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Hip-but-Accessible New Hotel and Restaurant

at the Center of Growing National Harbor Complex

Wows Audiences During “Coming Out” Party



NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – June 29, 2009:  The dust has settled, the paint has dried and style seekers living in – or paying a visit to – the Nation’s Capital officially have a chic new destination at which to stay, play and savor the night away.


It’s the hip new Aloft Washington National Harbor and its onsite restaurant partner, the celebrity-infused Ketchup restaurant, both of which were officially introduced to Washington, D.C.-area media, trendsetters and VIPs during an all-day June 28 party hosted by Washington Life magazine at National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Md.


Hundreds of guests at the all-day party sipped on infusion cocktails at Aloft’s w xyz bar, munched on signature Ketchup menu items like Maryland Crab Cakes and Kobe Burger BLT Sliders, and toured the unique shops and condominiums at National Harbor, the dynamic 300-acre waterfront community blending premium office space, retail, restaurants, entertainment and living options just 15 minutes outside downtown Washington, D.C. 


“This is the first time we’ve been able to officially show-off Washington, D.C.’s newest ‘trend destination’ as it was originally planned: the ultra-hip Aloft hotel; the East Coast location of Ketchup; and the 300-acre National Harbor complex itself,” explained Nichole Benolken, Aloft general manager.   “Perfect for the times, these three new landmarks offer a surprising stylish-but-affordable new way to enjoy the Nation’s Capital.”


“Clearly, it’s a great day for Washington D.C. locals and travelers alike – whether visiting for business, leisure or a family vacation.”


Opened in April 2009 as one of the hotel centerpieces of National Harbor, the Aloft Washington National Harbor represents a partnership between Starwood and NH-K Hotel, LLC, an investment group led by The Peterson Companies of Fairfax, Va.  The hotel and just-opened Ketchup restaurant occupy a prime location overlooking the central plaza at National Harbor.  Kokua Hospitality, LLC, of San Francisco, a property management affiliate of The Chartres Lodging Group, LLC, which is part of NH-K Hotel, LLC, manages the hotel.


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