D.C.’s Capitol Hill gets first new hotel in 40 years
The Royal Sonesta Washington, D.C., Capitol Hill, the first new hotel in the neighborhood in 40 years, is now open to guests.
Located at 20 Massachusetts Ave., the hotel sits within a 427,000-square-foot building owned by Office Properties Income Trust, which acquired it in 1997. The RMR Group is overseeing the $200 million redevelopment of what was formerly a seven-story, 340,119-square-foot Class B office tower built in 1973.
The 274-key hotel features a French bistro from Knead Hospitality + Design, a 2,400-square-foot conference center, a 3,100-square-foot ballroom with a terrace and a yoga studio. It also features a 10-story atrium and art installations that reference the hotel’s surroundings, including portraits of Supreme Court justices, news clippings and political motifs.
“The Capitol Hill neighborhood has one of the highest hotel occupancies, if not the highest, in the city,” said Meade Atkeson, general manager of the Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill. “The addition of the Royal Sonesta will increase the available rooms for all times of the year and be especially helpful when Congress is in session.”
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