Sneak peek inside D.C.'s newest Kimpton hotel

Rebecca Cooper

Staff Reporter Washington Business Journal

Washington, DC (June 15, 2016) – The Savoy Suites hotel in Glover Park officially becomes the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel on Wednesday, bringing with the change a top-to-bottom renovation of the 154-room property at 2505 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

The renovation, which was spearheaded by architecture firm BBGM, has taken place over the past year after hotel owner Foxhall Partners and Iron Point Partners brought on San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to manage it and another hotel property, the Carlyle in Dupont Circle.

The new rooms feature bright white walls and linens with green accents; artwork by Michele Oka Doner is incorporated throughout the property, which was designed by Anna Bustá. Oka Doner's mural, which covers the entire side of the building facing Wisconsin Avenue, is reproduced in miniature behind door numbers and floor numbers and on hallway walls facing elevators.

The mural portrays a stylized map of Rock Creek Park and part of D.C., pulling from the hotel's location in Glover Park, which was named for Charles Carroll Glover, a philanthropist donated nearly 3,000 acres of parkland — including the land that became Rock Creek Park.

The rooms average about 450 square feet in size; 21 of them have kitchenettes and 25 have city views. The hotel's location high up on Wisconsin Avenue gives the upper floors a sweeping view of the District, including the Washington Monument and the Potomac River.

That view would also be great from the building's roof, and while the hotel's ownership originally planned to activate the rooftop in some way, those plans are stalled for now.

In December, Matt Wexler of Foxhall Partners said the group would only open the rooftop in a way that the neighborhood was amenable to. The company is still working with community leaders and plans to provide more information down the road about what they'd like to do with the rooftop space, Wexler said Wednesday.

While the renovation of the rooms is complete — the hotel remained open during the revamp — some parts of the property are still a work in progress. The planned restaurant in the hotel, a coastal Italian restaurant from chef Michael Schlow called Casolare, is set to open in July; and a 200-seat ballroom off the lobby, to be called the Walnut Room, isn't quite finished yet.

A lower-level gym space from Urban Athletic Club is also complete; hotel guests can work out there for free or join one of the classes at a discounted price, and the gym is also open to members from outside the hotel.

The hotel is Kimpton's 10th in the District and the first outside of the traditional urban core or other tourist-heavy neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill. The location caters to a lot of guests of neighborhood residents, as well as people in town for events at the National Cathedral and the nearby universities, according to Ursula McNamara, area director of sales and marketing for Kimpton.

Kimpton Glover Park offers a free shuttle to the Woodley Park Metro, as well as to Georgetown, George Washington and American universities.