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.

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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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