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Kimpton Appoints Donald Anderson, General Manager and Joy Whiddon,
Director of Sales, at the 107-room Lorien Hotel & Spa,
Alexandria, Virginia

 ALEXANDRIA, VA Ė January 7, 2009 Ė Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and the DSF Group are pleased to announce General Manager Donald Anderson and Director of Sales Joy Whiddon to the executive team at the 107-room Lorien Hotel & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel.  The four and a half star-caliber property is set to debut in Old Town, Alexandria on Feb. 12, 2009, bringing an elevated level of service and style to the historic area.  Kimptonís 11th property in the area, the Lorien Hotel & Spa will be the companyís crown jewel of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.
In his position as general manager, Anderson will be responsible for overseeing all personnel, business development and guest relations at the hotel.  An Alexandria native, Anderson brings an intimate understanding of the local area that will be instrumental in creating an authentic Old Town experience.  Anderson also brings a wealth of knowledge to his new position with a hospitality career spanning over two decades.  Most recently, Anderson served as general manager of Kimptonís Hotel Rouge in Washington, D.C., providing him with a deep knowledge of the brandís exemplary, unscripted service that is calibrated to each individual.  In his new position, Anderson will also draw from his luxury experience from five years at the Park Hyatt Washington.
Another key player of the opening team is Joy Whiddon, who provides an invaluable mix of regional knowledge and travel industry experience spanning over 10 years.  In her new role, Whiddon will be responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing efforts for the hotel. She has held sales positions at D.C. area hotels for over seven years, and was most recently the director of business and travel industry sales for The Fairmont Washington, D.C.  Previously, Whiddon was director of business travel sales for the Capital Hilton and the Hilton Washington.  Whiddon is fluent in German and proficient in Spanish and French, which are key in attracting international clientele.
Featuring more than 3500 square feet of sophisticated meeting and event space, the Lorien Hotel & Spa will be courting business travelers, executive retreats and intimate meetings. Customized menus and meeting breaks, including private wine tastings and chef dinners, executed under the direction of celebrated chef Robert Wiedmaier, can be arranged with the hotelís experienced meeting professionals. The design of the event space, including outdoor access and large windows providing plenty of natural lighting, lends itself to productive meetings and a wide array of social events and weddings.
In February 2009, Lorien Hotel & Spa will debut in Alexandria, VA, as Kimptonís crown jewel of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan region. The distinctly luxurious urban retreat, owned by the DSF Group, will bring an elevated level of style and service to historic Old Town with unparalleled offerings including a full-service luxury spa and fitness center, world-class interior décor by acclaimed designer Vicente Wolf, and three culinary venues helmed by celebrated chef Robert Wiedmaier: BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier, BRABO Tasting Room, and The Butcherís Block, a Market by RW. Lorien Hotel & Spa will feature 107 guestrooms and suites, and more than 3,500 square feet of sophisticated meeting and event space.  
Lorien Hotel & Spa is located at 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.   For more information or reservations, please call (703) 894-3434 or (877) 856-7436 toll free or visit
The award winning DSF Group is a private real estate company making value added investments in multifamily and commercial properties, primarily in the high growth Northeast Corridor, between Washington D.C. and Boston.  With over $1.5 billion invested in 4 million square feet since 2000, The DSF Group has quietly become one of the most successful private real estate investment firms in the country. For more information, please visit 

Ashley Castro
212.868.1900 x245 

Also See: The DSF Group and Kimpton Prepare the $50 million Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, Virginia for Opening / November 2008


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