PHOTO: Lobby of the Conrad Washington, D.C. (c) Sery Kim
After much anticipation, Conrad Hotels & Resorts -- Hilton (NYSE: HLT)’s luxury brand of design-led hotels -- today opened their newest hotel the Conrad Washington, D.C. The hotel will also be the brand's flagship.
Located on New York Avenue at the gateway of the high-end, mixed-use CityCenterDC and developed by international real estate firm Hines and investor Qatari Diar, Conrad Washington, DC brings a new sense of modern hospitality and design to the nation’s capital with its technologically innovative and personalized experiences for guests.
PHOTO: Lobby bar seating at the Conrad Washington, D.C. (c) Sery Kim
The 360-room, 10-floor hotel has been beautifully and skillfully designed by Pritzker Prize Laureates Herzog & de Meuron. The sumptuous interiors were designed by Interior Architect Rottet Studio in a restrained, minimalist expression of purity of thought and design to complement the carefully-conceived building.
PHOTO: One of the amazing art installations inside Conrad Washington, D.C. (c) Sery Kim
The property’s signature restaurant, Estuary, by James Beard Award recipients and “Top Chef” finalists, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, complements the hotel’s upscale offerings, featuring an elevated farm-to-table dining experience serving seafood from the Chesapeake Bay. Also in line with the Voltaggios’ pride for their Maryland roots, the menu features locally-inspired favorites including, Atlantic Cod, ‘Maryland Crab Pretending to be Shrimp Toast,’ Fried Calamari and Crab Rangoon, among others.
PHOTO: One of the private dining spaces at Conrad Washington, D.C. (c) Sery Kim
“We are thrilled to welcome the new flagship property for the Conrad brand and Hilton’s first luxury development in Washington, DC, offering smart luxury to the globally connected traveler” said Martin Rinck, executive vice president and global head, Luxury & Lifestyle Group, Hilton. “The ever-evolving market within the nation’s capital provides the perfect opportunity to bring Conrad’s inspiring design, intuitive service and culinary excellence to business and leisure travelers alike.”
PHOTO: Desserts at Sakura Club (c) Sery Kim
Conrad Washington, DC’s serene Sakura Club on the tenth floor provides access to an elevated hospitality experience with offerings including a sophisticated made-to-order menu throughout the day, an exquisite Japanese whisky collection and a traditional afternoon tea. A first for the Conrad brand, this exclusive, full-service club level is designed for the most-discerning hotel guests with offerings curated from premiere local and global vendors to create a personalized lodging experience unlike any other in the city.
PHOTO: Cocktail bar inside Sakara Club at Conrad Washington, D.C. (c) Sery Kim
“The opening of Conrad Washington, DC proves to be a groundbreaking moment for our city as a whole,” said Laura Schofield, General Manager, Conrad Washington, DC. “Home to incredible restaurants and designer boutiques, CityCenterDC is the perfect location for our magnificent hotel; and we are delighted to be the icing on the cake and complete the second phase of this landmark development.”
The design-forward hotel tapped world-renowned talent, including internationally-acclaimed architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, production architect and hotel consultant HKS Inc., exacting interiors architect Rottet Studio, and landscape architecture firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, among others. Curated by consulting firm Tatar Art Projects, the hotel’s contemporary art collection pays homage to the city’s historical roots tying back to the Washington Color School.
PHOTO: One of the stunning light fixtures at Conrad Washington, D.C. (c) Sery Kim
“What a joy it is to celebrate the grand opening of Conrad Washington, DC as the final punctuation on this outstanding project,” said Howard Riker, Hines managing director. “CityCenterDC continues to transform the luxury market, and we are excited to be recognized as a go-to destination in the city for our business and leisure visitors and residents.”
PHOTO: A suite at Conrad Washington, D.C. (c) Sery Kim
As part of Hilton’s commitment to double its social impact investment and cut its environmental footprint in half by 2030, Conrad Washington D.C. will partner with DC Central Kitchen on a culinary internship and training program for youth. The hotel will also embed sustainability into its operations, integrating Hilton’s food waste training program into the kitchen culture and partner with Clean the World to recycle soap from guestrooms which will be remanufactured into new soap and distributed to communities in need around the world. All of these programs are part of Travel with Purpose, Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy to redefine and advance sustainable travel globally.
PHOTO: A view of CityCenter from one of Conrad Washington, D.C.'s suites (c) Sery Kim
Hines and Qatari Diar developed the Conrad Washington, DC in coordination with the District of Columbia, which continues to own the land associated with the project’s hotel and retail uses. D.C.-based real estate companies Bundy Development Corporation, The Jarvis Company, The Neighborhood Development Company, and Triden Development Group also are members of the development team and developer ownership.