Benson Willis, general manager of Hotel Veritas, was actively involved in the development and creation of the 31-room independent property which has become the preeminent hotel in Harvard Square and Cambridge. He brings to Hotel Veritas an intimate level of guest service, a strong design aesthetic, and a refined luxury hotel experience.
Benson is not one to stand still long. Over the past 24 years, he has worked in the Boston area within 16 hospitality companies including large corporations, non-profit organizations, and small family-owned properties. None of the positions have been alike, with each offering a new challenge and perspective.
Prior to joining Hotel Veritas, Benson was the general manager of the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro and the Bulfinch Hotel, as well as the innkeeper at the Inn at Castle Hill in Ipswich, MA. He was involved in the opening of XV Beacon, one of the original boutique hotels in Boston. His longest stint was at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston in a variety of roles including front office manager and staff accountant. He was a manager at Radius and the controller of Mistral – two of the most award-wining restaurants in Boston. He served as the business manager for the Algonquin Club, a private social club in Boston. Benson launched his career at the Boston Harbor Hotel, just months after the hotel opened.
Benson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Harvard Square Business Association and Community Work Services, an organization devoted to helping people find employment – and, on a much lighter note, was identified as one of the 25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2010 by the Boston Globe, as well as featured in the Improper Bostonian for his style.
Benson moved to Boston from north Florida in 1987 to attend Boston University School of Hospitality Administration. He lives in Cambridge, MA with his husband where they proudly and frequently support the local restaurant community.
All of this experience has come together to help create Hotel Veritas, of which the Boston Globe states, "the sleek, pleasantly quirky, 31-room hotel achieves what all boutique hotels strive for: a place where small feels interesting and intimate, not limiting or lacking" and the New York Times proclaims, "If Harvard had a hotel school, its summa cum laude graduates would want to work at Veritas."