Starwood Hotels star lodging concept, the W hotel, landed this summer in the capital city. The collaborative design effort of BBG-BBGM and Dianna Wong Architecture + Interior Design Inc is simply enchanted. Located a hop, skip, and a jump to the White House, the 1917 building, formerly the Washington Hotel built has been revived with an energy that is simultaneously modern and traditional. The fantasy begins at entry with the Living Room (the W's more loungey version of a lobby) featuring updated 1920s chaneliers with LED lights and modern furniture mixed with historic reproductions.
Creating spacious and spa-like guestrooms proved to be a challenge working with the existing structure. The building is made of clay preventing the movement of walls. So rooms were gutted and re-envisioned to create the illusion of space. The bedrooms all are composed of similar ingredients including historic details, shiny white built-in furniture, and clever use of mirrors. The bathroom vanity areas flow from the bedroom area. Suites feature more spacious floor plans and luxurious elements such as double vanity sinks and soaking tubs and views of Washington's historic monuments.
One of the most spectacular spaces is the POV lounge and terrace which was specifically designed to take advantage of the city's views. Successful hospitality design always includes a true destination and the POV hits the mark. Guests can enjoy cocktails at the super chic ultra lounge and then take them outside on the rooftop terrace which looks out onto the magical White House gardens.
The W design team successfully breathes new life into this historic hotel with an infusion of modern sophistication. For more information on the hotel, check out this article in Contract Magazine.