DC luxury hotel undergoes renovations

The Madison is considered a DC icon, as it offers luxury accommodations and personalized service to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors. While travelers might appear to be the primary beneficiaries of this venue, recent renovations could impact current residents and those looking at the homes for sale in Washington, DC.

USA Today reports that work crews recently completed a $22 million renovation of the hotel's guest rooms, lobby, restaurant and bar. Attractive features such as contemporary glass panels and a bright cafe filled with sparkling marble could help the district's hospitality industry.

"It could've been a hotel lobby in Anywhere, USA," veteran luxury hotel manager Jim Horsman told the news source, referring to the 2011 version of The Madison. "Now it says you're in Washington, DC."

This renovation project might represent the beginning of various improvements in the district's hospitality industry.

Profits, sustainability and the hospitality industry
The next year could prove critical to the district's hospitality industry. January 20, 2013, marks the presidential inauguration, and local venues may notice substantial changes in the months surrounding this historic event.

Staff at The Madison have already begun preparations for the inauguration ceremony, the news source notes. Other hotels might consider doing the same, as the event typically draws thousands of visitors from across the globe.

According to The Boston Globe, over one million people braved the cold weather to watch Barack Obama be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. These visitors certainly impacted the district's economy, and will surely do the same in January.

Local hotels are reviewing their social responsibility to help increase their profits. In fact, the Fairmont, Omni Shoreham and Hyatt Regency have launched environmental programs to reduce their carbon footprint and lower operating expenses, Destination DC reports.

Various innovations including the installation of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and low-flow fixtures and toilets could pay immediate and long-term dividends. Additionally, the Willard Intercontinental has taken its eco-conscious efforts further than some of its competitors, as it has embraced the green meeting movement.

This hotel unveiled the Willard Green Meeting to incorporate environmentally friendly activities and practices into the traditional meeting structure. The effort was created to help showcase the venue as a sustainability pioneer among DC hotels.

These venues could continue to explore new ways to draw more tourists, which could benefit local residents beyond the upcoming presidential inauguration.