Nip/Tuck: Washington's Grand Dame Renaissance Mayflower Hotel Attracts New Generation with Facelift

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After $11.1 million in renovations, the Renaissance Mayflower remains as fashionable today as when it opened in 1925.

Fashions have changed, but with $11.1 million in renovations, Washington's "second best address" remains as fashionable today as when it opened in 1925.

From the lobby to the suites, The Mayflower luxury hotel in Washington, DC exudes a new vibrancy designed to attract the next generation of travelers and event planners. High-tech additions and modern luxuries mix with vintage architecture and world-renowned history to please youthful hipsters, politicos, socialites and celebrities.

"With this significant investment, the nation's capital now boasts a progressive 'Grand Dame' surpassing the expectations of today's guest while maintaining the mystique that makes it so appealing," says Hugh Stephens, Director of Marketing for the luxury Washington, DC hotel.

The new million-dollar Fitness Center features 3,000 square feet for cardio theater machines with complimentary headphones, circuit training machines, free weights, yoga and aerobics--a luxury rarely seen in urban hotels. The yearlong project brings wireless high-speed Internet access to The Mayflower's public spaces, making the block-long promenade an ideal spot to work and people-watch. At the new Lobby Court lounge, retro glam whets the appetite for creative tapas and 40 international wines by the glass as well as continental breakfast and Living Well Lunch. New upholstery and carpeting complement the fabled murals, massive crystal chandelier and Mediterranean cuisine of Café Promenade. Private dining areas and white-glove service make it the power lunch location of choice.

Details magazine (April 2007) calls Town & Country lounge the essential deal-making meal spot for the nation's top young innovators in media, entertainment, politics and technology.

Restyled function space gives new meaning to modern elegance. Each room has its own attitude: the chic Grand Ballroom, royal Chinese Room, and presidential East and Estate Rooms. Two board-style rooms, the Constitution and Independence, were added to meet demand for space where inaugural celebrations for every president from Coolidge to Reagan have taken place. A complete renovation of two 2,200-square-foot Presidential Suites marries neo-classical design with posh accoutrements to serve the large number of dignitaries who are guests.

About the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
As the largest luxury Washington DC hotel, the Renaissance Mayflower is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America and second only to the White House. Situated in the heart of the business district, this downtown Washington DC hotel offers an historic aura with an abundance of modern conveniences and boasts a recent $11 million restoration project, reviving spacious meeting rooms and elegantly appointed ballrooms. Dine in at the newly renovated Cafe Promenade & Lounge or go out on the town and enjoy close proximity to monuments, neighborhood restaurants, fabulous shopping, and the White House. All are welcome to experience a truly exceptional DC experience at this pet-friendly hotel, where a central location near national attractions and easy access to three metro subway lines that reach any city destination contribute to the property's coveted White House hotel status. Discover the second best address in the nation's capitol at the premier Renaissance Mayflower luxury hotel in Washington DC. For more information or to make a reservation, call 202-347-3000 or visit

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