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