Along with the cherry blossoms, Washington, D.C., is sprouting new and newly renovated hotels. Just opened is Conrad Hotels & Resorts' first property in the nation's capital, The Conrad Washington DC, which has 360 guest rooms and a hefty 32,000 square feet of meeting space, all within shouting distance of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The hotel is in the city's burgeoning CityCenterDC, a high-end, mixed-use development in downtown, already known for its collection of upscale retail stores and eateries.
The 10-story hotel's design was envisioned by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, best known for projects like the Olympic Stadium in Beijing and The Tate Modern in London. The building sports a sleek glass exterior, while the interior is graced with a contemporary art collection inspired by the Washington Color School movement, curated by consulting firm Tatar Art Projects.
Bathed in natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows, the property's meeting space is complemented by a dedicated event terrace with panoramic views of the U.S. Capitol, three other terraces and a rooftop bar. The property's signature restaurant, Estuary, is by James Beard nominees and "Top Chef" alumni Bryan and Michael Voltaggio.
Rounding out the hotel's offerings is a new program called the Sakura Club, an exclusive amenity on the 10th floor that is accessible with the purchase of club-level guest rooms and suites. Deriving its name from the Japanese word for cherry blossom, the club features meals made to order by a private chef, a dedicated club concierge, use of private meeting rooms, priority reservations at Estuary and special access to rooftop bar events.
"The Conrad Washington DC will usher in a new era of hospitality for our domestic and international travelers seeking modern luxury in the nation's capital," said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton. "With Hilton's global headquarters in nearby McLean, Virginia, we are excited to introduce the Conrad brand to our hometown."
Among other D.C. developments:
• Opening this month is the Hilton Washington DC National Mall, formerly the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel. The hotel underwent a yearlong renovation and now includes 367 guest rooms and 23,000 square feet of meeting space.
• In the heart of Georgetown, the Rosewood Washington D.C. is set to reopen in May with the addition of six neighboring townhouses that will offer a residential experience. With a total of 49 guest rooms and suites, the reimagined property also will offer a new restaurant, CUT by Wolfgang Puck. An intimate 14-seat private dining and meeting room will be available for special events.
• Debuting its own multimillion-dollar renovation is the Dupont Circle Hotel, which has 327 guest rooms and suites and 10,000 square feet of meeting space. New touches include the Doyle bar, the Pembroke restaurant, a renovated lobby, a newly configured rooftop with 14 suites, a penthouse with a fireplace and a heated garden terrace with views of the Washington Monument.
• This summer, the 317-room W Washington DC will reopen following a $50 million renovation. The hotel's 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space has been redesigned, including updates to the grand ballroom, aka the Great Room.
• Late this year, the Riggs Washington D.C. will open inside the vintage 1891 Washington Loan and Trust building, a Romanesque Revival gem. The Lore Group's first hotel in North America, it will feature 181 guest rooms, 4,000 square feet of event space (with an additional 1,800-square-foot terrace on the roof level), a 5,000-square-foot restaurant and a basement bar.
"With 18 hotels and over 3,800 rooms in the pipeline, we anticipate a lot of excitement around the city with the availability of additional meeting space and private dining options for special events," noted Elliott L. Ferguson II, president and CEO, Destination DC. "With $11.2 billion in development for future years, we are continuously adding to our city's appeal. In 2020, we will welcome many international hotel brands to the city for the first time, including Paris-based Mob Hotels and the Dutch hospitality brand citizenM."
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