The George began life in 1928 as the Bellevue Hotel; it was transformed into The George in 1998, and became a Kimpton in 2003. In 2012, all of the hotel’s public and meeting spaces were renovated, and, earlier this year, it was the guestrooms' turn.
All 139 guest rooms and suites, hallway corridors, and elevator banks all now flow with the artful, contemporary design of CBT, a Boston-based multi-disciplinary interior, architecture and urban design firm. The redesign features a crisp color palette with rich accents of warm blues, browns, and beige, and references to American history abound--in the parchment and ink graphic wallpaper depicting George Washington's handwritten inaugural address, for example,and custom accent pillows based on his uniform.
The hotel’s Presidential Suite (above) also received stylish updates including new furniture and an accent rug illustrating Washington’s inaugural address in the separate sitting area (evading overkill by skipping the mural), custom impressionist-style portraits of George and Martha Washington, a modern interpretation of traditional four-poster king bed with a gold-tufted headboard, and a new free-standing soaking tub and marble shower with dual curved black marble vanities.
Rates at the new and improved George start at a hefty $380 a night.
[Photos: The George & Ron Blunt]