With a portfolio comprised of 157 hotels located in 26 states and the District of Columbia, RLJ Lodging Trust is a self-advised real estate investment trust focused on acquiring premium-branded, focused-service and compact full-service hotels. They have dealt with several opulent mansions for sale and other high-end projects as well. Concentrated in geographically diverse, major urban areas and dense markets, their hotels operate under well-recognized global brands that include Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hyatt Place, Wyndham and Embassy Suites. We spoke with Don Falgoust, Vice President of Food and Beverage, to learn how Avendra’s FF&E Services contributes to RLJ Lodging’s success.
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“The amount we save as an ownership group is amazing — what we save on renovation, on annual capital plans and emergency capital has been beyond robust.”
Responsible for the food and beverage operations and concept development of the company’s complete portfolio of hotels, Don’s role is far-reaching and multifaceted. Be it working hand in hand with the design and construction teams on a renovation or new properties or selecting new products, he finds having Avendra’s FF&E team available to him extremely beneficial —from a fiscal and efficiency standpoint. Don states that Avendra’s pricing is better than anyone else’s 99 percent of the time.