“We know one thing for sure. Every guest that comes into our hotel will have an experience. We decide what that experience will be.” – Founder and Chairman Julian MacQueen, 1985
Innisfree Hotels came to be on January 1,1985, when founder and CEO Julian MacQueen left his post as executive vice president for Family Inns of America and acquired his first hotel in Mobile, Alabama. From that hotel came a strong portfolio of properties we continue to build upon today.
Yet perhaps our story begins long before, on a beach in the late 1960s, when a 15-year-old MacQueen didn’t want to return home during his summer vacation. Hitchhiking the shores of Destin, Florida, Julian ultimately found a summer job at the Jack Tar Beach House. He never left the industry.
The history of Innisfree is long and winding, but at its heart are hard work and a culture of service. Julian and Kim MacQueen and the rest of the Innisfree family believe that hospitality is a way to change the world – one guest at a time.
For more than three decades, Innisfree has expertly managed dozens of hotels in partnership with the world’s most recognized hotel brands. Innisfree has owned and operated both full and focused service properties throughout the United States. Our ability to deliver results stems from an experienced executive team with a powerful combination of hotel management, marketing and property development expertise.
At Innisfree Hotels, we’re passionate about consistently delivering long-term financial benefits to owners, while fostering a vibrant and caring work environment for our people. Our drive to be a model corporate citizen inspires us to outperform our competitors by engaging in innovative problem-solving that improves the way we serve our guests, treat our employees and conduct our day-to-day business.
Innisfree Hotels derives its name from the William Butler Yeats poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree,’ which depicts the tranquil atmosphere we strive to create both for our guests and employees.