The city has 19 new hotels and over 3,500 additional rooms in the pipeline, including new properties and renovations from exciting brands.
• The Westin Washington, DC Downtown (October 2023): The former Renaissance Washington, DC near Mount Vernon Square has undergone a nearly $80 million brand conversion, revealing a sophisticated, contemporary, warm and inviting property under the Westin flag. The 807-room hotel puts well-being at the forefront with all-encompassing health and wellness experiences, including the largest hotel fitness studio in the city, Peloton suites and the local RunWESTIN® program. The property also features modern meeting spaces and workstations, as well as Root and Vine, an open-kitchen concept with locally sourced menus, botanical-inspired cocktails and a biodynamic wine program.
• Royal Sonesta Washington, DC – Capitol Hill (September 2023): Located near Union Station, the city’s second Royal Sonesta became the first new hotel to open on the Hill since 1984. Part of a mixed-use complex that includes retail and office space, the 274-room upscale hotel embodies green, wellness and tech-forward design through LEED Gold certification and a WELL certified core. Features include a sweeping glass façade, 10-story atrium, vegetated green roof, state-of-the-art yoga studio and the city’s second Bistro Du Jour, an all-day Parisian bistro from locally acclaimed restauranteur Knead Hospitality + Design. The building offers rooftop and conference space with breathtaking views of iconic landmarks.
• Washington Marriott Capitol Hill (January 2023): A dazzling new Marriott property is part of a mixed-use project coined NoMa CNTR. Features of the 235-room hotel include a glass-enclosed two-story lobby, a large ballroom, an outdoor terrace, onsite restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, rooftop bar and event space, fitness facilities and Marriott’s M Club.
• Holiday Inn Express Washington, DC Downtown (December 2022): Located a few blocks from the Mount Vernon Triangle Metro station, Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Capital One Arena, the 14-story hotel features 247 contemporary guest rooms, free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour fitness center and a complimentary hot breakfast bar. Flexible meeting space on the top floor offers views of the U.S. Capitol and each room is equipped with a microwave, mini-refrigerator and 43" TV. Other amenities include onsite parking.
• The Morrow Hotel Washington, DC Curio Collection by Hilton (November 2022): The 203-room upscale brand from Hilton is in The Morrow at Central Armature Works, a redeveloped three-tower mixed use project in the emerging NoMA neighborhood, directly next to the NoMa/Gallaudet Metro station. The LEED Gold certified hotel includes outdoor event space, indoor and outdoor food and beverage spaces and a rooftop with views of the city.
Opening in 2024 and beyond:
• Arlo (August 2024): The independent lifestyle brand is expected to debut its seventh property and first in Washington, DC next summer. The 12-story, 445-room property will incorporate the historic, five-story Harrison Apartments, the city’s oldest surviving traditional apartment building, built in 1882. It will feature a café and lounge, restaurant and bar, interior courtyard, meeting rooms, a rooftop lounge and pool.
• The James (Late 2024): From Royal Sonesta comes a high-end lifestyle option in top urban and resort destination markets. The James DC will be one of three properties nationwide under this flag. The James brand caters to both visitors and local guests, offering a unique experience and destination-worthy beverage and food.
• Avid Downtown (2025): The first Avid Hotel opens in DC in 2025. Part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, Avid is a midscale modern-design brand focused on sound sleep, good value and complimentary breakfast.
• CitizenM Georgetown (2025): Just east of picturesque Key Bridge, along the Georgetown waterfront, the Netherlands-based chain plans to open its third property in DC. A 100-year-old building will be expanded, renovated and converted into a stylish 230-room, seven-story hotel.
• MOB Hotel (2025): A stylish Paris-based chain by design team lead Philippe Starck is expected to open its first North American hotel in DC’s Union Market area. The brand embraces neighborhood culture and programs, art talks and regular concerts in its lobbies. The hotel will feature 144 rooms and rooftop views of the U.S. Capitol, along with live music, a restaurant, bar and cinema.
• Moxy Hotel Southwest (2025): Situated on one of the last development sites between Nationals Park and Audi Field, the 163-key hotel will be part of a mixed-use property with residential, rooftop views and a farmers' market.
• Tribute Portfolio Hotel Georgetown (2025): A five-story former office building will be combined with adjacent townhouses to create a 106-key property under Marriott’s Tribute portfolio.
• Salamander Washington, DC: Middleburg, Virginia-based Salamander Collection acquired the former 373-key Mandarin Oriental in Southwest. This is the first for the luxury brand in Washington, DC. The property is undergoing a phased renovation, revealing its new suites this fall. A refreshed lobby and outdoor courtyard will debut in spring 2024, as will the spa and highly anticipated restaurant from acclaimed chef Kwame Onwuachi.
• Capital Hilton: Aiming to celebrate grandeur, glam, geometric form and repetitive patterns, this redesign will bring elements of the property’s interiors to the guestrooms and corridors. Layering art deco design with the hotel’s brutalist architecture, each new guest room will weave original design with the modern elements needed for today’s travelers.
Trendy hotel restaurants and cozy bars for winter:
Many of DC’s recently opened and renovated hotels are elevating the city’s already buzzing dining scene with celebrity chefs and decadent seasonal menus.
Michelin-starred chef Nicolas Stefanelli’s sleek French brasserie, Le Clou, is the ground floor flagship at the recently opened Morrow Hotel. The modern open floor plan features a wraparound marble bar, striking chandeliers and gilded finishes. José Andrés’s The Bazaar at the rebranded Waldorf Astoria is a thrilling gastronomical treat. Signature dishes in this glitzy setting boast an Americana flair, including the Beef Cheeks Eisenhower Stew, Crab Louie Cone and Philly Cheesesteak Airbread. Have your camera ready.
Warm cocktails are abundant at the iconic Round Robin Bar in the 200-year-old Willard InterContinental Hotel. Also consider Off the Record inside the Hay-Adams and Silver Lyan in the Riggs Hotel, located in an underground bank vault. Each drink from world-renowned bartender and mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana pays homage to the spices, flavors and traditions that make up America’s diverse cultural heritage.
For indulgent and elegant afternoon tea experiences, head to Peacock Alley in the Willard InterContinental, the St. Regis or Four Seasons. Cozy up by sleek fireplaces in the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC’s Quadrant; Conrad Hotel’s Estuary and Pendry Hotel’s Bar Pendry, to name a few.
Many DC hotels transform into a winter wonderland both inside and out. The Next Whisky Bar at the Watergate Hotel offers private heated igloos. Roast marshmallows at The Wharf’s Instagram-worthy “Camp Wharf” firepit, steps from the Pendry, Canopy by Hilton Washington, DC – The Wharf and Hilton Washington, DC National Mall The Wharf. Take advantage of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco’s Dirty Habit, with an expansive all-weather terrace in the middle of the city.
DC boasts 25 new or renovated rooftop experiences since 2020, many of which are located atop newly developed hotels. The city’s height restrictions ensure each establishment provides sweeping monumental views. Combine the “only in DC” landscape with heat lamps and hot cocktails for an idyllic atmosphere. Take the elevator to Vue in the Hotel Washington, looking towards the White House and Washington Monument. The updated menu includes a play on DC politics with a signature espresso martini dubbed the Bi-Partisan Blend. On the top floor of the Washington Marriott Capitol Hill in NoMa, Yara is a stunning rooftop with views of the burgeoning neighborhood and beyond. Diners can enjoy head chef Yuki Nakandakari’s Peruvian street food with a Japanese twist and signature cocktails at the marbled bar.
For elegant waterfront views, the Pendry’s Moonraker boasts two firepits and a Japanese-inspired menu. Upstairs at the Morrow, Nicholas Stefanelli invites guests with chic firepits, heaters and the Better Luck To’Morrow cocktail, with banhez mezal, chinola, jalapeno, lime and spicy tincture.
Smoke and Mirrors atop the AC Hotel Washington, DC Capitol Hill boasts comforting firepits. Lucha Rosa in the Moxy Hotel is the newest all-season venture from the Atlas Restaurant Group. The agave collection consists of over 130 bottles of tequila used to create signature cocktails, and menu offerings include tacos and ceviche.
Ciel Social Club, a tastefully decorated rooftop at the AC Hotel Washington, DC Convention Center, serves brunch, small plates and Italian-inspired specialty cocktails.
photo credit: Royal Sonesta