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Dual Highway hotel drops Sheraton affiliation

General manager says it will save money on fees and plans to pass on savings

General manager says it will save money on fees and plans to pass on savings

September 26, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

The hotel at 1910 Dual Highway on the edge of Hagerstown has cut ties with Sheraton and has a new name: the Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center.

For years, the hotel had been part of the Four Points by Sheraton chain.

General Manager Shilpa Arora said breaking away from Sheraton was a way to save money on the affiliation fee, to compete better with other chains and to cut prices.

She said room rates have dropped since the change was made about two weeks ago.

The hotel's owners will try now to get more involved in community causes, including some fundraisers, she said.

Since 2006, the hotel has been owned by Bahman Inc. Arora said the ownership group is made up of two people from Maryland and one from Washington, D.C.

The owners plan to renovate the hotel's lobby by the first quarter of next year, Arora said.

Local businessman Nick Giannaris owned the 108-room hotel for more than 20 years before selling it in 2006, The Herald-Mail reported at the time.

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For 17 years at the hotel, he hosted Christmas With Nick, a free meal for needy people.

A spokesperson for Starwood Hotels, the parent company of Sheraton and other hotel brands, offered to answer questions, but didn't respond by press time.

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