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Matt Barba to manage historic inn

Charlestowne Hotels has announced luxury hotelier Matt Barba as the new general manager of the Deer Path Inn, a historic hotel located in Lake Forest, IL along Chicago’s North Shore.

With a career spanning 20 years in hotel management, Barba brings a comprehensive background in hotel, restaurant, and project management to his new role.

Prior to Deer Path Inn, Barba served as Regional Director of Operations at Charlestowne Hotels, the company who manages the hotel. In this role, Barba was responsible for the oversight and management of several properties including the Deer Path Inn.  The iconic manor house and historic Lake Forest community immediately charmed him, and his grasp of the hotel’s nuance and the dynamic environment was quickly made apparent.

“Matt’s vast experience in hotel management and concentration in AAA Four and Five Diamond properties made him the ideal individual for the general manager position at the Deer Path Inn.,” states Michael Tall, President & COO of Charlestowne Hotels. “We are excited about this transition and look forward to seeing the Deer Path Inn elevated to a world-class lodging and dining destination under Matt’s direction.”

During his time as Regional Director, Barba oversaw several high-profile hotel projects and was at the helm of successfully launching their operations.  Most recently, he opened The Sewanee Inn, located on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.  The inn was ranked the #1 hotel in Tennessee on TripAdvisor within the first 10 months of opening.

Upon receiving his degree in Hospitality Management and International Tourism from New York Institute of Technology, in which he completed an internship at Walt Disney World Resort, Barba assumed the role of Director of Front Office Operations at The Waldorf Towers in New York. He later went on to hold various escalating management positions, including project management, at a number of celebrated hotels.  Most notably, the Garden City Hotel on Long Island, the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island.

The Deer Path Inn is currently closed for a substantial renovation and will reopen early 2016.


Founded in 1980, Charlestowne Hotels is a leading full-service hospitality management company offering innovative expertise in hotel development, operational controls, marketing management, revenue optimizationand financial reporting. Regarded as one of the top hotel management companies in the U.S., Charlestowne Hotels leads its properties to consistently achieve RevPAR growth nearly double the national average. The brand offers a robust portfolio of properties around the country, from independent hotels and resorts to franchised properties and condos. By employing a proficient management style that hones in on the guest experience, Charlestowne Hotels drives its properties to regularly receive prestigious industry accolades such as Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List and Readers’ Choice Awards, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for “Top City Hotels in the Continental U.S.,” and “Top 100 Best Hotels in the World,” as well as maintain top standings on TripAdvisor. For more information please visit

Posted on May 19, 2015

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