Design Atelier renovates D.C.'s Hamilton Crowne Plaza

The historic Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel in Washington D.C., re-launched following completed upgrades. The 318-room hotel, designed in Beaux Arts style by French architect Jules Henri di Sibour in 1921, has been given a renewed look by hospitality interior design firm Design Atelier.

The original 1920’s Beaux Arts-style arched ceiling was re-discovered when the drop ceiling was removed. Artists were called in to restore the gold-gilt paint to its original design, re-creating a gold and royal blue entrance to the property. Guests are welcomed by an updated front desk designed in metal studded leather, reminiscent of a roaring twenties travel trunk.

The restored lobby design contains crisply painted white paneled walls and furnishings in eggplant and saffron leather, mohair and velvet. A decorative chandelier placed over the traditional settee reflects the hotel’s past, while artwork of historic maps and 1920’s imagery presented in modern acrylic and canvas add a contemporary vibe.

The Hamilton’s bar has extended its lounge into the lobby, now with multifunctional seating for social and business gatherings. New furniture groupings are available.


Redesigned guestrooms boast neoclassic white paneling juxtaposed against wool carpet. Dramatic full height upholstered headboards flanked by mirrored antique maps of the city above the nightstands set the tone for the Washington, D.C. hotel. All furniture is finished in rich deep espresso to honor the tradition of the past, with the taupe color palette with touches of tomato and claret.

Touches of history are referenced in the marble nightstand lamps, the scroll design of the pillow shams that hint at Hamilton’s signature and the artwork composed of Alexander Hamilton quotes and his silhouette. The Hamilton’s 17 premier suites feature additional amenities, including a 42-inch flat screen TV, an executive workstation with Wi-Fi access and a separate living area with a sleeper sofa.

In addition to its accommodations, the hotel offers a pet-friendly floor, an Executive Concierge level and a dedicated floor that uniquely caters to women business travelers.

The Hamilton’s signature 14K Restaurant is now under the operation of newly appointed executive chef Juan Natal. This contemporary American bistro features an enclosed patio overlooking vibrant K Street and Franklin Square Park.

The property now has over 7,000 square feet of meeting space including two ballrooms, and five meeting rooms.

Design Atelier is a hospitality interior design firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Principals Anne Jones and Sandra Benitez combine East and West Coast design and architecture sensibilities to produce their designs. The Hamilton Crowne Plaza is their latest project.


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