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Chicago’s The Gwen Hotel Offers Sophisticated Style With Its New Look

Chicago’s The Gwen Hotel Offers Sophisticated Style With Its New Look


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Tucked just behind bustling Michigan Avenue, mere steps away from flagship stores and Chicago landmarks, you’ll find The Gwen, an upscale hotel from the Luxury Collection brand. After undergoing a complete renovation, we were invited to experience its brand-new look.

Named after pioneering Chicago sculptor Gwen Lux, known for deftly combining abstraction and realism in her work, The Gwen seduces with a modern take on 1930s décor. The Art Deco aesthetic brings straight lines and gleaming details, softened by plush textures throughout the hotel. The lobby is a beautiful and sophisticated space in which to relax, work, or meet up with friends.

The rooms follow in style but offer a more soothing take. Slate grey leads the palette, the balancing counter point to clean, white walls. A simple, elegant mural graces the bedroom wall, reminiscent of imagery from Greek mythology. The Art Deco feels present in a geometrically patterned carpet and metallic details, but an upholstered headboard and soft fabrics keep the overall look gentle. The space isn’t overstuffed with furniture, leaving guests plenty of room to spread out and relax.

Small touches make the stay feel special. A postcard on the bed introduces guests to the hotel’s namesake with a brief bio and picture of Gwen Lux’s work. Upon returning to the room for bed, a mat and slippers are laid out, along with a chocolate for a sweet cap on the night. In the well-equipped fitness room, complimentary fruit and packaged earbuds ensure you’ll get the most out of your vacation workout.

The Gwen wins big on location. Whether your plan is to sightsee at Navy Pier, shop the Magnificent Mile, or enjoy the nightlife in the River North neighborhood, this hotel is a perfectly situated hub for all your Chicago plans. Award-winning restaurants, lively bars, movie theaters, and Lake Michigan are all within walking distance, making The Gwen a great choice for visitors who really want to dive into the city.

Should you want to stay in, however, you can sidle up to the bar at The Gwen’s own Circa Lounge. The cocktails here are flavorful and balanced, with both classics and original concoctions available to put you in a good mood. Its two signature drinks, the Urban Buzz and the Creole Maple Old Fashioned, are worth the sip. Chicago craft beers dominate the taps, offering some local buzz.

For food, we recommend sticking with the “Curated Bites” section of the menu, a collection of sharable dishes. Standouts include the roasted mushroom toast, accompanied with a tantalizing tarragon yogurt spread and a poached quail egg, and the bacon-wrapped dates, topped off with a bright yuzu pickle.

Private dining is also available, as are ballrooms and meeting rooms for larger events. When the weather turns beautiful, Upstairs at The Gwen, an outdoor terrace on the fifth floor, is a prime place to take in the unique Chicago skyline. The hotel offers ideal spaces for a multitude of occasions.

The Luxury Collection has made the most of The Gwen’s renovation, presenting a hotel with sophisticated style and warm, welcoming touches. Guests to the Windy City will certainly find it a comfortable and satisfying home away from home.


Best of 2018: 10 Most Notable Washington Venue Openings of 2018

The hottest hotels, conference spaces, restaurants, cultural spaces, and more to open for events and entertaining this year.

This year saw the opening of many significant event and meeting venues in Washington. Here's a look at the best restaurants, party rooms, hotels, corporate event venues, conference centers, and private rooms to open in 2018. These new and renovated Washington venues suit groups large or small for private and corporate events, business dinners, cocktail parties, conferences, weddings, and more.

8. Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Hyatt Regency Bethesda announced the completion of its $37 million renovation in February. The suburban Maryland hotel’s 390 guest rooms, facade, lobby, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces underwent an extensive transformation, and it added a new rooftop event space. Architecture firm Gensler's new design scheme emphasizes wood accents and a neutral palette of warm grays throughout the hotel. The Rooftop Downtown Bethesda, which offers views of the surrounding skyline from its floor-to-ceiling windows, spans 2,400 square feet and has space for 180 guests for a reception, 120 for an elegant sit-down dinner, or 90 for an all-day meeting. The renovated Regency Ballroom expands to 7,200 square feet and boasts 16-foot ceilings, with room for 550 guests. The hotel's nine newly designed meeting rooms and two executive boardrooms all feature upgraded technology, innovative lighting, and digital displays. The hotel's Plaza Lawn, renovated mezzanine level, and open-air concourse terrace are also available for events.

1. Eaton DC

Downtown hotel Eaton DC caters to creative types with its own co-working space and holistic wellness center—along with a restaurant, cafe, cocktail bar, and rooftop bar. Eaton DC celebrated its grand opening at the end of September. The minimalist, clean-lined 209-room hotel includes more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Meeting spaces are equipped with high-tech built-in audiovisual for live broadcasts, and the second floor meeting rooms boast 13-foot ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Beverly Snow Room accommodates 400 for receptions or 240 for banquets the Crystal Room holds 200 for receptions or 100 for banquets the Sidney holds 40 for receptions the Barnett-Aden accommodates 80 for receptions or 70 for banquets and the Salon can accommodate 75 for receptions or 40 for banquets. The hotel's rooftop is set up for 110 standing guests indoors and 98 standing guests outdoors, for a total rooftop occupancy of 208. Chef Tim Ma heads up the hotel’s dining with his Asian-inspired take on American fare at the 151-seat American Son. There's also the serene 54-seat Kintsugi cafe and the 36-seat Allegory bar. In the Eaton House co-working space, there is a 440-square-foot Creators Room with a cyclorama, flexible studio, and gallery space equipment and lighting is available for rent. There's also Eaton Cinema, which seats 50 people and is equipped with Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) technology.

2. The Line

It's been years in the making, but the Line hotel officially opened in January in Adams Morgan. Located in a former church, the 220-room property incorporates elements of its history into the design, as seen in the chandelier in the entryway made from the First Church of Christ, Scientist's organ pipes. The Line is home to three restaurants, two bars, and a coffee shop, tapping acclaimed local chefs and mixologists including Erik Bruner-Yang, Spike Gjerde, Todd Thrasher, and Corey Polyoka. The Line also offers 10,000 square feet of event space. The divisible, 4,020-square-foot Banneker Ballroom holds 500 for receptions or 320 for banquets. The divisible 2,500-square-foot Carina room holds 310 for receptions or 160 for banquets. There are several meeting rooms for board meetings or small receptions, as well as outdoor space the 5,590-square-foot Vela Rooftop Terrace holds 220 for receptions and the 1,760-square-foot Vela Central Terrace accommodates as many as 220 for receptions or 160 for banquets.

3. Audi Field

Washington's professional soccer team D.C. United has a new home at Audi Field. The new stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. opened in July. With room for 20,000 fans, Audi Field offers views of the Anacostia River and the U.S. Capitol. The stadium includes 31 luxury suites. The East Sideline Suites offer indoor/outdoor viewing, with 12 leather seats located directly outside the suite and four standing room-only passes. The East Sideline Party Suites are outfitted with 16 leather seats located directly outside the suite and 16 standing room-only passes. Food and beverage for the suites is catered by chef José Andrés and Levy. The EagleBank Club lounge is designed for groups of 10 or more with unlimited access to food and drink and seating located just above pitch level. The Heineken Rooftop Club holds 150 people with spectacular views of the action on the field and the D.C. skyline.

4. Mi Vida

Mi Vida opened in the Wharf development in Southwest Washington in February. The two-level restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine from chef Roberto Santibañez, with scenic waterfront views and two patios overlooking the water. The entire restaurant seats 350 to 400 guests and offers multiple spaces for private events. The entire second floor, including the balcony and bar, seats 128 guests, then there's the semiprivate Potomac Room, which seats 32. The private Cactus Room seats 45, and the semiprivate Hacienda Room on the mezzanine seats 30, while the semiprivate Mariposa Room seats 40. Weather permitting, the Anthem patio seats 32, the bar patio seats 30, and a private balcony seats 30.

5. The St. Gregory Hotel Dupont Circle

The St. Gregory Hotel in Dupont Circle hosts its grand re-opening in early October, unveiling newly-remodeled guest rooms and suites. The hotel's sophisticated new look matches its restaurant Tredici Enoteca, which opened last year. The St. Gregory Ballroom is outfitted with gray wainscoting and high ceilings and features city views. The full ballroom can accommodate 200 for seated dinners, 150 for theater-style events, or 110 for banquets it can also be divided into three spaces. A seasonal patio accommodates 30 for seated dinners or standing receptions.

6. Poca Madre

D.C. chef and restaurateur Victor Albisu opened a new contemporary restaurant called Poca Madre in June in Chinatown. The restaurant is located in his former Del Campo space, which design firm Swatchroom transformed with white walls, greenery, and striking artwork. A 20-seat private room is decorated with a panoramic landscape of the Sonoran desert printed with green ink on whitewashed wood. The dining room seats 68, with room for six at an agave bar and 28 in an outdoor lounge.

7. America Eats Tavern

In June, chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup opened America Eats Tavern on M Street in Georgetown. The new iteration of America Eats Tavern replaces the former America Eats Tavern in Tysons Corner, which closed in 2016. The restaurant is still inspired by historic and iconic American recipes, and the Georgetown location's menu includes barbecue (which is fitting, since the space was previously home for decades to barbecue spot Old Glory). D.C.- and California-based SAINT (Studio for Architecture and Interiors) designed the new two-story eatery to evoke great American road trips with colorful and nostalgic art and furnishings. The space seats 193 across the dining room and the outdoor patio bar area.

9. Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa

Kimpton's Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria revealed a $2.5 million redesign in April, spanning all 107 guest rooms including 16 suites outdoor terraces hallway corridors public areas Brabo, the hotel's French brasserie and 5,600 square feet of event space. The new design incorporates purple, copper, grey, blue, and green hues. The suite design, guest rooms, and corridors were designed by Monogram at BBGM and the living room and event space were redesigned by David Hill Design.

The divisible Liberty Room, the hotel’s largest space at 1,250 square feet, accommodates 100 guests banquet style or 125 for receptions. The 730-square-foot Independence Room holds breakout space for 40 guests or cocktail hours for 85 and leads directly out to the open-air Freedom Terrace, an intimate outdoor courtyard just outside hotel’s living room. The 756-square-foot terrace has a large ivy-covered trellis, chrome accents, oversize mirrors, and a contemporary in-ground fire feature. The terrace can hold banquets of 20 guests or receptions of 45.


Best of 2018: 10 Most Notable Washington Venue Openings of 2018

The hottest hotels, conference spaces, restaurants, cultural spaces, and more to open for events and entertaining this year.

This year saw the opening of many significant event and meeting venues in Washington. Here's a look at the best restaurants, party rooms, hotels, corporate event venues, conference centers, and private rooms to open in 2018. These new and renovated Washington venues suit groups large or small for private and corporate events, business dinners, cocktail parties, conferences, weddings, and more.

8. Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Hyatt Regency Bethesda announced the completion of its $37 million renovation in February. The suburban Maryland hotel’s 390 guest rooms, facade, lobby, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces underwent an extensive transformation, and it added a new rooftop event space. Architecture firm Gensler's new design scheme emphasizes wood accents and a neutral palette of warm grays throughout the hotel. The Rooftop Downtown Bethesda, which offers views of the surrounding skyline from its floor-to-ceiling windows, spans 2,400 square feet and has space for 180 guests for a reception, 120 for an elegant sit-down dinner, or 90 for an all-day meeting. The renovated Regency Ballroom expands to 7,200 square feet and boasts 16-foot ceilings, with room for 550 guests. The hotel's nine newly designed meeting rooms and two executive boardrooms all feature upgraded technology, innovative lighting, and digital displays. The hotel's Plaza Lawn, renovated mezzanine level, and open-air concourse terrace are also available for events.

1. Eaton DC

Downtown hotel Eaton DC caters to creative types with its own co-working space and holistic wellness center—along with a restaurant, cafe, cocktail bar, and rooftop bar. Eaton DC celebrated its grand opening at the end of September. The minimalist, clean-lined 209-room hotel includes more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Meeting spaces are equipped with high-tech built-in audiovisual for live broadcasts, and the second floor meeting rooms boast 13-foot ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Beverly Snow Room accommodates 400 for receptions or 240 for banquets the Crystal Room holds 200 for receptions or 100 for banquets the Sidney holds 40 for receptions the Barnett-Aden accommodates 80 for receptions or 70 for banquets and the Salon can accommodate 75 for receptions or 40 for banquets. The hotel's rooftop is set up for 110 standing guests indoors and 98 standing guests outdoors, for a total rooftop occupancy of 208. Chef Tim Ma heads up the hotel’s dining with his Asian-inspired take on American fare at the 151-seat American Son. There's also the serene 54-seat Kintsugi cafe and the 36-seat Allegory bar. In the Eaton House co-working space, there is a 440-square-foot Creators Room with a cyclorama, flexible studio, and gallery space equipment and lighting is available for rent. There's also Eaton Cinema, which seats 50 people and is equipped with Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) technology.

2. The Line

It's been years in the making, but the Line hotel officially opened in January in Adams Morgan. Located in a former church, the 220-room property incorporates elements of its history into the design, as seen in the chandelier in the entryway made from the First Church of Christ, Scientist's organ pipes. The Line is home to three restaurants, two bars, and a coffee shop, tapping acclaimed local chefs and mixologists including Erik Bruner-Yang, Spike Gjerde, Todd Thrasher, and Corey Polyoka. The Line also offers 10,000 square feet of event space. The divisible, 4,020-square-foot Banneker Ballroom holds 500 for receptions or 320 for banquets. The divisible 2,500-square-foot Carina room holds 310 for receptions or 160 for banquets. There are several meeting rooms for board meetings or small receptions, as well as outdoor space the 5,590-square-foot Vela Rooftop Terrace holds 220 for receptions and the 1,760-square-foot Vela Central Terrace accommodates as many as 220 for receptions or 160 for banquets.

3. Audi Field

Washington's professional soccer team D.C. United has a new home at Audi Field. The new stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. opened in July. With room for 20,000 fans, Audi Field offers views of the Anacostia River and the U.S. Capitol. The stadium includes 31 luxury suites. The East Sideline Suites offer indoor/outdoor viewing, with 12 leather seats located directly outside the suite and four standing room-only passes. The East Sideline Party Suites are outfitted with 16 leather seats located directly outside the suite and 16 standing room-only passes. Food and beverage for the suites is catered by chef José Andrés and Levy. The EagleBank Club lounge is designed for groups of 10 or more with unlimited access to food and drink and seating located just above pitch level. The Heineken Rooftop Club holds 150 people with spectacular views of the action on the field and the D.C. skyline.

4. Mi Vida

Mi Vida opened in the Wharf development in Southwest Washington in February. The two-level restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine from chef Roberto Santibañez, with scenic waterfront views and two patios overlooking the water. The entire restaurant seats 350 to 400 guests and offers multiple spaces for private events. The entire second floor, including the balcony and bar, seats 128 guests, then there's the semiprivate Potomac Room, which seats 32. The private Cactus Room seats 45, and the semiprivate Hacienda Room on the mezzanine seats 30, while the semiprivate Mariposa Room seats 40. Weather permitting, the Anthem patio seats 32, the bar patio seats 30, and a private balcony seats 30.

5. The St. Gregory Hotel Dupont Circle

The St. Gregory Hotel in Dupont Circle hosts its grand re-opening in early October, unveiling newly-remodeled guest rooms and suites. The hotel's sophisticated new look matches its restaurant Tredici Enoteca, which opened last year. The St. Gregory Ballroom is outfitted with gray wainscoting and high ceilings and features city views. The full ballroom can accommodate 200 for seated dinners, 150 for theater-style events, or 110 for banquets it can also be divided into three spaces. A seasonal patio accommodates 30 for seated dinners or standing receptions.

6. Poca Madre

D.C. chef and restaurateur Victor Albisu opened a new contemporary restaurant called Poca Madre in June in Chinatown. The restaurant is located in his former Del Campo space, which design firm Swatchroom transformed with white walls, greenery, and striking artwork. A 20-seat private room is decorated with a panoramic landscape of the Sonoran desert printed with green ink on whitewashed wood. The dining room seats 68, with room for six at an agave bar and 28 in an outdoor lounge.

7. America Eats Tavern

In June, chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup opened America Eats Tavern on M Street in Georgetown. The new iteration of America Eats Tavern replaces the former America Eats Tavern in Tysons Corner, which closed in 2016. The restaurant is still inspired by historic and iconic American recipes, and the Georgetown location's menu includes barbecue (which is fitting, since the space was previously home for decades to barbecue spot Old Glory). D.C.- and California-based SAINT (Studio for Architecture and Interiors) designed the new two-story eatery to evoke great American road trips with colorful and nostalgic art and furnishings. The space seats 193 across the dining room and the outdoor patio bar area.

9. Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa

Kimpton's Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria revealed a $2.5 million redesign in April, spanning all 107 guest rooms including 16 suites outdoor terraces hallway corridors public areas Brabo, the hotel's French brasserie and 5,600 square feet of event space. The new design incorporates purple, copper, grey, blue, and green hues. The suite design, guest rooms, and corridors were designed by Monogram at BBGM and the living room and event space were redesigned by David Hill Design.

The divisible Liberty Room, the hotel’s largest space at 1,250 square feet, accommodates 100 guests banquet style or 125 for receptions. The 730-square-foot Independence Room holds breakout space for 40 guests or cocktail hours for 85 and leads directly out to the open-air Freedom Terrace, an intimate outdoor courtyard just outside hotel’s living room. The 756-square-foot terrace has a large ivy-covered trellis, chrome accents, oversize mirrors, and a contemporary in-ground fire feature. The terrace can hold banquets of 20 guests or receptions of 45.


Best of 2018: 10 Most Notable Washington Venue Openings of 2018

The hottest hotels, conference spaces, restaurants, cultural spaces, and more to open for events and entertaining this year.

This year saw the opening of many significant event and meeting venues in Washington. Here's a look at the best restaurants, party rooms, hotels, corporate event venues, conference centers, and private rooms to open in 2018. These new and renovated Washington venues suit groups large or small for private and corporate events, business dinners, cocktail parties, conferences, weddings, and more.

8. Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Hyatt Regency Bethesda announced the completion of its $37 million renovation in February. The suburban Maryland hotel’s 390 guest rooms, facade, lobby, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces underwent an extensive transformation, and it added a new rooftop event space. Architecture firm Gensler's new design scheme emphasizes wood accents and a neutral palette of warm grays throughout the hotel. The Rooftop Downtown Bethesda, which offers views of the surrounding skyline from its floor-to-ceiling windows, spans 2,400 square feet and has space for 180 guests for a reception, 120 for an elegant sit-down dinner, or 90 for an all-day meeting. The renovated Regency Ballroom expands to 7,200 square feet and boasts 16-foot ceilings, with room for 550 guests. The hotel's nine newly designed meeting rooms and two executive boardrooms all feature upgraded technology, innovative lighting, and digital displays. The hotel's Plaza Lawn, renovated mezzanine level, and open-air concourse terrace are also available for events.

1. Eaton DC

Downtown hotel Eaton DC caters to creative types with its own co-working space and holistic wellness center—along with a restaurant, cafe, cocktail bar, and rooftop bar. Eaton DC celebrated its grand opening at the end of September. The minimalist, clean-lined 209-room hotel includes more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Meeting spaces are equipped with high-tech built-in audiovisual for live broadcasts, and the second floor meeting rooms boast 13-foot ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Beverly Snow Room accommodates 400 for receptions or 240 for banquets the Crystal Room holds 200 for receptions or 100 for banquets the Sidney holds 40 for receptions the Barnett-Aden accommodates 80 for receptions or 70 for banquets and the Salon can accommodate 75 for receptions or 40 for banquets. The hotel's rooftop is set up for 110 standing guests indoors and 98 standing guests outdoors, for a total rooftop occupancy of 208. Chef Tim Ma heads up the hotel’s dining with his Asian-inspired take on American fare at the 151-seat American Son. There's also the serene 54-seat Kintsugi cafe and the 36-seat Allegory bar. In the Eaton House co-working space, there is a 440-square-foot Creators Room with a cyclorama, flexible studio, and gallery space equipment and lighting is available for rent. There's also Eaton Cinema, which seats 50 people and is equipped with Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) technology.

2. The Line

It's been years in the making, but the Line hotel officially opened in January in Adams Morgan. Located in a former church, the 220-room property incorporates elements of its history into the design, as seen in the chandelier in the entryway made from the First Church of Christ, Scientist's organ pipes. The Line is home to three restaurants, two bars, and a coffee shop, tapping acclaimed local chefs and mixologists including Erik Bruner-Yang, Spike Gjerde, Todd Thrasher, and Corey Polyoka. The Line also offers 10,000 square feet of event space. The divisible, 4,020-square-foot Banneker Ballroom holds 500 for receptions or 320 for banquets. The divisible 2,500-square-foot Carina room holds 310 for receptions or 160 for banquets. There are several meeting rooms for board meetings or small receptions, as well as outdoor space the 5,590-square-foot Vela Rooftop Terrace holds 220 for receptions and the 1,760-square-foot Vela Central Terrace accommodates as many as 220 for receptions or 160 for banquets.

3. Audi Field

Washington's professional soccer team D.C. United has a new home at Audi Field. The new stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. opened in July. With room for 20,000 fans, Audi Field offers views of the Anacostia River and the U.S. Capitol. The stadium includes 31 luxury suites. The East Sideline Suites offer indoor/outdoor viewing, with 12 leather seats located directly outside the suite and four standing room-only passes. The East Sideline Party Suites are outfitted with 16 leather seats located directly outside the suite and 16 standing room-only passes. Food and beverage for the suites is catered by chef José Andrés and Levy. The EagleBank Club lounge is designed for groups of 10 or more with unlimited access to food and drink and seating located just above pitch level. The Heineken Rooftop Club holds 150 people with spectacular views of the action on the field and the D.C. skyline.

4. Mi Vida

Mi Vida opened in the Wharf development in Southwest Washington in February. The two-level restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine from chef Roberto Santibañez, with scenic waterfront views and two patios overlooking the water. The entire restaurant seats 350 to 400 guests and offers multiple spaces for private events. The entire second floor, including the balcony and bar, seats 128 guests, then there's the semiprivate Potomac Room, which seats 32. The private Cactus Room seats 45, and the semiprivate Hacienda Room on the mezzanine seats 30, while the semiprivate Mariposa Room seats 40. Weather permitting, the Anthem patio seats 32, the bar patio seats 30, and a private balcony seats 30.

5. The St. Gregory Hotel Dupont Circle

The St. Gregory Hotel in Dupont Circle hosts its grand re-opening in early October, unveiling newly-remodeled guest rooms and suites. The hotel's sophisticated new look matches its restaurant Tredici Enoteca, which opened last year. The St. Gregory Ballroom is outfitted with gray wainscoting and high ceilings and features city views. The full ballroom can accommodate 200 for seated dinners, 150 for theater-style events, or 110 for banquets it can also be divided into three spaces. A seasonal patio accommodates 30 for seated dinners or standing receptions.

6. Poca Madre

D.C. chef and restaurateur Victor Albisu opened a new contemporary restaurant called Poca Madre in June in Chinatown. The restaurant is located in his former Del Campo space, which design firm Swatchroom transformed with white walls, greenery, and striking artwork. A 20-seat private room is decorated with a panoramic landscape of the Sonoran desert printed with green ink on whitewashed wood. The dining room seats 68, with room for six at an agave bar and 28 in an outdoor lounge.

7. America Eats Tavern

In June, chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup opened America Eats Tavern on M Street in Georgetown. The new iteration of America Eats Tavern replaces the former America Eats Tavern in Tysons Corner, which closed in 2016. The restaurant is still inspired by historic and iconic American recipes, and the Georgetown location's menu includes barbecue (which is fitting, since the space was previously home for decades to barbecue spot Old Glory). D.C.- and California-based SAINT (Studio for Architecture and Interiors) designed the new two-story eatery to evoke great American road trips with colorful and nostalgic art and furnishings. The space seats 193 across the dining room and the outdoor patio bar area.

9. Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa

Kimpton's Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria revealed a $2.5 million redesign in April, spanning all 107 guest rooms including 16 suites outdoor terraces hallway corridors public areas Brabo, the hotel's French brasserie and 5,600 square feet of event space. The new design incorporates purple, copper, grey, blue, and green hues. The suite design, guest rooms, and corridors were designed by Monogram at BBGM and the living room and event space were redesigned by David Hill Design.

The divisible Liberty Room, the hotel’s largest space at 1,250 square feet, accommodates 100 guests banquet style or 125 for receptions. The 730-square-foot Independence Room holds breakout space for 40 guests or cocktail hours for 85 and leads directly out to the open-air Freedom Terrace, an intimate outdoor courtyard just outside hotel’s living room. The 756-square-foot terrace has a large ivy-covered trellis, chrome accents, oversize mirrors, and a contemporary in-ground fire feature. The terrace can hold banquets of 20 guests or receptions of 45.


Best of 2018: 10 Most Notable Washington Venue Openings of 2018

The hottest hotels, conference spaces, restaurants, cultural spaces, and more to open for events and entertaining this year.

This year saw the opening of many significant event and meeting venues in Washington. Here's a look at the best restaurants, party rooms, hotels, corporate event venues, conference centers, and private rooms to open in 2018. These new and renovated Washington venues suit groups large or small for private and corporate events, business dinners, cocktail parties, conferences, weddings, and more.

8. Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Hyatt Regency Bethesda announced the completion of its $37 million renovation in February. The suburban Maryland hotel’s 390 guest rooms, facade, lobby, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces underwent an extensive transformation, and it added a new rooftop event space. Architecture firm Gensler's new design scheme emphasizes wood accents and a neutral palette of warm grays throughout the hotel. The Rooftop Downtown Bethesda, which offers views of the surrounding skyline from its floor-to-ceiling windows, spans 2,400 square feet and has space for 180 guests for a reception, 120 for an elegant sit-down dinner, or 90 for an all-day meeting. The renovated Regency Ballroom expands to 7,200 square feet and boasts 16-foot ceilings, with room for 550 guests. The hotel's nine newly designed meeting rooms and two executive boardrooms all feature upgraded technology, innovative lighting, and digital displays. The hotel's Plaza Lawn, renovated mezzanine level, and open-air concourse terrace are also available for events.

1. Eaton DC

Downtown hotel Eaton DC caters to creative types with its own co-working space and holistic wellness center—along with a restaurant, cafe, cocktail bar, and rooftop bar. Eaton DC celebrated its grand opening at the end of September. The minimalist, clean-lined 209-room hotel includes more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Meeting spaces are equipped with high-tech built-in audiovisual for live broadcasts, and the second floor meeting rooms boast 13-foot ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Beverly Snow Room accommodates 400 for receptions or 240 for banquets the Crystal Room holds 200 for receptions or 100 for banquets the Sidney holds 40 for receptions the Barnett-Aden accommodates 80 for receptions or 70 for banquets and the Salon can accommodate 75 for receptions or 40 for banquets. The hotel's rooftop is set up for 110 standing guests indoors and 98 standing guests outdoors, for a total rooftop occupancy of 208. Chef Tim Ma heads up the hotel’s dining with his Asian-inspired take on American fare at the 151-seat American Son. There's also the serene 54-seat Kintsugi cafe and the 36-seat Allegory bar. In the Eaton House co-working space, there is a 440-square-foot Creators Room with a cyclorama, flexible studio, and gallery space equipment and lighting is available for rent. There's also Eaton Cinema, which seats 50 people and is equipped with Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) technology.

2. The Line

It's been years in the making, but the Line hotel officially opened in January in Adams Morgan. Located in a former church, the 220-room property incorporates elements of its history into the design, as seen in the chandelier in the entryway made from the First Church of Christ, Scientist's organ pipes. The Line is home to three restaurants, two bars, and a coffee shop, tapping acclaimed local chefs and mixologists including Erik Bruner-Yang, Spike Gjerde, Todd Thrasher, and Corey Polyoka. The Line also offers 10,000 square feet of event space. The divisible, 4,020-square-foot Banneker Ballroom holds 500 for receptions or 320 for banquets. The divisible 2,500-square-foot Carina room holds 310 for receptions or 160 for banquets. There are several meeting rooms for board meetings or small receptions, as well as outdoor space the 5,590-square-foot Vela Rooftop Terrace holds 220 for receptions and the 1,760-square-foot Vela Central Terrace accommodates as many as 220 for receptions or 160 for banquets.

3. Audi Field

Washington's professional soccer team D.C. United has a new home at Audi Field. The new stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. opened in July. With room for 20,000 fans, Audi Field offers views of the Anacostia River and the U.S. Capitol. The stadium includes 31 luxury suites. The East Sideline Suites offer indoor/outdoor viewing, with 12 leather seats located directly outside the suite and four standing room-only passes. The East Sideline Party Suites are outfitted with 16 leather seats located directly outside the suite and 16 standing room-only passes. Food and beverage for the suites is catered by chef José Andrés and Levy. The EagleBank Club lounge is designed for groups of 10 or more with unlimited access to food and drink and seating located just above pitch level. The Heineken Rooftop Club holds 150 people with spectacular views of the action on the field and the D.C. skyline.

4. Mi Vida

Mi Vida opened in the Wharf development in Southwest Washington in February. The two-level restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine from chef Roberto Santibañez, with scenic waterfront views and two patios overlooking the water. The entire restaurant seats 350 to 400 guests and offers multiple spaces for private events. The entire second floor, including the balcony and bar, seats 128 guests, then there's the semiprivate Potomac Room, which seats 32. The private Cactus Room seats 45, and the semiprivate Hacienda Room on the mezzanine seats 30, while the semiprivate Mariposa Room seats 40. Weather permitting, the Anthem patio seats 32, the bar patio seats 30, and a private balcony seats 30.

5. The St. Gregory Hotel Dupont Circle

The St. Gregory Hotel in Dupont Circle hosts its grand re-opening in early October, unveiling newly-remodeled guest rooms and suites. The hotel's sophisticated new look matches its restaurant Tredici Enoteca, which opened last year. The St. Gregory Ballroom is outfitted with gray wainscoting and high ceilings and features city views. The full ballroom can accommodate 200 for seated dinners, 150 for theater-style events, or 110 for banquets it can also be divided into three spaces. A seasonal patio accommodates 30 for seated dinners or standing receptions.

6. Poca Madre

D.C. chef and restaurateur Victor Albisu opened a new contemporary restaurant called Poca Madre in June in Chinatown. The restaurant is located in his former Del Campo space, which design firm Swatchroom transformed with white walls, greenery, and striking artwork. A 20-seat private room is decorated with a panoramic landscape of the Sonoran desert printed with green ink on whitewashed wood. The dining room seats 68, with room for six at an agave bar and 28 in an outdoor lounge.

7. America Eats Tavern

In June, chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup opened America Eats Tavern on M Street in Georgetown. The new iteration of America Eats Tavern replaces the former America Eats Tavern in Tysons Corner, which closed in 2016. The restaurant is still inspired by historic and iconic American recipes, and the Georgetown location's menu includes barbecue (which is fitting, since the space was previously home for decades to barbecue spot Old Glory). D.C.- and California-based SAINT (Studio for Architecture and Interiors) designed the new two-story eatery to evoke great American road trips with colorful and nostalgic art and furnishings. The space seats 193 across the dining room and the outdoor patio bar area.

9. Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa

Kimpton's Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria revealed a $2.5 million redesign in April, spanning all 107 guest rooms including 16 suites outdoor terraces hallway corridors public areas Brabo, the hotel's French brasserie and 5,600 square feet of event space. The new design incorporates purple, copper, grey, blue, and green hues. The suite design, guest rooms, and corridors were designed by Monogram at BBGM and the living room and event space were redesigned by David Hill Design.

The divisible Liberty Room, the hotel’s largest space at 1,250 square feet, accommodates 100 guests banquet style or 125 for receptions. The 730-square-foot Independence Room holds breakout space for 40 guests or cocktail hours for 85 and leads directly out to the open-air Freedom Terrace, an intimate outdoor courtyard just outside hotel’s living room. The 756-square-foot terrace has a large ivy-covered trellis, chrome accents, oversize mirrors, and a contemporary in-ground fire feature. The terrace can hold banquets of 20 guests or receptions of 45.


Best of 2018: 10 Most Notable Washington Venue Openings of 2018

The hottest hotels, conference spaces, restaurants, cultural spaces, and more to open for events and entertaining this year.

This year saw the opening of many significant event and meeting venues in Washington. Here's a look at the best restaurants, party rooms, hotels, corporate event venues, conference centers, and private rooms to open in 2018. These new and renovated Washington venues suit groups large or small for private and corporate events, business dinners, cocktail parties, conferences, weddings, and more.

8. Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Hyatt Regency Bethesda announced the completion of its $37 million renovation in February. The suburban Maryland hotel’s 390 guest rooms, facade, lobby, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces underwent an extensive transformation, and it added a new rooftop event space. Architecture firm Gensler's new design scheme emphasizes wood accents and a neutral palette of warm grays throughout the hotel. The Rooftop Downtown Bethesda, which offers views of the surrounding skyline from its floor-to-ceiling windows, spans 2,400 square feet and has space for 180 guests for a reception, 120 for an elegant sit-down dinner, or 90 for an all-day meeting. The renovated Regency Ballroom expands to 7,200 square feet and boasts 16-foot ceilings, with room for 550 guests. The hotel's nine newly designed meeting rooms and two executive boardrooms all feature upgraded technology, innovative lighting, and digital displays. The hotel's Plaza Lawn, renovated mezzanine level, and open-air concourse terrace are also available for events.

1. Eaton DC

Downtown hotel Eaton DC caters to creative types with its own co-working space and holistic wellness center—along with a restaurant, cafe, cocktail bar, and rooftop bar. Eaton DC celebrated its grand opening at the end of September. The minimalist, clean-lined 209-room hotel includes more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Meeting spaces are equipped with high-tech built-in audiovisual for live broadcasts, and the second floor meeting rooms boast 13-foot ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Beverly Snow Room accommodates 400 for receptions or 240 for banquets the Crystal Room holds 200 for receptions or 100 for banquets the Sidney holds 40 for receptions the Barnett-Aden accommodates 80 for receptions or 70 for banquets and the Salon can accommodate 75 for receptions or 40 for banquets. The hotel's rooftop is set up for 110 standing guests indoors and 98 standing guests outdoors, for a total rooftop occupancy of 208. Chef Tim Ma heads up the hotel’s dining with his Asian-inspired take on American fare at the 151-seat American Son. There's also the serene 54-seat Kintsugi cafe and the 36-seat Allegory bar. In the Eaton House co-working space, there is a 440-square-foot Creators Room with a cyclorama, flexible studio, and gallery space equipment and lighting is available for rent. There's also Eaton Cinema, which seats 50 people and is equipped with Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) technology.

2. The Line

It's been years in the making, but the Line hotel officially opened in January in Adams Morgan. Located in a former church, the 220-room property incorporates elements of its history into the design, as seen in the chandelier in the entryway made from the First Church of Christ, Scientist's organ pipes. The Line is home to three restaurants, two bars, and a coffee shop, tapping acclaimed local chefs and mixologists including Erik Bruner-Yang, Spike Gjerde, Todd Thrasher, and Corey Polyoka. The Line also offers 10,000 square feet of event space. The divisible, 4,020-square-foot Banneker Ballroom holds 500 for receptions or 320 for banquets. The divisible 2,500-square-foot Carina room holds 310 for receptions or 160 for banquets. There are several meeting rooms for board meetings or small receptions, as well as outdoor space the 5,590-square-foot Vela Rooftop Terrace holds 220 for receptions and the 1,760-square-foot Vela Central Terrace accommodates as many as 220 for receptions or 160 for banquets.

3. Audi Field

Washington's professional soccer team D.C. United has a new home at Audi Field. The new stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. opened in July. With room for 20,000 fans, Audi Field offers views of the Anacostia River and the U.S. Capitol. The stadium includes 31 luxury suites. The East Sideline Suites offer indoor/outdoor viewing, with 12 leather seats located directly outside the suite and four standing room-only passes. The East Sideline Party Suites are outfitted with 16 leather seats located directly outside the suite and 16 standing room-only passes. Food and beverage for the suites is catered by chef José Andrés and Levy. The EagleBank Club lounge is designed for groups of 10 or more with unlimited access to food and drink and seating located just above pitch level. The Heineken Rooftop Club holds 150 people with spectacular views of the action on the field and the D.C. skyline.

4. Mi Vida

Mi Vida opened in the Wharf development in Southwest Washington in February. The two-level restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine from chef Roberto Santibañez, with scenic waterfront views and two patios overlooking the water. The entire restaurant seats 350 to 400 guests and offers multiple spaces for private events. The entire second floor, including the balcony and bar, seats 128 guests, then there's the semiprivate Potomac Room, which seats 32. The private Cactus Room seats 45, and the semiprivate Hacienda Room on the mezzanine seats 30, while the semiprivate Mariposa Room seats 40. Weather permitting, the Anthem patio seats 32, the bar patio seats 30, and a private balcony seats 30.

5. The St. Gregory Hotel Dupont Circle

The St. Gregory Hotel in Dupont Circle hosts its grand re-opening in early October, unveiling newly-remodeled guest rooms and suites. The hotel's sophisticated new look matches its restaurant Tredici Enoteca, which opened last year. The St. Gregory Ballroom is outfitted with gray wainscoting and high ceilings and features city views. The full ballroom can accommodate 200 for seated dinners, 150 for theater-style events, or 110 for banquets it can also be divided into three spaces. A seasonal patio accommodates 30 for seated dinners or standing receptions.

6. Poca Madre

D.C. chef and restaurateur Victor Albisu opened a new contemporary restaurant called Poca Madre in June in Chinatown. The restaurant is located in his former Del Campo space, which design firm Swatchroom transformed with white walls, greenery, and striking artwork. A 20-seat private room is decorated with a panoramic landscape of the Sonoran desert printed with green ink on whitewashed wood. The dining room seats 68, with room for six at an agave bar and 28 in an outdoor lounge.

7. America Eats Tavern

In June, chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup opened America Eats Tavern on M Street in Georgetown. The new iteration of America Eats Tavern replaces the former America Eats Tavern in Tysons Corner, which closed in 2016. The restaurant is still inspired by historic and iconic American recipes, and the Georgetown location's menu includes barbecue (which is fitting, since the space was previously home for decades to barbecue spot Old Glory). D.C.- and California-based SAINT (Studio for Architecture and Interiors) designed the new two-story eatery to evoke great American road trips with colorful and nostalgic art and furnishings. The space seats 193 across the dining room and the outdoor patio bar area.

9. Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa

Kimpton's Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria revealed a $2.5 million redesign in April, spanning all 107 guest rooms including 16 suites outdoor terraces hallway corridors public areas Brabo, the hotel's French brasserie and 5,600 square feet of event space. The new design incorporates purple, copper, grey, blue, and green hues. The suite design, guest rooms, and corridors were designed by Monogram at BBGM and the living room and event space were redesigned by David Hill Design.

The divisible Liberty Room, the hotel’s largest space at 1,250 square feet, accommodates 100 guests banquet style or 125 for receptions. The 730-square-foot Independence Room holds breakout space for 40 guests or cocktail hours for 85 and leads directly out to the open-air Freedom Terrace, an intimate outdoor courtyard just outside hotel’s living room. The 756-square-foot terrace has a large ivy-covered trellis, chrome accents, oversize mirrors, and a contemporary in-ground fire feature. The terrace can hold banquets of 20 guests or receptions of 45.


Best of 2018: 10 Most Notable Washington Venue Openings of 2018

The hottest hotels, conference spaces, restaurants, cultural spaces, and more to open for events and entertaining this year.

This year saw the opening of many significant event and meeting venues in Washington. Here's a look at the best restaurants, party rooms, hotels, corporate event venues, conference centers, and private rooms to open in 2018. These new and renovated Washington venues suit groups large or small for private and corporate events, business dinners, cocktail parties, conferences, weddings, and more.

8. Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Hyatt Regency Bethesda announced the completion of its $37 million renovation in February. The suburban Maryland hotel’s 390 guest rooms, facade, lobby, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces underwent an extensive transformation, and it added a new rooftop event space. Architecture firm Gensler's new design scheme emphasizes wood accents and a neutral palette of warm grays throughout the hotel. The Rooftop Downtown Bethesda, which offers views of the surrounding skyline from its floor-to-ceiling windows, spans 2,400 square feet and has space for 180 guests for a reception, 120 for an elegant sit-down dinner, or 90 for an all-day meeting. The renovated Regency Ballroom expands to 7,200 square feet and boasts 16-foot ceilings, with room for 550 guests. The hotel's nine newly designed meeting rooms and two executive boardrooms all feature upgraded technology, innovative lighting, and digital displays. The hotel's Plaza Lawn, renovated mezzanine level, and open-air concourse terrace are also available for events.

1. Eaton DC

Downtown hotel Eaton DC caters to creative types with its own co-working space and holistic wellness center—along with a restaurant, cafe, cocktail bar, and rooftop bar. Eaton DC celebrated its grand opening at the end of September. The minimalist, clean-lined 209-room hotel includes more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Meeting spaces are equipped with high-tech built-in audiovisual for live broadcasts, and the second floor meeting rooms boast 13-foot ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Beverly Snow Room accommodates 400 for receptions or 240 for banquets the Crystal Room holds 200 for receptions or 100 for banquets the Sidney holds 40 for receptions the Barnett-Aden accommodates 80 for receptions or 70 for banquets and the Salon can accommodate 75 for receptions or 40 for banquets. The hotel's rooftop is set up for 110 standing guests indoors and 98 standing guests outdoors, for a total rooftop occupancy of 208. Chef Tim Ma heads up the hotel’s dining with his Asian-inspired take on American fare at the 151-seat American Son. There's also the serene 54-seat Kintsugi cafe and the 36-seat Allegory bar. In the Eaton House co-working space, there is a 440-square-foot Creators Room with a cyclorama, flexible studio, and gallery space equipment and lighting is available for rent. There's also Eaton Cinema, which seats 50 people and is equipped with Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) technology.

2. The Line

It's been years in the making, but the Line hotel officially opened in January in Adams Morgan. Located in a former church, the 220-room property incorporates elements of its history into the design, as seen in the chandelier in the entryway made from the First Church of Christ, Scientist's organ pipes. The Line is home to three restaurants, two bars, and a coffee shop, tapping acclaimed local chefs and mixologists including Erik Bruner-Yang, Spike Gjerde, Todd Thrasher, and Corey Polyoka. The Line also offers 10,000 square feet of event space. The divisible, 4,020-square-foot Banneker Ballroom holds 500 for receptions or 320 for banquets. The divisible 2,500-square-foot Carina room holds 310 for receptions or 160 for banquets. There are several meeting rooms for board meetings or small receptions, as well as outdoor space the 5,590-square-foot Vela Rooftop Terrace holds 220 for receptions and the 1,760-square-foot Vela Central Terrace accommodates as many as 220 for receptions or 160 for banquets.

3. Audi Field

Washington's professional soccer team D.C. United has a new home at Audi Field. The new stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. opened in July. With room for 20,000 fans, Audi Field offers views of the Anacostia River and the U.S. Capitol. The stadium includes 31 luxury suites. The East Sideline Suites offer indoor/outdoor viewing, with 12 leather seats located directly outside the suite and four standing room-only passes. The East Sideline Party Suites are outfitted with 16 leather seats located directly outside the suite and 16 standing room-only passes. Food and beverage for the suites is catered by chef José Andrés and Levy. The EagleBank Club lounge is designed for groups of 10 or more with unlimited access to food and drink and seating located just above pitch level. The Heineken Rooftop Club holds 150 people with spectacular views of the action on the field and the D.C. skyline.

4. Mi Vida

Mi Vida opened in the Wharf development in Southwest Washington in February. The two-level restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine from chef Roberto Santibañez, with scenic waterfront views and two patios overlooking the water. The entire restaurant seats 350 to 400 guests and offers multiple spaces for private events. The entire second floor, including the balcony and bar, seats 128 guests, then there's the semiprivate Potomac Room, which seats 32. The private Cactus Room seats 45, and the semiprivate Hacienda Room on the mezzanine seats 30, while the semiprivate Mariposa Room seats 40. Weather permitting, the Anthem patio seats 32, the bar patio seats 30, and a private balcony seats 30.

5. The St. Gregory Hotel Dupont Circle

The St. Gregory Hotel in Dupont Circle hosts its grand re-opening in early October, unveiling newly-remodeled guest rooms and suites. The hotel's sophisticated new look matches its restaurant Tredici Enoteca, which opened last year. The St. Gregory Ballroom is outfitted with gray wainscoting and high ceilings and features city views. The full ballroom can accommodate 200 for seated dinners, 150 for theater-style events, or 110 for banquets it can also be divided into three spaces. A seasonal patio accommodates 30 for seated dinners or standing receptions.

6. Poca Madre

D.C. chef and restaurateur Victor Albisu opened a new contemporary restaurant called Poca Madre in June in Chinatown. The restaurant is located in his former Del Campo space, which design firm Swatchroom transformed with white walls, greenery, and striking artwork. A 20-seat private room is decorated with a panoramic landscape of the Sonoran desert printed with green ink on whitewashed wood. The dining room seats 68, with room for six at an agave bar and 28 in an outdoor lounge.

7. America Eats Tavern

In June, chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup opened America Eats Tavern on M Street in Georgetown. The new iteration of America Eats Tavern replaces the former America Eats Tavern in Tysons Corner, which closed in 2016. The restaurant is still inspired by historic and iconic American recipes, and the Georgetown location's menu includes barbecue (which is fitting, since the space was previously home for decades to barbecue spot Old Glory). D.C.- and California-based SAINT (Studio for Architecture and Interiors) designed the new two-story eatery to evoke great American road trips with colorful and nostalgic art and furnishings. The space seats 193 across the dining room and the outdoor patio bar area.

9. Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa

Kimpton's Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria revealed a $2.5 million redesign in April, spanning all 107 guest rooms including 16 suites outdoor terraces hallway corridors public areas Brabo, the hotel's French brasserie and 5,600 square feet of event space. The new design incorporates purple, copper, grey, blue, and green hues. The suite design, guest rooms, and corridors were designed by Monogram at BBGM and the living room and event space were redesigned by David Hill Design.

The divisible Liberty Room, the hotel’s largest space at 1,250 square feet, accommodates 100 guests banquet style or 125 for receptions. The 730-square-foot Independence Room holds breakout space for 40 guests or cocktail hours for 85 and leads directly out to the open-air Freedom Terrace, an intimate outdoor courtyard just outside hotel’s living room. The 756-square-foot terrace has a large ivy-covered trellis, chrome accents, oversize mirrors, and a contemporary in-ground fire feature. The terrace can hold banquets of 20 guests or receptions of 45.


Best of 2018: 10 Most Notable Washington Venue Openings of 2018

The hottest hotels, conference spaces, restaurants, cultural spaces, and more to open for events and entertaining this year.

This year saw the opening of many significant event and meeting venues in Washington. Here's a look at the best restaurants, party rooms, hotels, corporate event venues, conference centers, and private rooms to open in 2018. These new and renovated Washington venues suit groups large or small for private and corporate events, business dinners, cocktail parties, conferences, weddings, and more.

8. Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Hyatt Regency Bethesda announced the completion of its $37 million renovation in February. The suburban Maryland hotel’s 390 guest rooms, facade, lobby, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces underwent an extensive transformation, and it added a new rooftop event space. Architecture firm Gensler's new design scheme emphasizes wood accents and a neutral palette of warm grays throughout the hotel. The Rooftop Downtown Bethesda, which offers views of the surrounding skyline from its floor-to-ceiling windows, spans 2,400 square feet and has space for 180 guests for a reception, 120 for an elegant sit-down dinner, or 90 for an all-day meeting. The renovated Regency Ballroom expands to 7,200 square feet and boasts 16-foot ceilings, with room for 550 guests. The hotel's nine newly designed meeting rooms and two executive boardrooms all feature upgraded technology, innovative lighting, and digital displays. The hotel's Plaza Lawn, renovated mezzanine level, and open-air concourse terrace are also available for events.

1. Eaton DC

Downtown hotel Eaton DC caters to creative types with its own co-working space and holistic wellness center—along with a restaurant, cafe, cocktail bar, and rooftop bar. Eaton DC celebrated its grand opening at the end of September. The minimalist, clean-lined 209-room hotel includes more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Meeting spaces are equipped with high-tech built-in audiovisual for live broadcasts, and the second floor meeting rooms boast 13-foot ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Beverly Snow Room accommodates 400 for receptions or 240 for banquets the Crystal Room holds 200 for receptions or 100 for banquets the Sidney holds 40 for receptions the Barnett-Aden accommodates 80 for receptions or 70 for banquets and the Salon can accommodate 75 for receptions or 40 for banquets. The hotel's rooftop is set up for 110 standing guests indoors and 98 standing guests outdoors, for a total rooftop occupancy of 208. Chef Tim Ma heads up the hotel’s dining with his Asian-inspired take on American fare at the 151-seat American Son. There's also the serene 54-seat Kintsugi cafe and the 36-seat Allegory bar. In the Eaton House co-working space, there is a 440-square-foot Creators Room with a cyclorama, flexible studio, and gallery space equipment and lighting is available for rent. There's also Eaton Cinema, which seats 50 people and is equipped with Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) technology.

2. The Line

It's been years in the making, but the Line hotel officially opened in January in Adams Morgan. Located in a former church, the 220-room property incorporates elements of its history into the design, as seen in the chandelier in the entryway made from the First Church of Christ, Scientist's organ pipes. The Line is home to three restaurants, two bars, and a coffee shop, tapping acclaimed local chefs and mixologists including Erik Bruner-Yang, Spike Gjerde, Todd Thrasher, and Corey Polyoka. The Line also offers 10,000 square feet of event space. The divisible, 4,020-square-foot Banneker Ballroom holds 500 for receptions or 320 for banquets. The divisible 2,500-square-foot Carina room holds 310 for receptions or 160 for banquets. There are several meeting rooms for board meetings or small receptions, as well as outdoor space the 5,590-square-foot Vela Rooftop Terrace holds 220 for receptions and the 1,760-square-foot Vela Central Terrace accommodates as many as 220 for receptions or 160 for banquets.

3. Audi Field

Washington's professional soccer team D.C. United has a new home at Audi Field. The new stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. opened in July. With room for 20,000 fans, Audi Field offers views of the Anacostia River and the U.S. Capitol. The stadium includes 31 luxury suites. The East Sideline Suites offer indoor/outdoor viewing, with 12 leather seats located directly outside the suite and four standing room-only passes. The East Sideline Party Suites are outfitted with 16 leather seats located directly outside the suite and 16 standing room-only passes. Food and beverage for the suites is catered by chef José Andrés and Levy. The EagleBank Club lounge is designed for groups of 10 or more with unlimited access to food and drink and seating located just above pitch level. The Heineken Rooftop Club holds 150 people with spectacular views of the action on the field and the D.C. skyline.

4. Mi Vida

Mi Vida opened in the Wharf development in Southwest Washington in February. The two-level restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine from chef Roberto Santibañez, with scenic waterfront views and two patios overlooking the water. The entire restaurant seats 350 to 400 guests and offers multiple spaces for private events. The entire second floor, including the balcony and bar, seats 128 guests, then there's the semiprivate Potomac Room, which seats 32. The private Cactus Room seats 45, and the semiprivate Hacienda Room on the mezzanine seats 30, while the semiprivate Mariposa Room seats 40. Weather permitting, the Anthem patio seats 32, the bar patio seats 30, and a private balcony seats 30.

5. The St. Gregory Hotel Dupont Circle

The St. Gregory Hotel in Dupont Circle hosts its grand re-opening in early October, unveiling newly-remodeled guest rooms and suites. The hotel's sophisticated new look matches its restaurant Tredici Enoteca, which opened last year. The St. Gregory Ballroom is outfitted with gray wainscoting and high ceilings and features city views. The full ballroom can accommodate 200 for seated dinners, 150 for theater-style events, or 110 for banquets it can also be divided into three spaces. A seasonal patio accommodates 30 for seated dinners or standing receptions.

6. Poca Madre

D.C. chef and restaurateur Victor Albisu opened a new contemporary restaurant called Poca Madre in June in Chinatown. The restaurant is located in his former Del Campo space, which design firm Swatchroom transformed with white walls, greenery, and striking artwork. A 20-seat private room is decorated with a panoramic landscape of the Sonoran desert printed with green ink on whitewashed wood. The dining room seats 68, with room for six at an agave bar and 28 in an outdoor lounge.

7. America Eats Tavern

In June, chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup opened America Eats Tavern on M Street in Georgetown. The new iteration of America Eats Tavern replaces the former America Eats Tavern in Tysons Corner, which closed in 2016. The restaurant is still inspired by historic and iconic American recipes, and the Georgetown location's menu includes barbecue (which is fitting, since the space was previously home for decades to barbecue spot Old Glory). D.C.- and California-based SAINT (Studio for Architecture and Interiors) designed the new two-story eatery to evoke great American road trips with colorful and nostalgic art and furnishings. The space seats 193 across the dining room and the outdoor patio bar area.

9. Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa

Kimpton's Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria revealed a $2.5 million redesign in April, spanning all 107 guest rooms including 16 suites outdoor terraces hallway corridors public areas Brabo, the hotel's French brasserie and 5,600 square feet of event space. The new design incorporates purple, copper, grey, blue, and green hues. The suite design, guest rooms, and corridors were designed by Monogram at BBGM and the living room and event space were redesigned by David Hill Design.

The divisible Liberty Room, the hotel’s largest space at 1,250 square feet, accommodates 100 guests banquet style or 125 for receptions. The 730-square-foot Independence Room holds breakout space for 40 guests or cocktail hours for 85 and leads directly out to the open-air Freedom Terrace, an intimate outdoor courtyard just outside hotel’s living room. The 756-square-foot terrace has a large ivy-covered trellis, chrome accents, oversize mirrors, and a contemporary in-ground fire feature. The terrace can hold banquets of 20 guests or receptions of 45.


Best of 2018: 10 Most Notable Washington Venue Openings of 2018

The hottest hotels, conference spaces, restaurants, cultural spaces, and more to open for events and entertaining this year.

This year saw the opening of many significant event and meeting venues in Washington. Here's a look at the best restaurants, party rooms, hotels, corporate event venues, conference centers, and private rooms to open in 2018. These new and renovated Washington venues suit groups large or small for private and corporate events, business dinners, cocktail parties, conferences, weddings, and more.

8. Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Hyatt Regency Bethesda announced the completion of its $37 million renovation in February. The suburban Maryland hotel’s 390 guest rooms, facade, lobby, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces underwent an extensive transformation, and it added a new rooftop event space. Architecture firm Gensler's new design scheme emphasizes wood accents and a neutral palette of warm grays throughout the hotel. The Rooftop Downtown Bethesda, which offers views of the surrounding skyline from its floor-to-ceiling windows, spans 2,400 square feet and has space for 180 guests for a reception, 120 for an elegant sit-down dinner, or 90 for an all-day meeting. The renovated Regency Ballroom expands to 7,200 square feet and boasts 16-foot ceilings, with room for 550 guests. The hotel's nine newly designed meeting rooms and two executive boardrooms all feature upgraded technology, innovative lighting, and digital displays. The hotel's Plaza Lawn, renovated mezzanine level, and open-air concourse terrace are also available for events.

1. Eaton DC

Downtown hotel Eaton DC caters to creative types with its own co-working space and holistic wellness center—along with a restaurant, cafe, cocktail bar, and rooftop bar. Eaton DC celebrated its grand opening at the end of September. The minimalist, clean-lined 209-room hotel includes more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Meeting spaces are equipped with high-tech built-in audiovisual for live broadcasts, and the second floor meeting rooms boast 13-foot ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Beverly Snow Room accommodates 400 for receptions or 240 for banquets the Crystal Room holds 200 for receptions or 100 for banquets the Sidney holds 40 for receptions the Barnett-Aden accommodates 80 for receptions or 70 for banquets and the Salon can accommodate 75 for receptions or 40 for banquets. The hotel's rooftop is set up for 110 standing guests indoors and 98 standing guests outdoors, for a total rooftop occupancy of 208. Chef Tim Ma heads up the hotel’s dining with his Asian-inspired take on American fare at the 151-seat American Son. There's also the serene 54-seat Kintsugi cafe and the 36-seat Allegory bar. In the Eaton House co-working space, there is a 440-square-foot Creators Room with a cyclorama, flexible studio, and gallery space equipment and lighting is available for rent. There's also Eaton Cinema, which seats 50 people and is equipped with Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) technology.

2. The Line

It's been years in the making, but the Line hotel officially opened in January in Adams Morgan. Located in a former church, the 220-room property incorporates elements of its history into the design, as seen in the chandelier in the entryway made from the First Church of Christ, Scientist's organ pipes. The Line is home to three restaurants, two bars, and a coffee shop, tapping acclaimed local chefs and mixologists including Erik Bruner-Yang, Spike Gjerde, Todd Thrasher, and Corey Polyoka. The Line also offers 10,000 square feet of event space. The divisible, 4,020-square-foot Banneker Ballroom holds 500 for receptions or 320 for banquets. The divisible 2,500-square-foot Carina room holds 310 for receptions or 160 for banquets. There are several meeting rooms for board meetings or small receptions, as well as outdoor space the 5,590-square-foot Vela Rooftop Terrace holds 220 for receptions and the 1,760-square-foot Vela Central Terrace accommodates as many as 220 for receptions or 160 for banquets.

3. Audi Field

Washington's professional soccer team D.C. United has a new home at Audi Field. The new stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. opened in July. With room for 20,000 fans, Audi Field offers views of the Anacostia River and the U.S. Capitol. The stadium includes 31 luxury suites. The East Sideline Suites offer indoor/outdoor viewing, with 12 leather seats located directly outside the suite and four standing room-only passes. The East Sideline Party Suites are outfitted with 16 leather seats located directly outside the suite and 16 standing room-only passes. Food and beverage for the suites is catered by chef José Andrés and Levy. The EagleBank Club lounge is designed for groups of 10 or more with unlimited access to food and drink and seating located just above pitch level. The Heineken Rooftop Club holds 150 people with spectacular views of the action on the field and the D.C. skyline.

4. Mi Vida

Mi Vida opened in the Wharf development in Southwest Washington in February. The two-level restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine from chef Roberto Santibañez, with scenic waterfront views and two patios overlooking the water. The entire restaurant seats 350 to 400 guests and offers multiple spaces for private events. The entire second floor, including the balcony and bar, seats 128 guests, then there's the semiprivate Potomac Room, which seats 32. The private Cactus Room seats 45, and the semiprivate Hacienda Room on the mezzanine seats 30, while the semiprivate Mariposa Room seats 40. Weather permitting, the Anthem patio seats 32, the bar patio seats 30, and a private balcony seats 30.

5. The St. Gregory Hotel Dupont Circle

The St. Gregory Hotel in Dupont Circle hosts its grand re-opening in early October, unveiling newly-remodeled guest rooms and suites. The hotel's sophisticated new look matches its restaurant Tredici Enoteca, which opened last year. The St. Gregory Ballroom is outfitted with gray wainscoting and high ceilings and features city views. The full ballroom can accommodate 200 for seated dinners, 150 for theater-style events, or 110 for banquets it can also be divided into three spaces. A seasonal patio accommodates 30 for seated dinners or standing receptions.

6. Poca Madre

D.C. chef and restaurateur Victor Albisu opened a new contemporary restaurant called Poca Madre in June in Chinatown. The restaurant is located in his former Del Campo space, which design firm Swatchroom transformed with white walls, greenery, and striking artwork. A 20-seat private room is decorated with a panoramic landscape of the Sonoran desert printed with green ink on whitewashed wood. The dining room seats 68, with room for six at an agave bar and 28 in an outdoor lounge.

7. America Eats Tavern

In June, chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup opened America Eats Tavern on M Street in Georgetown. The new iteration of America Eats Tavern replaces the former America Eats Tavern in Tysons Corner, which closed in 2016. The restaurant is still inspired by historic and iconic American recipes, and the Georgetown location's menu includes barbecue (which is fitting, since the space was previously home for decades to barbecue spot Old Glory). D.C.- and California-based SAINT (Studio for Architecture and Interiors) designed the new two-story eatery to evoke great American road trips with colorful and nostalgic art and furnishings. The space seats 193 across the dining room and the outdoor patio bar area.

9. Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa

Kimpton's Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria revealed a $2.5 million redesign in April, spanning all 107 guest rooms including 16 suites outdoor terraces hallway corridors public areas Brabo, the hotel's French brasserie and 5,600 square feet of event space. The new design incorporates purple, copper, grey, blue, and green hues. The suite design, guest rooms, and corridors were designed by Monogram at BBGM and the living room and event space were redesigned by David Hill Design.

The divisible Liberty Room, the hotel’s largest space at 1,250 square feet, accommodates 100 guests banquet style or 125 for receptions. The 730-square-foot Independence Room holds breakout space for 40 guests or cocktail hours for 85 and leads directly out to the open-air Freedom Terrace, an intimate outdoor courtyard just outside hotel’s living room. The 756-square-foot terrace has a large ivy-covered trellis, chrome accents, oversize mirrors, and a contemporary in-ground fire feature. The terrace can hold banquets of 20 guests or receptions of 45.


Best of 2018: 10 Most Notable Washington Venue Openings of 2018

The hottest hotels, conference spaces, restaurants, cultural spaces, and more to open for events and entertaining this year.

This year saw the opening of many significant event and meeting venues in Washington. Here's a look at the best restaurants, party rooms, hotels, corporate event venues, conference centers, and private rooms to open in 2018. These new and renovated Washington venues suit groups large or small for private and corporate events, business dinners, cocktail parties, conferences, weddings, and more.

8. Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Hyatt Regency Bethesda announced the completion of its $37 million renovation in February. The suburban Maryland hotel’s 390 guest rooms, facade, lobby, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces underwent an extensive transformation, and it added a new rooftop event space. Architecture firm Gensler's new design scheme emphasizes wood accents and a neutral palette of warm grays throughout the hotel. The Rooftop Downtown Bethesda, which offers views of the surrounding skyline from its floor-to-ceiling windows, spans 2,400 square feet and has space for 180 guests for a reception, 120 for an elegant sit-down dinner, or 90 for an all-day meeting. The renovated Regency Ballroom expands to 7,200 square feet and boasts 16-foot ceilings, with room for 550 guests. The hotel's nine newly designed meeting rooms and two executive boardrooms all feature upgraded technology, innovative lighting, and digital displays. The hotel's Plaza Lawn, renovated mezzanine level, and open-air concourse terrace are also available for events.

1. Eaton DC

Downtown hotel Eaton DC caters to creative types with its own co-working space and holistic wellness center—along with a restaurant, cafe, cocktail bar, and rooftop bar. Eaton DC celebrated its grand opening at the end of September. The minimalist, clean-lined 209-room hotel includes more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Meeting spaces are equipped with high-tech built-in audiovisual for live broadcasts, and the second floor meeting rooms boast 13-foot ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Beverly Snow Room accommodates 400 for receptions or 240 for banquets the Crystal Room holds 200 for receptions or 100 for banquets the Sidney holds 40 for receptions the Barnett-Aden accommodates 80 for receptions or 70 for banquets and the Salon can accommodate 75 for receptions or 40 for banquets. The hotel's rooftop is set up for 110 standing guests indoors and 98 standing guests outdoors, for a total rooftop occupancy of 208. Chef Tim Ma heads up the hotel’s dining with his Asian-inspired take on American fare at the 151-seat American Son. There's also the serene 54-seat Kintsugi cafe and the 36-seat Allegory bar. In the Eaton House co-working space, there is a 440-square-foot Creators Room with a cyclorama, flexible studio, and gallery space equipment and lighting is available for rent. There's also Eaton Cinema, which seats 50 people and is equipped with Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) technology.

2. The Line

It's been years in the making, but the Line hotel officially opened in January in Adams Morgan. Located in a former church, the 220-room property incorporates elements of its history into the design, as seen in the chandelier in the entryway made from the First Church of Christ, Scientist's organ pipes. The Line is home to three restaurants, two bars, and a coffee shop, tapping acclaimed local chefs and mixologists including Erik Bruner-Yang, Spike Gjerde, Todd Thrasher, and Corey Polyoka. The Line also offers 10,000 square feet of event space. The divisible, 4,020-square-foot Banneker Ballroom holds 500 for receptions or 320 for banquets. The divisible 2,500-square-foot Carina room holds 310 for receptions or 160 for banquets. There are several meeting rooms for board meetings or small receptions, as well as outdoor space the 5,590-square-foot Vela Rooftop Terrace holds 220 for receptions and the 1,760-square-foot Vela Central Terrace accommodates as many as 220 for receptions or 160 for banquets.

3. Audi Field

Washington's professional soccer team D.C. United has a new home at Audi Field. The new stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. opened in July. With room for 20,000 fans, Audi Field offers views of the Anacostia River and the U.S. Capitol. The stadium includes 31 luxury suites. The East Sideline Suites offer indoor/outdoor viewing, with 12 leather seats located directly outside the suite and four standing room-only passes. The East Sideline Party Suites are outfitted with 16 leather seats located directly outside the suite and 16 standing room-only passes. Food and beverage for the suites is catered by chef José Andrés and Levy. The EagleBank Club lounge is designed for groups of 10 or more with unlimited access to food and drink and seating located just above pitch level. The Heineken Rooftop Club holds 150 people with spectacular views of the action on the field and the D.C. skyline.

4. Mi Vida

Mi Vida opened in the Wharf development in Southwest Washington in February. The two-level restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine from chef Roberto Santibañez, with scenic waterfront views and two patios overlooking the water. The entire restaurant seats 350 to 400 guests and offers multiple spaces for private events. The entire second floor, including the balcony and bar, seats 128 guests, then there's the semiprivate Potomac Room, which seats 32. The private Cactus Room seats 45, and the semiprivate Hacienda Room on the mezzanine seats 30, while the semiprivate Mariposa Room seats 40. Weather permitting, the Anthem patio seats 32, the bar patio seats 30, and a private balcony seats 30.

5. The St. Gregory Hotel Dupont Circle

The St. Gregory Hotel in Dupont Circle hosts its grand re-opening in early October, unveiling newly-remodeled guest rooms and suites. The hotel's sophisticated new look matches its restaurant Tredici Enoteca, which opened last year. The St. Gregory Ballroom is outfitted with gray wainscoting and high ceilings and features city views. The full ballroom can accommodate 200 for seated dinners, 150 for theater-style events, or 110 for banquets it can also be divided into three spaces. A seasonal patio accommodates 30 for seated dinners or standing receptions.

6. Poca Madre

D.C. chef and restaurateur Victor Albisu opened a new contemporary restaurant called Poca Madre in June in Chinatown. The restaurant is located in his former Del Campo space, which design firm Swatchroom transformed with white walls, greenery, and striking artwork. A 20-seat private room is decorated with a panoramic landscape of the Sonoran desert printed with green ink on whitewashed wood. The dining room seats 68, with room for six at an agave bar and 28 in an outdoor lounge.

7. America Eats Tavern

In June, chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup opened America Eats Tavern on M Street in Georgetown. The new iteration of America Eats Tavern replaces the former America Eats Tavern in Tysons Corner, which closed in 2016. The restaurant is still inspired by historic and iconic American recipes, and the Georgetown location's menu includes barbecue (which is fitting, since the space was previously home for decades to barbecue spot Old Glory). D.C.- and California-based SAINT (Studio for Architecture and Interiors) designed the new two-story eatery to evoke great American road trips with colorful and nostalgic art and furnishings. The space seats 193 across the dining room and the outdoor patio bar area.

9. Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa

Kimpton's Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria revealed a $2.5 million redesign in April, spanning all 107 guest rooms including 16 suites outdoor terraces hallway corridors public areas Brabo, the hotel's French brasserie and 5,600 square feet of event space. The new design incorporates purple, copper, grey, blue, and green hues. The suite design, guest rooms, and corridors were designed by Monogram at BBGM and the living room and event space were redesigned by David Hill Design.

The divisible Liberty Room, the hotel’s largest space at 1,250 square feet, accommodates 100 guests banquet style or 125 for receptions. The 730-square-foot Independence Room holds breakout space for 40 guests or cocktail hours for 85 and leads directly out to the open-air Freedom Terrace, an intimate outdoor courtyard just outside hotel’s living room. The 756-square-foot terrace has a large ivy-covered trellis, chrome accents, oversize mirrors, and a contemporary in-ground fire feature. The terrace can hold banquets of 20 guests or receptions of 45.


Best of 2018: 10 Most Notable Washington Venue Openings of 2018

The hottest hotels, conference spaces, restaurants, cultural spaces, and more to open for events and entertaining this year.

This year saw the opening of many significant event and meeting venues in Washington. Here's a look at the best restaurants, party rooms, hotels, corporate event venues, conference centers, and private rooms to open in 2018. These new and renovated Washington venues suit groups large or small for private and corporate events, business dinners, cocktail parties, conferences, weddings, and more.

8. Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Hyatt Regency Bethesda announced the completion of its $37 million renovation in February. The suburban Maryland hotel’s 390 guest rooms, facade, lobby, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces underwent an extensive transformation, and it added a new rooftop event space. Architecture firm Gensler's new design scheme emphasizes wood accents and a neutral palette of warm grays throughout the hotel. The Rooftop Downtown Bethesda, which offers views of the surrounding skyline from its floor-to-ceiling windows, spans 2,400 square feet and has space for 180 guests for a reception, 120 for an elegant sit-down dinner, or 90 for an all-day meeting. The renovated Regency Ballroom expands to 7,200 square feet and boasts 16-foot ceilings, with room for 550 guests. The hotel's nine newly designed meeting rooms and two executive boardrooms all feature upgraded technology, innovative lighting, and digital displays. The hotel's Plaza Lawn, renovated mezzanine level, and open-air concourse terrace are also available for events.

1. Eaton DC

Downtown hotel Eaton DC caters to creative types with its own co-working space and holistic wellness center—along with a restaurant, cafe, cocktail bar, and rooftop bar. Eaton DC celebrated its grand opening at the end of September. The minimalist, clean-lined 209-room hotel includes more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Meeting spaces are equipped with high-tech built-in audiovisual for live broadcasts, and the second floor meeting rooms boast 13-foot ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Beverly Snow Room accommodates 400 for receptions or 240 for banquets the Crystal Room holds 200 for receptions or 100 for banquets the Sidney holds 40 for receptions the Barnett-Aden accommodates 80 for receptions or 70 for banquets and the Salon can accommodate 75 for receptions or 40 for banquets. The hotel's rooftop is set up for 110 standing guests indoors and 98 standing guests outdoors, for a total rooftop occupancy of 208. Chef Tim Ma heads up the hotel’s dining with his Asian-inspired take on American fare at the 151-seat American Son. There's also the serene 54-seat Kintsugi cafe and the 36-seat Allegory bar. In the Eaton House co-working space, there is a 440-square-foot Creators Room with a cyclorama, flexible studio, and gallery space equipment and lighting is available for rent. There's also Eaton Cinema, which seats 50 people and is equipped with Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) technology.

2. The Line

It's been years in the making, but the Line hotel officially opened in January in Adams Morgan. Located in a former church, the 220-room property incorporates elements of its history into the design, as seen in the chandelier in the entryway made from the First Church of Christ, Scientist's organ pipes. The Line is home to three restaurants, two bars, and a coffee shop, tapping acclaimed local chefs and mixologists including Erik Bruner-Yang, Spike Gjerde, Todd Thrasher, and Corey Polyoka. The Line also offers 10,000 square feet of event space. The divisible, 4,020-square-foot Banneker Ballroom holds 500 for receptions or 320 for banquets. The divisible 2,500-square-foot Carina room holds 310 for receptions or 160 for banquets. There are several meeting rooms for board meetings or small receptions, as well as outdoor space the 5,590-square-foot Vela Rooftop Terrace holds 220 for receptions and the 1,760-square-foot Vela Central Terrace accommodates as many as 220 for receptions or 160 for banquets.

3. Audi Field

Washington's professional soccer team D.C. United has a new home at Audi Field. The new stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. opened in July. With room for 20,000 fans, Audi Field offers views of the Anacostia River and the U.S. Capitol. The stadium includes 31 luxury suites. The East Sideline Suites offer indoor/outdoor viewing, with 12 leather seats located directly outside the suite and four standing room-only passes. The East Sideline Party Suites are outfitted with 16 leather seats located directly outside the suite and 16 standing room-only passes. Food and beverage for the suites is catered by chef José Andrés and Levy. The EagleBank Club lounge is designed for groups of 10 or more with unlimited access to food and drink and seating located just above pitch level. The Heineken Rooftop Club holds 150 people with spectacular views of the action on the field and the D.C. skyline.

4. Mi Vida

Mi Vida opened in the Wharf development in Southwest Washington in February. The two-level restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine from chef Roberto Santibañez, with scenic waterfront views and two patios overlooking the water. The entire restaurant seats 350 to 400 guests and offers multiple spaces for private events. The entire second floor, including the balcony and bar, seats 128 guests, then there's the semiprivate Potomac Room, which seats 32. The private Cactus Room seats 45, and the semiprivate Hacienda Room on the mezzanine seats 30, while the semiprivate Mariposa Room seats 40. Weather permitting, the Anthem patio seats 32, the bar patio seats 30, and a private balcony seats 30.

5. The St. Gregory Hotel Dupont Circle

The St. Gregory Hotel in Dupont Circle hosts its grand re-opening in early October, unveiling newly-remodeled guest rooms and suites. The hotel's sophisticated new look matches its restaurant Tredici Enoteca, which opened last year. The St. Gregory Ballroom is outfitted with gray wainscoting and high ceilings and features city views. The full ballroom can accommodate 200 for seated dinners, 150 for theater-style events, or 110 for banquets it can also be divided into three spaces. A seasonal patio accommodates 30 for seated dinners or standing receptions.

6. Poca Madre

D.C. chef and restaurateur Victor Albisu opened a new contemporary restaurant called Poca Madre in June in Chinatown. The restaurant is located in his former Del Campo space, which design firm Swatchroom transformed with white walls, greenery, and striking artwork. A 20-seat private room is decorated with a panoramic landscape of the Sonoran desert printed with green ink on whitewashed wood. The dining room seats 68, with room for six at an agave bar and 28 in an outdoor lounge.

7. America Eats Tavern

In June, chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup opened America Eats Tavern on M Street in Georgetown. The new iteration of America Eats Tavern replaces the former America Eats Tavern in Tysons Corner, which closed in 2016. The restaurant is still inspired by historic and iconic American recipes, and the Georgetown location's menu includes barbecue (which is fitting, since the space was previously home for decades to barbecue spot Old Glory). D.C.- and California-based SAINT (Studio for Architecture and Interiors) designed the new two-story eatery to evoke great American road trips with colorful and nostalgic art and furnishings. The space seats 193 across the dining room and the outdoor patio bar area.

9. Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa

Kimpton's Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria revealed a $2.5 million redesign in April, spanning all 107 guest rooms including 16 suites outdoor terraces hallway corridors public areas Brabo, the hotel's French brasserie and 5,600 square feet of event space. The new design incorporates purple, copper, grey, blue, and green hues. The suite design, guest rooms, and corridors were designed by Monogram at BBGM and the living room and event space were redesigned by David Hill Design.

The divisible Liberty Room, the hotel’s largest space at 1,250 square feet, accommodates 100 guests banquet style or 125 for receptions. The 730-square-foot Independence Room holds breakout space for 40 guests or cocktail hours for 85 and leads directly out to the open-air Freedom Terrace, an intimate outdoor courtyard just outside hotel’s living room. The 756-square-foot terrace has a large ivy-covered trellis, chrome accents, oversize mirrors, and a contemporary in-ground fire feature. The terrace can hold banquets of 20 guests or receptions of 45.


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