Washington Travel Guide
Hotel renovations are always an interesting study for us. Lately, we’ve come to expect a mix and match of historic and decorative styles as the new normal. But here's a hotel design that just might be a first--one that merges Chinese culture with Civil War era, Victorian-inspired architecture.
The Morrison-Clark Inn in Washington, D.C., has done just that, with the unveiling of its new expansion and uber-Asian look. With good reason.
The Morrison-Clark is a national landmark named after David Morrison and Ruben Clark, original owners of two side-by-side townhouses, both dating to 1864. After many years as a military hostel and social club for First Ladies and their BFFs, the property was sold, renovated, and opened in 1987 as the quaint Morrison-Clark Inn with just 42 rooms.
Looking to expand every which way, the Inn saw an incredible opportunity in its next door neighbors-- home of the Chinese Community Church and Parsonage for over 70 years. Hence the honorary Chinese-influenced design.
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Check the calendar today, as one month from now it will be Independence Day. There’s still plenty of time to plan your Fourth of July festivities, but if you’re looking for a suggestion—and have money to burn—look no further than the W Washington DC.
Obviously Washington, DC knows how to throw a national birthday party, and of course they will have the fireworks, the music, and plenty of patriotism. However, to take it to the next level you need to visit the rooftop bar known as POV at the W for what they’re calling Boom With A View. Here you’ll have a view of the Washington Monument, the Treasury Building, and maybe the best fireworks display in the whole country.
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At first we thought they were funny, but now we’re slowly realizing life wasn’t worth experiencing without them. We’re talking about selfie sticks of course, and now it looks like Mandarin Oriental is all about them once again.
This time it’s Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC, as this summer they’re all about the new See Your Selfie in DC offer. It goes without saying that this is much, much better than a free continental breakfast, as this package gets you access to an exclusive Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC selfie stick!
Good news for those heading to Washington, DC anytime soon, as the hotel scene just got that much better thanks to the kind folks over at Kimpton. The boutique hotel chain just acquired two new properties: sooner than later they’ll be taking over The Carlyle and the Savoy Suites Hotel.
For those in the know, the Carlyle does its thing over in Dupont Circle, and the Savoy Suites Hotel calls the city’s Glover Park neighborhood home—for everyone else just please refer to your favorite mapping software.
The Jefferson DC Hotel on the corner of 16th and M
This week, as we made our way through our Nation's Capital to check out the cherry blossoms, we stopped in to take a look at the Jefferson DC, located down the street from the White House and one of the most highly touted hotels in Washington DC. Join us as we take a walk through to see what has made the hotel so popular.
The lobby of the Jefferson DC
Formerly an apartment building, it was transformed into a hotel way back in 1955. But the biggest changes came in 2009, when the entire property underwent a two-year facelift. All 95 rooms were upgraded, suites were added, and the hotel really began to live up to its name, adding all kinds of Jefferson memorabilia to the common areas and guest rooms, including signed documents, books, and other artifacts.
The weather in Washington, DC will eventually warm up, and with it comes all those cherry blossoms. There might be a few bloom sneaking in here and there, but this year the National Park Service is guessing that the best bloom period will be between April 11 and 14.
The Hamilton Hotel is all about the season, and they’re offering up an unusual way to take in the sights and scents of the spring season. They’re partnering up with Capital Segway to run some guided Segway tours, as the thought is you can cover a little more ground—and see more blossoms—with a pair of wheels under foot.
Only 620 days until the 2016 election, but who’s counting? The momentum is building and hoteliers in the DC area are physically building new hotels as well as renovating in advance of what will be a very important presidential election. Let’s review who's on the hotel ballot:
Hotels reaching out beyond their walls – this could be a thing. Hot (literally) on the heels of the James NYC turning its outside wall into a mural, the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, DC, has opened a new bar – on the street.
The pop-up “snow bar” is to warm you up as you pass through the snowy city, with cocktails created by the hotel’s mixologists. Hot cocktails, of course – they’ve invented one called the Nutty Van Gogh, which takes Nutella-brewed hot chocolate and adds Frangelico and caramel Van Gogh vodka. Too sweet? Try a coffee infused with Bailey’s or Kahlua. Too sickly? Go old school with some mulled wine.
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After years of planning, one of the most ambitious waterfront revitalization projects in Washington, DC (or anywhere else for that matter) is starting to pick up some speed.
Simply named The Wharf, this development is so large there are at least three hotels planned and the first one out of the gate is from InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. The present schedule suggests an opening date in mid-2017.
Hoffman-Madison Waterfront is the master developer for The Wharf, which encompasses a mile-long stretch and 27 acres of waterfront land along the Washington Channel. Carr City Centers will develop the Wharf InterContinental Hotel. They also redeveloped the the Willard Washington DC.
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Benghazi wasn’t a cover up. Obama does have a birth certificate. All these poor conspiracy theorists – what on earth will they find to fixate on now?
Well, they can always go old school with the news that the Watergate Hotel is set to reopen. After a $125m renovation – which follows years of languishing in disrepair, and then foiled plans to turn it into condos – the plan is to open the doors next summer.
"Long as I got my suit and tie (and drill), I'm a leave it all on the floor tonight...."
Calling Hotel PR people! Hot new hotel construction awareness trend alert! No longer are time-lapse videos of hotel room renovations the way to spread the news about a hotel's make-over. Instead, it's time to photograph your general manager suited up and wielding a drill. That's right, we fell for it. Now onto the real news at hand.
Perhaps seeking to eradicate all traces of Eliot Spitzer, the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC has kicked off a $20 million renovation project with general manager John Montano overseeing the jack hammer work for demolition for the very first hotel room.
The renovation will fix up all 583 rooms and 74 suites at the historic hotel, which will remain open for business during the work with construction happening floor by floor.
Here's what the new rooms will look like when the makeover is completed, hopefully by March 2015:
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...keep track of the visions in her eyes?
Spies told the paper that Oprah trooped down to the Balance Gym at the Fairmont Washington DC in Georgetown and hit the treadmill.
Sporting black athletic pants and a pink top, Winfrey was all smiles and friendly to fellow patrons, we’re told. The only clue that this wasn’t your typical convention attendee burning off last night’s buffet dinner in between sessions: the Divine Ms. O wore fashionable dark sunglasses during her session, spies say.
From now on, we will be wearing sunglasses in the hotel gym. Fake it 'til you make it, ladies! At the very least, it will help us feel slightly less mortified about tripping over the equipment in front of everyone (this actually happened to us last week.)