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Saunders Hotel Group Completes Multi-million dollar Upgrade
at the Hawthorn Suites Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria VA (November 16, 2007) - The newly-renovated Hawthorn Suites Alexandria, VA at 420 North Van Dorn Street near historic Old Town Alexandria held a Grand Re-Opening Celebration on Wednesday, November 14, 2007. 

Managed by Saunders Hotel Group, LLC, the hotel welcomed guest speakers Stephanie Brown, President of the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association (ACVA), Roy E. Flora, Chief Operating Officer of US Franchise Systems, Inc., parent company and franchisor of the Hawthorn Suites brand; Christine Michaels, President of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce; and Jeffrey Saunders, President of Saunders Hotel Group. 

The hotel's multi-million dollar transformation focused on creating a stylish, contemporary décor and adding numerous guest comforts and conveniences throughout. Renovation highlights include a new lobby and trend-setting design for the public areas with the latest technology, and numerous upgrades to the hotel's 185 spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom suite accommodations. Each suite includes a full kitchen or kitchenette, and all suites are 100 percent smoke-free. The Hawthorn Suites Alexandria VA is a proud participant in the internationally-known Hyatt's Gold Passport® rewards program. 

"The investment by Saunders Hotel Group in upgrading our Hawthorn Suites Alexandria VA reflects our belief that the hotel offers a prime location for long-term stay business, military and relocation guests," said Jeffrey Saunders, President of Saunders Hotel Group. "The new décor, conveniences and amenities are specifically design to appeal to that customer and I think everyone who sees the 'new' Hawthorn Suites Alexandria will be very impressed with the results of the investment."

"Our goal with the renovation was to create such a hospitable environment that we become a premier choice for both business and leisure travelers to the northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area," said Katrina D'Argenis, General Manager of the hotel. "Our grand re-opening celebration is an excellent opportunity for local businesses, residents and others with lodging needs, especially for long-term stays, to experience all the comfort, convenience and luxury of the new Hawthorn Suites Alexandria." 

The hotel's facade has been transformed with a stylish porte-cochere, an elegant new lobby complemented with rich textures, materials and colors and expanded to include a fashionable dining area with comfortable lounge seating, 42" plasma televisions, and a new breakfast bar. Additional elements include a new executive boardroom, a business center with the latest technology, a new fitness room with state-of-the-art equipment, and a convenient mini market.

Highlights of the renovations include, in every suite: 

  • New luxurious double-sided pillow top mattresses in all accommodations, plus contemporary Hawthorn Suites signature bedding with high-count thread linens, comfortable plush duvet and decorative pillows and throw cover. 
  • 42" LCD HD-ready flat screen televisions with 80 channels of TV and a DVD player 
  • Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access 
  • New wall coverings and flooring.
  • Contemporary furniture including business-efficient desks and ergonomically designed desk chairs.
The Hawthorn Suites Alexandria starts each guest's day with a complimentary daily newspaper and a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. A Manager's Reception for guests on Monday through Thursday evenings includes complimentary beer, wine and light dinner. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool; laundry and valet service; free Bally's gym membership; onsite car rental, and complimentary shuttle transportation. 

About Hawthorn Suites

Hawthorn Suites guests can earn points or miles in the Hyatt Gold Passport® frequency program with each eligible stay. . There are currently 96 Hawthorn Suites hotels open or under construction worldwide. For additional information and online hotel reservations, visit or call toll-free at 1-800-527-1133 or TDD 1-800-824-2116. Hawthorn Suites Alexandria can be reached directly at 703-370-1000. All hotels are independently owned and operated. 

The Saunders Hotel Group 

The Saunders Hotel Group is known worldwide for its genuine commitment to gracious hospitality, innovation, and environmental leadership. Saunders Hotel Group operates seven distinctive properties including: the historic, 4-Diamond Lenox Hotel (Boston, MA); the Comfort Inn & Suites (Boston, MA - Logan Airport); the Marriott Residence Inn (Merrimack, NH); the Holiday Inn/Outback Steakhouse (New London, CT); The Hawthorn Suites Hotel (Alexandria, VA); the Premiere Hotel and Suites in New Haven, CT, and the Hampton Inn (Norwood, MA). See the portfolio at


 Media Contact:
Suzanne Spalding, Director of Sales
Hawthorn Suites Alexandria
703-370-1000, ext. 7105

Also See: Saunders Hotel Group Purchases Sole Extended Stay Hotel in New Haven, Plans $3.3 Million Upgrade to New Haven Premiere Hotel and Suites / April 2007


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