The 59-year-old L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C, is preparing for a full-scale renovation, which will see the hotel not only close down, but the loss of some 170 employees for at least a year. The hotel is being sold to San Francisco-based Stanford Hotels by the JBG Cos. for $48.7 million in a deal expected to close next week. The hotel will close December 3, reports The Washington Post.
“This is a very old property, and my suspicion is that it will take at least 14 to 18 months to renovate,” said John Boardman, a spokesman for Unite Here Local 25. “We are currently engaged in negotiations over what will happen during that renovation period.”
The union’s current contract with the hotel, which runs through 2017, stipulates that employees receive some health care benefits during the closure. Stanford Hotels has also agreed to reinstate workers when the property reopens, Boardman said.
Although the company is selling the 372-room hotel, JBG will continue to own L’Enfant Plaza.