Nearly two years after current owner NCC PS Enterprises LLC rescued it from bankruptcy, the 917-room National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va., has completed an 18-month, multimillion-dollar renovation.
Led by LaKota Hotels & Resorts, which has been managing the property on behalf of its investors, the renovation began with the concrete exteriors of the venue's six connected buildings, each of which was painted with patriotic motifs to celebrate the venue's proximity to Washington, D.C., and historic Leesburg, which was founded around 1755 by colonist Thomas Lee.
Also updated were the lobby, now finished with polished millwork and new carpet made from recycled bottles and caps; the property's unused gift shop, which has been converted into a "living room" with flight monitors where guests can check their flights and computer stations where guests can work; the guest rooms, which are adorned with new murals to make the cozy accommodations feel larger; and the property's food-and-beverage outlets, which received complete makeovers.
Once home to a cafeteria-style food program, the 900-seat dining room was renovated to showcase farm-to-table cuisine instead of a buffet, with updated seating areas that include new floor and wall treatments, colorful new tablescapes, and new custom artwork. The property's lounge also was updated and features a new bar, improved lighting, new seating, and a new area for live entertainment and karaoke. Finally, two adjoining meeting rooms were turned into a speakeasy-style lounge called the National Secret.
Renovations are expected to continue throughout 2017, bringing additional improvements to the guest rooms; outfitting the dining room to accommodate more live demonstration cooking; enhancing the outdoor courtyards with firepits and landscaping; and refreshing the meeting space with enhanced technology, floor and wall treatments, and lighting.
"We are extremely proud that this challenging task was accomplished so quickly," said Geoff Lawson, general manager and vice president of the National Conference Center. "It is certainly a record in the conference center industry."
Located 12 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport, the National Conference Center is a member of the International Association of Conference Centers and has more than 265,000 square feet of meeting space.