New Adams Morgan Hotel, The Line DC, will have ” two restaurants, gym, spa, and swimming pool”

by Prince Of Petworth March 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm 51 Comments

1780 Columbia Road, NW

The liquor license placard for The Line DC says:

“New full service hotel with two restaurants featuring meeting and event spaces, gym spa, and swimming pool. Live entertainment will be offered for booked events (such as wedding receptions) Occupancy load is 220 rooms, two Summer Gardens with 460 seats (Rooftop and ground level). Entertainment with dancing.”

  • Eric

    Anybody happen to know when it will be completed?

  • Kalorama Resident

    Some serious traffic studies need to be done on Columbia from 16th St to 18th St. This stretch is already an nightmare. I can’t even imagine how bad it’s going to get with all the extra taxi/uber dropoff and pickups.

    • hectorsanchez

      “already a nightmare” Seriously?! I’d had to see what you call gridlock…

      • Kalorama Resident

        Don’t get me wrong, I’m really looking forward to this addition in the neighborhood and nightmare might’ve been an overstatement, but the traffic is pretty bad in this area. The Safeway entrance with drop-offs/pickups along with having pedestrian crosswalks every block really bogs traffic down. Hope they can figure something out.

        • Myron

          I actually think the traffic signal at Columbia and Ontario gives way too green light time to crossing traffic on Ontario Rd. It’s a minor street compared to Columbia yet the green phase on Columbia is really short. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rolled through it on my bike with no crossing traffic in sight.

          • Pixie

            Gah, yes. That light is poorly timed and the 42 bus always gets stuck at that intersection.

        • JY

          I live on 17th and Columbia and traffic is pretty bad. Mostly people turning onto 16th. If the light cycles were better there would much less traffic. The stop light on Ontario is awful, especially with the bus stop right there (and too many cars usually blocking it), and the turn onto 16th street is not timed correctly. The hotel entrance will be on Euclid I imagine, but that area isn’t really setup for lots of cars to go through. Especially if you follow Euclid to 16th (that gets pretty backed up too). But as with most of DC city streets, light cycles play a big part in getting traffic to move (well that and dumb drivers). That’s why i bike.

      • Count Pheasant

        No, it’s pretty much a nightmare. Sometimes in the morning and evening it takes 10 minutes or more to go those two blocks. I avoid at all costs and have stopped taking the 42/43 bus because of that stretch.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      +1. It’s become a real mess compared to what it was like maybe five years ago. I’m not sure what changed; this area has been densely populated for decades. Double parking has long been an accepted traffic violation in this area, and that contributes to the problem. And the increasing number of dumb ass drivers who can’t seem to peel their attention away from their iPhones when the light turns green are surely contributing to the backups.

      • annonny

        Double/triple parking, random u-turning ubers and taxis, and clueless pedestrians wandering through the traffic are all problems in this stretch. Why doesn’t DC just enforce traffic laws – the cops would write enough tickets to more than pay for themselves.

    • Anonymous

      I think that the primary problem is a lack of turn arrows at some of the lights. This causes traffic to back up quite a bit during rush hour. For example, a left turn arrow at Calvert/Adams Mill and Columbia/Harvard would go a long way to speeding up traffic. I am not sure how much traffic having a hotel would add, especially if cabs are not allowed to queue up along Columbia.

      • textdoc

        I’m a little confused as to which left turns you’re talking about — there’s already a left-turn arrow if you’re going south/eastbound along Calvert-which-turns-into-Adams-Mill and turning left onto Columbia going east.

        • OP Anon

          And no cars are allowed to turn left from 18th to go west on Columbia Road.
          I think the main issue is that there are no turn signals to go from Columbia Road south onto 18th. Personally, I think they should remove street parking near the corners of 18th/Columbia Rd intersection so they can build out turn lanes. It would do A LOT to help congestion. Plus, actively ticket the double-parkers. They are everywhere and blocking up traffic flows 24/7.

  • jumpingjack

    There aren’t that many windows in this building, how will they be able to put 220 hotel rooms in? Unless they tear it down and build something completely new or there’s space to put on a huge addition.

    • MtP

      They are putting up an addition behind it. The old building will be the lobby and other common space.

    • Derek Z

      What is this, a hotel for ants?

      • Kukki Bakemono

        The building has to be at least… three times bigger than this!

  • Anonymous

    Those 200+ guests on the roof are going to be a lovely noisy surprise for the neighbors.

    • MCR

      I don’t live on that stretch, so correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t you be able to easily hear noise from the other Adams Morgan rooftop/patio bars if you lived around there?

      • JC

        I’m cautiously wary of the possible noise from the roof but otherwise welcome this addition to the neighborhood. I live at 17th and Euclid and don’t hear a peep from rooftops on 18th Street. But this one is obviously closer to me.

    • Anonymous

      Meh, out-of-town hotel guests from the Midwest are better behaved than the locals who usually swarm these blocks on the weekends. I guarantee that the hotel construction is MUCH louder than any noise that will emanate from the completed hotel.

      -Someone whose bedroom faces the alley/construction pit

      • Philippe Lecheval

        I love this stereotype that everybody from the Midwest is quiet, polite, 100% law abiding, and never ever drinks too much! Believe me, I have lots of friends and family from there who are quite the opposite.

        • Anon

          Sure, but what are the odds that subset of people comes to stay at a boutique hotel in DC? I’d guess they’re very, very small.

      • Finitor

        I just love how people here think Midwesterners are that different than them. They can’t have spent much time there to believe that.

  • Mvexplorer

    I’m very much looking forward to this addition to the neighborhood. Might be wishful thinking but it would be great if they offered some sort of special for locals to check it out when they open.

    • RowDC

      Me too! I am hoping they might offer a package that would allow access to the pool during the summer

  • Irving Streete

    I assume that, given that my tax dollars are funding the hotel, I’ll get free admission to the gym and/or happy hour pricing at the bar.

    • Not at all bitter

      Don’t be silly, rich people need those massive tax breaks, loop holes and other incentives so they can amass huge fortunes not so that the hoi polloi can waste their money on discount drinks. That money you save not getting discounts is needed for the next project’s funding. I mean really, think it through.

    • conradh

      i don’t know the details of this, how is it taxpayer funded? not being sarcastic, but just curious.

      • Irving Streete

        The city offered the developers $50 million in tax abatements, which (as you might gather) annoys me to no end.

        • conradh

          i guess that’s my question. what are the tax abatements? do they not have to pay the lodging tax? do they get out of property taxes? there are different implications for different abatements. there’s an argument that an abatement of the lodging tax is necessarily taking money out of the taxpayers pocket (i.e., developing this into condos would also not lead to lodging tax revenue), particularly if they’re still paying property taxes. and if they get out of property taxes, then they’re still paying lodging taxes.
          hotels bring in a ton of tax revenue. a little government stimulus to get a hotel up and going in this part of town could lead to future tourist infrastructure outside of the downtown core, which is good for the tax base generally in the long term.

          • Irving Streete

            It’s a property tax abatement.
            Every profitable business yields tax revenue, there’s no reason for hotels to get special treatment. Except they have lobbyists.
            I have a hard time imagining that Adams-Morgan needs any help developing its service industry infrastructure, with the Hilton and a hundred bars and restaurants already there.

          • annonny

            I didn’t see the economic analysis, but typically the city will sacrifice some taxes on a projects like this because they figure they can get more in the long run once the hotel gets established. In this case, there will be employment, lodging, and sales taxes collected, which should all more than offset the $50M in forgiven property taxes. Think of it as a long-term investment that will pay perpetual dividends.

        • Finitor

          Yeah, once you get past the headline of $50 million, it’s clear it’s not a giveaway. We’ll get the money back and then some.

          To include the Hilton in Adams Morgan suggests we really could use some stimulus in the neighborhood to attract visitors and more spending.

    • Just like we all get free tickets to Nats games?

  • Mike P

    Most of the actual hotel rooms are going to be behind this church building. There’s quite a large space back there. There’s also going to be construction across Columbia Road fairly soon.

  • KG

    That’s not Adams Morgan – that’s Mount Pleasant.

    • mvexplorer

      Pretty sure that is considered Adams Morgan.. if any argument could be made it’s for Lanier Heights, but Mount Pleasant is remotely close.

      • mvexplorer

        shoot.. *is not remotely close

      • Kukki Bakemono

        I always thought Lanier Heights was a “sub-neighborhood” of Adams Morgan?

        • mvexplorer

          I think that if you ask people who live in Lanier Heights it is very much its own neighborhood, but it often gets considered a sub-neighborhood because its 99% residential, and therefore most people not from the immediate area have never heard of it. I live there, but just tell most people Adams Morgan as to not have to go through the “where is that?” “never heard of it” discussion.

        • Irving Streete

          The Girlfriend refers to “her” neighborhood as Adams-Morgan, though she lives in the Heights. And the new condos are “The Adamo,” not “The Lanihi,” I always think of A-M as encompassing Lanier Heights, Reed-Cook and Kalorama Heights.

          • textdoc

            +1 on “I always think of A-M as encompassing Lanier Heights, Reed-Cook and Kalorama Heights.”

          • BRP

            HAHA amazing – I live here and I’m going to start telling people I live in Lanihi. sounds exotic.

    • ams

      No. This is very much Adams Morgan.

      • CoHi

        +1. This is definitely Adams Morgan, although it is right around that 3-way meeting point of Mt. Pleasant, Columbia Heights, and Adams Morgan, which I think of as coming together at 16th and Columbia. Lanier Heights is just north of the hotel-to-be.

        • Finitor

          With all due respect, this hotel is two blocks from 16 and Columbia where those neighborhoods converge.

          In city speak, that’s a long way. The hotel is undeniably in Adams Morgan.

    • DC Denizen

      There’s a similar-looking Church style building that is being converted into condo’s off 16th street (between Lamont and Irving) with its back to Mt Pleasant street. Maybe that’s what you’re thinking of.

    • Count Pheasant

      Mount Pleasant starts on the north side of Harvard Street.

  • RAD

    Adams Morgan is becoming THE NEXT ADAMS MORGAN!

  • TechnoSmart

    As a long time Adams Morgan resident, I can’t wait for this hotel to be completed! Woohoo!!!


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