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Park Hyatt Washington DC

Park Hyatt Washington DC unveils renovation by Tony Chi

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World-renowned and New York-based interior designer Tony Chi returned to Park Hyatt Washington DC to make design enhancements to the hotel’s guestrooms and lobby, in time for the return of spring in the nation’s capital and the city’s famed cherry blossoms.

Tony Chi last completed a full redesign of the entire luxury hotel in 2006. The new update includes 216 guestrooms, which include deluxe king and deluxe double rooms, as well as junior suites. All rooms have been updated with a fresh look by Chi that reflects the hotel’s modern, refined elegance. Throughout his 30-year career, Tony Chi has been highly lauded worldwide with industry awards for creating warm, modern spaces at elite international hotels and restaurants.

Park Hyatt Washington DC“My concept for Park Hyatt Washington DC was to bring together a dynamic and attractive modernism with classic American style,” said Tony Chi, Principal and Founder of tonychi. “Modern for today’s sophisticated traveler, classic American in deference to the fashionable and historic area in which it is located. Park Hyatt Washington intimately connects guests and visitors with Washington DC’s legacy of culture and style, a journey of timelessness that is expressed both from its past and today.”

Inspired by DC’s bright, blooming spring colors, the hotel’s new guestroom design features rich woods, dazzling gold accents, and custom glasswork by photographic glass artist Amanda Weil. Guests will enjoy a soothing, yet vibrant color palate of denim blue, cracked caramel, and blue-grey hues. The new design also now features 100 percent natural vegetable fibre (grass cloth) wall coverings, custom-designed plaid wool rugs, and rich walnut wood platform beds complete with leather headboards and reading lights.

Park Hyatt Washington DCCustom-designed daybeds, complete with walnut wood platform bases, upholstered benches, and leather-wrapped arms and back can be found in deluxe rooms and junior suites. The deluxe rooms feature large social tables, with inlaid cherry blossom glass art by Weil, that are perfect for the needs of every guest. The junior suites also offer new walnut wood flooring and cherry blossom glass-topped desks also by Weil. Room accents in the junior suites include antique gameboards and a selection of hardcover books highlighting American crafts and heritage.

Deluxe rooms feature spa-inspired, basalt-tiled bathrooms. King bathrooms feature a spacious walk-in rainfall shower, and the double bathrooms feature large bathtubs. Junior Suites, some of the largest in the city at 544-square feet, also feature oversized spa-inspired bathrooms with limestone-tiled rain showers and deep soaking tubs. The style of the refreshed guestrooms is a natural extension of the hotel’s approach to understated luxury.

Park Hyatt Washington DC“We are very happy to work with Tony Chi again on a new guestroom and lobby design that has transformed the hotel into a Park Hyatt in bloom,” said Jon Benson, general manager, Park Hyatt Washington DC. “His unmistakable style and creative approach make a unique statement about the city that is perfect for our guests – savvy global connoisseurs. The fresh design expands upon the hotel’s approach to refined all-American luxury and celebrates Park Hyatt hotels’ commitment to thoughtfully curated design.”

This new “in-bloom” feeling is not limited to the hotel’s new design at Park Hyatt Washington; the hotel carries out the spring-inspired concept throughout to its Michelin-starred restaurant Blue Duck Tavern. The restaurant will soon introduce new culinary events including a Seasonal Garden Table, which is an outdoor, communal Chef’s Table experience; rooftop garden; and a garden-inspired cocktail series, which will feature fresh elements from local farms. In late April, the hotel will feature an exclusive collection of spring-like art from The Phillips Collection, the country’s first museum of modern art, on the hotel’s mezzanine level.

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Homewood Suites - Washington DC

Homewood Suites expands presence in Washington DC

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Homewood Suites by Hilton has announced its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC – Capitol Navy Yard. Offering 195 new suites, the hotel strengthens the brand’s growing presence in urban markets after reaching its 400th property milestone.

“Over the past five years, our nation’s capital has seen a steady increase in both domestic and international tourism*, creating the ideal scenario to not only expand Homewood Suites’ footprint in urban markets, but also strengthen its presence in Washington D.C.,” said Adrian Kurre, global head, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton. “The Homewood Suites flexible brand model drives its success in these areas while also delivering tremendous value and comfort to both business and leisure guests.”

Developed by KCG 50 M, an affiliate of Englewood and CG Investments, designed by Cooper Carry and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol-Navy Yard complements the city’s growing tourism which hit a record-breaking year in 2015.

The new hotel offers a combination of studio and one bedroom suites, featuring fully-equipped kitchens, and separate living and sleeping areas. Guests are also provided all the essentials needed for a comfortable and convenient stay such as complimentary daily full-hot breakfast, evening social Monday-Thursday, Wi-Fi and grocery shopping service. Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol-Navy Yard also makes it easy for travelers to unwind with a rooftop terrace, fitness centre, and indoor pool.

MGM National Harbor

MGM National Harbor to open in December

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Bringing the first luxury gaming resort experience to Washington, the $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor will make its highly anticipated debut on December 8, just minutes from Washington DC on the banks of the Potomac River.

The resort is accepting room reservations for stays beginning December 10.

“After years of planning, designing and developing, we are thrilled that the moment is almost upon us to share this very special resort with the community and visitors from around the world,” said Lorenzo Creighton, president of MGM National Harbor.

MGM National Harbor

“We are grateful to Prince George’s County, the state of Maryland and all of the local designers, artisans and businesses that have collaborated with us to deliver this international resort with very local roots.”

Clean lines, modern functionality, signature wood millwork accents and floor-to-ceiling windows boasting stunning views define the 308 rooms and suites, ranging in size from 400 to 3,210 square feet. Complementing the resort’s modern elegance, room and suite designs draw inspiration from forest and water elements native to Maryland while incorporating vistas of the surrounding landscape.

Furthering the rich local flavor of MGM National Harbor through art, the thoughtfully curated Heritage Collection will be woven throughout the resort’s public spaces, featuring commissioned and procured artwork by renowned local and international sculptors, photographers and mixed-media artists including Bob Dylan, Margaret Boozer, Alice Aycock, Ron Beverly, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Sam Gilliam, John Dreyfuss, John Safer, Liao Yibai and Chul Hyun Ahn, among others.

Conrad Washington

Construction begins on Conrad Washington D.C.

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Construction has begun on the Conrad Washington D.C. – a 360-room luxury hotel in the centre of the city – and is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2019.

The Conrad Washington, D.C. marks the seventh building developed by Hines and Qatari Diar at CityCenterDC. Not only does this represent an additional investment by Hines and Qatari Diar in the CityCenter project, it demonstrates the continued commitment to long-term investment in the nation’s capital.

The Conrad Washington, D.C. will further enhance the architectural excellence at CityCenterDC. The lead designers for the Conrad Washington, D.C. are Herzog & de Meuron, led by five senior partners including Pritzker Prize Laureates Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, with HKS Architects, Inc. as architect of record. The elegant hotel interiors are being designed by Rottet Studio, whilst Turner Construction Company is the project’s general contractor.

“We are excited to break ground on the Conrad Washington, D.C. because it means more jobs and opportunities for District residents and businesses,” said Mayor Bowser. “This development is another positive signal of our growing economy and our emergence as a national leader in hospitality and tourism.”

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to continue our successful partnership with Qatari Diar on our additional investment in the Conrad Washington, D.C.,” said Hines Managing Director Michael Allen, project officer for the Hines/Qatari Diar master developer team.

The hotel will add an additional 30,000 square feet of retail space that will complement the already successful luxury retail component of the first phase of CityCenterDC. CityCenterDC features a unique mix of local, national and international retail brands, cafes and restaurants with extensive street frontage. Several retail tenants have already entered into negotiations for space in the Conrad Washington, D.C. project.

Watergate Hotel reopens following 9 year, $125m renovation

Legendary Watergate Hotel reopens after $125m overhaul

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International New York-based real estate developer, Euro Capital Properties, has announced the opening of The Watergate Hotel, which has undergone an extensive $125 million renovation to restore the property to its ‘historic exuberance’. The hotel has been closed for renovations since 2007.

An American icon situated on the banks of the Potomac River, The Watergate Hotel offers a luxurious urban resort experience for the world’s most discerning leisure and business travelers. Originally designed by Italian architect Luigi Moretti in 1961 to look like a sail on the Potomac, the hotel made waves with its groundbreaking contemporary style and came to epitomise the fabulous lifestyle and sophistication of its time when it opened in March 1967.

Watergate Hotel

The hotel’s current owners, Euro Capital Properties, tapped world-renowned designer Ron Arad and Italian designer Moroso to complement the avant-garde architecture with bold curves and mid-century modern design while restoring some of hotel’s original structures such as the staircase and indoor pool. Acclaimed architectural and interior design firm BBGM was the architect for the project.

Watergate Hotel

“The Watergate is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous and illustrious hotels in the world,” said Rakel Cohen, Senior Vice President of Design and Development, Euro Capital Properties. “We paid meticulous attention to every detail in its renovation and we’re excited to bring our vision to life. Its intrigue is driven by evocative design, from the deep-rooted retro feel to the mystique that lies behind every curve of the hotel’s architecture.”

The hotel consists of 336 stylish guestrooms designed for comfort and sophistication, half of which include lavish balconies. Six exquisite Diplomat Suites, 24 premier suites and two stately Presidential Suites offer the highest standard of luxury accommodations. Each guestroom features natural light that brings out the soothing color palettes along with plush bedding, floor-to-ceiling Zebrano marble bathrooms with solid granite vanities, superior in-room amenities, 24-hour in-room dining, cutting edge technology, diffusers featuring the hotel’s signature Red Flower Oakwood scent, and more.

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Kimpton Hotels - Mason Rook Hotel, Washington

Kimpton Hotels reveals newest additions to US portfolio

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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the leading boutique hotel and restaurant company with over 60 properties spread across the USA, has recently added some new hotels to its portfolio.

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem and Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel in Washington D.C. showcase Kimpton’s signature style of embracing the local history and culture of the cities that surround them. Additionally, two new boutique hotels are scheduled to open in Charlotte in 2017.

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The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, Winston-Salem – NOW OPEN
The recent opening of The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem celebrates Kimpton’s first venture into the Carolinas. The new hotel occupies the first six floors of the iconic former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Headquarters, which served as the prototype for the Empire State Building. The decor highlights the building’s Art Deco architecture and historic past with original gold leaf, rich marble, burnished brass furnishings and portraits of luminaries R.J. Reynolds and Colonel Winston woven into the detailed boardroom carpets.

The perfect blend of tradition, modern furnishings and playful, Carolina-inspired artwork is apparent throughout the 174 guestrooms, 15 suites and the Recreation Room, which boasts nearly 2,000-square-feet of space, including a basketball court, bowling alley and adult-sized twisty slide. The room is perfect for corporate team-building, after-hours networking events, creative functions, or any unique occasion that requires an equally distinctive space.

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, Winston-Salem

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, Winston-Salem

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel’s adjacent restaurant, The Katharine, brings traditional French brasserie style cuisine with a Southern twist. Seasonal menus feature traditional favourites and an extensive beverage programme which includes creative cocktails, and craft beer and wine selections.

Paying further homage to the city’s heritage, an Art-o-Mat®, a traditional cigarette machine, distributes small pieces of artwork in the hotel’s Recreation Room. www.thecardinalhotel.com

Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel, Washington D.C. – NOW OPEN – (pictured in main picture)
The comfortable-yet-stylish Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel has opened in the heart of the always-buzzing 14th Street neighbourhood, near Washington D.C.’s coolest culinary and nightlife hotspots. The property’s decor embodies the essence of a modern D.C. lifestyle and blends the familiarly comfortable with the distinctly stylish, as it takes inspiration from a vibrant social scene whilst engaging with the building’s former life as an apartment block.

Kimpton Hotels - Washington D.C.

Kimpton’s new hotel features 4,000-square-feet of beautifully creative spaces for meetings and events, 178 guest rooms and 18 luxuriously sophisticated suites. Guest rooms offer plush beds, spacious work desks, large marble bathrooms and 65-inch smart TVs which inspire a home-from-home feeling. The hotel’s Premier Spa Suites feel like small apartments unto themselves with living rooms and spacious bedrooms, and each are outfitted with free-standing soaking bathtubs.

The hotel’s adjacent bar Radiator is a culinary-focused cocktail bar that offers an eclectic menu of rustic yet contemporary American small plates and timeless cocktails with original twists. Radiator features an outdoor 50-seat patio where guests can enjoy snacks and sip cocktails in front of the large fire pit or play games such as backgammon and life-sized Connect Four in front of the breathtaking views of the iconic D.C. skyline. The chic penthouse deck also boasts a rooftop swimming pool to ensure a completely relaxing urban oasis. www.masonandrookhotel.com

Downtown Charlotte, N.C

Kimpton Hotels – Downtown Charlotte, N.C

Charlotte, North Carolina – TWO NEW BOUTIQUE PROPERTIES COMING SOON
Kimpton has also proudly announced the addition of Charlotte to the Kimpton map. Charlotte is a city that’s on the move, with new skyscrapers continuously heightening the skyline, but the element of the quaint, down-home South is still apparent. Kimpton’s new builds will reflect this, with one as a luxury high rise, located in the heart of downtown, and the other as an intimate boutique in the historic Dilworth neighbourhood.

As with all Kimpton properties, the two new hotels in Charlotte will embrace the history and culture of the city and will include all of Kimpton’s unique services such as the Forgot It? We’ve Got It! menu of travel and vacation essentials, a thoughtful mini bar with organic options and a hint of local flair, the daily complimentary morning coffee and tea service, a hosted nightly wine hour, an in-room yoga mat and complimentary rental of their custom PUBLIC Bikes. The new builds will both host their own destination restaurants and rooftop bars / lounges.

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MGM National Harbor

MGM National Harbor unveils range of suite offerings

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MGM National Harbor has revealed the designs for its premier suite offerings at the $1.3 billion resort, set to open in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Complementing the modern elegance of the resort, the suite designs – developed by Studio GAIA – draw inspiration from the forest and water elements native to the Maryland area and feature stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

MGM National Harbor by night

“We spent a great deal of time conceptualizing our suite experience to ensure guests not only enjoy the level of luxury MGM Resorts offers at our properties worldwide, but also creates a seamless connection to our beautiful surroundings,” said MGM National Harbor General Manager Bill Boasberg. “I’m confident our guests will appreciate the thoughtful detail in every suite, including towering windows with amazing views of the Capital Region,” he added.

MGM National Harbor Suite offerings

The collection of 74 suites at MGM National Harbor will provide guests with an elevated experience at the luxury 308-room resort. Each suite, ranging in size from 588 to 3,210 square feet, will feature distinct location, size, layout and amenities, resulting in a unique guest experience specific to each suite type.

Upon arriving to their suite, guests will be greeted by a refreshing environment and dazzled by the natural light glistening through floor-to-ceiling windows. Functionality and clean lines are paired expertly with light-coloured wood elements and warm earth tones to create a sophisticated, soothing feeling that embodies the overall architectural vision of MGM National Harbor.

MGM National Harbor Suite offerings

Blending contemporary designs with natural materials, the resort’s stylish spaces will encourage guests to relax and connect with nature. Thoughtful artistic touches will be featured throughout the resort including its suites, showcasing distinctive pieces of artwork inspired by the historic Maryland and Washington, D.C. area, adding to the overall ambiance of the resort.

Canopy by Hilton Washington D.C.

Canopy by Hilton to arrive in Washington D.C. neighbourhood

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Canopy – Hilton’s new ‘neighbourhood hotel’ brand – is set to open a new property in Washington D.C. as Bethesda North breaks ground and is slated to welcome guests in late 2017.

The 177-room hotel, which includes 23 suites and two spectacular three-bay Presidential suites, is located at the centre of Pike & Rose, a new mixed-use development featuring a sophisticated blend of restaurants, retailers, and live performance venues.

As with all Canopy by Hilton hotels, Canopy by Hilton Washington, D.C. Bethesda North is inspired and influenced by its local surroundings.

The Canopy by Hilton concept as rendered at its Reykjavik property

With 4,350 square feet of meeting space and a 3,100 square foot ballroom, the hotel is an attractive destination for meetings and groups. The flexibility and versatility of the meeting and event space will allow it to be one of the D.C. area’s most innovative venues, a distinctive departure from traditional hotel ballroom spaces.

“Bethesda is an ideal neighbourhood for our Canopy by Hilton brand,” said Gary Steffen, global head, Canopy by Hilton. “The community is both a business hub and recreational destination with attractive shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities. We’re confident that our hotel will reflect the best of the neighbourhood through locally inspired design, and food and drink. Canopy by Hilton Bethesda North will add to the vibrant local scene.”

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Trump International Washington D.C. to open two years ahead of schedule

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Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. will open in September 2016 – dramatically ahead of schedule. With its opening, the Nation’s Capital will now be home to an iconic and historic super-luxury hotel rivaling the best of other international capital cities.

“For decades people have looked in wonderment at the magnificence of the Old Post Office building and structure. There is nothing like it and we are so proud to have not only brought this incredible building back to life, but also to a position far greater than it ever was at its previous zenith. It was an honour to have dealt with the professionals at the General Services Administration. It was their total passion and hard work that helped bring this unrivaled project to fruition,” says US presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump.

With its prestigious location right on Pennsylvania Avenue, the US Government has entrusted the Trump Organisation with the complex challenge of transforming this 19th century one-of-a-kind building into one of the greatest luxury hotels in the world.

Cortile Rendering - Trump International Washington D.C.

Painstakingly restoring the intricate stonework, original wood milling and panelling while installing the latest in technology and luxurious comforts expected by today’s sophisticated and discerning travelers, the hotel will introduce to the market 263 exquisitely detailed and spacious guest rooms and suites. The thirty-five suites include the Trump Townhouse with its private entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue. At 6,300-square-feet of interior space, it will be the largest and most luxurious suite in Washington, D.C. and among the largest in the country.

Trump International Washington D.C.

Recognising the need for a luxury ballroom spacious enough to host larger International meetings and opulent enough for prominent city galas, the Trump Organisation designed a complementing addition to the main building. With a private entrance, the 13,200 square foot, column-free Presidential Ballroom will be the largest luxury ballroom in Washington, D.C. and has already been enthusiastically received by wedding and event planners, major associations, and corporations.

“This is my fifth hotel opening and I can say with conviction that I have never seen so much interest and so many early bookings as I have at Trump D.C.; we already have a significant number of events confirmed for 2016 and beyond with many more inquiries being considered,” said Mickael Damelincourt, Managing Director of Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. “We are preparing for what is a highly anticipated opening, and one that is unique to Washington, D.C. and the country as a whole.”