The George Washington Hotel treats the events they host with the utmost care and attention. The event staff works with each individual client to design an event tailored to their needs. Our Director of Events, Bradley Jox, is right there with his personal touch every step of the way. This process can be as simple as putting together a lunch meeting for a few people and as complex as planning everything down to the table setting for a grand wedding. Brad is always up for a challenge and loves making our client’s dreams a reality.
The hotel is equipped to host virtually any type of event. The staff has arranged baby showers, receptions, weddings, holiday parties, business meetings and much more. The first step to any successful event is selecting the perfect venue. The George Washington offers 7 completely different rooms for whatever your event needs might be.
The largest event venue is the Grand Ballroom. This room is often booked for wedding receptions as a result of its luxurious decor. The Ballroom can easily host up to 300 people while still leaving space to get jiggy on the dance floor. Just this last January our event coordinator planned a roaring 20s themed wedding reception! The George Washington is already bursting with character, not to mention its history. I’m sure you can imagine how spectacular this 1920s event turned out to be.
The Washington Room is just slightly smaller than the Ballroom. This room is the prime choice for future brides and grooms. Dozens of truly incredible wedding ceremonies have been held in it. The vaulted ceiling along with the stone floors make the acoustics fantastic. The wall on the left side of the room is made up of 6 windows that extend nearly floor to ceiling. Sunshine pours in and adds an invigorating natural energy to every event.
The staff at the George Washington understands that not every event is a formal get together. The Pioneer Grille is perfect for a casual dinner party or even a public performance. With the kitchen right next door, serving dinner for your guests is easier than ever. Executive Chef Mike Green has planned and executed dozens of wonderful dinner parties in this room.
We hear horror stories about previous events that our clients have tried to host elsewhere. The number one complaint is that they don’t feel appreciated or like they’re a priority. The George Washington strives each and every day to make sure our events are not only a joy for the guests but also a breeze to design for our clients. Next time you need to plan a reception, a wedding, a dinner party, or even a casual get together, call the George Washington Hotel and experience the difference that personal care makes.
The George Washington Hotel perfectly blends historic character and modern comfort. The hotel was designed for luxury and relaxation from the very beginning. Celebrities of all types have stayed through the years. The Grand Ballroom has served as the venue for hundreds of magnificent weddings and events. The owner works every day to make sure the hotel stays as incredible as the day it opened. The staff’s mission is to offer a taste of that classic luxury that is so hard to find.
The George Washington’s story begins with the hotel’s architect, William Lee Stoddart. He designed the hotel in the early 1920s. This was not the only hotel he designed. Stoddart devoted his life to designing urban luxury hotels. The style of his work reflects the fashion in art at that time.
Scientific management had become extremely popular. The idea behind scientific management was to streamline workflow and eliminate waste in the workplace. Stoddart was passionate about incorporating these ideas into his designs. Everything in the hotel is essential and serves a purpose. While other architects focused on general appearance, Stoddart believed function came first. He devoted his life to designing magnificent hotels while refusing to compromise the integrity of his work. This is where the natural and true beauty of the hotel finds its roots.
The hotel was finally opened for business in 1923. It quickly gained a reputation as the epitome of leisure in Washington Pennsylvania. The hotel enjoyed visits from countless celebrities. A few of the more notable were Al Capone, Henry Ford, Bob Hope, and even The Beatles! It was the place to be. Spending a night at the George Washington was a pleasure only the most privileged could enjoy. JFK and Marilyn Monroe also spent nights in the hotel. Since then, the suites they stayed in have been named and decorated in their honor.
During the last 20 years of the 20th century, the hotel’s previous owner began to neglect the building. Repairs were needed, but no one was stepping up. Business had dropped significantly. It seemed like the end of the hotel. How had this happened? How had one of the hottest places in all of Western Pennsylvania been reduced to barely scraping by? Kyrk Pyros asked himself this same question.
Kyrk Pyros, the current owner, first discovered the hotel in 2002. He was told about its incredible history and the stories behind it. He knew with the proper funding and the right management, the hotel could be restored to the masterpiece it used to be.
For the last 14 years, Kyrk has worked tirelessly towards that end. The hotel is once again a gateway into the lost world of classic luxury. Our guests enjoy top level peace and comfort when they book a room with us. Our events are exhilarating. The staff works restlessly to make sure your stay or event are fine-tuned and perfect for you. It’s always a pleasure to experience both the history and character that makes it so spectacular. Treat yourself to a night in the George Washington Hotel!
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