The 193-room Kimpton Donovan Hotel
in Washington, D.C., has completed a redesign to its meeting space, giving the rooms a journalistic theme that harkens back to the team that was on board at the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal. The new 550-square-foot Bradlee Room also has been added, joining the 1,325-square-foot Woodward and Bernstein Room, which can be split in two for more flexibility.
The property, which is five blocks from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, features a rooftop bar and event venue called DNV Rooftop, and the Japanese izakaya-style restaurant, Zentan, from executive chef Yo Matsuzaki, which provides catering for all the hotel's events. A fun team-building activity at the hotel has attendees learning to roll their own sushi. The Kimpton Donovan has a total of 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, accommodating events for up to 100 guests.
The new design of the Woodward, Bernstein and Bradlee Rooms - created by Washington, D.C.-based interior design firm Monogram at BBGM - feature blue, gold and white, "industrial chic" lighting, high-tech additions, and journalistic accents such as newsprint wallpaper and custom artwork that references the gathering and processing of information. The Bradlee Room features natural light from windows that overlook Thomas Circle. The space has been wired with the latest technology, and all speakers and microphones have been routed through the ceiling to eliminate visible wires; a 70-inch flat panel display and VDO360 pan-tilt camera handle instant-video recall and the ability to have a meeting video feed follow a speaker in real time.