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MEETING THE NEEDS OF YOUR MEETING


The DoubleTree Largo is the perfect hotel for groups, meetings and special events.  All 184 guestrooms have been designed and outfitted with a chic, contemporary look and feel. The hotel offers a state of the art fitness center and indoor pool.  With over 2,300 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and event space; the hotel can accommodate meetings, weddings and specials events from 10-200.  Meeting planners love the ease of booking the DoubleTree as it offers several meeting options that include ½ and full day meeting packages.  The favorite is the Sweet Meetings Package, which includes the Famous DoubleTree Cookie Afternoon Break.

The hotel is immediately off the Washington Beltway and offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the Largo Metro Station for a short train ride into Washington, DC.  Giving guests direct access to the city as well as National Airport and Union Station. Both transportation hubs are located at Metrorail stops. The complimentary shuttle also runs to area restaurants, shopping and entertainment opportunities.

The hotel is also close to FedEx Field, a premier Washington, DC area location for concerts and special events as well as Joint Base Andrews, the home of Air Force One.

"Largo, Maryland has emerged into a key area of the national capital region, and we believe this is an ideal time to add a world class brand to Prince Georges County" stated Evens Charles, President and CEO of Frontier Development. "With key government agencies, major corporations as well as tremendous residential and commercial growth, the area truly needed an upscale hotel. There has been significant business oriented growth in the market, and that is why we decided to invest our capital here and develop the DoubleTree Hotel in Largo, Maryland."

With the tremendous growth of companies and government agencies in the Largo area, we have already received great feedback from the local community. It seems everyone has been craving a new local hot spot and the hotel's restaurant and lounge, XC Bar & Bistro provides just that and more. The restaurant offers a variety of regional favorites for hotel guests and locals alike. Featuring lounge style seating and an outdoor patio with a fire pit its openness makes for an inviting place to relax for guests.

LEADERSHIP


Evens Charles is the founder and managing principal of Frontier Development & Hospitality Group LLC. A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Charles attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was a Big East Conference Division I football athlete. During his five-year athletic tenure at Temple University, he earned a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters of Education. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Charles was inspired by his landlord and began investing in real estate, which lead him to start Frontier. At the age of 25, he executed his first small transaction that required an out of pocket investment of $1,000 resulting in a $25K profit six months later. This transaction was the catalyst that catapulted Mr. Charles into real estate investing. More than 75 transactions later, Mr. Charles, at the age of 36, had led Frontier to its first hotel investment. The firm has since grown to a nine-figure portfolio.

His accomplishments have been recognized with the 2009 Hotel Owner of the Year Award presented by the National Alliance of African-American Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers; the 2010 Next Generation of Business Leaders Award presented by the Urban Philly Professional Network; 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year awarded by the National Alliance of Marketing Directors; the 2010 Outstanding Hotelier Award presented by the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, and the 10 People Under 40 to Watch in 2010, awarded by the Philadelphia Tribune Magazine. He has been featured in various publications such as Hotel Business Magazine, Philadelphia Tribune, Lodging Magazine, Savoy Professional and the Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine. He is also a member of Temple University's School of Hospitality & Tourism Board of Visitors, member of the Real Estate Executive Council, as well as industry organizations such as the National Alliance of African American Hotel Owners and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

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