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The Loews Madison Hotel Gets a New South American Restaurant from Chef Jose Garces

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  Site Where: 1177 15th St Nw [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20005
July 3, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

File under: "Giddyup Glam."

It’s (almost) the Fourth of July. Cue the fireworks, grilled meats, and mental images of lassoing cowboys riding through the regal grasslands. Why? Because MURRICA.

But before our nation’s capital heralds the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air, it will celebrate the July 3 opening of a steakhouse that gets its inspiration from South America: Rural Society, opening tomorrow at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, DC. It’s the latest from James Beard Award winner and “Iron Chef” Jose Garces, who has launched about a dozen restaurants across the country.

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Before and After: The Donovan House in D.C. Get Kimpton-ized

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  Site Where: 1155 14th St Nw [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20005
June 23, 2014 at 5:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

The Donovan House in Washington, DC started life as a Thompson Hotel (and before that, a Holiday Inn) but now, under the Kimpton Hotels flag, the hotel has gotten well, Kimpton-ized.

Above is how the Donovan House looked at the height of its Thompson times. Pretty standard, but still rico suave. Now, click below to see what the rooms look like today after a multi-million dollar renovation of all rooms and suites.

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Conrad Hotels to Open Inside the Upcoming CityCenterDC

June 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM | by | Comment (1)

Washington DC’s uber high-end mixed use and all-one-word development, CityCenterDC, will also have a high-end hotel brand inside--Conrad Hotels, which is anticipated to open in early 2018. This will be the first time Conrad has opened in DC and it will also be the only hotel planned for CityCenterDC. But what exactly is CityCenterDC? Allow us.

CityCenterDC is a micro-planned, urban “neighborhood” encompassing 10 acres in downtown DC. It’s been constructed in phases over several years and includes residential, retail and dining, offices, and a luxury hotel that now has a name.

Speaking of names, The Conrad DC has a distinguished team working out the details of its design-- a duo of architects in Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron Architekten and Dallas based HKS Architects, Inc, and Rottet Studio as interior designer. Based on their previous work, it's safe to say this Conrad will be no ordinary hotel.

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Norman The Scooter Dog Got the VIPooch Treatment at Loews Madison DC

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  Site Where: 1177 15th St NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20005
June 13, 2014 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know what celebrities are like at hotels. They check in under stupid names. They make ridiculous requests. They draw attention to themselves doing stuff like riding a motorcycle down the hallway.

And they do all that even when they’re a celebrity dog, as they found out at the Loews Madison Hotel in DC last week.

Norman the Scooter Dog (real name: Norman) checked in last week, rolling up to the lobby on his scooter (superb video here), possibly in homage to Led Zeppelin riding a motorbike through the corridors of the Riot Hyatt back in the day.

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The Marriott Marquis Washington DC Already Has Its Opening Packages Lined Up

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  Site Where: 901 Massachusetts Aven NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20001
April 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

The singsongy sounding Marriott Marquis Washington DC is still planning to open on May 1, but right now, reservations are being accepted online only for June 1 at a grand opening rate of $269 a night.

Yet in an effort to capitalize on the summer travel to DC (did you know this summer will be the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner?), the soon-to-be-largest hotel in DC (with 1,175 rooms) has put together three opening packages and they are actually deal-worthy. Here they are:

· Summer Weekends Deal: From June 1-September 1, the hotel is offering 40 percent off two night stays and 50 percent off three-night stays from Thursday-Sunday nights. Suites are exempt. All stays must be purchased in advance and are nonrefundable. Still, you can get a two night stay for just $108 a night or a three-night stay for just $90 a nigt. Book by May 23 to score the best rate. Use code NEW to book.

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At 11 Kimptons, Wine Hour Just Got Sweeter

March 27, 2014 at 10:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

At all of Kimpton’s 11 hotels in the Washington D.C/Virginia area, (eight in DC and three in Alexandria) Wine Hour has just got even better. Throughout the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs through April 13th, the hotels will be serving sake during their nightly complimentary wine hour in addition to the usual red and white wines.

Hotels serving up the potent beverage include the newly revamped Hotel George, and two hotels that got a shout out in last year's What's Your Favorite Kimpton poll: Hotel Monaco and Topaz Hotel.

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Inside The 'Made in The USA' Suite at The Park Hyatt in Washington D.C.

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  Site Where: 1201 24th St NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20037
March 24, 2014 at 1:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

Where else should a hotel suite filled with American art, furniture and decor open but Washington D.C.?

The Park Hyatt in the capital city recently unveiled a special Made in the USA Suite in conjunction with the new exhibit of the same name at The Phillips Collection, which will be on display through August 31st.

Inside the suite are five giclee reproductions of the museum's American art masterworks including Marsden Hartley’s Off the Banks at Night; Arthur G. Dove’s Red Sun and Peppino Mangravite’s Political Exiles. The suite also includes some American-made furniture such as a timber rocking chair (made in Vermont) and artisanal items from the museum's gift shop like a spiral wrap bowl (Rhode Island), a WUD martini glass (Colorado) and stackable wooden blocks (Washington state.) Anonymously modern Hyatt decor no more! We kinda think all Park Hyatt rooms should get these little touches.

Guests who book the suite, which starts at just $399 a night, also get the following:

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Cherry Blossom S'mores? Only at The Ritz-Carlton in D.C.

March 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s National Cherry Blossom Festival again in Washington, D.C. (March 20-April 13) and Ritz-Carlton Hotels in town want to make sure you can really taste the cherries this spring.

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown is serving Cherry S’mores, made with cherry marshmallows, gooey chocolate sauce and homemade pistachio crumble and, if that weren’t enough, the s’mores will be complimentary in The Living Room between 6:30 to 7 p.m., passed around by whom, you may ask? S’morelliers, of course.

The hotel is also serving up Festive Cherry Blossom Cocktails to go with the s'mores. And you betcha, cherry is a prominent flavor in all of them.

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Before and After: The George in DC Gets a Revolutionary New Look

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  Site Where: 15 E Street NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20001
March 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM | by | Comment (1)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

In a city where images of the "Father of His Country" are everywhere, Washington DC hotels need to keep it interesting. And so, it was high time time for the Hotel George by Kimpton to declare its independence from dull colors and furnishings and establish a revolutionary new look.

Keep reading to see how the hotel looks after the renovations!

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The Line Hotel Already Has a DC Spin-Off in The Works

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  Site Where: 1780 Columbia Road NW [map], Washington, DC, United States
January 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Line Hotel in LA's Koreatown neighborhood only just opened a few weeks ago on January 1st (as in yesterday) but already there's a spin-off hotel in the works.

According to The Line's developer, The Sydell Group, another Line Hotel is being developed in Washington, DC in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. It will be called The Line DC. Here's the hotel description:

Sydell Group Ltd will be developing a new, full service hotel located at 1780 Columbia Road NW, Washington DC in the Adams Morgan neighborhood - an area long respected for its diversity, rich culture, and personality. The project consists of a newly constructed building, the restoration of a historic church, the creation of dynamic public spaces, and a high quality restaurant experience designed to serve both neighborhood residents and hotel guests alike.

Sounds good to us! And it's about time DC started to get some cool hotels. Serious design and architect nerds can peep some renderings for the property which was previously called the Adams Morgan Historic Hotel project. Another fun fact: This site was once considered by Edition Hotels who seemed to have scrapped a DC location for now.

If you're looking to experience the first Line, the LA Line Hotel is still offering special opening rates. We found a room for next week for just $182 a night.

[Photo: The Line Hotel]

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Marriott Will Open DC's Biggest Hotel on May 1st

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  Site Where: 901 Massachusetts Avenue [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20001
November 25, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

As hyped as we are for new Trump International Old Post Office Hotel, we have more imminent DC hotel news to get excited about.

The downtown Shaw neighborhood of DC is getting a major new hotel next spring. The Marriott Marquis Washington will be the largest hotel in DC, connected to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The hotel will have a massive 1,175 rooms, including 49 suites, 105,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meetings space, five dining outlets, a high-tech concierge lounge, and a bi-level health club. The hotel is also designed to be LEED Silver accredited, and will incorporate the site’s original historic Samuel Gompers AFL-CIO headquarters, known as the "Plumbers Building,” and a 56-foot sculpture by Rodney Carroll, which will be the centerpiece of the grand glass atrium lobby. All interiors are by BBG-BBGM.

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The Secret Service is Just Like Us! They Leave Things Behind in Hotel Rooms (Uh...)

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  Site Where: 800 16th St NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20006
November 14, 2013 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

We already knew that hotels in Washington D.C. saw their share of scandal but this new incident involving the Secret Service at the Hay-Adams Hotel is just bizarre.

According to anews report, one of the agency's top supervisors agent was off-duty when he met a woman in a room at the hotel, which is dd miles from the White House. After he left the woman, he realized he left a bullet behind in the hotel room. So he went back to the hotel, told the front desk and tried to get into her room. The woman would not let him in. This later led to the agent being punished internally by the Secret Service. He's now been removed from his position.

There are so many scenarios running through our mind right now. Who was this woman? How much does she charge? How do you leave a bullet behind? Was this involved in the foreplay mysterious meeting somehow? We'll never know the answer but we can certainly add "Playing with Loose Bullets" to our list of 13 Things You Wish Didn’t Happen in Hotel Rooms (But They Do).

[Photo: WilliamHook/Flickr]