The rooftop oasis nestled atop a renowned Dupont Circle hotel is nearly ready for its close-up. The Embassy Row Hotel, by Destination Hotels & Resorts, announced today that phase one of the property’s $15 million renovation is near completion and hotel officials revealed the architectural characteristics and new menu for The Rooftop. The 4130-square-foot, open-air terrace is undergoing a comprehensive $500,000 transformation that will include an entirely refurbished 450-square-foot swimming pool and outdoor lounge area punctuated with resort cabanas and lounge seating. A grand opening is slated for June 15, just in time for the summer pool season.
The Embassy Row Hotel offers the only outdoor rooftop terrace in Dupont Circle with soaring views of the city, including picturesque observations of the Washington Monument, National Cathedral and the surrounding DC skyline. The outdoor atmosphere will offer an engaging social experience enhanced by teak plush seating, modern landscape architecture and the addition of a new food and beverage menu, making it ideal for travelers, locals and private functions.
Recently appearing as a guest judge on Fox’s popular reality television cooking competition Hell’s Kitchen, Carlo de Leon, an accomplished food and beverage director, was tapped by The Embassy Row Hotel to design an entirely new culinary program that sources the finest local ingredients with a commitment to sustainability and regional flavors. De Leon is a seasoned chef in the creation of culinary menus at distinguished hotels and resorts around the country. His new select food menu creations for The Rooftop includes: local whitefish tacos, savory local sausages, hearty crab cake sandwich, ramen burger, edamame cilantro hummus, dinosaur kale salad and a signature soft grilled giant pretzel accompanied with a sweet grained mustard. Beverage fare includes a variety of fresh specialty cocktails featuring the Rooftop Escape (Tito’s Vodka, Cedilla Acai Liqueur, lime juice, club soda), DC Sidecar (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Cointreau, lemon juice) and Spring Fizz (Bombay Gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, raspberries, club soda). The extensive wine list features selections from California-based One Hope Wines with proceeds of each purchase supporting numerous charitable causes. "The team at The Embassy Row Hotel is passionate about embracing the DC community and the local scene,” says de Leon. “The Rooftop’s assorted bill of fare is designed to stay true to the spirit and identity of this belief and reinforces the hotel’s commitment to supporting local commerce and sustainable living.”
The Rooftop is now accepting 2014 pool season applications for the exclusive membership club. For $500 per person, exclusive membership benefits include unlimited access to the pool, one complimentary guest and hotel room discounts. Limited day passes are available for the public at the hotel’s front desk for $25 per person. Hotel guests have complimentary access to the pool during their stay. The Rooftop is also available for private events with food and beverage options for up to 150 guests and perfect for birthday celebrations, wedding receptions and business functions. Membership applications and event space requests are available on the Embassy Row Hotel website at: www.embassyrowhotel.com.
Designed by HVS Design and Jonathan Nehmer & Associates, The Rooftop terrace and pool will feature a casual, urban atmosphere with buoyant eclectic music playing various soundscapes that fill the skyline space. The design aesthetic is relaxed and playful with vibrant pops of peacock blue and orange accents interspersed throughout. Ample lounge seating of chaises and curtained cabanas are available for relaxing and dining in both the sun and shade. An emerald faux grass wall with uplighting creates a floating effect that offsets a striped pool deck in two shades of medium grey. Festival lighting illuminates the rooftop area that irradiates skyward and an over arching canopy covers a lounge section offering an upscale vibe.
The Embassy Row Hotel is conducting a massive renovation makeover in the next year. In phase two, the hotel renovations of all nine floors and 231 guest rooms will include a new redesigned lobby, a social bar, grab-n-go barista station, new meeting space, and a new fitness studio. Decor in the guest rooms and common areas will reflect its Washington, D.C. origin, re-styled with a whimsical modern inspired design. The lobby bar will open up to outdoor seating overlooking Embassy Row and feature light bites, unique drinks, and outlets for connected visitors. “With the delivery of the newly renovated Rooftop terrace and pool, we are delighted to unveil phase one of our renovation that exhibits a sophisticated inner-city retreat with unmatched capital views,” says Shawn Jervis, general manager. “We plan to kick off this summer season in true fashionable spirit.”
About The Embassy Row Hotel, by Destination Hotels & Resorts
The Embassy Row Hotel is located in Washington, D.C., in the historic neighborhood of Dupont Circle. Surrounded by embassies and charming row homes, the hotel has one of the city’s few rooftop pools, with an expansive view of D.C, Maryland, and Virginia. The hotel has 231 deluxe guest rooms and 6,650 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom. This D.C. hotel is a few steps from the metro and is conveniently located near the museums and memorials. For more information on The Embassy Row Hotel, visit: www.embassyrowhotel.com.
About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is an authentic collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels and resorts across North America. Offering enriching, locally-inspired experiences from alpine adventures and stunning beachfronts to urban landmarks, each property reflects the natural surroundings and culture of its distinctive locale. With more than 40 properties in premier travel destinations, including Aspen, Chicago, Denver, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, Maui, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Fe, Seattle, Vail and Washington D.C., the award-winning portfolio features renowned golf courses, indigenous spas, and exceptional culinary venues. For more information on Destination Hotels & Resorts, visit www.destinationhotels.com.