The Fairfax at Embassy Row Is Re-introduced Following Historic Restoration
Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Restored Property
WASHINGTON D.C. (November 18, 2008)-After an extensive multi-million dollar historic restoration that embraces its rich history, The Fairfax at Embassy Row was re-introduced to the public today, building on its 75 year legacy as the "place to be" for prominent people from every corner of the globe.
"We are proud to re-introduce this celebrated property to our guests and to this community. We invested in the future by bringing back the past, and did so with sensitivity to the history of the hotel." said Richard Kelleher, Chief Executive Officer of Pyramid Hotel Group, the company that manages The Fairfax at Embassy Row. "Our world's political leaders, along with Washington society and nostalgic weekenders, will find a home-away-from-home in our newly restored hotel. They will still enjoy the rich history of this location, while indulging in modern amenities."
With its brick exterior, elegant porte-cochere, ornate stone faade, and stately columns embellishing the front entrance, the Fairfax provides guests with a grand sense of arrival and epitomizes the federal style of architecture. It stands out within its distinguished neighborhood, yet at the same time, blends seamlessly with the embassies and elite, private residences that surround it. Located on Embassy Row, just two blocks from Dupont Circle, the hotel has convenient access to Connecticut Avenue shopping, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the many other attractions the nation's capital has to offer.
The Fairfax at Embassy Row is a member of the Luxury Collection by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Its tastefully appointed, historic rooms are upholstered with fine fabrics and luxurious furniture. With views of Georgetown, these stately rooms boast the Luxury Collection bed dressed in crisp white duvets and linens adorned with rich gold embroidery, prominent draperies, flat panel televisions, a refreshing mini bar stocked with favorite drinks and snacks, and a spacious marble bathroom with deluxe amenities.
"The hotel is magnificent," said Klaus Peters, General Manager of The Fairfax at Embassy Row. "It presents a truly a luxurious experience meant to completely envelop a guest in its history. From the room to the location, everything is ideal. Service is impeccable, dining is creative and delectable, and the central location is undeniable. With the new renovations, you can see the blend of modern and historic that will continue to shape the legacy of this hotel in the decades to come."
"We are so pleased to once again open our doors as The Fairfax at Embassy Row," said Jim Dina, Principal and Chief Operating Officer of Pyramid Hotel Group. "As we embark on our renaissance, we want to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication. No hotel can operate without the strong support and steadfast dedication of great associates. We are grateful and committed to our employees - they truly embody the graciousness and elegance of The Fairfax at Embassy Row."
Throughout the 20th century, beyond establishing a reputation for elegant residential quarters, the Fairfax developed a reputation as the preferred locale for parties frequented by Washington insiders. The restoration also incorporates signature pieces of furniture that had played a role in the history of the hotel. A large round table with letters of the alphabet engraved along its perimeter can be found on most guest floors. These vintage tables served as the mail receptacles for the residents of the Fairfax in its early days.
As part of the hotel's restoration, the legendary Jockey Club restaurant and Fairfax Lounge will also re-open. Matre d' Martin Garbisu, a 14-year Jockey Club fixture, will return to greet guests. Garbisu is legendary for his innate and studied talent to anticipate who and what each day might bring to the Jockey Club's front entrance. Everyone who experiences the restaurant will once again be buoyed by the extraordinary service, always gracious and personalized. During its four decade reign as the place to be, the Jockey Club hosted eight different presidents and their first ladies. Tonight, The Jockey Club opens for dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m.
The hotel is managed by the Pyramid Hotel Group, based in Boston, MA.
About the Pyramid Hotel Group: Pyramid Hotel Group LLC, founded in 1999, is a full-service hotel company that owns, manages and asset manages hotels and manages hotel construction/renovation projects. For more information about the company and its affiliates, visit the company's website, [url]http://www.pyramidhotelgroup.com[/url].