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Hotel Happenings

DC has 18 hotels and over 3,987 rooms in the pipeline. The new Eaton Hotel is fully open and several brands including the Conrad Washington, DC are expected to debut in the next six months.

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 like reiki and sound baths. The art-filled hotel opened October 2018, the spa opened in January 2019. 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 expansive public spaces, a lobby packed with games, a bar and grab-and-go opened softly in December 2018. The restaurant and rooftop bar are under development and expect to open in spring 2019.

The dual-branded Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center opened in November 2018 across the street from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The Courtyard features 357 guest rooms and the Residence Inn offers 147 suites. The properties share a rooftop deck, gym, the independently managed restaurant, The Delegate and 10,000-square-feet of meeting space. 

Under development
In March 2019, Phase 2 of CityCenterDC, a high-end residential and retail destination, will welcome the $250 million, 360-room Herzog & de Meuron-designed Conrad Washington, DC. In addition to retail, the property will house Estuary, a restaurant captained by brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio (Top Chef alums) 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.

The W Washington DC will remain open as it undergoes a $50-million top-to-bottom renovation to be completed by summer 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 historic property will feature two new restaurants under the continued direction of Barry Koslow.

The Lore Group will open its first hotel in North America in late 2019 inside the original Washington Loan and Trust, a circa 1891 Romanesque Revival building at the corner of 9th and F Sts. NW. The Riggs will offer 181 rooms, a 5,000-square-foot restaurant and basement bar, and an enclosed rooftop events space.

Dupont Circle
Europe’s hip hotel-and-hostel Generator has elected to transform the 148-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel north of Dupont 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 late 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 luxury property will reopen in spring 2019 enhanced with the addition of six neighboring townhouses. Each 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. The rooftop lounge and fitness facilities will be reconceived.

MEININGER Hotels, based in Germany, is expected to introduce its hotel-hostel concept to the US with a 616-beds/154-room property in DC. The MEININGER Hotel Washington D.C. invites guests to share a room and families to stay together in multiple beds in one space. Lobbies have a bar, lounge and game room for gatherings. There are shared kitchen and laundry facilities too. The hotel is scheduled to open at the end of 2020.

The immediate streets surrounding Union Market, DC’s indie food hall, 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 in 2020. 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.

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.

SLS Hotel is expected to open its first property 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 and 49 SLS-branded condos on floors 9-12. The restaurant Katsuya will showcase the sushi of Katsuya Uechi. The bar will be modeled after The Dandelyan, the bar at London’s Mondrian Hotel that was ranked #1 in the global 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.

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. 

Hilton Washington DC National Mall, a renovated rebranded property, is expected to open at L’Enfant Plaza with 367 rooms on April 1. 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.

Pendry Hotel, a luxury brand from Laguna Beach, 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 by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank.

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. Restaurateur Danny Meyer (Union Square Café, Shake Shack) will open a restaurant in the property. Meyer’s Union Square Café concept will also anchor Capitol Crossing development.