D.C. Renaissance Unveils Redesigned Guest Rooms

Hoping to shed its image as a staid convention hotel, the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel has spent $30 million on a redesign of its 807 guest rooms and suites, Marriott International announced last week.

Created by Dash Design of New York, the new rooms have a “quintessential casual American” theme, according to Marriott. Featuring a neutral color palate of khaki and coco-browns with splashes of denim blues and reds, they include new modern furnishings, new spa-like bathrooms and new artwork depicting D.C. history. They also include a new 6-foot work surface, upgraded wireless Internet, 18-inch laptop safes, built-in mini-refrigerators, iPod docking stations, and 40-inch HDTVs.

“We are thrilled with our fresh new room product,” says General Manager Sharon Lockwood. “When our guests discover our new rooms, they will appreciate the essence of modern lifestyle elegance without sacrificing warmth and functionality. The new guest rooms and our recent lobby re-concept are part of the hotel’s evolution into more of a lifestyle space beyond being termed a convention hotel.”

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