February 01, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Timmel brings a wealth of experience to his position and as general manager has the distinction of having opened three luxury Hotels in Manhattan during his wide- ranging career - The Peninsula New York, The Regent Wall Street and Ritz Carlton Battery Park.

Timmel began his diverse career as an apprentice in his native country Germany. He left home at an early age studying and working in Germany, France and Spain where he also developed a solid base of culinary and wine knowledge.

As a food & beverage executive, Timmel's career brought him further international experience at luxury properties in Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Asia. From there he became general manager and led two Peninsula hotels in Singapore and Manila, before being posted in New York.

Manfred Timmel has achieved high accolades for the hotel properties he has been associated with and for himself as an accomplished hotelier. He has served as a board member of civic and professional organizations in all locations. He was voted Hotelier of the Year in Bermuda, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism.

"Manfred is an hotelier of high standards and we are delighted and thrilled to have him as General Manager at our Santa Barbara property. He will direct a dynamic management team to ensure the continued excellence of the property," stated Klaus Mennekes, Vice President and Managing Director, Edward Thomas Hotels (ETH).

About the Hotel Andalucía
Hotel Andalucía is a full-service luxury hotel in the historic city center of Santa Barbara that opened in December 2004. The five story Spanish-style property with a hacienda inspired interior consists of 97 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites; El Cielo the rooftop bar, a rooftop pool with outdoor fireplace and panoramic views of the Pacific coast, Channel Islands and Santa Inez mountains; the Ro Snell Gallery of contemporary art, 5,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space and 31 West, an 80-seat restaurant and 40-seat bar. The Hotel Andalucía is ideally located at 31 West Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, steps away from fashionable State Street for superb shopping, restaurants, galleries and cultural landmarks. Hotel Andalucía is a sister property to Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California and is a member of The Small Leading Hotels of the World®. Room rates start at $325 per night. For further information call 1805 884 0300 or toll free 877.468.3515, or visit

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