Industry Update
Supplier News 6 November 2018

The Legendary Virginian, Curio by Hilton Hotel Reopens After 40 Years with Riegel Linens

Following a four-year, $30 million renovation, this historic downtown hotel is topping tables in its ballrooms with Premier Murata Air Jet tablecloths and napkins

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[ Johnston, S.C.— Nov. 6, 2018 ] — When the 105-year-old historic Virginian Hotel completed its recent four-year, $30 million renovation, management made sure that only the best linens topped tables in its ballrooms. As the biggest luxury hotel in Lynchburg, Va., General Manager Dennis Marcinik selected Premier Murata Air Jet spun polyester tablecloths and napkins by Riegel. Located at 712 Church St., the Virginian, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, has been a centerpiece of downtown Lynchburg since 1913.

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"I have had the pleasure of working with Riegel for nearly 20 years throughout my career at various hotels I've managed," Marcinik said. "The quality of linen, variety of design and impeccable service is why the Virginian reopened with Riegel.

"Here, we do our own in-house laundry and we have our own press," he said. "The Premier collection is color fast, making it easy to wash and iron each time, every time. Its consistently proving to be a good investment, and our guests just love the color and the way the linens complement each event space. Riegel proves time and again to be a solid partner."

Premier spun polyester by Riegel is made with Murata Air Jet spun yarn in both warp and weft direction. Like all Riegel products, Premier is made to not only look good, but also to thrive in industrial laundering environments giving users a great return on their investment via long linen life. Riegel's attention to detail in all aspects of manufacturing from raw material to spinning (yarn) to fabric formation (weaving) to colors (dyeing) to final cut and sew is one of many reasons Riegel is celebrating 180 years (1838) in business this year.

Originally opened in 1913 as Lynchburg's premier grand downtown hotel, the property was closed in 1972. In May, the building was brought back to life, with workers preserving historic features like the classic staircase in the main ballroom and the intricate detail displayed on the pillars and walls. Today, the Virginian is an elevated event experience featuring more than 7,000 square feet of event space for meetings, conferences and receptions. Three F&B areas include the William & Henry Steakhouse, Skyline Grille rooftop dining, and Marigold grab-and-go outlet.

"Prior to the Virginian reopening, I walked the property with the GM to examine the design scheme and identify colors that would work best for the banquet areas and restaurants," said Riegel VP of Sales Chris Gowdy. "I also had conversations with the catering sales manager and director of sales, and together we looked at the entire food-and-beverage and laundering process. After sending color samples to the team, they determined Champagne to be the main linen color for table cloths and napkins with Black overlays as table accents. It's the perfect complement to the Villeroy & Boch china used in the banquet space, as it blends well with the charger plates, carpet and overall color scheme of the hotel. We are honored that Riegel is now part of this legendary hotel that has been fully restored to its original grandeur."

For more information on Riegel products, visit www.riegellinen.com.

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