CHEVY CHASE, MD—New York City-based ClarionPartners spent a considerable amount of cash, but verylittle time on the renovation of its Embassy Suites ChevyChase hotel.


The development firm spent $10.5 million on the project thattook about three months to complete. The hotel, which stayed opento guests during the renovation, added a new bar and frontstairway, doubled the size of its lobby and refurbished all 198suites, according to the Washington Post.


“We've been planning for the better part of the year,” saysJeff Brainard, area general manager forDestination Hospitality Management, which manages the property.“The whole renovation was very assembly line-like.”


Some of the project's highlights included having the executiveoffices moved to a nearby vacant retail space that made way for alarger lobby. Willie's Bar, named after a sous chef at the hotelwho died of Lou Gehrig's disease last year, was built atop what wasa hole that allowed adjoining Pavilion shoppers to look down to theMetro level.


Clarion also recently completed a $32-million overhaul of thesurrounding Chevy Chase Pavilion. See story in theWashington Post.

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John Jordan

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