LOS ANGELES - Kor Hotel Group, the Los Angeles-based luxury hotel operator, has been appointed to manage landmark The Jefferson hotel in central Washington and will help redesign the property over the coming year.
John Arnett, president of Kor Hotel Group, said the management agreement could be a precursor of more to come. "We look forward to developing a presence in Washington and to the future opportunities this new frontier may bring," Arnett said.
Located at 1200 16th Street, NW, four blocks from the White House, The Jefferson features 100 guestrooms, including 32 suites, with canopy beds, armoires, wood burning fireplaces and double-glazed windows.
Signed, original Thomas Jefferson documents adorn public spaces and lend the hotel its name, and 18th-century drawings of satirical political caricatures provide additional historic touches.
In-room facilities include two-line speaker phones, voicemail, fax machines and high-speed Internet access. The hotel has 2,500 square feet of private function space, divided across five rooms, accommodating from 15 to 150 guests.
Built in 1923 as private apartments for Washington society, the Beaux-Arts-inspired building opened as a luxury hotel in 1955. It is located near the convention center, four blocks from the White House.
The Jefferson agreement marks Kor Hotel Group's second management venture outside of California. The group began management of Tides Hotel in South Beach, Florida, in November 2004. Additionally, Kor Hotel Group's newly established Viceroy Resorts & Residences Division has begun development on residential hotel complexes on both Anguilla and the Mayan Riviera, targeted for completion in 2008.
In addition to The Jefferson, a AAA four-diamond property, Kor Hotel Group's properties include Viceroy Santa Monica and Viceroy Palm Springs, Avalon Hotel and Maison 140 in Beverly Hills, Tides in South Beach, and Chamberlain in West Hollywood, as well as the upcoming Viceroy Anguilla Resort and Residences and Viceroy Riviera Maya debuting in 2008.