Omni Shoreham Hotel Celebrates the Anniversary of Its Own British Invasion 50 Years Ago
Landmark Luxury Hotel Features Memorabilia and More
WASHINGTON – The Omni Shoreham Hotel is offering guests the chance to re-embrace the legacy of The Beatles with memorabilia, photography and a personal recollection of the legendary band 50 years ago.
Guests who book the “Fab February 50th Anniversary Package” will vacation where the band stayed when they came to America for their inaugural live concert performance on Feb. 11, 1964. The package includes deluxe accommodations, a commemorative gift and a welcome amenity. From a hotel display of Mike Mitchell photography capturing the band’s Washington performance, and a tribute documentary running on the hotel television’s channel, to signature cocktails in the Marquee Bar and Lounge, guests can immerse themselves in the commemorations of an era that cultivated an entire generation.
Phil Hollywood, the hotel’s general manager, circa 1964, shared a few vivid memories of The Beatles visit to the Omni Shoreham Hotel. He recalled the band staying in room 625 (now a Presidential Suite), with the entire sixth floor sealed with guards. The Beatles used freight elevators to enter the hotel because thousands of screaming women - including a few hiding in the elevator – were desperately hoping to ride with the stars. Hollywood also remembered that upon their arrival, the lead singer jotted down the play list of 12 songs on hotel stationary - a copy of which still remains in the hotel’s lobby today.
"These fellows were so nice,” Hollywood said. “When they left, they did so by bus - and by that time, everyone knew they were here. Kids were crowding every exit so I had two limousines positioned out back [to confuse the fans]. I brought the Beatles through the kitchen; they waved to everyone and got on their bus. They said it was the best departure they ever had. When the bus left and I dismissed the limos, kids were left crying…I felt so bad about that.”
The hotel’s current General Manager, Pete Sams, also expressed his excitement for the 50th anniversary. “Throughout the Shoreham’s illustrious history, music has played a significant role in our guests’ experience. Jimi Hendrix composed song lyrics at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and many iconic stars have graced the stage of the famed Blue Room through the years. We feel the Omni Shoreham Hotel provides an exceptional setting to celebrate the Beatles 50th Anniversary in America and to host the Yesterday & Today Event in partnership with the DC Preservation League.”
The “Fab February 50th Anniversary Package” is available from Feb. 1, 2014 through Feb. 28, 2014 starting at $119 per night. For additional information please visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at www.Facebook.com/OmniHotels and Twitter.com/OmniHotels.
About the Omni Shoreham Hotel
The Omni Shoreham Hotel, with 836 rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, is Washington’s finest convention and meeting venue. Expert service, creative banquet culinary and stunning interior and outdoor spaces reflect the monumental nature of our Nation’s Capital.
The hotel is known for attracting famous politicians, as well as stars of Hollywood past and present. Today, the Omni Shoreham Hotel retains that heritage, while providing the latest in modern amenities and conveniences.
About Omni Hotels & Resorts
Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences that take guests on “A Total Departure” to more than 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its award-winning, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company’s “Power of One” associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.
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