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As of June 2018, Washington, DC has 19 hotels with over 4,177 rooms in the pipeline. Several independent brands will make their District debuts in the next two years, including a flagship property: Eaton Workshop.

Here are snapshots of 13 forthcoming properties in five neighborhoods.

Downtown DC
The former Four Points Sheraton at 12th and K streets NW is being transformed into a 209-room lifestyle property called Eaton Workshop. In addition to a bar and restaurant from Derek Brown (The Columbia Room) and Tim Ma (Kyirisan) respectively, the flagship property will sport amenities designed to charm millennial travelers: a radio/podcasting studio; a 50-person movie theater; a co-working space for 370 members and a juice bar and wellness center offering alternative treatments. The hotel is expected to open in 2018. Future Eaton Workshops are planned for San Francisco and Seattle.

At 11th and K streets, DC’s first Moxy Hotel, a budget-minded, millennial-forward 200-room property with small rooms and shared public spaces is under development, scheduled to open later this year.

In 2019, Phase 2 of CityCenterDC, a high-end residential and retail destination, welcomes the $250 million, 360-room Herzog & de Meuron-designed Conrad Hotel. In addition to retail, the property is expected to house 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.

DC’s first SLS-branded property, SLS Hotel is expected to open at 5th and Eye Street NW in 2019 in Mount Vernon Triangle. The design-focused 12-story building will house a 198-room property on floors 2-8. Fifty-nine SLS-branded condominiums will occupy floors 9-12. The mezzanine and cellar will hold additional building amenities and a 5,500-square-foot ballroom.

Residence Inn & Courtyard by Marriott are expected to open immediately across the street from the Walter E. Washington Hotel in fall 2018 with shared amenities. The former boasts 140-plus rooms and the latter is expected to have 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.

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 late 2019. 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 Washington Business Journal estimates groundbreaking to take 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.

Hilton Washington DC National Mall, a renovated rebranded property opens at L’Enfant Plaza with 367 rooms in 2018. 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 opens in July 2018, home to MLS’s D.C. United.

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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