End of an Era – Channel Inn’s Restaurant and Bar Closing at SW Waterfront March 31st, Hotel Closing End of April

650 Water Street, SW

“Dear PoPville,

I just got word that the Channel Inn will be closing at the end of April. No other details beyond that, but will certainly be the end of an era.”

I called the Channel Inn and they say that they just heard March 31st will be their last day. Their website says:

“Washington’s only waterfront hotel” is a highlight feature of the waterfront with picturesque views of the District’s Gangplank Marina. We are an excellent choice of location and the value for your overnight stay. Within 15 minutes of Washington, D.C. Mall and the entire tourist attraction area that includes such sights as the Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, and the National Gallery of Art. A step away from the hotel entrance is the Waterfront Metro Station that travels to all the major areas of the Washington, D.C. business and tourist areas. For the business traveler we are minutes away from the Capitol, NASA, Fort McNair, and the Washington Navy Yard. The Channel Inn has beautifully appointed spacious Washington DC hotel rooms and suites with either Double or Queen beds all complete with balconies for your relaxing pleasure. The Hotel houses the famous Pier 7 Restaurant that is famous with local residents for its fine Seafood and Steak menu. For business or pleasure there is no finer value.


Get ready for The Wharf.


Lots more photos of Channel Inn after the jump.









19 Comment

  • I believe the developers are taking it over as office space once construction is set to begin.

    • At the ANC6D meeting in February, the developers did say that they’d be using Channel Inn for office space. The Channel Yacht Club may also move in temporarily, as may Jenny’s Asian Fusion. Both Channel Inn and Phillips have to be out by May 10.

  • It’s a sad sad sad day… This bar is a DC institution.. Where the criminal, his lawyer, and the judge who put him away are all at the same bar.. Where regulars are honored after they’ve passed… I will miss this place, Wilson and Cheffy the bartenders, and Marion karaoking on a random night… Taking my dad’s plaque and his favorite chair at the Pier 7 when they go…

  • Single tear.

  • aw, we went to phillips for dinner before 10th grade homecoming and felt oh so fancy

    • Right?! Phillips was IT back in the day!

    • you do know you can still go to the original Phillips in Ocean City?

      • And the Phillips in Baltimore is great . It’s particularly good for out of town guest – but I think almost anyone could find something on the menu that they would be happy with.

  • I’m shedding a few tears: for Hogate”s — where my family went for many special occassions; for Flagship — which had the Rum Buns; and for Phillips — “the fancy one”.

    • not to mention the mexican place that was there in the 80s – i think “casa maria”. a fave as a kid.

    • saf

      Hogates had rum buns. I remember those.
      We regularly eat breakfast in the coffee shop at the Channel. I will miss them.

  • Bye Felicia.

  • Does anyone know if Pier 7 is closing on the same day?

  • I have been to a couple of private functions there and the food was quite good. Their cafeteria style breakfast rocks on weekends.

    Why anyone would miss Phillips is beyond me. I’ve heard it used to be good… currently, the food is *way* bad.

  • the HOTEL is not closing until may 2. just saw this article today and panicked because we have a reservation for April 7-10. we called to confirm.

  • This sucks. The little Cafe inside this hotel was independently owned by a nice older lady for the past 20+years. In my opinion in has the best waffle in ALL of DC. SERIOUSLY. And it was less than $6.
    I am sad to see this cute little mom and pop establishment go. I wish the new wharf would allow for her to reopen there.

  • We had drinks at the bar this evening. The bartender and served both confirmed that this was their last night. What a pity! The view of the houseboats and water from the bar and restaurant was one of the selling points. Southwest Washington bids adieu and hopes it won’t be long before another worthy venue settles in this part of the city.

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