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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.
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.
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:
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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.
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Speaking of Washington D.C. today, we happened to stumble across these special amenities for women offered at the Four Seasons Washington, D.C.. Here's what the luxury hotel is giving out to its gals on the go. We think Olivia Pope and her female gladiators would approve.
1. Access to the fitness center: This is given to all guests but the Four Seasons will also give you a local guide to the area's best yoga, Barre and Pilates studios.
2. In-Room Amenities: Rooms are stocked with a plethora of pampering goodies like nail kits, pro hair dryers, straightening irons, hairspray, hair serum, bobby pins, bath salts, loofahs and eye masks. You will also get a kit from Amala which includes organic face cream, cleansing milk and serum. You can peep a similar kit here.
Now, this week, the hotel officially broke ground on construction. Well, actually it was just a ceremonial groundbreaking since the hotel will be rise within the bones of the historic Old Post Office building.
Here's a snapshot of the Trump family of hoteliers--The Donald, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump--along with DC dignitaries Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, and Norman Dong, Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service for the U.S. General Services Administration. Is it just us, or are those shovels plated in gold? #trumplyfe.
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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America the beautiful, we're ready to celebrate you on the 4th of July. (Shout-out to our new national treasure, Tim Howard.)
Still not sure what to do for the Fourth? Here are 8 hotels who want to BBQ and drink beer with you before cuddling up to watch the fireworks. Boom, boom, pow and room service!
W WASHINGTON DC: The restaurant at the W is currently closed but the P.O.V. rooftop bar and its incredible views of the Washington Monument is still open. Tickets to the Boom with a View party are sold-out BUT if you book a room package, you'll get two tickets to the shindig. Rates start at $345 a night. You can book your reservation here.
CONRAD NEW YORK: The hotel's rooftop Loopy Droopy bar has killer views of the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River, as well as adult ice pops to cool off with during the holiday festivities. Room rates start at $259 a night tomorrow for a king deluxe suite.
THE JAMES NEW YORK: JIMMY, the rooftop bar at the hotel, will have killer views of the fireworks on the East River, along with special July 4th cocktails, live DJ, and gourmet twists on BBQ food like Kobe Franks in a blanket, mini grilled cheese with cheddar and apple and the signature JIMMY burger. Room rates this weekend start at $313 a night.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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: