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Inauguration Nation: Cleaning House
Welcome to Inauguration Nation, our series where we track the step-by-step process—and madness—of planning and putting on inaugural events. This week, take a tour of Marriott Wardman Park’s $100 million inaugural renovation.
That’s why Rudzinski’s Woodley Park hotel recently completed a $100 million renovation. The upgrades and additions were taken on in anticipation of the thousands of people who will come through the hotel during the four days of inauguration madness.
The hotel’s biggest addition is the 10,000-square-foot Thurgood Marshall ballroom. The modern space incorporates a color palette of yellows, oranges, reds, and blues, and has a sleek modern design. The new ballroom allows the hotel to accommodate an extra 1,200 people and offers greater flexibility and more options for clients. With the fierce competition among hotels to book high-end events during the inaugural season, the new ballroom is a big plus for Wardman Park.
People visiting the hotel during the inauguration will also notice a new lobby with marble floors and a sleek lounge with a 40-foot bar and flat-screen televisions. The hotel’s Stone’s Throw restaurant, an American steakhouse, is also new. It can accommodate 281 people and has four private dining rooms, good for VIP diners.
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