Sandra Cardona’s love of creativity and background in architecture help her manage luxury hotel projects throughout the country for Hersha Hospitality Trust
Sandra Cardona’s path to working in hospitality started with her love of art. Growing up, Cardona wanted to be an artist. In college, that love of creative expression led her to major in architecture, where she promised herself to lean into the creative aspects of the discipline whenever possible. After graduating from Pratt Institute with a bachelor’s in architecture, she took a position with William B. Tabler Architects, a respected New York architecture firm that specialized in hotels and hospitality design. It was there that she honed not just her architecture and design skills but also her ability to get things done—and done well.
From there, she took several different positions in the hospitality design field and worked on a variety of projects, including restaurants, luxury hotels, and spas. Then, in the early 2000s, she began to connect with Hersha Hospitality Trust. She initially worked with them as a client representative, but when they were looking to open an in-house management team in 2011, Cardona knew joining them full-time could be a mutually beneficial fit. She started as a senior director and has since become the vice president of development and capital planning.
In Coral Gables, Florida’s Merrick Park district, Hersha is developing a ground-up 135-room luxury hotel that will feature 20 suites and one penthouse suite as well as an indoor-outdoor café, a full-service restaurant, a fitness center, a rooftop garden, and a pool.
The architect for the Merrick Hotel is Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe and Associates (NBWW) from Coral Gables.
Photos: Brandon Barre, Courtesy of Bill Rooney Studio, Courtesy of Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe and Associates, Inc.
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