TRENTON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Officials of Welcome Hotel Group, LLC, today will celebrate the grand re-opening of the 164-room Wyndham Garden Trenton hotel. More than 100 business, civic and government leaders are expected to attend the event, which takes place at 11:30 a.m.
The celebration marks a new direction in the vision of hotelier, Dr. Bran N. Viswanath, to invest in the Trenton community and to expand his business interests into the hospitality industry. Dr. Viswanath is a well known cardiologist who was a member of the original team to perform the first open heart transplant in Houston. In addition to medicine and lodging, Dr. Viswanath business activities also include broadcasting.
“This is our first major investment in hospitality after successfully growing our media portfolio of television and radio stations,” said Dr. Bran N. Viswanath of Welcome Hotel Group, LLC. “Our goal is to duplicate our success in broadcasting to benefit both Trenton and our company. Since last December, we have spent significant time and resources to bring the hotel out of bankruptcy and create a new standard in hospitality for downtown Trenton. When guests enter the hotel they will experience a new level of hospitality from outstanding service to a completely new and fresh look in the lobby to all guest rooms that meet Wyndham Garden’s strict brand standards. Guest response has been overwhelmingly positive. We have several more touches to complete over the next 10 months, which we will do in phases to eliminate any guest disruptions.”
To date the renovations program has completely made over the hotel’s first level with new marble floors and columns, modern rugs and wall treatments, and contemporary artwork and case goods to create an upscale, yet comfortable, sense of arrival. Special attention was paid to dining with the new Trenton Room Restaurant, which offers guests fresh, seasonal cuisine. The food and beverage upgrade includes a new kitchen and bathroom spaces, to create a delightful ambiance that is casual yet upscale.
The hotel’s more than 10,000 square‐feet of flexible and multi‐functional meeting and conference space is now the “newest” in downtown Trenton. The hotel’s nine meeting rooms and a 6,000‐square‐foot ballroom, which can accommodate up to 350 people, have been totally refreshed with new wall treatments and furniture. All 164 hotel rooms have received new case good furniture, as well as large flat screen televisions.
Deepak Viswanath, Dr. Viswanath’s son, has played a key role in both expanding the company’s broadcasting influence and overseeing the rejuvenation of the Wyndham Garden. Deepak Viswanath said, “My father had a vision for turning the hotel around and stepped up to bring the Wyndham flag to downtown Trenton. The positive response has prompted him to seek further development opportunities in the city.”
Located at 1 W. Lafayette St. in downtown Trenton, the Wyndham Garden Trenton is situated near the U.S. Federal Court, New Jersey state government offices and both the New Jersey State Supreme Court and the Mercer County Court. The hotel is surrounded by historical and arts sites, including the Trenton Battle Monument, William Trent House and the Jersey World War II Memorial, the New Jersey State Museum and the State Planetarium.
“In addition to the state capital and a number of major office complexes in the area, Trenton is rich with American history. The Old Barracks Museum is the only original barracks remaining from the French and Indian War and was the location of one of the most significant battles of the Revolutionary War,” said Mike Marshall, president and CEO of Marshall Hotels & Resorts, operators of the hotel. “With the addition of the Wyndham flag, Trenton’s only upscale hotel is better positioned to meet the needs of business and leisure travelers coming to New Jersey's state capital. Due to its focus on key business, airport and suburban locations, we are confident that guests of the Wyndham Garden Trenton will agree the hotel is the best meeting space available in Trenton.”
About Marshall Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Salisbury, Md.-based Marshall Hotels & Resorts, Inc. has special expertise in operating three- and four-star branded hotels and resorts, averaging 100 to 500 rooms, in urban and central business districts, as well as suburban/drive-to and resort locations. In addition, the company has a proven track record managing independent resort and unique urban properties. The company has managed a wide array of leading hotel brands, including those under the Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, InterContinental Hotel Group, Hyatt, Carlson, Choice, Best Western and Wyndham flags. Additional information about Marshall Management may be found at the company's Web site: www.marshallhotels.com.
About Welcome Hotel Group, LLC
Based in New Jersey, Welcome Hotel Group, LLC, was formed to operate new hotel properties worldwide. The company is currently looking at an additional five hospitality properties, of which two are in Europe. Although the Wyndham Garden Trenton is the first property to open, the company expects to have at least 3 more properties under its umbrella within one year.