Around the corner from the White House, the fabled W Washington DC recently reopened after a $50 million facelift that revamped its guest rooms, lobby, restaurants and meeting spaces. The Beaux Arts grande dame began life in 1917 as the Hotel Washington and famously became part of the W Hotels brand in 2009. New York’s Studio GAIA spearheaded the latest makeover, revealing cutting-edge, modern interiors and both serious and playful references to politics and DC culture.
The redesign brings the number of guest rooms to 326, including 31 suites. A waterfall wall greets visitors in the Living Room lobby, where glass columns are a modern take on DC’s ubiquitous pillared landmarks. Equipped with retractable glass windows, the hotel’s popular rooftop POV lounge can now be enjoyed year-round. The redo also introduced two new restaurants onsite: Cherry features an open kitchen centered around a custom, 15-foot wood-fired grill; Corner Office serves up wood-fired pizza and rotating craft beers. Rooms start at $229 a night. wwashingtondc.com