W Hotel: Washington D.C.

W Hotel: Washington D.C.


If only this one had been open in January when millions rushing to D.C. to witness President Obama’s Inauguration were faced with sold-out hotels left and right. In what marks another milestone in the global expansion of the W Hotel brand, the W Hotel in Washington, D.C opened this past Thursday with a giant bash. It was a jam-packed party full of the town’s political elite, including Presidential Aide Reggie Love and the President’s personal secretary Katie Johnson, as well as celebs like Emmy Rossum who flocked to hear an intimate performance by John Legend. In an event that brought Versailles to Washington, the party was full of Marie Antoinettemodels sporting powdered wigs and opera glasses while guests sipped on pink cocktails and munched on cotton candy.

The new W Hotel, the 25th to open in North America, takes over the historic Hotel Washington, which opened in 1917. The new design incorporates the 1920s Beaux Arts architecture of the original building with the edgy designs of Diana Wong whose, L.A.-based firm transformed all of the interiors. Wong gathered artwork symbolizing “old Washington,” which she sprinkled among her more modern designs including a digital fireplace, crackled paint, deconstructed fixtures, and new chandeliers complimenting the original 1920s light fixtures. Her theme throughout the hotel is “pinstripes and lace,” to appeal to both the masculine and feminine powers of Washington.

As the city’s closest hotel to the White House, the location features unparalleled views of our nation’s monuments, and can expect to attract an abundance of stately guests from around the world, and perhaps a national scandal or two.


W turned the famed rooftop, where for decades politicos have converged to drink and deliberate, into a modern cocktail lounge, with a menu provided by cocktail king Sasha Petraske of Milk & Honey and Little Branch. The cocktails can also be ordered in the Living Room, W’s design of the traditional hotel lobby. Dining options include the J&G Steakhouse and Wine Bar from Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

WOW Suite

The W Washington D.C. has 317 guestrooms in total, including 23 Marvelous suites. The W’s interpretation of the traditional Presidential Suite, the “pinstripes and lace” Extreme WOW suite, is an exact symbol of the new design influence quickly arriving in our nation’s capital.

This is what makes the coolest W to ever reside in the capital city: Virtual fireplace so the heat is on, signature W cocktail candy to cool it off, so much space you can roam like it was the land of the free.

The oval-shaped dining table for four is the hot spot for a power meal, with violet leather-upholstered chair subordinates. Before you slip into that food coma, slide onto the diamond-tufted sofa and settle among grape accent pillows—now take that power nap. As drapes of blue, violet and gold frame white accents, stretch out on the grape velveteen sofa where state-of-the-art entertainment is presented through the 46″ flat screen TV and iPod docking station—there’s no end to the spectacular selections in our culturally aware media library. You’re the host with the most seats of power, from the bronze bench with mother of pearl leather seat to the pumpkin-shaped stool with silver leaf legs and pink leather to the black oak sled chair with white crocodile seat – the only thing you’d have to stand for is your right to neat treats from the delightful Munchie Box. Need some libation liberation? Wheel and deal at the signature W cocktail caddy, where colorful cocktails are created in seconds. Make it official at the curved white lacquer desk with silver tassels—with High Speed Internet Access and a cordless phone with voicemail and speakerphone capabilities, you can kick back in the comfy plum chair. Take heart with the art by Andy Taylor adorning the walls, featuring luminous and vibrant pieces from this “Diamond Dust on Glass” collection.

Slip through sliding doors from the living room to bedroom, where the signature W bed with pillow-top mattress, 350-thread-count sheets and goose down comforter and pillows awaits. This one’s a gem with mother of pearl leather headboards and bed frame, complemented by a Bohemian glass lamp on the nightstand and bedside furnishings dressed in gray oak veneers. Go ahead and sleep soundly after some late night 37″ flat screen TV—the Tivoli clock radio gets you up in time for that meeting with Bliss® Spa amenities. Will it be a bubbly (double?) dip in the marble-topped bathtub with or a refresher under the waterfall shower behind frosted glass doors? A luxurious double vanity makes room for everyone, while the white Caesar stone vanity top and check out the silver leaf mirror to make that all-important first impression before you step out. (805 – 851 square feet)


by Ariston Anderson – Luxist


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