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The Latest Hotel News in Washington, D.C. (June 2024)

The St. Regis Washington, D.C. Credit: The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

The St. Regis Washington, D.C.'s Carolina Astor Suite. Credit: The St. Regis Washington, D.C.
The St. Regis Washington, D.C.'s Carolina Astor Suite. Credit: The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

The St. Regis Washington, D.C., a staple in downtown D.C. since 1926, recently revealed a new era of glamour ahead of its 100th anniversary with the unveiling of an extensive redesign and renovation. The project aimed to establish the hotel as “an icon of restored elegance, where glamour meets tradition” and encompassed seven floors of the hotel’s guest rooms and suites as well as select public spaces. 

Led by The St. Regis brand design team, renovations to The St. Regis Washington, D.C. introduced a refreshed color palette and luxurious finishes to 182 guest rooms and suites that feature spacious layouts and modern, distinctive interiors. The design palette includes clean cream walls and textiles that fuse blues, soft grays and rich gold tones throughout the carpets, plush furnishings and other finishes. 

The St. Regis Washington, D.C. also debuted the restoration of its iconic 2,508-square-foot Astor Ballroom as well as the adjacent 2,500-square-foot Astor Terrace. The Astor Ballroom, which has a capacity of 250 reception-style, is one of Washington, D.C.’s most popular event venues and features dramatic floor-to-ceiling arched windows, crystal chandeliers, original hardwood floors and historic ceilings. 

The St. Regis Washington, D.C. offers a total of 11,388 square feet of event space across eight venues starting at 650 square feet. The Astor Terrace can accommodate up to 200 guests, while smaller spaces are ideal for groups of 130 or fewer.

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Hotel AKA Washington Circle Guest Room
Hotel AKA Washington Circle Guest Room

AKA, a global leader in luxury hospitality, recently announced the opening of Hotel AKA Washington Circle in the vibrant Foggy Bottom/West End neighborhood in downtown Washington, D.C. The 151-room property is steps away from the nation’s top educational and medical institutions such as George Washington University and Hospital, as well as global embassies and historical and cultural landmarks. 

Hotel AKA Washington Circle underwent a full interior design transformation, while globally renowned architecture firm Gensler led the redesign of the hotel’s exterior and reimagined public spaces. The property’s aesthetic embodies neutral, modern elements aimed at creating “a peaceful sanctuary in the center of the nation’s capital.”

Accommodation types include king and queen guest rooms, one-bedroom suites and expansive penthouses, many of which feature balconies or terraces. Each guest room and suite has floor-to-ceiling windows, modern furnishings and upscale amenities.

Guests staying at Hotel AKA Washington Circle have access to a state-of-the-art Technogym Fitness Center, a private a.cinema offering curated movie screenings and a landscaped terrace and new restaurant from the 2023 recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Restaurateur” award, Ellen Yin. 

Hotel AKA Washington Circle also offers an Executive Conference Room with audiovisual capabilities for smaller groups looking for a private space to meet.

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Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

As one of Washington, D.C.’s largest LEED Silver-certified hotels, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC recently rolled out a new sustainability program designed to assist guests and meeting planners by helping them better understand their carbon footprint while traveling. 

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

The flagship hotel, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has enlisted Stephanie Miller, a local expert on zero waste and founder of Zero Waste in DC, to provide tips on how guests can adopt sustainable practices during travel as the hotel’s sustainability concierge.

Miller, an advisor to the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC and not a full-time employee, will be on property in the lobby for special events throughout the year and available for guests to speak with and answer questions about how to get around the property and surrounding neighborhoods in a sustainable manner. She is also the former director of climate business at the World Bank Group and the author of Zero Waste Living, the 80/20 Way: The Busy Person’s Guide to a Lighter Footprint.

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is adjacent to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and offers 1,175 guest rooms including 49 suites and more than 100,000 square feet of function space, including the 30,000-square-foot Marquis Ballroom, two 10,800-square-foot ballrooms and more than 53,000 square feet of meeting rooms.

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