When Brevard’s newest Hilton hotel opens in downtown Melbourne early next year, veteran hospitality leader, Carlos Cerda will take the reigns as the new General Manager. With more than 20 years of experience at Hilton, Marriott and IHG brand hotels, Cerda, has spent the past eight years working in the Brevard market.

He now looks forward to bringing this experience to manage what many predict will be one of the most extraordinary hotels ever to come the Space Coast. The Tapestry collection hotel will be the tallest building in Melbourne and off er stunning views of the Indian River Lagoon with a 360-degree view of the Melbourne downtown landscape.

The hotel – a 180 room, modern boutique style, with 24 corner suites will stand eleven stories tall and off er 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

Parking for the property will be located under the spacious structure – a 170 space designated garage, located on the southeast corner of Route 192 and US Hwy. 1.

Developed by a joint venture encompassing Duke Hospitality, Willow Street Capital, the Charlie Group, and the LCP Group. The landmark hotel is projected to be open by late winter of 2021 and is being constructed by the Welbro Building Corporation.

In 2015, Cerda was nominated for the CEO Light and Warmth Award with Hilton International Worldwide and in 2016 and 2017 he was named General Manager of the Year and

received the Presidents’ award.

In a statement announcing his appointment Cerda said, “he is dedicated to ensuring that Hotel Melby remains highly committed to the community and the Duke Hospitality namesake.” Founded in 2004, Duke Hospitality currently manages nine hotels in the US.