I will never forget the memories created the morning of Friday, March 22nd, 2013 when Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown first opened doors to the public! But before the doors opened the enthusiasm behind-the-scenes reached a fever pitch. Excitement had been building days prior to opening, with events such as orientation with our corporate leaders, to daily training sessions with department heads from other Capella Hotels and Resorts locations, to our employee Pep Rally event the Thursday before opening!
Each happening made me feel closer and closer to my colleagues, managers and corporate leaders, and gave all of us here at Capella Washington D.C. inspiration and the required tools for success. I have never been a part of a hotel opening before, but now that I have and as Peter Schoch, VP of Food & Beverage says, “no one will ever take that away from me.”
The morning of Pep Rally was my personal favorite. I arrived at 8:00 am to ten boxes of Krispy Cream doughnuts and knew it was going to be a great day. Alex Obertop, General Manager and CAO, Owen Dorsey, opened with some speeches. They let us know today was a party- not only for the hotel, but also for all of us.
That’s when the marching band arrived! The band from Dunbar High School in Washington D.C., positioned themselves in the middle of 31st street, outside of the hotel and began their march through the outdoor patio into the main lobby entrance. From there it was one big celebration. A fantastic DJ played music and plenty of delicious food from our neighboring restaurant was served. Everyone was clapping, dancing and smiling. There was even a great video montage of everything we had done to get to this point— opening a hotel is hard work! And after all of it, this was just what we needed. The celebration really was the ultimate kick off to the journey we are now on. I am so proud of what we’ve created and I am excited for you to experience it for yourself.
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