• A New Hyatt Centric in Alexandria, Virginia

    POSTED March 23, 2022

If you’re planning a meeting in Washington, DC, nearby Alexandria, VA, is a convenient city to choose as your home base or to explore for a couple of days before or after the gathering. We’ve written before about the charms of this historic city that’s just eight miles from the center of the nation’s capital. Now, there’s another reason to consider Alexandria—the recently opened 124-room Hyatt Centric Old Town Alexandria, where the restaurant and lobby can be taken over for corporate events. 

An executive team has been recruited to lead the boutique property. Sam Selvi has been named general manager. As a native of Turkey, Sam's interest in hospitality goes back to his early adolescence, when he spent extensive time helping family hotels and restaurants during summer breaks. Upon relocating to the United States, Sam formally started his career in hospitality as a dishwasher, from where he grew through the ranks to management positions. Most recently, he was the general manager of Washington’s ARC HOTEL.

Charles Williams joins the property as director of sales and marketing. Prior to his new position at the Hyatt Centric, Williams was the director of global sales for the eastern region on the United States for the Rocco Forte Hotel Group, a London-based boutique hotel brand with 13 hotels across Europe. Before that, he served as the director of sales for the Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC. He has also held various sales positions with Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons hotels in Washington, Miami and New York.

Selvi and Williams are both highly enthusiastic about their new roles. 

"Along with the excitement of leading one of Alexandria’s newest hotels, I am thrilled to embark on this journey alongside Williams,” says Selvi. “Together, we will bring a new energy to the hotel to create authentic Alexandria experiences for every guest. With Martha's letter to George Washington wallpapered in guest rooms and our property’s prime location on King Street, guests are seamlessly immersed in Alexandria’s rich history and vibrant culture in every aspect of their stay.

“Our property is designed as a launchpad for adventure. Steps beyond our lobby, guests have easy access to 200+ bars and restaurants and Old Town’s top destinations where they can dine al-fresco, stroll along the waterfront and disconnect from the bustle of city life.” Adds Williams, “In true Alexandria fashion, we chose to curate our design and artwork to reflect Old Town’s charming culture, especially leaning into the fact that we are a top destination for dog-lovers,” Williams shares. “We want our guests to experience our city through the lens of a local –– even if just for a day.”