Meet today’s artisan, Ron Gorodesky, who is the founder and CEO of Refined Hospitality!
Generation: Baby Boomer
Hometown: New Hope, PA
Day Job: Founder & CEO of Refined Hospitality
Night Job: Bruce Springsteen concerts; Penn State alumni events and football; Family
Headquarters: New Hope, PA
Tell us what you create: Refined Hospitality is a luxury-lifestyle hospitality management brand that represents a growing collection of resorts, restaurants, spas and catering venues.
Tell us your mission: I am dedicated to creating and operating places for people to feel inspired.
Tell us your most noteworthy achievement in hospitality: After seven years, the opening of River House at Odette’s in September of 2020 was a huge accomplishment, as my team’s hard work and dedication to the project truly paid off with a successful launch, even during the difficult times of the pandemic.
Tell us how your hotels impact the world in a positive way: Refined Hospitality is, at its core, an organization that cares deeply about the communities in which we live and work. River House at Odette’s, a historically inspired destination, embraces its community with design details that pay homage to the hip artists’ colony New Hope had been in the 1970s, including art from the original building. The Reeds at Shelter Haven pays homage to Shelter Haven’s rich hospitality by opening its doors to a new era more than 100 years after its predecessor. Both properties collaborate with community partners for packages, fundraisers and more including New Hope Historical Society, New Hope Celebrates, Stone Harbor Museum and more!
If you had one day to experience your hotel, what would you do?: My ideal day at The Reeds at Shelter Haven, our year-round luxury boutique hotel in Stone Harbor, would include the spa, dining, cocktails and of course the beach. I would start my day with a Brooklyn Platter (smoked salmon, toasted NY bagel, cream cheese, tomatoes, capers and red onions) at SAX Restaurant, our upscale-casual dining experience. I would then make my way to Salt Spa at The Reeds for a rejuvenating 90-minute massage before relaxing in the Brine Light Therapy Lounge. To continue my day of relaxation, I’d take advantage of the hotel’s Beach Butler Service where I would enjoy those warm summer breezes on branded beach chairs with lunch delivered right to me on the sands of Stone Harbor. On my way back to the hotel, I would swing by our wildly popular bayside cantina, Bucket’s Margarita Bar, for a Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita. Then after a quick shower (and maybe a nap), I’d join friends at the Water Star Grille, The Reeds hottest, upscale outdoor dining concept, for the breathtaking sunset and dinner overlooking the scenic Shelter Haven Basin.
Tell us what your favorite part about being a boutique hotelier is: My favorite part is working with our dedicated team to continuously deliver high quality hospitality experiences. I feel passionate about creating places that make people feel good about themselves and life itself when they’re there.
Something that is coming up in the pipeline: While still under wraps, we’re working on expanding a current property in our portfolio to meet growing demands. Although we can’t share details, we hope to go public with the news later this year.