5 new hotels to check out in Washington, DC this year

From a stay inspired by female empowerment to “affordable luxury,” here are five new places to stay in the nation’s capital.

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Photo courtesy of Yours Truly DC

Finding a place to stay in Washington, DC may seem simple when you live just a handful of miles away, but at high tourism times, it can be more difficult—and more expensive—than you might think.

But whether you’re looking to book your own staycation in a few months, or want to offer recommendations to friends and family, here are five new places worth checking out in the nation’s capital this year.

Riggs Washington DC
Opened February 2020
Found on the corner of Ninth and F Streets in Penn Quarter, Riggs Washington DC is the newest hotel on the block and is housed in the former Riggs National Bank building. The 181 guest rooms and suites are inspired by the building’s legacy, “reminiscent of a private safety deposit box,” according to the website. On the ground floor, find Cafe Riggs, a modern American restaurant, and a cocktail bar on the lower level, Silver Lyan. The cafe has all-day offerings as well as coffee and pastries, and the cocktail bar is housed in the original bank vault and created by Ryan Chetiyawardana of Mr Lyan. The bonus? The hotel is under a five-minute walk from Capital One Arena. // 900 F St NW, Washington, DC; Starting at $167 per night 

Yours Truly DC
Expected May 2020
Forget the term “hotel” and swap it for “hangout” at this new, modern-style hotel in DC’s West End. The Wink Hotel is transforming into a more casual Yours Truly DC by trading out the lobby for a living room, and a conference room for a kitchen, according to the website. The location will also be undergoing extensive renovations to include a cafe, backyard space and an outdoor garden.  Mercy Me, the on-site restaurant, will be led by the duo Andrew Dana and Daniela Moreira of local favorites Call Your Mother Deli and Timber Pizza. Just one more way to make it feel like home: It’s pet-friendly too. // 1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC; Starting at $100 a night

Hotel Zena
Expected May 2020
Right off the heavily traveled 14th Street and tucked into Logan Circle will be newcomer Hotel Zena, a hotel inspired by female empowerment. “Hotel Zena will be the first hospitality establishment solely dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of women,” said Jon Bortz, president and CEO of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, in a recent press release. The hotel will have 191 rooms, a large mural of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a cocktail bar and a 14th-floor rooftop pool. To further push the female-empowerment initiative, the hotel also plans to host community events, lectures and more. // 1155 14th St., Washington, DC; Starting at $189 per night

Opening September 2020
Just a few blocks away from the National Mall, citizenM will be bringing an approachable atmosphere in its “affordable luxury” hotel, without a traditional lobby and plenty of trendy, colorful furniture. Aside from the 252 rooms in the hotel that have free Wi-Fi, guests can grab their keys in under a minute with self-check-in, and the nine meeting rooms boast that they “bring fun back into meetings,” according to the website. Traveling for a work trip? The location also has a technology workspace, a rooftop bar (cloudM) and free movies on your in-suite television to help you unwind after a long day. // 550 School St. SW, Washington, DC; Starting at $100 per night 

Viceroy Washington DC
Expected late 2020
Owned by the same parent company as aforementioned Hotel Zena, Viceroy Washington DC will revamp the former Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel with 178 newly renovated rooms and several new features. Guests can expect an on-site restaurant inspired by the jazz heritage of 14th Street and Logan Circle, as well as an art gallery filled with features from local artists. Also, check out the new-and-improved rooftop bar, coffee bar and 1,695-square-foot ballroom. // 1430 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, DC; Starting at $149 per night

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