Renaissance unveils M Street Hotel

19th Apr 2007

Renaissance Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of the Renaissance M Street Hotel, following an extensive $25.2 million make-over.The 355-room hotel, located at the corner of M
Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW, has been converted from a Wyndham hotel
to a Renaissance after completing a total redesign of its guest rooms,
meeting space, great room lobby, restaurant and lounge to provide
out-of-town guests and Washington locals a cozy and cosmopolitan oasis for
business and pleasure.  The hotel was purchased in January 2006 by a joint
venture comprised of Westbrook Partners and Northview Hotel Group.

“We are delighted to be growing our relationship with Marriott International
through the opening of the flagship Renaissance Hotel,” said Paul D.
Kazilionis, Founder and CEO of Westbrook Partners.  “Thanks to its
comprehensive renovation and Marriott affiliation, this property now
provides one of the premier hotel experiences in the Washington D.C. area.”


The hotel’s front desk has been redesigned to welcome guests with a modern,
inviting sense of arrival and a new, handsome lobby bar providing a cozy and
chic retreat for business or pleasure with intimate seating areas offering
the latest in wireless internet technology. The lobby bar sports two 32” HD
plasma flat screen televisions and a large lending library of best-sellers
and classics to make guests feel right at home.



“We expect guests from all over the world and the residents of Washington,
DC to indulge in the hotel as an escape to stylish accommodations; crisp,
attentive service; distinctive meeting space and innovative culinary
experiences,” said Thom Puccio, Director of Sales & Marketing, Renaissance M
Street Hotel. “Our hotel proudly embraces the most up-to-date and cutting
edge initiatives showcased by the Renaissance brand to engage guests who
enjoy hotels with stimulating local flavor.”


The hotel guestrooms include the new 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.



Satisfying the needs of the ultimate multi-tasker, each guestroom is
equipped with a cutting-edge wall mounted connectivity panel that allows
guests to simultaneously connect their iPods or MP3 players, digital
cameras, video cameras, and laptops directly to the 32” HD plasma flat
screen televisions.


Play music, surf the web and watch TV concurrently on the split screen.  All
guestrooms also feature the ability to connect to internal laptop chargers
in the in-room safes. Rooms also include bedside iPod clock radios and
feature cordless, 2-line phones with data ports, high speed internet access
and wireless capabilities, a rotating work desk, ergonomic chairs, pay-per
view movies, weekday newspaper delivery, complimentary in-room illy coffee,
hairdryer, ironing board and individual climate controls.


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
innovated the hotel’s meeting space into the modern day 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 Bose sound systems
throughout all meeting space, great room and ballrooms provide a clear,
digital sound quality.


In addition, an expanded fitness area will offer state-of-the-art equipment
and a new “Cardio Theater”, featuring treadmills with personal viewing LCD
screens. In 2008, the hotel is planning further growth, incorporating two
new guest room floors and a rooftop pool.


The lobby bar invites both business travelers and Washington denizens a
chance to relax with a refreshingly creative cocktail featuring a choice of
7 effervescent flavors of fizzies?, the nostalgic flavor tablets popular
with Baby Boomers in the 1950’s and 60’s.  Relax with a Lobby Lizard,
Twilight Bluezzz, the Cherry Blossom or the Lemon Fizzie Drop, or take
advantage of the extensive wine list and selection of bottled and draught
beers. Satisfy happy hour hunger with Executive Chef Darren Anklam’s bar
menu, with signature items including Asian Chips & Salsa, fried won tons
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M Brasserie, the hotel’s buqtling American bistro, offers superior and
cosmopolitan service, quality and cuisine that rises above all others.  Chef
Darren Anklam’s contemporary American fare amuses hungry dreamers with fresh
takes on traditional dishes from dawn to dusk. Savor Chef Anklam’s signature
dishes, including S’mores Pancakes, Green Eggs & Ham, illy Espresso Rubbed
Flank Steak and Mini Lobster Burgers with Avocado and Tarragon Aioli.
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