United Way of San Luis Obispo County—Community Spirit Award for Boogie on the Bluff
CH&LA Stars of the Industry Award—Outstanding Manager of the Year: Martin Cisneros
CLIA Excellence in Lodging & Hospitality Award for Outstanding Construction & Refurbishment
HSMAI Adrian Award Bronze and Digital Marketing for Integrated Market Campaign for Consumers (B2C) for “Life Happens” campaign
CH&LA Stars of the Industry Award—Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year: La Mont Simonaro
CLIA Excellence in Lodging & Hospitality Award for Sales & Marketing Excellence
2012 A Proclamation of the City Council of the City of Pismo Beach Honoring SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel's 50th Anniversary from Mayor Pro Tem Kris Vardas
2012 California Legislator Assembly Resolution by Katcho Achadgian, 33rd Assembly District
CLIA Excellence in Lodging & Hospitality Award for Outstanding Staff Person: Emily Eckhart
The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) has named the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel’s Martin Cisneros as the Stars of the Industry Award Winner in the category of Outstanding Manager of the Year.
Hotel managers wear many hats, overseeing an abundance of responsibilities, delegating tasks, and directing employees on a daily basis. Seacrest OceanFront Hotel general manager, Jedidiah Bickel says, “Martin’s leadership as a mentor is one of the traits I admire most about him. If you are willing to learn he will be right there to help guide you along your path of growth.” But one of Martin’s most critical roles is to ensure that all guests of the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach are comfortable, happy, and satisfied with all aspects of their stay.
California’s Central Coast is a popular destination for wine lovers, tourists, business people, nature enthusiasts, surfing aficionados, foodies, families, and more. While Pismo Beach and its neighbors are responsible for bringing visitors to the area, it’s hotels like the SeaCrest – and managers like Martin – that encourage travelers to stay longer and come back for more.
The annual CH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards, presented by USA TODAY, are awarded to honor those who symbolize the quality service of the hotel and lodging industry. The Outstanding Manager of the Year award in particular recognizes exceptional performance by a supervisory employee to their subordinates, guests, and the surrounding community. “Our congratulations go out to each of these individuals and properties for their continued dedication and outstanding contributions to our state’s lodging industry,” says CH&LA president and CEO, Lynn Mohrfeld.
The SeaCrest staff is regularly recognized in online hotel reviews, and it is a sign of quality leadership from individuals like Martin that the entire hotel staff is considered warm, welcoming, helpful, and friendly.
We pride ourselves on having the friendliest and most helpful of staff in Pismo Beach, so it was no surprise when one of our own was awarded with the honor of being the Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year from the California Hotel & Lodging Association’s CH&LA/CABBI Stars of the Industry Awards. LaMont Simonaro, of the Maintenance Department, has, for the past seven years been an integral part of the property’s promise of delivering a memorable stay for its guests. He has become an unofficial ambassador and fount of all knowledge to guests to such an extent he is regularly singled out for praise in both website reviews and thank you notes and letters from guests, (“You made our stay the most special ever”, “You are truly an amazing person”, “You keep the place looking great”).
In 2014 and 2012, our team was also awarded with the Excellence in Lodging and Hospitality Award from the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA). The CLIA judges were especially impressed by the effectiveness of our sales and marketing message and the results it has amassed. But we’re proud to say that the advertisements we use and information we supply to our guests is simply us being real. The sparkling sands of Pismo Beach that seem so close? Guests really do have direct beach access right from the hotel. The animals cavorting on the lawn? We joyfully operate a pet-friendly hotel.