Embassy Suites renovates property

DOWNEY - The Embassy Suites in Downey has completed a 3-month, $8 million renovation that included an overhaul of all 219 suites. The hotel also renovated its bathrooms and public areas, including the lobby, fitness center, meeting rooms and the Firestone Grill & Lounge. The renovation also included a seismic retrofit of the building. "The extensive renovation recently completed at the Embassy Suites in Downey will enable the hotel to provide guests with superior accommodations and a highly-satisfying stay overall," said the hotel's newly-appointed general manager, Maurice Casaus. "Our spacious suites will continue to appeal to business travelers by affording more space to work and relax than the average one-room hotel accommodations in the local market. Families also will continue to enjoy spreading out within the two separate rooms." The hotel, owned by RLJ Development and managed by Hilton Hotels Corporation, celebrated its grand re-opening with a large mixer that including the Downey, Commerce, Santa Fe Springs, Paramount and Vernon chambers of commerce. The event carried an Academy Awards theme (including a Charlie Chaplin look-alike) and drew more than 350 guests. Chef Zaya, executive chef at the Firestone Grill & Lounge, catered the event. Located at 8425 Firestone Blvd., the Embassy Suites is 18 miles from LAX and 10 miles from Long Beach Airport. The hotel features more than 6,000 square feet of meeting space, including seven meeting rooms, the Firestone Grill, and a complimentary business center, indoor heated pool, and a small gift shop. All suites include a separate living area with a sofa bed, dining/work table, private bedroom and bath, hair dryers, MP3 clock radio, two TVs, two dual-line phones, high-speed Internet access, a wet bar, mini-refrigerator, microwave, an iron and ironing board, and a cooked-to-order breakfast each morning. The hotel also provides guests with complimentary shuttle transportation within a 5-mile radius. To make reservations, visit their website at www.losangelesdowney.embassysuites.com or call (562) 861-1900.********** Published: March 27, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 49