The Gates Hotel South Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton announced the appointment of Brent McNally as general manager.

In this role, McNally will be responsible for driving overall operations and guest satisfaction of the lifestyle hotel’s 235-rooms, signature restaurant Agaveros Cantina, and 3,000 square feet of meeting space.

“We’re thrilled to have Brent McNally join the Highgate team,” said Jeff Toscano, SVP of Lifestyle Hotels at Highgate. “With his extensive background in lifestyle hospitality and guest experience, we look forward to Brent furthering the success The Gates South Beach already enjoys.”

McNally assumes this position immediately and has already stepped into the role of overseeing all aspects of the hotel operations including the recent completion of a spectacular reconceptualization and redesign of their hotel entrance, lobby bar and lounge, and destination pool deck as well as reimagined guest rooms – all featuring custom artwork from award-winning artist Jorge De La Torriente.

McNally brings more than 12 years of experience in opening and repositioning hotels. Most recently, he served as general manager for Monterey Tides Hotel. Prior, he held various executive leadership positions including general manager at Shorebreak Hotel and assistant general manager at Cypress Hotel (currently Juniper Hotel).

An industry veteran, McNally was formerly on the Board of Directors for Monterey County Hospitality Association and Vice-Chair of Board of Directors for Visit Huntington Beach.

The Gates Hotel South Beach is built on the foundation of the 1954 Ankara Motel and maintains the Art Deco-inspired architecture on the exterior, while breathing new life into a reconstructed interior that blends modern comforts with vintage glamour. The exclusive, boutique-style setting offers vibrant outdoor spaces like modern cabanas overlooking the pool and canal, expanded pool deck for communal dining, bicycles, and a custom SoBe Tuk-Tuk that transports guests to private beach chairs. On-property restaurant Agaveros Cantina pairs Mexican-inspired dishes with more than 100 tequilas and mezcals imported from Mexico.