News for the Hospitality Executive
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 5, 2012—Davidson Hotels & Resorts, one of the nation’s largest independent hotel management companies, today announced that the 496-room Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in historic Alexandria, Va., has completed a multi-million dollar renovation. Davidson has managed the hotel since June 2005 and oversaw the renovation project, designed by Paradigm Design Group of Cypress, Texas. The hotel is owned by a private investment fund advised by Crow Holdings Capital Partners, L.L.C.
“In this market, it is particularly important that a hotel of this stature remain in top condition,” said Patrick Lupsha, Davidson’s chief operating officer. “All guest rooms were totally renovated last summer, and we’ve now completed an update of the lobby and meeting spaces to bring the areas that impact the guest experience to ‘like new’ condition. We are confident that the significant capital investment will enable this landmark hotel to retain its dominant position in this part of the Washington D.C. market.”
The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center’s 55,000 square feet of meeting space was enhanced with new carpet, wall and window coverings and regional artwork. The lobby was redesigned to encourage guests to recharge themselves and their laptops and cell phones, using a soothing palette of blues, neutral tones and warm wood accents that give the public spaces a timeless, elegant feel.
“Because of its proximity to the Pentagon and Old Town Alexandria, guests at this hotel expect a level of historic charm and modern convenience that is sometimes a challenge to balance,” said Charlie Banta, general manager. “Paradigm Design did an outstanding job of blending old and new in a sophisticated, classically dramatic way.”
Located at 5000 Seminary Rd. in the west end of historic Alexandria, Va., the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center is next door to the newly opened Department of Defense (DoD) Mark Center. This new facility will serve as home of the Washington Headquarters Service, Department of Defense Inspector General and other DoD offices. With direct access to I-395, the hotel is only minutes from the Pentagon, Reagan Washington National Airport and the numerous monuments and attractions in and around Washington D.C.
The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center features 496 newly renovated rooms and suites outfitted with the Hilton Serenity Bed, high-definition televisions, functional work desks with built in electronic outlets and ergonomic chairs. The hotel offers 55,000 square feet of flexible space, including the 10,200-square-foot Plaza Ballroom, capable of hosting 1,500 guests, executive meeting center with conference and retreat space, and 10,000 square feet of patio gardens and a gazebo. Hotel amenities include Finn & Porter Steaks & Seafood, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; an elaborate sushi bar; room service; and an atrium-style lobby bar; as well as an indoor/outdoor pool and Precor Fitness room and outdoor jogging trails. The hotel also has a private lake and is surrounded by green space.About Paradigm Design Group
Paradigm Design Group is an award winning hospitality interior design firm that specializes in business class and luxury hotels and resorts. With over fifteen years in the industry, the company delivers distinctive design solutions that are aligned with brand direction. As a preferred firm for many owners and brands, our reliability, standards and expertise are often recognized and recommended throughout the hospitality industry. The company’s recent projects can be viewed at www.paradigm-design.com.
About Crow Holdings Capital Partners, L.L.C. (“CHCP”)
Since 1998, CHCP and CHCP-affiliated entities have managed a series of real estate private equity funds that are designated to generate current income and benefit from the capital appreciation of portfolio investments. These five funds have had total equity commitments from partners of approximately $3 billion. Investors include endowments, foundations, pension funds, financial institutions and high net worth individuals.
CHCP actively acquires all types of real estate both independently and with operating partners. CHCP currently oversees a portfolio of existing assets and assets under development totaling over 12.9 million square feet of retail, office and industrial properties, approximately 11,900 multi-family units, more than 1,400 hotel rooms and approximately 1,700 acres of lot development through its real estate private equity funds.
Davidson Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, full-service hotel management company that provides management, development/renovation, acquisition, consulting and accounting expertise for the hospitality industry. The company’s portfolio encompasses 47 upscale, full-service independent and branded hotels with more than 13,400 rooms across the United States, including such affiliations as Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Westin, Sheraton, Hyatt, Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard by Marriott, and Radisson. Additional information on Davidson may be found at the company’s Web site, www.davidsonhotels.com.
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