Krause Sawyer designs first North American Canopy by Hilton

New York-based design firm Krause Sawyer revealed its design for the Canopy by Hilton Washington, DC, the brand’s first hotel in North America. Located in the Southwest Waterfront on the shore of the Potomac River, the 175-room hotel’s design was inspired by the history of the region as well as the expanded Municipal Fish Market.

Canopy Central, the hotel’s main public space, has a large wall and ceiling that use woods, metals, glasses and lighting installations. A floor-to-ceiling window wall frames dockside views, while a two-sided stone fireplace functions as a centerpiece of this space, which is also outfitted with sofa and club chair seating groups. A black and white print with 3D textures on reclaimed painted beadboard serves as the focal point.

A butcher block and zinc-clad bar anchors the Bar/Restaurant at Canopy Central, which is designed with a full-height, backlit wood tiled wall. Located beyond reception, the Transfer Lounge has a shower, changing areas and lockers to accommodate guests on the move. The Retreat is connected to an outdoor terrace, complete with floor-to-ceiling screen partitions and seating enclaves with individual chaises.


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In total, the hotel has 175 guestrooms with large headboards and signature canopies over the beds reminiscent of market containers and fish crates. Guestrooms also include an open closet concept. The floors use light wood and custom inset carpeting, while the interiors include nautical touches inspired by the history of the riverfront. Color palette used includes gray, beige and orange. Bathrooms have illuminated mirrors.

The property is part of Hoffman-Madison Waterfront's $2.5 billion, mixed-use waterfront neighborhood in Southwest Washington, D.C.

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