Hospitality Hot 20: Top Hospitality Brands of 2023

July 25, 2023

Welcome to a next-level getaway with Bolt PR’s Hospitality Hot 20, where we break down the top hospitality brands and their celebrated accommodations, restaurants and bars across the U.S. with a glimpse into the bespoke experiences they provide. According to a study, 93% of customers are likely to make repeat visits to a company that offers excellent service. When it comes to customer satisfaction, we’re taking notice of the brands that meet and exceed expectations time and again. In short, if you’re looking for true hospitality, you’ve come to the right place.

Our team believes in spotlighting the organizations that make a profound impact in their industry, transform their communities for the better and provide the highest quality services across the board. Whether you’re planning a trip sometime soon, interested in hospitality investment, or looking for your next career move, check out our 20 top hospitality brands across the U.S.

33 Restaurant Group

Preston Lancaster

Founder & CEO

With an irresistible dining lineup, 33 Restaurant Group is focused on delivering remarkable experiences for hungry guests across the Lone Star State. This organization has seven widely acclaimed restaurants, including Taverna Rossa, Cadillac Pizza Pub, The Yard McKinney, Union Bear Brewing Co. and Heritage Pizza and Taproom, to name just a few popular options. 33 Restaurant Group’s leadership team focuses on local and suburban areas with a commitment to opening up more restaurants throughout Texas and continuing to develop communities.

Aimbridge Hospitality

Michael Deitemeyer

President & CEO

Aimbridge Hospitality is a leading global organization that offers best-in-class management services for luxury hotels, destination resorts, convention centers and lifestyle hotels in some of the most magnificent destinations worldwide. Originally launched in 2003 with only eight properties, Aimbridge has grown into a hospitality behemoth with an impressive portfolio that now represents over 1,500 properties in 50 states and 23 countries. Earlier this year, Aimbridge Hospitality acquired Houston-based Terrapin Hospitality’s management portfolio of 71 hotels across the U.S. In addition, the organization puts a strong focus on its deep market knowledge and expertise so that hotel owners can access a wealth of insights and continue to drive value for their brand and guests.

Avocet Hospitality Group

Jon Weitz

Founder & President

This hospitality organization has a wealth of experience operating and developing independent restaurants and hotels based in some of the most exquisite locations in the U.S. Avocet Hospitality Group owns and operates multiple renowned businesses in the Charleston, South Carolina region, including The Vendue and Tides Folly Beach, Revival, The Rooftop, BLU Beach Bar & Grill and Pier 101 Restaurant & Bar. Additionally, the group owns and operates the popular Read House Hotel and Bridgeman’s Chophouse in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, in addition to The Admiral Hotel and Corner 251 in Mobile, Alabama. With a deep love of storytelling, Avocet Hospitality Group has expertly communicated the bold and beautiful tale that makes each concept unique.

Concord Hospitality

Mark Laport

President & CEO

As an award-winning hotel development and management company, Concord Hospitality has been the trusted partner of leading hotel brands across the U.S. for decades. This powerful hospitality organization is renowned for providing the personalized, high-touch service of an independent provider to every property in its impressive portfolio, which includes Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt properties, and recently reported record-breaking growth and shares projections for 2023. As part of this monumental upward trajectory, Concord Hospitality announced the launch of the Opus Collection by Concord, a lifestyle hotel management division for full-service properties.

The Dinex Group

Daniel Boulud

Chef & Owner

Founded by award-winning Chef Daniel Boulud, The Dinex Group, LLC is a collection of internationally renowned dining experiences with an emphasis on cuisine served at the highest level of quality and service. A culinary innovator at heart, Boulud founded The Dinex Group in 1993 with his first restaurant, Daniel, and gradually expanded the organization to 12 company-owned and seven licensed venues around the world, including the Michelin-starred Daniel Restaurant and Le Pavillon, Boulud Sud, Bar Boulud, db Bistro, DBGB Kitchen and Bar and Épicerie Boulud, to name just a few. Boulud recently announced plans to open his iconic Café Boulud at a luxury development site in Beverly Hills, California later this year.

GF Hotels & Resorts

Kenneth Kochenour

Founder & CEO

Since its inception, Philadelphia-based GF Hotels & Resorts has managed over 750 hospitality assets in 46 U.S. states, with a current portfolio of 130 properties comprising over 20,000 guest rooms. With specialties that include premier hotel and resort ownership, third-party management and financial turnarounds, GF Hotels & Resorts is renowned for its wealth of expertise and powerful partnerships with some of the world’s largest hotel organizations, including but not limited to Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, Wyndham Hotel Group and Choice Hotels International. Additionally, GF is armed with countless resources and market insights to ensure the success of its partners and, most importantly, the satisfaction of its guests.

Invited Clubs

David Pillsbury


You’re invited to an exclusive and exquisite membership unlike any other. Since its founding in 1957, Dallas-based Invited Clubs, formerly known as ClubCorp, has operated with the mission of Building Relationships and Enriching Lives® and is currently the leading owner-operator of private golf and country clubs, city and stadium clubs across North America. Some of their most notable options include The Constellation Club in Irving-Las Colinas, Texas; City Club LA in Los Angeles, California; and the Metropolitan Club in Chicago, Illinois. Invited Clubs’ passionate leadership team is relentless in the pursuit of providing extraordinary experiences, meaningful connections and memorable moments for its more than 400,000 members.

MML Hospitality

MML Hospitality, also known as McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality, was founded as a premier hotel, restaurant, retail and private events provider in Austin, Texas. Founded by two Texas-based chefs, this organization has grown to Lone-Star State proportions as they continue to create and manage some of Austin’s most successful restaurants, including Sammie’s, Swedish Hill and Clark’s Oyster Bar, which will open its third location and first Houston outpost this summer. The world is truly MML Hospitality’s “oyster” as their leadership has also added a number of exciting hotel projects outside the state of Texas, including a restored 1861 mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a luxurious mountain chalet in Aspen, Colorado.

Next Level Brands Hospitality

Jeff Gigante


Craving a hospitality experience that is truly “Next Level”? Then you’ll want to give Next Level Brands Hospitality a consideration. With one of the leading elevated and culinary landscapes in Tampa Bay, Florida, Next Level has crafted a collection of prestigious dining locations that take guests on a flavor-filled adventure. Most recently, the brand announced the grand opening of Union New American, a much-anticipated restaurant and lounge in the Westshore area. Inspired by the culture of enchanting hospitality, this group’s concepts feature warm and inviting gathering spaces with modernly creative cuisine and world-class service. The leadership at Next Level firmly believes that eating and drinking together is a way of bonding, building connections and making memories that last a lifetime.

Overthrow Hospitality

Ravi Derossi


Here’s some food for thought - a plant-based restaurant group that makes going vegan a five-star experience. Overthrow Hospitality is an award-winning vegan hospitality group developed by James Beard-nominated Ravi Derossi, alongside Drew Brady and master mixologist Sother Teague, in New York City’s East Village. This plant-powered organization is working towards revolutionizing the hospitality industry for the betterment of society and our taste buds. Some of its most tantalizing establishments include Avant Garden, Ladybird, Proletariat, and Amor y Amargo. Most recently, the group unveiled a new rotating vegan pop-up concept in East Village. With Overthrow, it’s easy to join the mission to build a place of purpose and celebrate each other for who we are, intentionally. With creativity, a sense of community and a dedication to excellence, Overthrow invites you to experience the magic of hospitality.

Oxford Commons

Founded in September 2012, Oxford Commons creatively designed a hospitality service crafted by dreamers for the enjoyment of dreamers. With an aesthetically pleasing feel to the community, Oxford’s impressive concepts are places that foster fellowship, humility, exploration, and flavorful curation. Guests can enjoy an art-filled dining room with an open kitchen or the sunlit conservatory, complete with creeping vines and a retractable glass roof. Every artistic space has impeccable attention to detail, and the delightful menus consist of fresh, seasonal and signature dishes, complemented by an array of premium coffees, teas and cocktails for a new translation of the classic bistro experience. Before visiting one of Oxford Common’s establishments throughout Tampa, we’d like to say you’re welcome.


Avi Brosh


Truly exquisite hotels and restaurants are what make Palisociety a prestigious hospitality organization. Founded by Avi Brosh, Palisociety acquires, designs, develops, owns and operates unique hotels and residences across the U.S., including the famed Palihouse, Palihotel, ARRIVE by Palisociety, and a collection of independently branded properties. Taking inspiration from innkeepers of the past, Palisociety is rooted in the communities it calls home, with a custom-made, community-focused approach that is evident in every design detail and the hands-on approach to every facet of the guest experience.

Pyramid Global Hospitality

Warren Fields

President & CEO

Welcome to a suite of destinations worth writing home about. Pyramid Global Hospitality is a leading hotel management organization, operating in the U.S., Caribbean, and Western Europe. With a portfolio revenue that exceeds $3 billion, Pyramid Global manages an impressive lineup of over 200 hotels, resorts and conference centers, including The Casso and The StateView Hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh Airport Marriott in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, Pyramid Global announced continued growth with the addition of six properties to its U.S. portfolio with destinations in California, Rhode Island and Florida.

Republic DMG

Republic DMG is the management organization behind a group of high-end nightclubs, restaurants and bars on the exciting King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. These enticing concepts are perfect for hosting unique events featuring bespoke services, luxurious details and creative cocktails that will take guests’ taste on a tantalizing adventure. With an eye for both the dazzling and modern, Republic DMG is run by husband and wife co-founders who have weaved their special touch of comfort and state-of-the-art design into each and every venue serviced. Additionally, Republic DMG has exciting plans for growth, with a new concept scheduled to launch this summer.

Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group

Richard DeShantz

Chef & Owner

“Eat. Drink. Escape the ordinary.” Those are words to live by for proud Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native and chef Richard DeShantz, who created the Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group for guests who desire to make their wildest culinary fantasies come true. Totaling 10 establishments and counting, DeShantz has created a diverse portfolio of flavors and experiences, from southern-inspired dishes with a side of duckpin bowling or pinball at Coop De Ville, to Pittsburgh’s first gastropub, Meat & Potatoes, featuring comfort food and signature cocktails that give a nod to the classics. On a mission to elevate his hometown's culinary landscape, DeShantz continues to delight locals and visitors alike with flavorful innovation they can taste in every bite.

Sage Hospitality

Walter Isenberg

Co-Founder & CEO

Sage Hospitality Group was founded in 1984 to answer the call for artful hospitality. After four decades of business, this group has become the preferred investor and management for many top-notch industry accommodations such as Marriott International, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and Hyatt. Sage also owns and operates experiential, independent hotels across the country, with more under development to this day. In 2006, the Sage Restaurant Concepts branch formed, which launched a portfolio of independent restaurants and bars that deliver impressive results, in addition to the traditional focus on hotel food and beverage for which Sage is widely known for. It’s not enough to be the best today - this urban hospitality organization strives to be the best in the industry for decades more to come!

Scale by 3 (Sx3)

Randy Corrigan


McKenzie Cox


Barry Tu


Rooted in Southern California, Scale by 3 extends its influence far beyond as guests line up to experience the customer-focused dining experiences. Currently operating nine restaurants, Sx3 is growing rapidly with upcoming expansions in Nevada, Utah and Texas. The group’s concepts include Broken Yolk Cafe, a brunch, breakfast and lunch favorite offering signature benedicts, mimosas and more; Marufuku Ramen serving authentic Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen; and the much-anticipated Taco Reforma, an original Sx3 concept getting ready to serve up authentic Mexico City-inspired street tacos in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for more craveable options opening soon!

Three Oaks Hospitality

Since 2012, Three Oaks Hospitality has inspired guests worldwide to eat, drink and gather while creating memorable experiences, engaging their creativity and empowering their curiosity. With a collection of community-driven restaurants and bars, including Steelbach, Ciro’s, M.Bird, Stones Throw, BAR AW, Butcher n’ Barbeque and Kipos, there is so much to explore in the Tampa, Florida region. Additionally, Three Oaks leadership has actively employed over 500 team members and continues to unveil new, innovative concepts at every turn. We can’t wait to see what’s next for this powerhouse team.

Umbria Hospitality Group

Samad Hachby


At Umbria Hospitality Group, hospitality is more than a word, it’s a way of life. Umbria is a full-service culinary and event planning team that takes every corporate event, special event and wedding from the ordinary to the extraordinary. The company’s flagship restaurant, Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar, and designated event venue, the Historic Melrose Knitting Mill, offer a taste of the exquisite and vintage Italian countryside in the heart of picturesque Raleigh, North Carolina. Guests travel for miles to experience what these locations have to offer and make countless memories surrounded by the ones they love most. With exquisite cuisine, an expansive wine list, impeccable service and plenty of heart, it is never the wrong time to plan an event with Umbria. As their team proudly states: “A tavola non si invecchia.” In English: “At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.”

Vine Hospitality

Chef Roland Passot

Propriétaire & Chief Culinary Officer

Vine Hospitality has been a premier dining experience provider in the San Francisco Bay Area for decades, owning and operating several high-end restaurants, including Left Bank, LB Steak, Petite Left Bank and Meso Modern Mediterranean. Each location is brimming with bespoke, personalized touches and unique, European-inspired bites and sips. Guests are invited to “camp out, settle in and unwind'' as they bond with family, friends and their community over the shared joy of delicious flavors. With a rich, colorful history, creative presentation and countless tantalizing options for your taste buds, there is no experience quite like a Vine Hospitality experience.

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