CBT re-invents Donovan House, a Kimpton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants completed a multimillion-dollar renovation and redesign of Donovan House, a Kimpton Hotel. The renovation of the downtown Washington, D.C. hotel encompasses all 193 guestrooms and suites, elevators and hallway corridors, and includes new business-friendly amenities.

CBT, a Boston-based multi-disciplinary interior, architecture and urban design firm specializing in luxury hospitality design, interior architecture, and urban design, was hired to reinvent Donovan House's design to better accommodate business travelers.

A primary focus of the renovation was the addition of a desk in every guestroom, as previously only select rooms had dedicated workspace. Donovan House's new standard five-foot dark oak finished desks feature built-in, flip-up outlets with standard power, and USB sockets. Guests can pull up a grey ergonomic chair and work under ample lighting from a Humanscale Horizon LED task light, which is also a part of the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection.

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In addition to the new functional additions for business travelers, Donovan House's rooms also have new décor with a color palette of contemporary grey and deep purple with rust accents. Clean lines abound with new iridescent iris faux leather wraparound headboards, black and white side tables and the addition of a custom rust-colored faux crocodile bench, a pattern which is echoed on the room's grey carpet.

Travelers can relax in canopy beds with Kimpton's signature zebra print Frette sheets and topped with a decorative rust throw pillow while watching a new 55-inch inset television. The décor is minimalistic and adorned with a single circular black and white print of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

Ten of Donovan House's King Suites also received an upgrade with the addition of a pull-out grey chenille sofa bed and an oak-finished executive table with built-in outlets and gold winged chairs.

The hotel's principal suite with views of Thomas Circle, the Donovan Suite, also received an update, including a new sectional sofa, patterned accent rug, and hardwood floors in the living room area. A molecular smoked glass chandelier hangs above a dark wood table that seats 10, and the walls have a custom graphic patchwork black and white print of Washington, D.C. monuments. The bedroom area mirrors the other guestrooms with the addition of a pull-out grey chenille sofa bed and extra workspace.

Several of the hotel's signature design elements, originally conceived by Studio GAIA, remain, such as the cocoon spiral showers, futuristic club chairs and floor-to-ceiling windows in most rooms.

Located on the 14th Street Corridor, the 193-room hotel is surrounded by museums, galleries, theaters, shopping and nightlife and is walking distance to the White House and Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Donovan House, a Kimpton Hotel is located at 1155 14th Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C. 

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