Michael Pearson has been appointed general manager of the Cottage in the Wood Malvern in Worcestershire.
Pearson, who was born and raised in Malvern, returns to the four-AA-star hotel having previously worked as operations manager at Tewkesbury Park.
The 1919 restaurant at the 32-room Cottage in the Wood Malvern also received three-AA-rosettes in September under head chef Rob Mason.
Pearson said: "Working at the Cottage in the Wood Malvern was always a dream of mine. It's been a place for family gatherings, which I remember from when I was growing up, and even as an adult I always dreamt about what I could bring to the hotel if I were to manage it. I am excited about the new role and working closely with the team to bring the experience to life."
Nick Davies, owner of the Cottage in the Wood Malvern, added: "With his passion for the industry and his trendsetting vision, Michael is joining our young and dynamic team and has many ideas for the hotel, bar, and restaurant. This is a great time for the Cottage in the Wood and we are looking forward to seeing what 2024 will bring with Michael at the helm."