Drury Hotels’ first hotel in Pennsylvania nears completion

Historic renovation of Pittsburgh’s Federal Reserve Bank building draws near, general manager named

Pittsburgh – September 7, 2016 – Renovation of Drury Hotels Company’s first property in Pennsylvania, a historic renovation of the Federal Reserve Bank building in Pittsburgh, is close to completion and is scheduled to welcome guests Feb. 23, 2017.

The space for the new hotel, the Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown, has taken two years to renovate and preserve and it will feature 207 guest rooms and more than 4,500 square feet of event and meeting space. The property is located at 745 Grant Street.

As the hotel readies for guests, Christopher Park has been named the property’s general manager. Park spent the past 14 years in the hotel industry, most recently as the director of revenue management at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport. Park is a graduate of James Madison University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management.

“Christopher is a seasoned veteran in the hotel industry and brings great enthusiasm and attention to detail to the position of general manager,” said Chuck Drury, president and CEO of Drury Hotels. “We are fortunate to have someone with Christopher’s background and experience managing this unique property.”

Designed by prominent Cleveland architecture firm Walker and Weeks, the seven-story Art Deco building located on Grant Street in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh first opened in 1931 to house the Pittsburgh branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. In 1958, a 10-story expansion was added to the building. The Federal Reserve Bank occupied the building until 2012.

Special care was taken to maintain as many of the historic details of the property as possible. The former main banking room now houses a portion of the hotel’s public space and dining area. Additionally, two basement bank vaults have been converted into meeting rooms, and the building’s former firing range on the eighth floor has been converted into an indoor swimming pool.

Once opened, the hotel will offer guests a wide range of complimentary amenities, including:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot breakfast featuring fresh waffles, biscuits and gravy, eggs, yogurt and more from 6 to 9:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7 to 10 a.m. on weekends
  • Soda and popcorn from 3 to 10 p.m.
  • 5:30 Kickback® reception including beer, wine and appetizers
  • 24-hour business and fitness centers
  • Indoor pool and whirlpool

About Drury Hotels Company
Drury Hotels Company is a Missouri-based, family-owned and operated hotel system with more than 130 hotels in 21 states. Founded in 1973, Drury Hotels has been recognized by the J.D. Power 2016 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Studysm with the award for “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Midscale Hotel Chains.” 2016 marked the 11th consecutive year Drury received this award.* Brands include Drury Inn & Suites®, Drury Inn®, Drury Plaza Hotel®, Drury Suites®, Pear Tree Inn by Drury®, as well as other hotels in the mid-priced hotel segment. Drury Hotels continues to provide exceptional value for business and leisure travelers with its many free amenities – The Extras Aren’t Extra®. For more information, visit www.druryhotels.com or call 1-800-DRURYINN. Join the conversation on Twitter @druryhotels or on Facebook.

*Drury Hotels received the highest numerical score among upper midscale hotels in the proprietary J.D. Power 2005-2016 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Studiessm. The 2016 study is based on responses gathered between June 2015 and May 2016 from more than 63,000 guests in Canada and the United States who stayed at a hotel in North America between May 2015 and May 2016. For more information, visit www.jdpower.com.

SOURCE: Drury Hotels Company