, the luxury lifestyle Forbes Four Star, AAA Four-Diamond Pan Pacific Seattle Hotel opened in 2006 as part of 2200 Westlake, a mixed-use development project. The property is located in the dynamic South Lake Union neighborhood, the city’s fastest-growing area, and is adjacent to Amazon’s global headquarters.


Hersha's 2016 EarthView Sustainability Report

June 1, 2017

In 2016, Hersha’s award-winning EarthView® sustainability program completed its sixth successful year, reinforcing our belief that environmental and community stewardship are integral in maintaining and building a successful and growing enterprise. Our thoughtful and pragmatic approach to sustainability measures the program’s financial, environmental, and social impact for the good of all stakeholders and has distinguished us as a leader in sustainable hospitality.


Joe Mellia Wins GM of the Year at the Massachusetts Lodging Association Awards

May 15, 2017

The Massachusetts Lodging Association recognized Joe Mellia as the 2016 General Manager of the Year for The Envoy Hotel.


USA Today gives readers a tour of the new Freepoint hotel outside of Boston

May 9, 2017

The Freepoint Hotel has officially debuted in Cambridge, MA. The independent hotel is located in West Cambridge in the Fresh Pond neighborhood. The hotel is having instant success after undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation this winter.