There seems to be a mini hotel boom happening in the District at the moment, offering locals many more options when helping friends and family find the perfect place to bunk when visiting. Here are five new D.C. hotels—along with our suggestions for who would love them most.
Moxy DC: Your most fun, most funky Millennial cousin
With buzzwords like “experiential” and “spirited,” it’s not tough to see that this Marriott brand is marketing with an eye toward a decidedly Millennial guest. Open since late November, the 200-room, 14-story hotel characterizes its design as industrial chic and does away with the traditional check-in counter by offering room keys served with a welcome cocktail at the bar. Communal areas feature game tables, a (working!) mechanical toy horse and a digital guestbook for streaming videos. Spring will bring a glass-enclosed rooftop bar.
1011 K St. NW
ARC The.Hotel: Your persnickety friend from college who's now a doctor
In a time of ultra-niche boutique hotels, it’s downright refreshing for a newcomer to want to target businesspeople, families and travelers of all ages. The 136-room, nine-story hotel features such amenities as a customizable pillow menu (my personal favorite), Frette linens, and the ability to enter your room using your mobile device and to stream your favorite shows on 55-inch TVs. Do-gooders will love that the hotel donates a portion of proceeds to pediatric cancer organization Special Love, and everyone will appreciate the views of the Potomac River and proximity to The Mall, George Washington University and The Kennedy Center.
824 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Eaton DC: Your Brooklyn friends in town for a liberal protest (and who will definitely complain about the bagels in D.C.)
Open since last September, this lifestyle pioneer bills itself as “a place for free thinkers to follow their bliss,” which they can do by hitting the wellness center for reiki, sound baths or infrared saunas; by listening to the radio station located in the lobby; by watching a movie in the 50-seat cinema; or by taking advantage of the activist tool kits that include poster-making supplies. The 209 guest rooms are outfitted with eco-friendly mattresses, plant-based bath products, salt lamps, organic condoms, tarot cards and breast milk storage bags. This isn’t just the hotel for now—it’s the hotel of the future.
1201 K St. NW
Courtyard/Residence Inn: Your bridesmaids or groomsmen in town for a pre-wedding blowout
You get two hotels for the price of one, so to speak, since this property near the Convention Center is what’s called “dual-branded”—meaning guests have two options: high-end, chic Courtyard rooms and family-friendly, kitchen-equipped Residence Inn rooms. The 504 combined guest rooms sit beneath a rooftop terrace and a top-floor fitness center, both with great views of the city. Three hospitality suites with upstairs bedrooms and kitchens and gathering spaces downstairs would be perfect for either a business command center or a bachelor/bachelorette party.
901 L St. NW
Conrad DC: Your fabulous mother-in-law, who just got off the plane from Dubai
While this CityCenter luxury hotel isn’t set to open until mid-March, reservations are already being taken for the sleek, sophisticated spot designed by the same architecture firm that conceived London’s famed Tate Modern museum. (No big deal, right?) In addition to that incredibly cool fact, the 360-room, 10-floor Hilton property will house Estuary, a restaurant by Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, and an elite Sakura Club for club-level guests that offers a dedicated concierge, private meeting rooms and meals from a private chef. There will also be a rooftop bar with monument views and 30,000-square-feet of high-end retail space on the ground floor.
950 New York Ave. NW