Secret Cold War Bunker Goes Bust

Marriott to Acquire Greenbrier After Chapter 11 Filing

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009  |  Updated 12:23 PM CDT
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Tour Top Secret Bunker at West Virginia Resort

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The West Tunnel Blast Door holds the secrets to a Cold War-era bunker at the Greenbrier Resort.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The posh Greenbrier resort, which has housed presidents and royalty and was once the site of a Cold War-era bunker to hide Congressmen during a nuclear attack, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has signed a deal to sell itself to hotel giant Marriott International.

The four-star resort said Thursday its owner, Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad company CSX Corp., would lend Marriott $50 million to operate the hotel for two years.

Bethesda, Md.-based Marriott would repay the loan and also pay CSX between $60 million and $130 million within seven years.

The Greenbrier has struggled with the poor economy and lost $35 million in 2008.

Guests have included President Eisenhower and Monaco's Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. The once-secret bunker has been open to tours for several years.  Click here to learn more.

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