Trammell Crow Company and MetLife Investment Management announced that The Morrow Washington DC, Curio Collection by Hilton is set to unveil in NoMa’s 3rd Street District later this year. Positioned at the nexus of three of Washington, D.C.’s most dynamic neighbourhoods, the hotel’s arrival will provide a new hub for the fast-growing creative community. The hotel will feature 203 guestrooms, 16,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, and three food and beverage venues from Michelin-starred Chef Nicholas Stefanelli of well-known local hot spots Masseria, Philotimo and Officina.
“We are incredibly excited to introduce The Morrow Washington DC this fall,” said Bill Webster, Director, Hotel Asset Management, MetLife Investment Management. “It is an honour to join the local community in welcoming travellers to experience our new hospitality offering. The Morrow, as its name implies, is about looking to the future and all possibilities that tomorrow brings. We have built the hotel upon this foundation to create an offering that is a source of energy and optimism.”
Designed by Shalom Branes Associates, with guestrooms by Rottet Studio and common spaces and food and beverage outlets by INC Architecture, The Morrow Washington DC, Curio Collection by Hilton infuses the artful spirit of the location throughout the entire property. Located on the last site of Central Armature Works, a 100-year-old electrical manufacturing and repair business, the hotel is deeply rooted in Washington, D.C.’s history while representing a distinctly modern vision.
The design selections create a series of differentiated experiences from light and airy to dark and contemplative, eliciting distinct atmospheres related to how a guest moves throughout the hotel during the day and bringing elements of contrast to the hotel’s various activities, from lounging and working to dining and wellness. An uplifting experience is created upon arrival with a bright and airy lobby space featuring intimate seating areas. Above the lobby, the mezzanine features a state-of-the-art fitness centre and expansive meeting space. The second floor features a nearly 3,000-square-foot ballroom with multiple configuration options, an 834-square-foot meeting room, and access to a lushly landscaped outdoor terrace, where a gantry crane-inspired sculpture pays homage to the site’s industrial roots.
The hotel’s arrival brings new, sophisticated food and beverage venues operated by Michelin-starred Chef Nicholas Stefanelli to NoMa, including Le Clou, offering a modern take on the traditional French brasserie, Vesper, a moody and intimate cocktail lounge, and Upstairs at The Morrow, a rooftop lounge and bar with breathtaking views of the city. The pinnacle of the area’s bar offerings, Upstairs at The Morrow is wrapped by an expansive outdoor terrace and will bring guests unobstructed views of some of the city’s key sights. Located on the 11th floor, Vesper features live music, inspired cocktails, grand hors d’oeuvres, and caviar service. By day, the space offers a private backdrop for intimate business meetings and afternoon tea. Stefanelli and his team will also be responsible for all events, weddings and meeting spaces.
Stefanelli’s deep roots in the area date back to his upbringing in nearby suburban Maryland, where strong influence from his Greek and Italian culinary heritage began to form his signature style, which he went on to hone in world-class kitchens from Roberto Donna’s Galileo, to Fabio Trabocchi’s Maestro and Fiamma, to Thomas Keller’s French Laundry. Stefanelli now brings world-class dining to The Morrow Washington DC, with menus featuring a refined blend of European influences within sophisticated, elegant spaces.
The Morrow joins the Curio Collection by Hilton, a global portfolio of more than 115 hotels and resorts in nearly 30 countries focussing on offering guests authentic, curated experiences through distinctly local offerings.
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