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St. Gregory Hotel gets new ownership

Posh downtown hotel has been acquired by a growing boutique hotel group

St. Gregory Hotel

The Independent Collection, a grouping of boutique hotels managed by HHM has announced the addition of the St. Gregory Hotel in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle/West End neighborhood. The 155-room hotel was previously part of Capital Hotel & Suites, which continues to operate the Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters. All of the St. Gregory Hotel’s rooms were renovated in 2014, and HHM plans to make some additional improvements, including a revamping of the hotel’s restaurant, M Street Bar & Grill. The hotel sold for $57 million.

The acquisition of St. Gregory Hotel marks the third IC-affiliated hotel in D.C. and the 10th addition to a group that includes hotels in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami and Santa Barbara.

“With the addition of the St. Gregory Hotel to our D.C. portfolio, which already includes the two diverse properties and neighborhoods of The Graham Georgetown and Capitol Hill Hotel, our guests now have an accommodation option in Dupont Circle, a quintessential IC neighborhood rich with boutique shops, cultural destinations and remarkable restaurants,”said Naveen Kakarla, president & CEO of HHM, who initially launched the first of IC’s hotels over eight years ago.

IC also announced a new loyalty and perks program, IC Local, which rewards all members during every stay for their continued loyalty and contribution throughout the calendar year. The IC Local program provides guests with collection-wide rewards and locally-crafted amenities, such as a cupcake from D.C.’s Baked and Wired bakery, chocolate from Philadelphia’s chocolatier Verde, or a bottle of wine from a Santa Barbara-based vineyard. Members receive benefits based on their earned tiers — Gold, Platinum and Black — and can accelerate their status within the program by staying at different IC hotels within the same year. Other benefits include mini-bar credits, point allotment, a birthday discount, late check-out and room upgrades to guaranteed availability.

“With the addition of our IC Local program, we will continue to set ourselves apart by giving back to our guests, enhancing their property stays, and encouraging new guests to experience all the Independent Collection has to offer,” said the group’s vice-president, Foiz Ahmed. 

IC is a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and each of its affiliated hotels are TAG Approved as LGBT-friendly. In addition, IC is also heavily committed to environmental sustainability and community engagement throughout all of its properties. Through the EarthView Sustainable Hospitality program, many of its hotels have implemented green energy and recycling programs, as well as individual community and charity initiatives.

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