84 year old George Washington Hotel reopens in Winchester
- June 1, 2008
After three years of restoration and renovation, the historic George Washington Hotel finally reopened in downtown Winchester in late April during the town’s annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.
The 90-room hotel, now owned by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, was built in 1924 and for decades was known for its elegant service and high-quality accommodations. In the mid-1970s the building was turned into an assisted-living facility. It was vacated in 1997. George Washington Development LLC bought the building in 2003 and restored it as
a hotel in partnership with Wyndham.
The property features 6,000 square feet of conference space, a 12-chandelier grand ballroom that can accommodate 175 people, a restaurant named The Dancing Goat, a Roman bath-style swimming pool, an outdoor garden and rooms equipped with wired and wireless high-speed Internet access.
Local economic development officials believe that the hotel will draw business travelers and tourists with an interest in history. “I would imagine that this property will be viewed as a star in the crown of our community,” says Charlie Weiss, president and CEO of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce, which covers Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties. “It’s a very, very nice property, and it will definitely help act as a stimulus to the downtown business market.”
The hotel is located in Winchester’s Historic District and is within walking distance of George Washington’s Office Museum, Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum and the Old Court House Civil War Museum.