Friday, September 18, 2015

St. Gregory Hotel Joins the Independent Collection

From our friends at Independent Collection Hotels...

Collection of Intimate Lifestyle Hotels Welcomes Its Newest Property, Along with Key Staff Appointments

The Independent Collection - a growing collection of cultivated and intimate lifestyle hotels - has recently added the St. Gregory Hotel as the latest addition to its growing portfolio and announced new hires for the hotel. Located in Washington, DC’s coveted Dupont Circle neighborhood, St. Gregory marks the third IC property in DC and the tenth in the Collection.

Located within walking distance to the National Mall, Embassy Row, the Powerful K Street Business corridor and boutique-filled Georgetown, the St. Gregory Hotel has 155 spacious guest rooms and suites, over half of which have a full kitchen and several feature balconies to take in city vistas. The property offers deluxe amenities, including M Street Bar and Grill - the hotel’s restaurant offering New American cuisine with International influences, and more than 3,000 feet of modern, flexible meeting facilities with the capacity to host up to 200 guests.

As an Independent Collection hotel, St. Gregory will develop more neighborhood partnerships and enhance its selection of local amenities. Independent Collection hotels are immersed in the rich locales and neighborhoods that they inhabit.

“The St. Gregory Hotel is a welcome addition to our Collection of lifestyle hotels,” said Foiz Ahmed, Vice President of the Independent Collection. “The neighborhood of Dupont Circle continues to impress me. The arts, politics and intrigue are everywhere. Go out to dinner and you never know, a politico or a world-renowned musician could be at the next table. It’s invigorating just being here. We look forward to continuing to bring unique local offerings and experiences to our guests.”

On the occasion of joining the Independent Collection, the St. Gregory has also announced three management-level additions to the property’s dynamic and experienced roster of staff, including the appointment of Steven Wieder as General Manager. Wieder brings more than 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry, spending several years in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Over the course of his career, Wieder has held numerous general manager positions at properties around DC, including Sheraton Pentagon City, Sheraton Suites Alexandria, and the Beacon Hotel.

Raymond Benoit has also recently joined the team as the property’s Director of Sales & Marketing. Benoit has more than 28 years of sales, catering, and convention services experience. In his last role, Benoit served as Senior Sales Manager for the Omni Shoreham hotel, managing accounts across the mid- and southwest regions of the United States.

As the third appointment, Abdallah Meghzaze joins St. Gregory Hotel as Executive Chef at M Street Bar & Grill, where dishes are influenced by his Mediterranean and Moroccan background. Prior to joining the St. Gregory, Chef Meghzaze served as executive chef at Trattoria Nicolas, where he also oversaw special events.

For more information on the St. Gregory Hotel, please visit For more information on the Independent Collection, please visit

About Independent Collection Hotels:
The IC is a growing collection of cultivated and intimate lifestyle hotels located in unique residential neighborhoods of gateway cities across the US. Founded in New York in Tribeca and then Brooklyn, it has grown to Boston’s West End, Midtown Village in Philadelphia, Washington’s Capitol Hill, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle, down to Miami’s South Beach, and west to Santa Barbara across the last five years. This distinctive hotel concept is renowned for its simple sophistication, authentic connection to local communities and personalized service. Independent Collection hotels are created for the independently minded traveler and invite guests to experience the true spirit of the city.