The assistant head concierge at London's Charlotte Street hotel has been selected to represent Britain at the world's top competition for young concierges.
Alixandra Mellor will travel to Mendoza, Argentina, to compete for the Andy Pongco Award, held during Les Clefs d'Or international congress, in April. She won the opportunity to represent the Society of the Golden Keys of Great Britain and the Commonwealth by winning the Andre Damonte competition.
Both Andy Pongco (former international honorary president of Les Clefs d'Or) and Andre Damonte (former international general secretary) were highly respected characters in the concierge community.
Prior to joining the Charlotte Street hotel, Mellor was assistant head concierge at the Marylebone hotel, London, part of the Doyle Collection. Other London hotels she has worked at include the Lanesborough, Belgraves, the Berkeley, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge and the InterContinental Park Lane.
Launched in 2008, the Andy Pongco Award is open to concierges aged under 35. Two previous winners have come from London hotels: James Elliott of the Renaissance St Pancras, who won last year, and Ben Malpass, who carried off the award in 2010 when working at the Cavendish hotel and now is at Belgraves.