KY., January 29, 2009 – Lexington Downtown Hotel & Conference Center,
a Hilton Affiliate Hotel, announced today that it will undergo an anticipated
$13 million renovation to update and modernize its 367 guestrooms and public
spaces in preparation for its conversion to a Hilton brand hotel. The extensive
revamping of the hotel is scheduled to begin this spring and is expected
to be completed by the end of 2009. Lexington Downtown Hotel & Conference
Center (the former Radisson Plaza Hotel Lexington) will remain open during
As a Hilton Affiliate Hotel, guests staying at Lexington Downtown Hotel
& Conference Center will now experience enhanced service and comfort.
Additionally, hotel guests have the opportunity to participate in the Hilton
Honors guest reward program, allowing guests to earn hotel points and airline
miles for the same stay at more than 2,700 hotels worldwide.
Influenced by Kentucky’s scenic landscape and equestrian heritage, the
design concept for the hotel’s public spaces, guestrooms, restaurant, grand
ballroom and meeting rooms incorporates regional motifs. Developed by Atlanta
firm Design Continuum, Inc., the updated interiors will feature a vibrant
color palette inspired by regional country scenery. Rich shades of red,
green, blue and gold will be found throughout the 22-story hotel’s interior
as a modern take on traditional Kentucky design.
A joint venture between Madison W Properties and Interstate Hotels &
Resorts (NYSE: IHR), the hotel is connected via a skywalk to Lexington
Center, central Kentucky’s premiere sports and entertainment complex that
includes Rupp Arena, Lexington Convention Center and The Shops at Lexington
“Lexington Downtown Hotel & Conference Center is one of the most
significant hotels in the city,” said Peter C. Lewis, president and chief
investment officer of Madison W Properties. “The renovation will ensure
that the hotel remains the leading destination for discerning leisure,
business and convention travelers and continues to be a popular venue for
meetings, social events and weddings. Guests will truly enjoy an enhanced
experience that will exceed their expectations for style and comfort.”
“The upcoming renovation of the Lexington Downtown Hotel & Convention
Center could not be better timed,” said Lexington Convention and Visitors
Bureau President David Lord. “The city’s downtown is in the midst of a
major rebirth and renewing the hotel will play a vital role in this process.
The remodeling of one of Lexington’s prominent hotels will help make the
city much more competitive for regional and small national meetings and
From the moment guests enter the hotel, they will experience an elegant
Kentucky theme that reflects the commonwealth’s history and culture. The
lobby will feature new registration desks made out of handsome mahogany
wood that include brushed nickel accents and polished white quartz countertops.
Two large wall treatments made out of woven cherry wood will be installed
that will add visual interest to the space.
“We are working on commissioning local artists for the most visible
areas of the lobby,” added Lewis. “We are finalizing plans to install a
dramatic fountain, similar to the one in Triangle Park, as we want to create
a clear association with the surrounding area. Above the fountain we are
contemplating a 40-foot high sculpture that would be a collage of running
The hotel’s guest accommodations will be updated with a sophisticated
new look that will include designer selected linens and window treatments,
furniture and furnishings, wall coverings and carpeting and enhanced bathrooms.
Continuing the Kentucky theme into the guestrooms, white headboards have
been chosen that are reminiscent of picket fences found throughout the
commonwealth. Calming greens and blues will be used throughout the rooms
to provide each guest with a more enjoyable and relaxing experience. Large
flat panel LCD televisions will be installed to modernize each guestroom.
The guest bathrooms have been designed to be urbane and bright and will
showcase a crisp clean décor. Classic furniture-style vanities with
a golden wood tone and blue-green granite countertops will be the focal
point of the new bathrooms. The selected wall coverings feature a simple
scroll pattern that has a tranquil metallic quality. Neutral colored stone-like
porcelain tiles have been selected for the flooring and showers and a mixture
of brushed and polished chrome fixtures will be used throughout each bathroom.
Each guestroom is expected to be furnished with the Hilton Serenity
Collection® of amenities, which includes the Pacific Coast® down
duvet, Super Topper mattress pads and top-quality linens and pillows. Anticipated
standard amenities include the Hilton Serenity Bath Collection, featuring
the exclusive Crabtree and Evelyn line of La Source® bath products;
a Cuisinart® dual-cup, single brew coffeemaker and Lavazza® coffee;
the easy-to-set Hilton Family alarm clock with MP3 player connectivity
and high-speed Internet wireless access.
The hotel’s four suites are scheduled to be expanded and redesigned
into three distinct living areas to provide formality and elegance to each
space. A luxurious color palette of gold, red and teal has been selected
and will be integrated into the fabrics, furnishings and carpeting used
in the spacious suites. Furniture including plush sofas, arm chairs and
chaise lounges and large dining room tables, end tables and executive desks
made out of mahogany will complement the rich color scheme. The suites’
master bathrooms are designed as an extension of the bedrooms and will
feature glass mosaic wall tiles, a water closet and walk-in shower. Each
suite will also include an additional ½ bath, two flat panel LCD
televisions and upgraded wood tiles in the foyer.
Café on the Park
Café on the Park, located on the main floor of the hotel offering
exceptional American cuisine and fine wines, will undergo a comprehensive
renovation as well that will feature a bright color palette, relocated
main entrance and new furniture and furnishings. Showcasing spectacular
views of Triangle Park’s illuminated fountains through floor-to-ceiling
windows, the upscale yet informal restaurant will be a contemporary twist
on the hotel’s Kentucky theme. Floral patterns on fabrics and carpeting,
wood beams at raised soffits and sky blue accent colors will intermix to
create a park-like ambience.
Grand Ballroom and Meeting Rooms
Lexington Downtown Hotel & Conference Center is the preeminent
venue for business meetings, conventions, conferences and special events
for groups ranging from 10 to 1,000 guests. Featuring more than 16,000
square feet of event space, the hotel’s Grand Ballroom and numerous meeting
rooms will be refurbished and modernized. Custom-made chandeliers and wall
sconces and traditional wall covering will be installed in the 6,850-square
foot Grand Ballroom.
About Lexington Downtown Hotel & Conference Center
Lexington Downtown Hotel & Conference Center is a 22-story hotel
featuring 367 guestrooms centrally located in the heart of Lexington’s
financial district. The 290,362-square foot hotel includes more than 16,000
square feet of diverse meeting and event space, the Café on the
Park restaurant, fitness center, indoor swimming pool and spa and business
center. Lexington Downtown Hotel & Conference Center is just steps
from renowned Lexington Center, central Kentucky’s premiere sports and
entertainment complex that includes Rupp Arena, Lexington Convention Center
and The Shops at Lexington Square. Located at 369 West Vine St., Lexington,
KY 40507, the hotel will undergo an extensive renovation in 2009 to enhance
nearly every aspect of the property. Lexington Downtown Hotel & Conference
Center is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the nation’s largest
independent hotel management company. For more information about
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, visit the company’s website: www.ihrco.com.
To make a reservation contact Hilton Reservations Worldwide at 1.800.445.8667
or at hilton.com.
About Madison W Properties
Madison W Properties, LLC is an investment management firm focused
on acquiring direct control-oriented real estate investments ranging from
$10-$100 million in the United States. Founded in 2008 and based in New
York City, the firm favors real estate opportunities that are off-market
or distressed, located in overlooked geographical regions or are in out-of-favor
asset categories. Since its inception the firm has acquired a diverse portfolio
of properties. For more information, visit madisonw.com.
About Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts has ownership interests in 56 hotels
and resorts, including seven wholly owned assets. Together with these
properties, the company and its affiliates manage a total of 221 hospitality
properties with nearly 46,000 rooms in 36 states, the District of Columbia,
Russia, Mexico, Belgium, Canada and Ireland. Interstate Hotels &
Resorts also has contracts to manage 17 to be built hospitality properties
with approximately 4,100 rooms. For more information about Interstate Hotels
& Resorts, visit the company’s Web site: www.ihrco.com.
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