MeriStar Hotels & Resorts Signs Multi-Year Contract to Manage Historic Boutique Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The Churchill to Undergo $5 Million Renovation
WASHINGTON / May 3, 2001--MeriStar Hotels & Resorts
P. Steven Dopp, managing partner of Whitewood, LLC, stated, "The Churchill is a unique historic property in a great location in one of the country's best hotel markets. We plan to carefully renovate The Churchill to reposition it for the long term as a classic and comfortable European-style, four-star hotel. We are delighted to be working once again with MeriStar to provide great service to our guests and excellent returns to our partners."
Located at 1914 Connecticut Ave., NW, above Dupont Circle and originally constructed in 1906 as the Highland Apartments, The Churchill is a historic nine-story property with oversized guestrooms and suites, 1,800 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center, and a restaurant and lounge. Whitewood plans to invest approximately $5 million on a comprehensive renovation of the hotel, with a particular focus on updating the guestrooms and baths, public areas, including the lobby and meeting rooms, and developing a new upscale restaurant and bar.
"Washington's hotel business remains fairly robust," Whetsell added. "Once renovated, The Churchill will be unique in the downtown D.C. market, with its historic architecture, modern oversized guestrooms and suites, elegant public areas and excellent location."
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