Donovan House in Washington, D.C. Completes Multimillion-Dollar Redesign

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    Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announces the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation and redesign of Donovan House, a Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants’ property. The renovation of the stylish downtown Washington, D.C. hotel encompasses all 193 guestrooms and suites, lifts and corridors and features a cosmopolitan look and new business-friendly amenities.CBT, a Boston-based multidisciplinary interior, architecture and urban design firm specialising in luxury hospitality design and interior architecture, was hired to reinvent Donovan House’s ultra-modern design to better accommodate business travellers.
    A primary focus of the renovation was the addition of a desk in every guestroom, as previously only select rooms had dedicated workspace. Donovan House’s new standard five-foot dark oak finished desks feature built-in, flip-up outlets with standard power and USB sockets.

    In addition to the new functional additions for business travellers, Donovan House’s rooms also feature stylish new décor with a sophisticated colour palette of contemporary grey and purple with rust accents. Clean lines abound with new faux leather headboards, sleek black and white side tables, and the addition of a custom rust-colored faux crocodile bench, a pattern which is echoed on the room’s grey carpet. Travellers can relax in canopy beds swathed in Kimpton’s signature zebra print Frette sheets while watching a new 55-inch inset television. The décor is minimalistic and adorned with a single circular black and white print of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

    Ten of Donovan House’s King Suites also received an upgrade with the addition of a pull-out grey chenille sofa bed and an oak-finished executive table with built-in outlets and gold winged chairs that can comfortably seat up to six people for a meeting. The hotel’s principle suite with sweeping views of Thomas Circle, the Donovan Suite, also received a stylish update including a new sectional sofa, patterned accent rug, and hardwood floors in the living room area. The bedroom area mirrors the other guestrooms with the addition of a pull-out grey chenille sofa bed and an extra workspace.

    Several of the hotel’s signature design elements, originally conceived by Studio GAIA, remain, such as the cocoon spiral showers, futuristic club chairs, and floor-to-ceiling windows in most rooms.

    Daniel Fountain / 21.06.2014

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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