Old Town Hilton undergoes $4 million renovation

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Old Town Hilton undergoes $4 million renovation
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With National Harbor spending $2 billion on its convention hotel and a new Westin going up next door, the Hilton Alexandria Old Town is taking no chances. Recently, it underwent a $4 million makeover to compete for “spillover” hotel rooms when the Gaylord National opens in April, 2008. 
 
The sweeping renovation consisted  of changes which could accomodate a Queen. It includes expansion of its lobby and lobby bar to include mahogany wood floors and three HDTVs located in Seagars Lounge,  the addition of a full service Starbucks in its lobby, Couristan carpet in the ballroom, as well as updated lighting throughout the pre-function and ballroom space.
 
“We’re very proud of our new look,” said General Manager Kevin Brockway. “In fact, we’ve already received bookings for 60 rooms for May, 2008 after the Gaylord National opens.”
 
All guest rooms furniture was renovated to a contemporary design with deep maple solids, maple veneers, brushed nickel accents and glass tops. All rooms received The Bed, a Hilton design concept which replaced all of the hotel’s bedding up to the “ultimate in sleep design,” Brockway said.
 
In mid April, the hotel held an event for 100 people to showcase its massive renovation and to give away a bed. Christine Yurko of Alexandria won the bed, but was responsible for transporting it home.
 
For the business traveler, oversized desks were brought in to enhance productivity,  micro fridges were added to all guest rooms, and eco friendly enhancements such as fluorescent lighting and computerized thermostats were added to all guest room. The bathrooms were also enhanced, with curved shower rods and night lights.

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