News for the Hospitality Executive
Downtown Hotel & Conference Center Continues
with $13 million Renovation of its 367 Guest Rooms;
Concept to Include Kentucky's Equestrian Heritage
LEXINGTON, KY., June 18, 2009 – Lexington Downtown Hotel & Conference Center, a Hilton Affiliate Hotel, announced that it has begun renovating its 367 guestrooms. The extensive $13 million revamping of the hotel kicked off in March of this year and began with a refurbishment of the facility’s atrium, grand ballroom and meeting rooms. The hotel remains open during the period of renovation and redecoration.
“We are excited to begin the next phase of the hotel’s beautification,” said Peter C. Lewis, president and chief investment officer of Madison W Properties. “Exceptionally appointed guestrooms that reflect Kentucky’s unique history will be the focal point of enhancing this distinguished property. Our guests will enjoy a level of style and comfort that will be unrivaled in Lexington.”
Most of 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 relaxing, serene environment. Large flat panel LCD televisions will be installed to blend legacy charm with progressive accents.
The guest bathrooms have been designed to be elegant 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 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.
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.
Local artists have been selected by Mr. Lewis to display their works prominently in the hotel’s lobby. The works will include a magnificent 30-foot high sculpture of running horses; to be created by Lexington sculptor
Seth Tuska and installed above a fountain designed by Tamara Cassidy of Stephen Hillenmeyer Landscape Services. The new water feature will contain elements of Lexington’s famous Triangle Park fountains. Both works are expected to be installed late-summer.
In March, a large 20-panel photograph of two yearling fillies titled The Glory of Kentucky, taken by world-renowned equine photographer Doug Prather on Gainesway Farm, was installed in the hotel’s atrium. Four photographs, each spanning 17 feet wide by 22 feet tall, will be rotated in the space to coincide with the changing of the seasons.
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 this summer 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 and sky blue accent colors will intermix to create a park-like ambience.
A joint venture among Madison W Properties, Interstate Hotels & Resorts and The Webb Companies, 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 Center.
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Joint Venture Among Madison W Properties, Interstate Hotels &
Resorts and The Webb Companies Begin $13 million Renovation of the
Lexington Downtown Hotel & Conference Center in Lexington, Kentucky
/ March 2009
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