First opened 1925, The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel is entering the final phase of a top-to-bottom renovation, with all 583 rooms and 74 suites scheduled for a makeover starting this October.
The $20-million project, spearheaded by The Gettys Group design firm, will maintain the 10-story hotel’s historic appeal while updating its look and outfitting each guestroom with new amenities.
Open for business during the project, the construction will take place floor by floor to minimize the impact to the guest experience.
The rooms’ renovation will bring the entire hotel onto the same page. All public spaces have already been re-imagined, including nearly 43,000 square feet of non-traditional configurable conference and events space across 27 rooms, with the notable addition of the 3,000 square foot Promenade Ballroom. In December 2012, the hotel opened Edgar Bar & Kitchen, an American brasserie.
The new room designs and finishes take inspiration from the hotel’s past, even while it emphasizes present day amenities. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Historic Hotels of America, The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel is using a palette of neutral grays accented with purple. Each room will have contemporary finishes, artworks and vintage-inspired black and white marble bathrooms accented with wood. Guests will be also treated to a wall of fame, a wallpaper recreation of the hotel’s guest book behind the bed, complete with versions of signatures of former guests, including President John F. Kennedy, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and J. Edgar Hoover. Each room will be outfitted with a 36-inch flat screen TV, wireless Internet connectivity, a work area and an iPod docking station.
The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel is located near the White House. The hotel has nearly 43,000 square feet of event space for weddings, galas, banquets and meetings, as well as a fitness center.