The award winning The Peech Boutique Hotel has appointed Oliver Richter as the new General Manager.
Richter brings with him a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked for the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve for 14 years before consulting for the Lion Roars Hotel and Lodges, where he was also the acting Regional General Manager for a year, and then the General Manager for the Athol Place Hotel, Villa and Restaurant. Following this, and the position occupied before joining The Peech, Richter was Project Manager for Deloitte & Touche at the Compass Group, looking after all the catering requirements for Deloittes in terms of all functions, conferencing, events and daily restaurant requirements.
Richter’s appointment comes at a time when The Peech Hotel, which is situated in the buzzing suburb of Melrose in Johannesburg, is almost doubling its guest capacity with the addition of 14 new rooms, as well as a second restaurant and wine bar – The Peech Brasserie. Construction of the new rooms began in April and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
“The Peech is going through exciting changes with the addition of the new rooms and new restaurant – as well as a shift in market capture,” says Richter, who explains that he has welcomed the opportunity to step into the General Manager role for this growing brand. “Being able to be a part of this change and getting the team to grow with The Peech is a wonderful opportunity.”
“After occupying a position in a corporate company, I am excited to be back in the boutique hotel world. I have missed the guest interactions, and The Peech is a brand I have known for a long time and feel a good synergy with.” Richter says that during his tenure at The Peech he hopes to ultimately help nurture a brand that is known for its consistency of service, and to nurture a team and family that is proud of where they work.
“I left hospitality to try my hand in the corporate world for a year, and realized that something you love doing is something that you need to keep doing. The key to success is to surround your establishment with the same like-minded people that are positive about the business and country in which they work and care sincerely for its visitors.”
The Peech, which was originally a family home built in the 1950’s before being discovered and developed into a boutique hotel by owner James Peech, first opened its doors in 2004 and has continued to grow and evolve over the past 14 years. James Peech explains that the hotel is entering a new phase with the development of the new rooms, a second restaurant and wine bar and a full revamp of the existing rooms.
“Essentially the hotel will be brand new, and Oliver is equipped with extensive experience in five star hospitality and is able to perfectly guide The Peech through to the next phase of its existence – and to help cement it as the best place to stay in Johannesburg,” says Peech. “From the moment he walked through the front door Oliver understood what The Peech is all about and where we want to take it.”
Known for its elegant eco chic style, lush garden surrounds and a service ethic that is both discreet and utterly attentive, The Peech has become an oasis of calm and style for both business and leisure travellers to Johannesburg. The hotel is located in Melrose, a popular and upmarket suburb within 10 minutes of the business and shopping nodes of the city. Sandton is ten minutes away, whilst Rosebank and Melrose Arch are only five minutes away by Gautrain. Johannesburg International airport is 45 minutes by car.