First Finish completed the renovation of the Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion in Washington, D.C. The last upgrade for the property prior to this happened over five years ago.
Owned by Clarion Partners out of New York and managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts out of Englewood, Colo., the renovation of the guest suites and public space included more than 130,000 square feet of total renovated space.
The 14‐week renovation was comprised of 198 guest suites (consisting of the conversion of three guest suites to ADA suites as well as 57 tub‐to‐ shower conversions), back‐of‐house and retail space, lounge/lobby, motor lobby, Atrio Café and a new bar. The guest suites also saw the installation of 100,000 square feet of vinyl flooring, as well as the addition of 52 new King Suites.
For the property to be environmentally sustainable, the guest suites now also include cork underlayment, which is a renewable source and recyclable. The public space portion of the renovation involved the creation of over 1,000 square feet of lobby space, as well as a number of upgrades, including a cantilevered buffet in the café. The addition of Willie’s Bar offers a new full‐service, 20‐seat bar to the Atrio Lounge. The bar is named in honor of the hotel’s longtime sous chef Wilfredo Benavides, who passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2013.