A New York lawyer fulfills her dreams of hospitality in the Hamptons

The Hamptons are now in full swing, and Sylvia Wong definitely feels like the owner of the Roundtree Hotel in Amnest. For the New York lawyer, the road to the hotel was quite a winding but a natural turn because of her love of travel.
After studying law at New York University, Wong began her career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind and Wharton & Garrison, a large city law firm focusing on mergers and acquisitions, representing clients who bought or sold businesses.

“As a young attorney, it was a wonderful learning experience to work with some of the best American attorneys who are smart, creative and client-focused,” she said, noting that while it was a demanding job, it helped her to build a strong foundation. . Of legal and business skills as well as personal development. “I think of those years with fond memories.”

Wong then joined IBM and settled in Asia for about ten years. In 2012, she returned to New York and was appointed Director of Compliance to lead the company’s global ethics and compliance program.

Sylvia Wong began her career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind and Wharton & Garrison, a large city law firm focused on mergers and acquisitions.
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In the end, they were able to complete the renovations right behind their original schedule.
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Then, in 2015, was another turning point: Wong was hired by Western Technology Investment, a private investment firm with a large real estate portfolio. As the company sought growth, hosting became an organic expansion of its interests, as well as Wong’s.

“Traveling has always been one of my interests,” she said. “I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit so many wonderful places around the world. There are so many good memories of visiting places of interest and staying in small hotels that offer limited luxury and excellent service. ”

It was not Wong’s initial plan to open a store in the Hamptons in particular, but an online property listing changed that in early 2019. Back then, the hotel that was now a family-owned property called Gansett Green Manor, and a winter weekend getaway One, it took Hampton C. says Wong, who is playing with WTI in what will become the Roundtree. “Its expansive lawn and surrounding farmland ensure a peaceful and calm environment,” she added. “However, it is right in Main Street, close to wonderful local shops and restaurants, and just a short walk or bike ride from miles of beautiful white sand beaches.”

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Sylvia Wong said the barn and some of the huts are “centuries old”.
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The refurbishment of the site was “both nerve-wracking and exciting” as the pandemic exacerbated the challenges of opening a hotel.
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Wong is also attracted to the property’s history. “It was home to one of the first four families to settle in Magnist around the 1950s – we have a barn and a few hundred huts that are hundreds of years old.”

After the property was purchased, the renovation process was an achievement. “There was a lot of work to do, and the fact that so many historic buildings were on the property made the process more complicated,” Wong said, noting that the plague created another set of obstacles.

“In the middle of the process, the state of New York stopped most construction projects, except for a very specific set of projects, and we could not decide if we could continue, so we stopped out of caution without knowing when we could finish or even continue with the work we have done. ” In the end, they were able to complete the renovations right behind their original schedule. In 2022, Roundtree Beach House unveiled, a two-apartment complex just minutes from the main property owned by playwright Neil Simon.

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It was not Wong’s initial plan to open a store in the Hamptons in particular, but an online property registration business changed that in early 2019.
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When the hotel opened in June 2020, everything fell into place.
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The refurbishment of the site was “both nerve-wracking and exciting” as the pandemic exacerbated the challenges of opening a hotel.

“In addition to making sure that the guest experience is everything we wanted, we had to understand how to create an environment in which our guests feel safe and how to best protect them. In the early days of the plague, there was no rule, Wong said.

Fortunately, when the hotel opened in June 2020, everything fell into place.
“We decided to follow a simple approach – do what we would normally do if we housed friends and loved ones. When we opened, we had no invitations. “We were so busy that we did not have time to worry,” he said. “Very quickly, when we got the first guests, we received a lot of appreciation and support from them.”

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In their first business year, about 80% of their guests came from New York and the Tristate area.
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In early 2019, the hotel that now exists was a family-owned property called Gansett Green Manor.
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In their first business year, about 80% of their guests came from New York and the Tristate area. Now they make up half of their guests, and the rest stream from the West Coast, Texas, Florida and more recently a bit of Europe.

“For those who have had a lifelong dream of opening an inn, Wong finds her secret advantage in remembering the little things.

“In my opinion, passion, originality and attention to detail are among the critical success factors,” she said. “You have to love what you do. It’s a demanding job, but it will not feel like it when you enjoy it. Do your research and use the resources at your disposal for personal learning, relationships and mentorship opportunities. ”

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Sylvia Wong was also attracted to the property’s history.
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After the property was purchased, the renovation process was an achievement.
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The developer also emphasizes the importance of learning from life experiences “to create a vision of what your guest experience will look like and how you want guests to spend some of their time at your property.”

In the process of creating Roundtree, Wong had numerous people tell her, “This is how it’s always done.” Relying on her intuition to decide between good and evil, however, was invaluable.

“It’s important to listen to the advice, but then make your decisions,” she said. “Ask questions, be curious and trust your stomach.”

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