ho·​te·​lier | \ hō-ˈtel-yər How to pronounce hotelier (audio) ; ˌō-tᵊl-ˈyā, ˌȯ- How to pronounce hotelier (audio) \

Definition of hotelier

: a proprietor or manager of a hotel

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The hoteliers say part of the cost goes toward elaborate dining setups tailor-made for social media: chandeliers attached to canopies, seating areas for lounging beside the table, dining platforms that jut out over the ocean or a cliff. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "We’d Like to Eat in the Middle of the Ocean Tonight," 29 Dec. 2018 Carrie and Alex Vik, art-loving hoteliers known for a handful of South American retreats, are expanding their business—on two fronts. Stephen Wallis, WSJ, "Luxury Getaway Company Vik Retreats Expands," 5 Apr. 2019 One of his clients, the hotelier Ian Schrager, asked him to find a bar tenant for the Paramount Hotel in Times Square, which would become one of the prototypes of the designer boutique hotel. Ben Widdicombe, New York Times, "Kaia Gerber’s Dad Was a Model, Too," 27 Jan. 2018 At the same time, in West Hollywood, hotelier Andre Balazs and art dealer Jay Jopling hosted a gala for London’s White Cube Gallery at Chateau Marmont. Vogue, "From Brad Pitt to Beyoncé, All the Stars Inside All of the Parties Hosted During Frieze Los Angeles," 19 Feb. 2019 Just two hours driving distance from New York, the 30-room luxury hotel is a member of the renowned Relais & Châteaux association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs, and restaurateurs. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 The Cellars-Hohenort Like many of the properties in the residential greenbelt in Constantia, the Cellars-Hohenort is set back from the road—with 10 acres of gardens—the pride and joy of the late Liz McGrath, hotelier and formidable businesswoman. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 French hotelier and interior designer Jocelyne Sibuet spent years collecting items that would eventually decorate her St. Barths retreat, and her vision can be seen in just about every inch of the property. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "This resort is a design lover's paradise.," 9 Aug. 2018 This fall, hotelier Mitch Patel opened the Edwin, a 90-room boutique hotel next to the Hunter. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "To Discover an Up-and-Coming Neighborhood, Look for the Museum," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of hotelier

circa 1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hotelier

borrowed from French hôtelier, going back to Old French ostelier, hostelier "innkeeper," from ostel, hostel "lodgings, hotel entry 1" + -ier -er entry 2

Note: Cf. hosteler, hostler, ultimately borrowed from Anglo-Norman counterparts to the continental Old French word.

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: a person who owns or operates a hotel

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