Baltimore’s Historic Peabody Court Hotel Reaches Final Stage of Restoration

Silver Spring, MD – July 12, 2002 – Sunburst Hospitality announced today that the Peabody Court, a Clarion Hotel, has reached the final stage of its $3 million restoration and renovation project with the opening of George’s on Mt. Vernon Square, the hotel’s stylish new restaurant and bar located on what has been called the most beautiful Public Square in America.

The elegant, historic boutique hotel was originally built in 1928 and is positioned at the top of Baltimore’s resurging Mt. Vernon Square Arts and Cultural District. Featuring casual dining and fine wines, the hotel’s new restaurant and bar, George’s on Mt. Vernon Square, was named for the Three George's of Baltimore: George Washington, George Peabody and George Babe Ruth Herman, who all played key roles in the city’s lustrous history.

“This project marks a return to the Peabody Court’s grand presence of yesteryear,” said Jim MacCutcheon, Sunburst’s CEO. “It is being conducted in concert with an entire revitalization of the Mt. Vernon Square District.”

Other area projects include the $24 million Walters Art Museum renovation completed October 2001 and the current $5 million renovation of the Engineers' Club Beaux Arts Garrett-Jacobs Mansion and a $24 million renovation underway at the adjacent Peabody Conservatory of Music.

The Peabody Court renovation project is centered on restoring the hotel to its previous glory while adding up-to-the minute comforts for guests. The Peabody Court has remained open to guests throughout the year-long project, offering nightly rates priced below that of its fellow deluxe hotels in Baltimore’s booming market.

The hotel offers 104 guest rooms including an executive-level featuring a Presidential Suites and five Queen Suites. The rooms and suites all feature original French veneer marble-topped furniture, pillow top mattresses for luxurious comfort, duvet covers, pillow shams, full marble bathrooms with heated towel warmers, 2-line speaker phones, mini-refrigerators, data ports, voice-mail, coffee/tea makers, in-room safes and pay-per-view movies.

“We have hand-finished the original furniture and woodwork throughout the public spaces and guest rooms, refurbished original artwork, marble, and tilework; as well as fitting the rooms with every desirable guest comfort,” said Jason Curtis, general manager of the Peabody Court Hotel.

“This project has proven both consuming and compelling. We are proud to see in its final phase and proud to open George’s on Mount Vernon Square.”

With a superb eclectic menu and diverse, well-priced wine list, George’s opened to significant local interest. Selections include roasted Vidalia onion and potato soup with brie crouton; penne pasta with blackened scallops; and herb-grilled flank steak with balsamic demi-glaze. With a direct street entrance on Mt. Vernon Square, George’s bar features daily Martini Specials and wines from such notable vineyards as Grgich Hills, Groth, and Domaine Font De Michelle.

The Peabody Court’s rooftop Washington Club, formerly the Citronelle Restaurant, is available for special events as is additional meeting space in the hotel. The Washington Club provides sweeping panoramic views of Baltimore through its stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and is poised to become the premier spot for wedding receptions.

Cultural and historic venues such as Meyeroff Symphony Hall, The Lyric, The Engineers Society of Baltimore, The Walters Art Museum, The Peabody Conservatory, John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore Opera, Center Stage, Maryland Historical Society and Antique Row are just steps from the hotel’s front door. The Peabody Court’s complimentary shuttle is provided to all of these venues as well as Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

The entire renovation of the Peabody Court will be finalized with the completion of all guest rooms by September 2002.

Reservations and further information on the Peabody Court Hotel can be obtained through the web link: www.clarionhotel.com/hotel/md001 or by calling the hotel at 410.727.7101.