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Waterton Acquires 356-Room Hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C.

Waterton Acquires 356-Room Hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C.


Waterton Acquires 356-Room Hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C.

Rebranded The Madison, a Hilton Hotel, property is Waterton’s first hospitality acquisition of 2017

Waterton, a U.S. real estate investor and operator, today along with an affiliate of private equity partner Walton Street Capital, L.L.C., announced the acquisition of the 356-room hotel formerly known as the Loews Madison in downtown Washington, D.C. Located at the intersection of M and 15th streets – just a half mile north of the White House – the property has been rebranded as The Madison, a Hilton Hotel. It will be managed by Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Built in 1963, the hotel originally opened as the Madison Hotel at a ceremony attended by President John F. Kennedy and has since hosted every U.S. president as an honored guest. Over the past 15 years, the property has received more than $75 million in capital improvements, last undergoing a full renovation in 2012. As a result, guest rooms, meeting space and public areas have been completely refreshed.

“We’re excited that our first hotel investment in the D.C. market is a property with such a rich history in a prime location,” said Nir Liebling, chief investment officer of hospitality at Waterton. “There’s a tremendous opportunity here to reposition a premier destination for corporate and leisure travelers alike.”

The Madison currently features 12,000 square feet of meeting space, a business center, two lobby bars, a coffee shop and a fitness center. The new owners plan to make additional updates to various common-area elements on the first floor.

“These and other improvements will allow us to increase cash flows while elevating the guest experience through best-in-class service and a highly activated lobby,” said Liebling. “At the same time, we’ll be preserving a piece of D.C. history through thoughtful changes that reflect the lodging preferences of today’s modern travelers.”

In addition to offering proximity to the White House, the hotel at 1177 15th St. NW is close to the National Mall, Walter E. Washington Convention Center and other popular attractions throughout the capital. In addition, it is just one block from Thomas Circle and easily accessible via the Red, Blue, Orange and Silver Metro lines.

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