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Hilton and Hyatt Hotels will open a 413-key dual-branded hotel at The Wharf – Opening Fall 2017

by Prince Of Petworth August 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm 11 Comments

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From a press release:

“Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, the master developer of the world-class mixed-use waterfront community The Wharf, today announced that Hilton Worldwide and Hyatt Hotels Corporation will open a 413-key dual-branded hotel at The Wharf.

Canopy by Hilton, a 120,000-square-foot lifestyle brand hotel, will have 175 keys, and Hyatt House, a 145,000-square-foot extended-stay hotel, will have 238 keys. The combined hotels will include café/bar and other dining options; a 1,100-square-foot fitness center; 2,500 square feet of meeting room space; a courtyard with outdoor terraces and water features; an outdoor pool; and a rooftop bar with Washington Channel views. The penthouse will include an additional 10,000 square feet lounge area with sweeping views of the Potomac. The total built area for both hotels, including ground-floor retail and shared space, is approximately 300,000 square feet. The hotel site includes more than 30,000 square feet of street-level retail and restaurant space and two levels of below grade parking. It will be located between Maine Avenue and Wharf Street, adjacent to 7th Street Park. The hotels will open in Fall 2017. Both hotels will be managed and operated by Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company. The hotels are being designed by SmithGroup JJR.

“Hilton Worldwide is thrilled to be part of Washington, D.C.’s Wharf, one of the nation’s most transformative waterfront redevelopments,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide. “We are excited about introducing our Canopy by Hilton brand to the Washington region and believe this is a perfect addition to The Wharf’s long-term vision of creating an urban neighborhood on the D.C. waterfront. Canopy is a thoughtfully local new hotel brand that redefines the lifestyle category. Canopy will offer a fresh approach to hospitality by incorporating design and culture elements from The Wharf into the hotel, delivering a positive stay experience.”

“Both of these hotels offer a hospitality experience that, when mixed with the breath-taking waterfront and surrounded by our curated array of chef-driven restaurants and retail shops, furthers our vision of a truly transformative Southwest Waterfront community,” said Monty Hoffman, founder and CEO of PN Hoffman. “These hotels will offer visitors a new norm in traveling. Whether on business, a vacation or a ‘staycation,’ you’ll find a fresh, modern waterfront experience at either of these hotels.”

“Hyatt and Hilton are two extraordinary brands we are bringing to The Wharf, alongside Carr Hospitality’s 275-room InterContinental Hotel,” said Amer Hammour, chairman and CEO of Madison Marquette. “This array of internationally-branded accommodations combined with extraordinary ground floor shops and restaurants will further enhance the rare waterfront experience to stay, work, entertain, relax, shop, and dine along the water.”

  • textdoc

    Is “key” hotel-speak for “room”? If their press release is aimed at people outside the hotel industry, they ought to be avoiding industry-specific jargon/usage.

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  • domrep

    I live in SW, but I have a real concern this is going to turn into National Harbor lite. That makes 4 hotels within a 3 or 4 block radius. Hyatt Place is opening on E Street (on top of the hotel that is up the street), then you have these three hotels opening up near the Wharf. Overkill?

    • domrep

      It’s too bad things were delayed, Inauguration is January 2017…these hotels would have made a killing for those who wanted to stay near the mall.

    • I disagree that this will turn into “national harbor lite,” mainly because of how transit accessible the area is. national harbor is hard to get to if you don’t have a car. this area will truly be a walk-able destination.

      • Caroline

        Maybe more like Crystal City though? Which is also an undesirable scenario.

        • Ben

          Crystal City’s mistake was the underground mall.

          This also will have access to the water – something CC doesn’t have.

        • JohnH

          There are a lot of residential buildings in this area and more will be built. I think you’d see something closer to Navy Yard than a Crystal City or National Harbor (heavy on conventions). Navy Yard has developed a ton, but it still needs to develop a ton to have the foot traffic other neighborhoods have to sustain a significant amount of businesses.

          Crystal City has improved, but it’s original set-up is hard to fix completely.

    • harbor

      I’ve never been to the harbor, but I think there will be a lot of demand for these places from upscale tourists. They are really close to the mall, there will be a ton of new restaurants there, and they are very close to the stadium.
      I’m not sure I’d want to live in the neighborhood though, and I’m afraid this is one more step towards the inevitable demise of cantina marina.

      • Caroline

        It is disappointing that most tourists have to experience DC through the lens of places like National Harbor, Tyson’s, or Crystal City. It’s hard to get a feel for the city when you’re staying in bland suburban locations. So I’m glad there will be a better option for them. But it will change the character of the neighborhood for the worse, IMO.

        • harbor

          “it will change the character of the neighborhood for the worse, IMO.” On the one hand I don’t disagree with this opinion. On the other hand, the only really good thing about the neighborhood is the market which is completely fake (in the sense it is neither currently nor historically a market where fishermen come to sell their catch, it’s just a place near water where fish is sold). Cantina Marina is awesome. The rest of the neighborhood is basically just cool because DC has very little grit anymore and that area is marginally gritty. So the only reason anyone goes down there is for a kitsch fish buying experience or Cantina Marina.
          So, am I happy with the neighborhood how it is now? Yeah. On the other hand I think developing the area will help keep tourist dollars in DC, make some blighted areas nicer, and create a bunch of new jobs. It’s hard to argue against that.


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