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

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March 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

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!

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.

With all this George Washington-themed art, we can't help but be reminded of the pop-art graphics and in-room Declaration of Independence murals at the Melrose Hotel in Georgetown.

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]

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