See Washington DC from a new height

Taking its cue from the order and symmetry of Washington’s urban landscape, Conrad’s new hotel is an inspired combination of past and future.
Dissecting the city on a diagonal axis, New York Avenue is one of Washington, DC’s most vital arteries. Here Conrad Hotels and Resorts’ newest hotel rises above the sidewalk, a symphony of dazzling glass cut like crystal against the sky. Yet its striking modernity belies an interior deeply rooted in the past. One of the most exciting hotel openings for 2019, the Conrad Washington, DC will offer its guests an unparalleled position from which to enjoy the nation’s capital.

Building a new hotel in such a historic location presented plenty of challenges, but Swiss architects, Herzog & de Meuron, turned these to its advantage. Respecting the original L’Enfant city masterplan of 1791, the hotel is built on a diagonal axis, which in turn dictates much of its layout. From the sidewalk, ribbons of curved glass wrap the storefronts at ground level, while a terrace of lush planting at the third-floor level chimes in with the adjacent park.

The soaring atrium located in the center of Conrad Washington, DC

The soaring atrium located in the center of Conrad Washington, DC

The interiors have been created by US firm Rottet Studio as a contemporary rendition of the classic early American town square. In a scheme representative of the restrained, minimalist expression of the colonial Shaker architectural tradition, the hotel embraces its historical context. Conceived as a modernist “village,” the lobby is anchored by a soaring central atrium flooded with natural light. Here, guests can move between distinct spaces and out onto manicured landscaped terraces.

In contrast to the cool restraint of the reception’s Calcutta marble, the restaurant and bar are clad in warm woods evocative of early American taverns. For diners, the Estuary restaurant focuses on local produce —check the seafood from Chesapeake Bay—with chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio overseeing affairs. Arguably, the most stylish asset is the rooftop bar with unobstructed views of DC’s monuments.

Unobstructed views of the District’s most famous monuments from the hotel’s rooftop bar

Unobstructed views of the District’s most famous monuments from the hotel’s rooftop bar

Rooms and suites have been created to offer serenity and reflection with sunlight streaming in through floor-to-ceiling windows, and natural materials such as linen drapes, white marble, dark bronze, and natural oak used throughout. With consultation from Tartar Art Projects, the hotel’s art collection subtlety engages guests through various unexpected medias of understated minimalism and gestural abstractions. What at first glance might appear to be a simple painting, may actually be a construction of paper or fabric in a multi-faceted revelation. The artists represented all convey a contemporary representation of the Washington Color School. A visual-art movement of the 1950s and 1960s, its members worked in a language of abstract art developed from color field painting, drawing in viewers with its depth of expression.

A goldmine of national heritage, the city itself offers hours of entertainment with the hotel just steps from the famous attractions, shops and landmarks that make DC so exciting. The White House and Renwick Gallery are just blocks away, with the walk there passing the National Museum of Women in the Arts. A collection of other museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is situated in the surrounding Penn Quarter area.

Floor-to-ceiling windows let the light into the hotel’s suites

Floor-to-ceiling windows let the light into the hotel’s suites

Conrad Washington, DC is now accepting reservations for March 2019 arrivals and beyond. Book now at conradwashingtondc.com

Hilton Honors Aspire Cardmembers can enjoy breathtaking views from the executive lounge with their complimentary Diamond status. Find out more at hiltonhonors.com/aspire

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