Boutique Hotel Owner: David Bowd

Co-Founder & CEO of Salt Hotels

David has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in numerous hotels in the United Kingdom, Australia and at the corporate level in the U.S.

David started his ground up career working for Hilton and Marriott in the U.K. before taking his first General Manager position in 2001 for Thistle Hotels. David went on to work for Ian Schrager Hotels as General Manager of St Martins Lane in London, and later as Regional Vice President for Europe, overseeing both Sanderson and St Martins Lane where he successfully worked on repositioning Sanderson as a market leader.

David’s successful work in London led to his promotion to Senior Vice President of Operations at the corporate offices in New York. In this position he oversaw the day-to-day operations for 11 Morgans Hotel Group properties comprising 3073 rooms. In 2009 David assumed the role of Managing Director at The Ian Schrager Company.

Working directly with Ian, David developed the operational structure for two new brand concepts and oversaw the sale and handover of the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York.

Most recently David was the Chief Operating Officer for André Balazs Properties, where he oversaw the management of nine uniquely positioned hotels including the Standard brand, the Mercer in New York, Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and opened the highly acclaimed Chiltern Firehouse in London.

In 2011 the foundations for Salt Hotels were laid with the development of its flagship property Salt House Inn in Provincetown. The further evolution of Salt Hotels has been under David’s guidance and direction and now operates four properties.

David sits on the Board of Garden State Equality and The Garden State Film Festival and on the advisory board of Provincetown Film Festival and is an active member of the Boutique Strong Council for BLLA.

Check out some images of David’s boutique hotels