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Noteworthy New Properties and Refreshed Accommodations


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), 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; a juice bar and wellness center offering alternative treatments. Future Eaton Workshops are planned for San Francisco and Seattle.


The Line DC: Anchored by the conversion of a 110-year-old neoclassical church and a new multi-story build, this art-filled hotel from the Sydell Group (The Line LA) adds 220 rooms to the eclectic Adams Morgan neighborhood. Full Service Radio broadcasts from the lobby, sharing neighborhood stories. In-house dining options from James Beard Award-recognized chefs include A Rake’s Progress and A Rake’s Bar by Spike Gjerde (Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen)  and from Erik Bruner-Yang (DC’s Maketto), Brothers and Sisters and the Tachinomaya-style standing restaurant Spoken English (opening in March). Rooms offer sweeping views of the historic neighborhood and some frame familiar landmarks such as the Washington Monument and Washington National Cathedral.

The Wharf: The new $2.5 billion, mile-long waterfront neighborhood in Southwest DC just six blocks from the National Mall adds 3.2 million square feet of residential, hospitality, retail and cultural inventory. Phase 1 opened Oct. 12, 2017 adding 690 rooms to the city’s hotel inventory: a 278-room Wharf InterContinental and a duel-branded 175-room Canopy by Hilton and 237-room Hyatt House Washington DC /The Wharf on a 300,000-square-foot campus that offers 2,500-square-feet of meeting space as well as a 10,000-square-foot lounge and 1,100-square-foot fitness center.

Canopy by Hilton Washington DC The Wharf: The 120,000-square-foot new build connected to Hyatt House Washington DC /The Wharf offers 175 rooms and suites with spirit. Amenities at this lifestyle property include a bike share program for exploring the riverfront and nearby National Mall; free Wi-Fi; in-room mini-fridge and Nespresso machine as well as Canopy’s signature fuzzy robe and slipper-socks. On-site dining options include a complimentary morning breakfast (buffet or “Break Fast” bag delivered to one’s door) from Canopy Central where options move from coffee to beer and wine in the afternoon. Cocktails and snacks are available for purchase at the second-floor bar and bistro where firepits enliven riverfront views each evening. Catch the sunset on the tenth floor, the 2,200-square-foot rooftop bar Whiskey Charlie, named for the call signal used by captains boating into the Washington Channel.

Hyatt House Washington DC/The Wharf: Connected to Canopy by Hilton Washington DC The Wharf, the new build is an extended stay property with 237 rooms and suites, the latter furnished with kitchenettes and a sleeper sofa. Hyatt House amenities include a free “Morning Spread” breakfast, free Wi-Fi and 1,650-square-feet of riverfront meeting space.

InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf: Boasting Potomac River views, the new upscale property is the largest of the three new hotels at the Wharf: 278 guestrooms including 33 suites; a 5,000-square-foot rooftop bar and patio and a soon-to-open 4,250-square-foot L’Occitane spa. The property boasts 17,000-square-feet of event space including 10 meeting rooms. The property has been designed to embrace its prime location: the heart of The Wharf development. The two-story Presidential Suite, for example, boasts views of the Washington Yacht Club, the historic fish market and East Potomac Park. Some rooms and suites have Juliet balconies. Among the dining spaces is Kith and Kin, a 96-seat upscale-casual dining room by chef Kwame Onwuachi who celebrates the flavors of his upbringing at the table and the bar: the Bronx by way of Nigeria, New Orleans and the Caribbean.

The Darcy Washington, DC, Curio Collection by Hilton: Opened in May 2017, DC’s only Curio Collection property houses 226 contemporary guest rooms including 37 studios and one-bedroom suites near Scott Circle, a 10-minute walk to the White House and Dupont Circle. The property is two blocks from 14th Street’s restaurants and nightlife but there’s little reason to roam: the hotel is home to a luxurious seafood spot, Siren by Robert Wiedmaier (Marcel’s) and a grab-and-go New Orleans-style coffee shop, Lil’ B. Amenities include a strolling cocktail cart,  local pop-ups from partners like homegrown men’s clothier Reed Wall and adventure-themed Darcy Daypacks for kids.

The Pod DC: Emphasizing amenities like free high-speed Wi-Fi over room-size, this chic 245-room micro-hotel in Chinatown opened in May 2017, the first Pod outside of New York City. Working with Eric and Ian Hilton, DC nightlife titans, the property houses the Southern-inspired all-day Crimson Diner; Crimson View, a rooftop lounge with views of the neighborhood and as of mid-September, Crimson Whiskey, a 9,000-square-foot subterranean bar specializing in whiskey and moonshine. Like the new Hotel Hive in Foggy Bottom and forthcoming Moxy in downtown DC, the new build is primed to attract next-gen travelers with compact rooms and expansive social spaces with flexible, delightful menus.

Residence Inn Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard: Located near Nationals Park, Bluejacket Brewery and many new restaurants and outdoor activity stations along Capitol Riverfront, this new all-suite hotel brings amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi and hot breakfast daily as well as grocery delivery service, on-site guest laundry and a fitness center. Each of the 170 suites is furnished with a pull-out sofa bed and separate bathroom.

The former Renaissance Hotel Dupont Circle has become The Wink, an independently branded hotel.


CityCenterDC: The 10-acre luxury mixed-use development adjacent to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in northwest DC is home to high-end shops and eateries. Phase 2 of CityCenterDC will see the $250 million, 360-room Herzog & de Meuron-designed Conrad Hotel open in 2019. In addition to retail, the property is expected to house a restaurant from Bryan and Michael Voltaggio.

At 11th and K streets, DC’s first Moxy Hotel, a budget-minded, millennial-forward property with small rooms and grand public spaces is under development with no confirmed delivery date.

Union Market is a hotbed: DC’s first Virgin Hotel is expected to open near Union Market topped with a rooftop bar in the fall of 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 and a Commons Club dining room. Also, under development near the buzzing millennial-forward market, Mob Hotel, a Paris-based chain that expects to open its first of five planned North American hotels in DC. The Washington Business Journal estimated groundbreaking to take place in late 2018. 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.

The SLS Hotel, DC’s first SLS-branded property, is expected to open at 5th and Eye Street NW in the first half of 2020 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 house additional building amenities and a 5,500-square-foot ballroom.

A new 190-room AC Hotel by Marriott has been proposed for the corner of 11th and K streets NW.

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 near The Wharf featuring an open workspace with iMacs, a fitness and yoga studio and a rooftop lounge. A construction date has yet to be announced. 

In Storey Park, the donut-shaped development coming to the site of the former Greyhound Bus station in NoMa (1005 First St. NE) will boast retail, a rooftop restaurant, office space, residential apartments and a 235-room hotel to open by summer 2019.

Choice Hotels will build a 154-room Cambria Hotel & Suites at Buzzard Point, the Southwest DC neighbor where Audi Field, a 20,000 stadium that MLS’s D.C. United will call home as of July 2018. The hotel will open in 2020.

Thompson Hotels, a luxury lifestyle flag, will open 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 first full-service property for the neighborhood in SE DC and is expected in 2020.


US News & World Report releases the 2018 edition list of the top 50 hotels in the world citing three DC hotels: The Jefferson, Washington DC (#11); The Hay Adams (#23); Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC (#38).

In February 2018, the Trump International Hotel Washington, DC announced its 2018 Forbes Five Star recognition. The property opened 15-months earlier and is one of fewer than 200 hundred properties worldwide to earn the designation.

Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked The Hay Adams Hotel 5th and The Melrose Georgetown Hotel 8th in their annual “10 Best Hotels in the United States” poll. 

Hotel Hive: Less than a year after opening in January 2017, the 83-room Foggy Bottom property claimed top spot on Trip Advisor’s list of “best value hotels” in the U.S. The independent hotel was DC’s first micro-hotel and has no major brand affiliation. Room rates hover around $100/night. There’s no room service but the onsite &pizza makes pies to order. Cocktails at the rooftop bar cost less than $10 a pop.

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