by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 16, 2016

The 226-room Darcy, a Curio Collection property by Hilton, will open in mid-2017 in Washington, D.C. On Rhode Island Avenue near Scott Circle, the former DoubleTree is being redone to feature "a timeless yet edgy design," according to Hilton. 

"We're excited to sign with KHP Capital Partners for our first Curio Collection hotel in our nation's capital," said Matt Wehling, Hilton's senior vice president, development-North America. "The Darcy's ideal location, within walking distance to Washington, D.C.'s major attractions, will be a huge draw for guests desiring an authentic, high-energy and high-quality experience that reflects and enhances Scott Circle, making it a perfect fit for the collection."

As Hilton has tried to do with all of the Curio properties, the Darcy's design and offerings will reflect the local spirit of its community, embodying the sophistication and energy of Washington. 

"The Darcy will offer unparalleled, personalized service in the most convenient of locations in Washington, D.C.," said Tobias Arff, who will be general manager of the new hotel. "Our location is ideal no matter your reason for visiting -- whether visiting the White House and the National Mall, heading to meetings on K Street or looking for inspiration from one of the new hot spots on the 14th Street Corridor."

Chefs Robert Wiedmaier and Brian McBride are in charge of creating the hotel's restaurant, Siren, focusing on locally sourced ingredients paired with fresh seafood. Chef David Guas is the name behind Lil' B, an intimate coffee shop and eatery with New Orleans flare. Other amenities will include a fitness center, business services, and programming with business and leisure travelers in mind. There will be about 5,500 square feet of meeting space.

"As home to so many important cultural institutions and a blossoming restaurant and nightlife scene, Washington, D.C., is a natural choice for expansion of the Curio Collection," said Mark Nogal, global head of the Curio Collection. "The Darcy will provide a stylish alternative to the local area in addition to providing guests with a memorable hotel experience all with the reassurance of the Hilton name."