Archie Christodoulides, Executive Head Concierge at The Michelangelo Hotel, unexpectedly passed away at the weekend. “Archie will definitely leave a gaping hole at the hotel and in the heart of the Legacy family,” says Bart Dorrestein, Chairman and CEO of Legacy Hotels & Resorts. “Over his nearly 25-year career at The Michelangelo, he was one of the most familiar and friendly faces at the hotel, always leading with integrity and professionalism.”

Archie began his career at 17 at the Nile Hilton in Cairo as concierge and over his career not only mastered seven languages fluently, but also became a member of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or. This international organisation, for the most experienced and highly regarded concierges in the world, awarded Archie, his golden keys in 1979. Its motto, “In service through friendship,” was “something that Archie mastered and put into practice every day,” continues Dorrestein.

“Guests from all over the world, hold memories of their stay at The Michelangelo that started with meeting Archie on arrival and ended with him ensuring their comfort continued for the rest of their journey. He exemplified the company’s values of trust, integrity, consistency and inspiration.”

Since starting at The Michelangelo, Archie saw the hotel industry boom in Sandton, but always held the hotel in highest regard, once saying that its success, “does not lie exclusively in its elegance, style, reputation and impeccable service, but in its staff who take pride in their work.”

“This is what he was known, respected and loved for,” concludes Dorrestein, “He will be most remembered by all of us for the pleasure of his warm and professional embrace and will missed by the whole Legacy family and his and our most cherished asset, our guests.”

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