Renaissance M Street Hotel
to Open in Spring 2007
D.C. – December 19, 2006 - Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International’s
upscale, distinctive full-service brand, is pleased to announce that the
new Renaissance M Street Hotel is scheduled to open in spring 2007, following
a $25.2 million investment. The hotel will undergo an official Renaissance
flagging in February 2007. The 355-room hotel, located at the corner of
M Street and New Hampshire Avenue, has undergone a total redesign of its
guest rooms, meeting space, lobby, restaurant and bar. The former
Wyndham City Center Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., was purchased
by a joint venture, comprised of funds managed by Westbrook Partners, and
an affiliate of Northview Hotel Group, LLC.
“We expect that both visitors and the residents of Washington, D.C.
will discover the Renaissance M Street Hotel as an escape to stylish accommodations;
crisp, attentive service; distinctive meeting space and a contemporary
restaurant that will feature exquisitely prepared regional dining,” said
Thom Puccio, Director of Sales & Marketing, Renaissance M Street Hotel.
The hotel's front desk will be redesigned to welcome guests with an
inviting sense of arrival and the new Great Room with its lobby bar will
provide a sophisticated retreat for business or pleasure. The hotel’s restaurant
will be defined by its new American-Style Bistro concept and lead by Executive
Chef Darren Anklam. And a new café proudly serving Illy’s coffee
will be added to cater to local clientele, as well as hotel guests. In
addition, an expanded fitness area will offer the newest, state-of-the-art
equipment and a new “Cardio Theater”, featuring treadmills with personal
viewing LCD screens.
The hotel’s guestrooms include the new 2007 Renaissance bedding package.
Replacing the traditional bedspread with down comforters nestled inside
sheeted duvets, the bedding will feature 300-thread count, cotton rich
sheets; a four inch mattress topper accented with decorative pillow shams;
bolster and decorative bed throw and bed skirt. Rooms also include bedside
iPod clock radio and all accommodations feature cordless, 2-line phones
with data ports, high speed internet access (wireless is available), rotating
work desk, ergonomic chairs, pay-per view movies, weekday newspaper delivery,
complimentary in-room coffee, hairdryer, ironing board, and individual
climate controls. Each room is also equipped with a wall mounted technology
panel that allows guests to connect their iPods or MP3 players, digital
cameras, video cameras, and laptops directly to the 32” HD plasma
flat screen and hear their music and see their pictures. All guestroom
safes also feature the ability to connect to internal laptop chargers in
the in-room safes.
The meeting capabilities at the Renaissance M Street have experienced
a complete re-birth, from the miles of fiber optic cabling serving guest’s
most advanced technology needs to new audio and sound systems. “We have
taken the hotel’s meeting space from the 1980’s into the present from color,
to feel, to technological capability,” explains Puccio. All carpeting,
wall coverings, chairs, linens, fixtures and food and beverage accoutrements
have been redesigned to embrace the Renaissance brand commitment to stylish
design with whimsical patterns, rich colors and imaginative accents. New
technology, such as fiber optic cabling, provides voice-over protocols
for all phones (eliminating the need for telephone wire), wireless Internet
access throughout the hotel and can accommodate a wide range of technological
needs, from simplistic networking to comprehensive live-broadcasting connectivity.
In addition, new sound systems throughout all meeting and ballrooms provide
a clear, digital sound quality for improved events and conferences.
Located in the heart of the nation’s Capitol, the Renaissance M Street
Hotel is situated within easy walking distance from National Mall and Georgetown,
two Metro stations and is just 7 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National
Airport. In 2008 the hotel is planning further growth that will incorporate
the adding two new guest room floors and a rooftop pool.
Renaissance Hotels & Resorts is an upscale brand providing full-service
accommodations with local flair to discriminating business and leisure
travelers at over 130 properties in 28 countries. The brand’s presence
is strong in the U.S. and worldwide, with more than 70 properties in North
America and more than 60 properties throughout Europe, South America, the
Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia.