Photos courtesy The Embassy Row Hotel [2015 Massachusetts Avenue, NW]
From a press release:
“The rooftop oasis nestled upon a renowned Dupont Circle hotel is now ready to kick off summer with a big splash. The Embassy Row Hotel, by Destination Hotels & Resorts, announced today that the three-month, $500,000 renovation of The Rooftop is nearly complete and will officially open to the public on Tuesday, July 1. The 4,130-square-foot, open-air roof terrace features a 450-square-foot swimming pool and outdoor lounge area adorned with resort cabanas and lounge seating giving travelers and locals a place to relax and unwind.
The Embassy Row Hotel offers the only outdoor rooftop terrace in Dupont Circle providing visitors with astounding views of the city including picturesque observations of the Washington Monument, National Cathedral and the surrounding DC and Virginia skylines. Nine stories up and refurbished to serve as an engaging social experience, The Rooftop atmosphere is enhanced by teak plush seating, modern landscape architecture and the addition of a new food and beverage menu, making it an ideal and sophisticated setting for a variety of purposes ranging from private events to casual summer retreats.
Accomplished food and beverage director and recent guest judge on Fox’s popular reality television cooking competition Hell’s Kitchen, Carlo de Leon was tapped by The Embassy Row Hotel to design an innovative culinary program that sources hand-picked local ingredients with a commitment to sustainability and regional flavors. The seasoned chef, who aids in the creation of culinary menus at distinguished hotels and resorts around the country, selected a fine assortment of food menu creations for The Rooftop. The exciting fresh menu includes: local whitefish tacos, savory local sausages, hearty crab cake sandwich, ramen burger, edamame cilantro hummus, dinosaur kale salad and a signature soft grilled giant pretzel accompanied with a sweet grained mustard. Beverage fare includes a variety of fresh specialty cocktails featuring the Rooftop Escape (Tito’s Vodka, Cedilla Acai Liqueur, lime juice, club soda), DC Sidecar (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Cointreau, lemon juice) and Spring Fizz (Bombay Gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, raspberries, club soda). The extensive wine list features selections from California-based ONEHOPE Wine with proceeds of each purchase supporting numerous charitable causes.
Designed by HVS Design and Jonathan Nehmer & Associates, The Rooftop terrace and pool is the first phase completion of a massive $15 million renovation makeover of The Embassy Row Hotel. It features a casual, urban atmosphere with buoyant music playing various soundscapes that fill the skyline space. The design aesthetic is relaxed and playful with vibrant pops of peacock blue and orange accents interspersed throughout. Lounge seating of chaises and curtained cabanas are abundantly situated for relaxing and dining in the sun or shade. An emerald faux grass wall with uplighting creates a floating effect that offsets a striped pool deck in two shades of medium grey. Festival lighting illuminates the area that irradiates skyward and an over arching canopy covers a lounge section offering an upscale vibe.
The Rooftop is accepting 2014 pool season applications for the exclusive membership club. For $500 per person, 50 applicants per year will have select membership benefits including: unlimited access to the pool, one complimentary guest and hotel room discounts. Limited day passes are available for the public at the hotel’s front desk for $25 per person. Hotel guests have complimentary access to the pool during their stay. The Rooftop is also available for private events with food and beverage options for up to 150 guests and perfect for birthday celebrations, wedding receptions and business functions. The Rooftop hours are Monday – Sunday 7 AM – 10 PM. Food and beverage service is available Wednesday through Sunday. For more information on The Embassy Row Hotel, visit: www.embassyrowhotel.com.”