Washington, D.C. Experiences a Renaissance on M Street

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Renaissance Hotels & Resorts announced today the opening of the Renaissance M Street Hotel, following an extensive $25.2 million make-over. The hotel welcomes guests to "A House of Dreams, A Home for Business."

Renaissance Hotels & Resorts announced today the opening of the Renaissance M Street Hotel, following an extensive $25.2 million make-over. The 355-room Washington, D.C. hotel, located at the corner of M Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW, has completed 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 an unparalleled experience compared to other hotels in downtown Washington D.C."

The D.C. 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, D.C. 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 at the D.C. 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 Washington D.C. accommodation 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 net 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, two-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 our hotel's Washington, D.C. 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 this Washington, D.C. hotel's meeting facility and the entire property, 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 luxury Washington, D.C. 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 seven 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 served with a salsa of guacamole and tuna tartare, Foie Gras Lollipops rolled in toasted walnuts with apple chutney, and Truffle Tater Tots.

The Renaissance M Street Hotel unveils Washington D.C.'s premier location for an authentic Italian coffee experience: Caffè, boasting the acclaimed illy brand coffee and retail products (http://www.illy.com). The hotel's illy trained Coffee Sommelier and certified baristas provide guests with the finest premium single-blend of coffee for a warm signature Italian experience. Caffè's glass-enclosed street side location, glowing illy signage and seasonal outdoor seating evoke the atmosphere of a bustling Italian Piazza.

Enjoy delectable downtown Washington, D.C. dining with the hotel's bustling American bistro, which 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. Innovative takes on regional fare at M Brasserie include Cracker Crusted Cod with Tomato Provencal, Sautéed Lemon Sole and Jumbo Lump Maryland Crab Cakes. M Brasserie features two private dining rooms, accommodating 20-45 guests. Our private boardroom provides a handsome respite for any intimate occasion or business meal.

About the Renaissance M Street Hotel
Set your sights high on this downtown Washington, D.C. hotel that offers a monumental stay. The Renaissance M Street Hotel is a West End Washington, D.C. luxury hotel located in the energetic Georgetown and Dupont Circle neighborhoods, minutes from the metro and legendary city sites. Contending luxury hotels in Washington, D.C. cannot rival this cutting-edge hotel's phenomenal renovations. New hotel suites wow visitors with sophisticated style and contemporary amenities. The trendy downtown D.C. hotel flaunts a fine dining restaurant, conveying class and comfort, while 10,800 square feet of event space appeals to business travelers with a state-of-the-art Washington D.C. meeting facility and entices brides-to-be as a great wedding location. Discover a new city favorite, the Renaissance M Street downtown Washington, D.C. luxury hotel. For more information or to make a reservation, call (202) 775-0800, or visit http://www.renaissanceMstreethotel.com.

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