The Hotel Brexton, a boutique hotel in Mount Vernon, will closes for renovations June 11 and seek buyers after the 137-year-old building was hit by lightning earlier this month.
Owner Richard Naing, of RWN Development Group, who purchased and restored the historic building at 868 Park Ave. in 2011, recently retired and is selling many of his properties, according to a release.
The six-floor, 29-room hotel was once the home of Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American socialite whom Prince Edward abdicated the throne as king of England to marry.
The hotel was full of patrons and employees during the lightning strike the night of May 12, and the lightning zapped and destroyed 17 of the hotel’s televisions, said Anthony Naing, the owner’s son and the hotel’s general manager.
The renovations will focus on repairing damage, expanding the lobby, examining options for in-house food and beverage services, and other items, he said.
“We are very sad and disappointed that this is something we have to do,” Anthony Naing said. “But we will be trying our hardest to get back up and running and servicing the Mount Vernon neighborhood.”
The hotel hopes to retain as many of its 11 employees as possible, Naing said, but he acknowledged many of them likely will be looking for temporary employment elsewhere during the renovations.
He declined to estimate when the hotel might be able to reopen.
“That’s a very fluid thing, we’re not sure exactly,” Naing said.
The news release announcing the temporary closure included a pitch for potential buyers of the building.
“Available opportunities include some possible interior renovations, a restaurant/bar, as well as a possible expansion to the hotel which has been made possible with [the owner’s] recent purchase of the adjacent rowhouse,” it said. “Interested parties are invited to contact Anthony Naing, General Manager, at either 301-830-1187 or via email to email@example.com.”