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DC has 20 hotels and over 4,500 rooms in the pipeline. The new Eaton Hotel is fully open and several brands including the Conrad Washington, DC are expected to make their debut in the next six months.
Here is a snapshot of 18 properties currently under development or recently opened:
The former Four Points Sheraton at 12th and K streets NW is now a 209-room lifestyle property called Eaton Hotel. In addition to Allegory, a speakeasy, Kintsugi, a coffee bar, Wild Days, a rooftop lounge and American Son, a restaurant from Tim Ma (Kyirisan), the flagship property sports amenities designed to charm millennial travelers: a radio/podcasting studio; a 50-person movie theater; a co-working space for 370 members, a newsstand, library and wellness center offering alternative treatments. The hotel opened October 2018. Future Eaton Workshops are planned for San Francisco and Seattle.
At 11th and K streets, The Moxy Washington, DC Downtown, a budget-minded, millennial-forward 200-room property with petite rooms and large shared public spaces opened softly in December 2018. The restaurant and rooftop bar are still under development and scheduled to open in spring 2019.
The W Washington DC is undergoing a $50-million top-to-bottom renovation that is expected to be complete by April 2019. In addition to all 317 guest rooms and suites, Studio Gaia will oversee a new look for the Living Room and POV, the rooftop bar. The property will feature two new restaurants under the continued direction of Barry Koslow.
In 2019, Phase 2 of CityCenterDC, a high-end residential and retail destination, welcomes the $250 million, 360-room Herzog & de Meuron-designed Conrad Washington, DC. In addition to retail, the property is expected to house Estuary, a restaurant from Bryan and Michael Voltaggio as well as a rooftop bar with Capitol views. The property will boast 32,000-square feet of meeting space including two pillar-free, above-ground ballrooms, a rarity in DC, and luxury retailers like Tiffany & Co.
DC’s first SLS-branded property, SLS Hotel is expected to open at 5th and Eye Street NW in 2020 in Mount Vernon Triangle. The design-focused 12-story building will house a 175-room property on floors 2-8. Fifty-nine SLS-branded condominiums will occupy floors 9-12. The restaurant Katsuya will showcase the sushi of Katsuya Uechi. The bar will be modeled after The Dandelyan, the bar inside London’s Mondrian Hotel ranked #1 in the 2017 Spirited Awards. The mezzanine and cellar will hold additional building amenities and a 5,500-square-foot ballroom. Also coming to Mount Vernon Triangle: DC’s first Tru by Hilton at 925 Fifth Street NW and an AC by Marriott at Sixth and Eye Streets.
Europe’s hip hotel-and-hostel Generator has elected to transform the 148-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel north of the circle. The property will feature a new rooftop bar and event space, a fourth-floor terrace bar and lounge as well as a ground-floor restaurant and café. A portion of the $8-$10M transformation is expected as early as May 2019 with a complete launch by Q4 2019. The concept mixes hotel-level amenities with standard hotel rooms and some rooms rented hostel-style: by the bed.
Rosewood Washington, D.C. closed for renovations on Oct. 17, 2018. The property will relaunch enhanced with the addition of six neighboring townhouses. Each historic apartment will offer 1,000-square-feet of living space, including kitchens, designed by Thomas Pheasant. The Grille Room and Rye Bar will close and reopen as CUT by Wolfgang Puck and a refreshed lobby bar, respectively. The rooftop lounge will also be reconceived.
The immediate streets surrounding Union Market, DC’s indie food market, is a hotbed of development: DC’s first Virgin Hotel is expected to open in 2021. The 178-room, art-focused property will have, true to brand, an artist-in-residence program, neither fees for Wi-Fi nor early/late check-out as well as a Commons Club dining room.
Also under development near the buzzing market, Mob Hotel, 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 reported estimated groundbreaking takes place in late 2018 for a 2020 opening. The brand embraces neighborhood culture and programs art talks and regular concerts in its lobbies. Nearby, at 1200 3rd Street NE, The James, a 204-room boutique property is expected to open by winter 2020.
Residence Inn & Courtyard by Marriott opened in December 2018 across the street from the Walter E. Washington Hotel in fall 2018 with shared amenities. The former boasts 140-plus rooms and the latter has 357 rooms.
A new build, the 190-room AC Hotel by Marriott has been proposed for the corner of 6th and K streets NW near Mount Vernon Triangle. The property mines inspiration in its design and service from Europe. North American room service, for example, has been swapped for tapas-style small plates. There is no confirmed delivery date.
Hilton Washington DC National Mall, a renovated rebranded property, is expected to open at L’Enfant Plaza with 367 rooms in March 2019. The location is key: the property is equidistant to the National Mall and The Wharf and faces the future home of the International Spy Museum. The property will be topped by a heated swimming pool. Another draw for families: some rooms with be furnished with two king beds. The hotel will feature 23,000-square feet of meeting space including a grand ballroom that will accommodate 600 guests.
Billing itself as “affordable luxury,” Citizen M, a Dutch hospitality brand, is expected to open a 252-room hotel at 5th and E streets SW in 2020. Located near The Wharf, the property will feature an open workspace with iMacs, a fitness and yoga studio and a rooftop lounge.
Choice Hotels will build a 154-room Cambria Hotel & Suites at Buzzard Point in 2020. Nearby, the new 20,000-seat Audi Field opened in July 2018, home to MLS’s D.C. United.
Yards Park/Capitol Riverfront
Thompson Hotels, a luxury lifestyle flag, will build a 225-room hotel with a fitness center, 4,000-square-feet of meeting space, a street-level restaurant and rooftop bar adjacent to Bluejacket Brewery in the heart of the Navy Yard. This will be the first full-service property for the neighborhood in SE DC and is expected in 2020.
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