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Hotel Happenings

The District has seen several new and renovated hotels in recent months and currently has 17 hotels and 3,453 new hotel rooms in the pipeline.

Opening 2021:

The Ven at Embassy Row (Jan. 2021)Located in Dupont Circle as part of Marriott International’s Tribute Portfolio, the hotel features vibrant, social spaces inspired by Scandinavian design. The Ven includes a gallery space with rotating art, 231 guestrooms overlooking Embassy Row’s stately mansions, a rooftop pool & bar and a new concept full-service restaurant.


Cambria Hotel Washington, DC Capitol Riverfront (Feb. 1, 2021): Choice Hotels will build a 154-room hotel at Buzzard Point with rooftop bar views of the U.S. Capitol near Audi Field and Nationals Park. The hotel will feature spa-style bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors and an American style restaurant, RowHouse.


The Banneker (Early 2021): Located on Embassy Row, the 10-story sophisticated boutique hotel will engage guests in DC’s rich history and urban culture. The hotel features 144 spacious guest rooms and suites, 3,800 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space, an intimate and relaxed French bistro and a year-round rooftop bar and open air deck with iconic views of the Washington Monument and the White House. The Banneker’s name is a nod to Benjamin Banneker, one of the country’s major Black innovators who, aside from contributions to astrology, mathematics and civil rights, played an integral role in surveying the land that would become the nation’s capital. 


Recently opened new and renovated hotels in Fall 2020:

Viceroy Washington, DCFollowing an $8 million renovation, the 178-room modern-luxury hotel features a glass-enclosed outdoor patio restaurant and bar, an indoor-outdoor coffee bar concept, a seasonal rooftop bar and more than 5,000 square feet of meeting space.


CitizenM: the award-winning Dutch lifestyle and hotel company – brings “affordable luxury” to Dc. The hotel ascends 12 floors, features 252 guestrooms and a cloudM rooftop bar with an exterior terrace – all designed by Concrete Amsterdam and furnished by Vitra, both long-term collaborators of citizenM.


Hotel Zenaa bold new cultural hub celebrating female empowerment through provocative art, design and exciting and relevant programming. Following a $25 million renovation, the 191-room Hotel Zena is an ode to feminine strength, celebrated by all genders, races and sexualities, and bills itself as a haven for the liberated forward thinker.


AC Hotel Washington DC Convention Centerthe 234-room new build is located at the corner of 6th and K streets NW steps from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The hotel features stylish rooms, sleek uncluttered surfaces, Greek apothecary and crisp bedding. The AC Kitchen boasts European breakfast – fresh croissants and carved-to-order prosciutto, savory egg tarts and fluffy cappuccinos; evening rituals of Gin+Tonic, cocktails, and Spanish tapas. Estrella offers rooftop entertainment atop sweeping views of downtown DC.


Yotel Washington D.C.: YOTEL Washington D.C. introduces the brand’s signature technology and design to DC, located steps from Capitol Hill and Union Station. The hotel is open with the brand’s newest elevated health and safety program, #SmartStay, in addition to the low-touch guest experience found at all YOTEL hotels.


Riggs Washington DC: The hotel, which briefly opened earlier this year, sits in the former home of Washington, DC’s Riggs National Bank, marking the first U.S. hotel by the Lore Group. Located in Penn Quarter, the 121,000-square-foot property features 181 residential guest rooms and suites, an expansive restaurant and lounge and rooftop event space. The cocktail bar on the lower level, Silver Lyan, is from world acclaimed mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana. Silver Lyan contains a secret room in the building’s original bank vault that functions as a private event space for a small group of six.


Thompson Washington, DCa luxury lifestyle flag, the 225-room hotel features 7,000-square-feet of meeting space, a street-level restaurant and rooftop bar near Yards Park in the heart of Capitol Riverfront. This is the first full-service property for the neighborhood in Southeast DC and includes a restaurant by restaurateur Danny Meyer.


Opening in 2022:

Pendry Hotel (2022): a luxury brand known for Montage hotels is expected to open in the second phase of The Wharf development in 2022. The new upscale hotel chain is known locally for Baltimore’s luxe Sagamore Pendry hotel, owned in part by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank.


Opening in 2023:

MOB Hotel (2023)a stylish Paris-based chain anchored by design team lead Philippe Starck is expected to open its first of five planned North American hotels in DC. The brand embraces neighborhood culture and programs art talks and regular concerts in its lobbies. The hotel will feature 144 rooms and promises rooftop views of the U.S. Capitol along with live music, a restaurant, bar and cinema.