Watson joins the newly opened Leonardo Royal property, formerly known as The Grand Harbour Hotel, with a “wealth” of hotel experience spanning over 25 years. He most recently held the position of GM at The Ivy in the Lanes, Brighton, before taking his post in Southampton in January 2019.
According to the hotel brand, Watson’s experience has a “strong focus on food and beverage”, having previously held senior management positions with both branded and independent hotels including Swire Hotels, The Big Sleep Hotels and Queens Moat House Hotels before being recruited by The Ivy Collection to open its new Brighton brasserie.
A statement by the group read: “As general manager at Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour, Barry will build on the hotels success with business and leisure guests as well as locals and will focus on improving the product and service offering while retaining the timeless character and ambiance of the classic waterfront property.
“His excellent eye for detail, keen managerial skills and strategic prowess will prove incredibly valuable as the newest Leonardo Hotels property continues to grow its profile in Southampton and beyond.”