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DC has 12 news hotels and 2,525 rooms in the pipeline. The new year brought many new brands to DC, including the AC Hotel Washington DC Downtown, Thompson Washington DC and Riggs Washington DC.

This spring, DC will welcome Dutch hospitality brand, CitizenM and renovated hotel properties, Hotel Zena and the Wink Hotel, soon to be Yours Truly DC.

Expected to open in 2020

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 May. Located near The Wharf, the property will feature an open workspace with iMacs, a fitness and yoga studio and a rooftop lounge.

Located in Thomas Circle at the base of 14th Street, Hotel Zena will be a new cultural hub celebrating female empowerment through provocative art, design and educational programming this spring. Following a $25 million renovation of the former Kimpton Donovan Hotel, the 191-room property will be an ode to feminine strength, celebrated by all genders, races and sexualities.

In May, the Wink Hotel will convert to its new name, Yours Truly DC and unveil an extensive renovation, which includes a new restaurant and bar, modern design components, expanded meeting space and educational programming. 

By summer 2020, the Viceroy Washington, DC will open in Logan Circle. The property is an $8 million renovation of the Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel and boasts 178 rooms, 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.

Expected to open in 2021

A German company is expected to introduce its hotel-hostel concept to the U.S. with a 616-bed/154-room property near Union Station. The Meininger Hotel Washington D.C. invites guests to share a room and families to stay together with multiple beds in one space. Lobbies have a bar, lounge and game room for gatherings. There are shared kitchen and laundry facilities, too.

A new build, the 190-room AC Hotel Washington DC NW, has been proposed for the corner of 6th and K streets NW near Mount Vernon Triangle and is expected in early 2021. 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.

Choice Hotels will build a 154-room Cambria Hotel Washington, DC Capitol Riverfront at Buzzard Point in 2021. Nearby, the 20,000-seat Audi Field, which opened in July 2018 is home to MLS’s D.C. United and XFL’s DC Defenders.

Expected to open in 2022

In development near the buzzing NoMa market is the Mob Hotel, a stylish Paris-based chain anchored by design team lead Philippe Starck. The property is expected to open its first of five planned North American hotels in DC in 2022. 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.

Pendry Hotel, 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.

The St. Elizabeths East Campus redevelopment project announced in February 2019 that it will include the first full-service hotel east of the Anacostia River in its town square. Neither a brand nor a delivery date has been shared. 

Recently Opened
Riggs Washington DC, which opened in Feb. 2020, sits in the former home of Washington, DC’s Riggs National Bank. Its launch marked 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, Café Riggs 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 Hotels, a luxury lifestyle flag, opened 225-room hotel with a fitness center, over 7,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, a street-level restaurant and rooftop bar near Yards Park and Bluejacket Brewery in the heart of Capitol Riverfront in January 2020. This is the first full-service property for the neighborhood in SE DC. Restaurateur Danny Meyer opened a seafood restaurant called Maialino Mare and Anchovy Social is the hotels’ go-to rooftop bar for year-round waterfront views.​

Europe’s hip hotel-and-hostel Generator transformed the 148-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel north of Dupont Circle in Jan. 2020. The property offers an outdoor pool on the second floor, an amenity unique to Generator's U.S. properties, as well as a fitness center, a first for the brand.

In December 2019, the 219-room AC Hotel Washington DC Downtown opened on 19th Street NW in Golden Triangle bringing European influence to the heart of DC. The property boasts 2,238 square feet of meeting space, including an outdoor rooftop terrace, along with the AC Kitchen and AC Lounge, serving European-influenced food and cocktails.