Then one day it was closed. The entire building was boarded up, as if it were to be demolished. Instead, it was reborn as The W Hotel Washington, part of the Starwood family.
It’s still a place the locals like to hang out but now it’s more than just the roof top bar (though that’s still a big draw!). Now it’s a great mix of old turned new, where you find yourself staring and wondering if the marble floors and the banister of the circular staircase and the large, square stoic columns are real or fake. Is this genuine or has it been Disney-fied?
It’s as if instead of renovating they simply un-aged the entire building, taking it to yesteryear, back to its 1917 foundation, but including modern touches, like clean lines, new lighting and comfortable yet stylish furnishings. And that’s just the lobby.
As you’d expect, the hotel has a wired business center, a spa (featuring W’s Bliss line of products) and the fitness center; all modern conveniences you would be surprised if they weren’t there.
The 317 guest rooms all come with the Signature W bed and the same sense of style that welcomes you at the front desk. Meeting space is big enough to hold up to 500 in banquet style or 700 in a reception, plus a few breakout rooms, too.
If you really want to leave your guests with a memorable experience, book the Altitude Room, on the roof, near that breath-taking bar. There’s enough space up there for over 200 of your attendees. Even for locals, it’s a treat to see the White House and the Washington Monument from that point of view.