CitizenM opens second D.C. hotel

Two years after launching the brand's first hotel in the Washington, D.C., area, citizenM has opened its second—the citizenM Washington D.C. NoMa.

CitizenM’s art team commissioned D.C. native Hannah Whitaker to create Circulations, an art installation wrapping around the facade of the hotel. The mural emphasizes a female naturalistic presence that seems at odds with the pictures’ stark techno-futurism. Whitaker cites the imperfections in her work and evidence of its handmade construction as highlighting “the generative potential of human error in the face of digital automation.” 

Inside, Vibrations, Whitaker’s second piece for citizenM, is a continuation of the facade artwork featuring dark stripes and flares of color. In the property's 296 guestrooms, the hotel showcases works by notable and rising local artists such as Andy Yonder, Charles Jean Pierre, Melvin Nesbitt, Nekisha Durrett and Tim Doud. 

“We're thrilled to be part of NoMa’s growth with the addition of citizenM Washington D.C. NoMa,” Chief Marketing Officer Robin Chadha said in a statement. “With a curated selection of artwork by local Washington-based artists and our proximity to the best the city has to offer in terms of galleries, museums, boutiques, restaurants and bars, etc., we’re excited to be able to provide guests and visitors alike with an unparalleled and culturally robust experience both in and out of the hotel.”

CitizenM Washington D.C. NoMa has three societyM meeting rooms, available for half- and full-day rentals to both guests and the public. All guestrooms have XL king-size wall-to-wall beds. The room ambiance is fully controlled by an iPad—the blinds, the TV and even the lights with changeable colors—or via the citizenM app.

The brand will have 30 hotels open by the end of the year and is aiming to reach 40 operational properties worldwide by 2024. Hotels are under development in Miami, Chicago and Austin, Texas.