No sooner has the last Easter egg been rolled on The White House lawn, then many visitors begin their travel plans to attend the college graduation ceremonies being held by Washington, D.C. area Universities. From American and Georgetown to Catholic and George Washington, thousands of out-of-town guests are expected in the Nation’s Capital to proudly watch as family members earn their degrees. For hotel guests of the newly restored The Madison, they can rely upon the services of a special “Commencement Concierge.”

From accurate information on times and places where graduation ceremonies will be held, to whether to park, take public transportation, or hire a car service, the “Commencement Concierge” will be armed with an iPad loaded with apps and links for all of the local University commencement agendas to answer any question which may arise between May 12-20, 2012, when most ceremonies will be held. “We will be filled with guests from out of town, and we think the services of the “Commencement Concierge” will be utilized frequently,” said James Horsman, Managing Director and Vice President Operations for The Madison.

Among the other services the “Commencement Concierge” can offer is highly sought reservations for dining spots like The Madison’s restaurant The Federalist, or information on sightseeing at the monuments and museums which are Washington, D.C. landmarks. “For many families this may be their first visit to the city, so our concierge will be able to answer their questions on everything from where to purchase a special gift for the graduate to whether a university requires tickets to the graduation ceremonies. Every guest at The Madison will be given a “Survival Kit” with sunscreen, lip balm, bottled water, snacks, and a disposable camera to help them through the two hour ceremonies which are held everywhere from the National Mall to Bender Arena. Umbrellas will be available on loan should the weather require protection from the raindrops.”

Located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. at 1177 Fifteenth Street N.W., The Madison is less than 30 minutes from Reagan National Airport. Among the amenities offered by the 356 room Madison is complimentary wi-fi access and event space perfectly suited to family graduation celebrations. For reservations, or more information, call the toll free number, 1-800-424-8577; visit the web site at www.madisonhoteldc.com; or contact a travel professional.

In partnership with Jamestown, a leading asset and management firm based in Atlanta, GA., The Madison is operated by Destination Hotels & Resorts, a leading hospitality management firm recognized for its collection of high-quality independent hotels.

About Jamestown

Founded in 1983 with headquarters in Atlanta, Jamestown also operates offices in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Cologne, Germany. For 27 years, Jamestown has invested in strategic real estate investments. For more information, visit www.jamestownproperties.com.

About Destinations Hotels & Resorts

Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging company headquartered in suburban Denver, CO. Destination is the fourth largest independent lodging management company in the country. For more information on the 30 luxury, independent, and upscale hotels and resorts and golf clubs, visit www.destinationhotels.com.

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