Historic Hotel Washington to Throw 'Last Hurrah' Blowout Extravaganza to Ring in...

Tue Dec 4, 2007 8:58am EST

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Historic Hotel Washington to Throw 'Last Hurrah' Blowout Extravaganza to Ring
in New Year, Bid Hotel Fond Farewell
Washington, D.C.'s Oldest Continuously Operating Hotel to Close January 1 For
12-Month Renovation, Offers Expansive Entertainment and Packages

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The historic Hotel Washington,
Washington, D.C.'s oldest continuously operated hotel, will host D.C.'s
hottest bash this New Year's Eve.  Guests will have the opportunity to rub
elbows with Madonna (okay, an impersonator), dance, eat and drink, laugh,
party and walk the hallways and lobby of the historic hotel on the lookout for
the ghosts of such famous former guests as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.
The New Year's Eve blowout extravaganza also will be the hotel's "Last Hurrah"
farewell party.  The historic property will close on January 1 for an
approximate 12-month renovation and re-open as a W Hotel in 2009.
    Sponsored by Professionals in the City, the country's largest social and
networking organization, the event features fully-stocked open bars for the
full evening, four levels of entertainment, themed-party rooms and exclusive
access to the entire hotel for the final 24 hours of the Hotel Washington's
existence.  The event, open to the public, costs $145 per person with numerous
specials available on hotel rooms and suites; attendance will be limited to
the first 2,008 ticket buyers.
    "The Hotel Washington is a one-of-a-kind property, an established
cornerstone of Washington, D.C.'s history, regularly hosting presidents and
heads-of-state, that refers to the White House as its neighbor," said Craig
Scott, the hotel's general manager.  "If the walls could talk, we would have a
New York Times bestseller.  This New Year's Eve "Last Hurrah" will give the
hotel a great final chapter, with unheard-of room specials, including one-
bedroom suites for $329, a huge buffet and all-night dancing on multiple
floors.  This is the kind of farewell a place like the Hotel Washington
deserves and our guests will always remember."
    The event features a five-course dinner meal for VIPs, a strawberry and
champagne reception in the lobby with a pianist, the hottest DJs and all-night
dancing on multiple dance floors, one-of-a-kind entertainers and performers
and mimosas and bagels after midnight.  The event will offer a number of
themed party rooms for guests to visit:
    -- The Last Dance, featuring salsa dancing lessons
    -- The Last Call, with a fully-stocked open bar, to be open all night
    -- The Last Meal, with multiple buffet stations
    -- The Last Kiss, a private candle-lit room hosting four-minute speed
       dating for singles
    -- The Last Goodnight, with a photographer capturing the experience
    -- The Last Laugh, a Laugh-So-Hard-You-Cry comedy show
    -- The Last Temptation, a room for all-night spicy salsa dancing
    -- The Last Waltz, featuring classic ballroom dancing with instructors
    -- The Last Resort, offering exquisite views of the National Mall in the
       Skyview Lounge or Terrace
    -- The Last Hurrah, a New Year's Eve countdown featuring live footage from
       Times Square, led by a Madonna impersonator

    "Last Hurrah" reservations can be made with Professionals in the City,
www.prosinthecity.com , or 202-686-5990.  Room specials can be booked with the
Hotel Washington, www.hotelwashington.com , or at 1-800-424-9540. A YouTube
video about the "Last Hurrah" can be seen at
    Built in 1888 and converted to a hotel in 1917, the 328-room, 17-suite
Hotel Washington is managed by Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, LLC.  Headquartered
in Park City, Utah, with offices in Stamford, Conn., Gemstone is a full-
service management and asset management company that specializes in luxury and
upscale urban hotels and complex resorts.  The company is engaged in resort
and unique hotel marketing and management and asset management for a variety
of major hotel real estate investors and owners.  Gemstone currently manages
or asset manages more than 20 projects.  Additional information about the
company may be found at www.gemstoneresorts.com.
    Contact:  Jerry Daly, Chris Daly
              (703) 435-6293

SOURCE  Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, LLC

Jerry Daly or Chris Daly, +1-703-435-6293, both of Daly Gray Public Relations
for Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, LLC
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