Alison Bottner grew up right outside of Chicago, a city she loves and has enjoyed living in for her entire life, up until her very recent move to California to pursue a career in hospitality management at Nick’s Cove.
It was while she was attending school at DePaul University in Chicago when she first realized her love of hospitality – one of her favorite professors was telling stories about how much fun he had working in hotels and restaurants when he was younger – and it inspired her to do the same. She immediately applied for an internship at The Crown Plaza, and almost as soon as she started working there, was promoted to a full-time position. It was a very large property with 400 rooms and a huge staff, and she loved the busy atmosphere. She found herself jumping in to help in any way she could – whether it was cleaning rooms, moving cars or helping clear tables in the restaurant. Soon she was promoted to Front Desk Manager and felt extremely proud of the respect she gained from the entire staff. At The Crown Plaza she learned every aspect of the hotel industry and very much enjoyed getting to manage her tight-knit family of employees. She took pride in her hands-on approach to training, and loved to see her staff grow, take chances, and gain experiences in the industry, even if that meant giving them space and encouraging them to move on or try working in other departments and fields of hospitality.
Now at Nick’s Cove, she is very excited to bring her managerial experience to a smaller, boutique hotel. Here, she loves that she can take more time to get to know each guest and learn their history with the property, as well as again be very hands-on with every aspect of the operations.
In her spare time, Alison loves to explore the areas around Nick’s Cove and Wine Country so she is better equipped to offer recommendations to her guests. She especially loves going on long drives and hikes, and trying out all of the amazing restaurants the Bay Area has to offer.