Look for a brand-new finish on a classic in February 2015, when The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., completes a $20 million renovation of all 583 rooms and 74 suites.
The historic 89-year-old hotel near Dupont Circle has been updating its look since September 2012, when it added the 3,000-sf Promenade Ballroom for meetings, weddings and special events. All public spaces have been re-imagined, including nearly 43,000 sf of non-traditional configurable conference and events space across 27 rooms. In addition to the Promenade Ballroom, the hotel also opened Edgar Bar & Kitchen, a popular American brasserie, in 2012.
The final phase of the makeover is scheduled to begin in October 2014. Spearheaded by The Gettys Group design firm, it will maintain the 10-story hotel’s historic pedigree while updating its look and outfitting each guest room with the latest amenities and new media.
Construction will take place floor by floor, and General Manager John Montano promises guests will feel as little impact as possible. “We’re fortunate that The Mayflower has solid bones,” he says. “The noise will be kept to a minimum, and our reservation department will manage the flow of guests to keep them comfortable and out of range of the construction.”
The renovation’s designers have quite a lot to live up to. The hotel is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and Historic Hotels of America. President Harry S. Truman called it Washington’s “second-best address” after the White House, and it’s believed to have had more gold leaf applied to it than any other U.S. building except the Library of Congress.
Each of the renovated rooms and suites will feature a “wall of fame”: a wallpaper re-creation of the hotel’s guest book, with artistic versions of signatures of famous guests including President John F. Kennedy, aviators Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh and legendary G-man J. Edgar Hoover. Each room will be outfitted with a 36-inch flat-screen TV, high-speed wireless, an ergonomic work area and an iPod docking station.
“As we welcome the next generation of traveler, we’re very keen to stay connected to our illustrious past,” Montano saysl. “From presidential inaugural speeches to occasions of intrigue and scandal, The Mayflower has set the stage for Washington’s influencers through the decades. The renovation will pay homage to our past while dressing the hotel up in grand style for the future.”