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Hotel Happenings

As of June 2019, Washington, DC has 16 news hotels and 3,263 rooms in the pipeline. Within the next year, DC will welcome two hotel-hostel hybrids and the North American debut from Lore Group.

Under development
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 streets NW. The Riggs will offer 181 rooms, a 5,000-square-foot restaurant and basement bar and an enclosed rooftop events space.

The W Washington DC is completing a $50 million top-to-bottom renovation by July 2019. In addition to all 317 guest rooms and suites, Studio Gaia will oversee a new look for the lobby’s Living Room and POV, the rooftop bar. The historic property will feature two new restaurants under the continued direction of Barry Koslow, including Cherry, centered around open wood-fire grilling.

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 spring 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.

A German concern is expected to introduce its hotel-hostel concept to the U.S. with a 616-bed/154-room property in late 2020. 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.

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, 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.

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. 

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 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.

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 will open a restaurant in the property.

Recently Opened
In March 2019, Phase 2 of CityCenterDC, a high-end residential and retail destination, welcomed the $250 million, 360-room Herzog & de Meuron-designed Conrad Washington, DC. In addition to retail, the property houses Estuary, a restaurant captained by brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio (Top Chef alums) as well as a rooftop bar with Capitol views. The property boasts 32,000-square feet of meeting space including two pillar-free, above-ground ballrooms (a rarity in DC) and luxury retailers including Tiffany & Co.

The Irish-owned luxury property The Dupont Circle Hotel revealed the sleek refresh of its lobby, bar (Doyle) and restaurant (The Pembroke) by Swedish architect Martin Brudnizk in spring 2019. The reconsidered rooms should be revealed this summer.
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.

Hilton Washington DC National Mall, a renovated rebranded property, opened at L’Enfant Plaza with 367 rooms this spring. The property is equidistant to the museums and monuments on the National Mall and The Wharf atop L’Enfant Plaza, facing the expanded International Spy Museum and a Bike & Roll hub. An additional draw for families: some rooms with be furnished with two king beds. The hotel features 23,000-square feet of meeting space including a grand ballroom that will accommodate 600 guests. The property will be topped by a heated swimming pool.

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 by the Baltimore-based Atlas Group, they are expect to open in fall 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.