The H Street Hotel Coming to Chinatown?

by Prince Of Petworth June 17, 2014 at 10:42 pm 15 Comments

627 H Street, NW

Will the massive gap on H Street in Chinatown finally be filled? It’s seems like there’s been a fence over this property by the Chinatown arch for as long as I can remember. Can’t believe it might become a hotel:


R&R RE-ality reports on the hearing held June 10th:

“The proposed hotel, to be named The H Street Hotel, is to be developed by Modus Hotels, a DC-based company that owns and operates nearly a dozen boutique hotels, most located in Washington, DC. The hotel will have some retail space, including a restaurant. The proposal is for an 11-story brick building with 245 small guest rooms, most about 150 square feet in size. Most of these rooms will accommodate only one bed, so are quite small by DC hotel standards.

No decision was made and the hearing will be continued on July 22.”

Stay tuned for updates after the July 22nd hearing.


  • Anonymous

    Of course.

    And there will also be a multi-story development coming to the former Mr. Henry’s on U Street.

    Mark my words.

    • Administrator

      Quite the seer, predicting density in transit accessible retail rich areas. The more the better.

    • saf

      Mr. Henry’s on U Street?

  • jumpingjack

    Hope it’ll have good windows. I would not want to be in a lower story room facing the street – the opposite side of H Street at that point might be the noisiest block in the city.

  • Anonymous

    How long before the gate is the only remnant of “Chinatown”?

    • Anonymous


    • Pcat

      I think the gate is already the only reminder of Chinatown. Isn’t the next question, how long will the gate remain?

      • Kam

        Exactly! People have no idea. Chinatown is such a joke.

    • It certainly would help if we had a vibrant Chinese community like NYC of SF which probably will never happen, but history will forever preserve the Chinatown area. (The conspirators met in 604 H St now a Chinese restaurant once The Mary E. Surratt Boarding House in Washington, D.C.)

      If nothing else it will always be a fun destination and watch the area grow with City Center just three blocks away.

      • nonmmmm

        It was 604 F Street.

        • Anonymous

          Weird, all of google (+wiki) seems to indicate that it was 604 H St, but maybe you know something that we don’t know?

        • No. It is located just 1/2 block east of the Chinese Arch on H St. NW

      • Anonymous

        How long have you been around? DC most certainly had a vibrant Chinese community before many/most were pushed out due to rising prices; it’s not fair to compare it to NYC/San Fran, both of which have far greater populations than DC.

        • I am a native Washingtonian and have lived here my entire life.

          You are correct. We once “had” a vibrant, albeit small, Chinese Community there many years ago. Even today there is a very small population of older Chinese living still in that area today.

          As I said, if we (still) had… Does that clear it up?

    • Anonymous

      There is a massive public housing project (Wah Luck Housing Project) down here that is still filled with lower- and middle-class elderly Chinese residents.


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