BUSINESS

Neil Castaldi: Manager provides wealth of hospitality experience

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Neil Castaldi

PLAQUEMINE - With his wealth of hospitality experience, ranging from the luxury cruise ship industry to resorts and hotels, Neil Castaldi brings to Nottoway Plantation not only a long history of significantly enhanced sales and ratings, but also an impressive talent for securing once-in-a-lifetime experiences for his venues.

“It’s been said that management is, above all, a practice where art, science and craft meet,” Castaldi said. “So deep in the heart of South Louisiana’s plantation country, we’ve brought together a team of hospitality experts to fulfill Nottoway’s vision in concept, strategy, technology and execution.

“Every single day guests compliment our personalized service, attention to detail and exceptional employees. Our team represents a variety of skills and depth of experience that are unique to this market, and they, too, have the privilege of directing the friendliest and most dedicated people I’ve encountered in my entire hospitality career.”

Nottoway, the South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion, is a stunning historic plantation located in White Castle. It was completed in 1859 for the John Hampden Randolph family.   

A dramatic, multi-million-dollar renovation has restored this historic plantation to its days of glory as well as adding luxury resort amenities and corporate and social event venues. The home also serves as an inn, features the Mansion Restaurant, and is available for weddings, receptions, meetings and special events.

“I live on the property here,” Castaldi said. “At this point in my life, I can dedicate my entire time here. It works out very well for me and I pretty much have a free hand in running the place.”

Castaldi is originally from Italy and got his start in the hospitality industry working cruise ships at the age of 17.

His creativity and enthusiasm soon attracted both celebrities and presidents as he found himself working as a general manager in numerous large 700-room hotels around the country.

Not only has he furnished luxury accommodations for stars such as Tony Bennett, Cher, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope but he also hosted presidential hotel visits and banquets for Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush and Bill Clinton.

His last assignment before joining Nottoway was as the vice-president of hotel operations for a NYC-based hotel company, overseeing 10 hotels, from Hiltons to Sheratons, in four states.

In addition, Castaldi created a popular chain of upscale Italian restaurants, Castaldi's Market & Grill, located in six states and featuring opera-trained singing servers.

For the last four years managing Nottoway, he has executed a $15 million expansion and renovation turning it into a major and very successful conference and resort destination.

Castaldi continues to innovate and bring new business opportunities to Nottoway and this region from week long concert retreats, high end corporate seminars, million dollar wedding receptions and even the USA Pageant scheduled to film in late May.