Hilton is finally getting ready to reopen the long-shuttered L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Southwest D.C.
The hotel, which is now called Hilton Washington D.C. National Mall, will open April 1, according to a release from Hilton (NYSE: HLT). The former hotel closed in December 2013 after Stanford Hotels Group purchased it for $48.7 million.
Located at 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW, the property has undergone a $30 million renovation, including a revamp of its 367 hotel rooms. The rooms now include 50 executive suites, one ambassador suite and one presidential suite, all of which have access to the executive lounge and added perks including complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres daily.
The hotel’s 23,000 square feet of meeting space also got a facelift. The three main event spaces are the 5,400-square-foot L’Enfant Ballroom on the ground floor, the 4,240-square-foot Gallery Ballroom on the hotel’s second floor, and the 2,109-square-foot Solarium on one of the hotel’s upper floors.
The design of the property, from Studio HBA of Santa Monica, California, aims for a more modern look than the previous hotel, using white marble and granite, hardwood floors in the guest rooms, barn doors separating the porcelain guest bathrooms and warm wood accents in the lobby.
As for food and beverage, the old American Grill in the lobby will become the L’Enfant Bar & Grill, featuring French-inspired cuisine. There will also be a lobby bar, a full-service Starbucks and a grab-and-go marketplace in the lobby area.
The hotel on L’Enfant Plaza reopens as several projects are breathing more life into the city’s Southwest quadrant. The hotel is just a short walk down the new Banneker stairs to The Wharf, and it sits directly behind the new International Spy Museum building, which is set to open this spring.
This article appeared in the Washington Business Journal on February 12, 2019. Article by Rebecca Cooper.