With a mild climate and a metropolitan buzz, the Mid-Atlantic region delivers on a legacy of world-class attractions, premier restaurants, easy transportation infrastructure and unique meeting venues. The nation's capital, Washington, D.C., offers nearly 31,000 hotel rooms.
• This month, President Obama will cut the ribbon to open the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, featuring exhibits covering 400+ years of the African-American experience.
• After a $69 million revamp, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art now offers more than 12,250 feet of exhibition space plus a new rooftop sculpture garden.
After a $125 million renovation, the 338-room Watergate Hotel reopened in June with a rooftop lounge, a saltwater lap pool, a 2,500-bottle whiskey bar, 10,000 square feet of meeting space -- and a unique cachet.
• A soft opening is set for Sept. 12 for the 262-room Trump International Hotel, which represents a $200 million renovation of the Old Post Office. The property will have restaurants, a café and a library. The 38,000 square feet of meeting space includes a 13,000-square-foot ballroom.
• The 214-room Hyatt Place National Mall has opened near the National Mall and Capitol Hill in the southwest sector of the capital. The 12-story hotel offers complimentary WiFi and hot breakfast, a 24-hour fully equipped gym, an outdoor pool, and a rooftop bar and lounge. For meetings, five rooms offer a total of approximately 2,100 square feet of flexible space.
• In the Capitol Riverfront district, the newly opened Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC-Navy Yard features 168 guest rooms, complimentary WiFi and breakfast, a fully equipped fitness center, a rooftop lounge, 2,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and inside-the-stadium views of Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team.
• On centrally located Connecticut Avenue, the landmark Mayflower Hotel has been rebranded as a member of Marriott International's Autograph Collection following a $20 million makeover of its 581 guest rooms (including 64 suites). Opened in 1925 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the 10-story iconic property counts among its celebrated guests President John F. Kennedy, Amelia Earhart, Winston Churchill, Sophia Loren and J. Edgar Hoover. The hotel has 27 meeting rooms, the largest of which is a 7,656-square-foot grand ballroom.
• In northwest D.C., Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has acquired the 150-room Savoy Suites Hotel and, following a major refresh, has rebranded it the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel. The national hotelier also acquired and rebranded the 178-room luxury boutique Hotel Helix -- located within the 14th Street Business District's popular restaurant, bar and shopping area -- and reopened the property last April as the Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel.
Virginia Hot Spot: Hampton
Four-centuries-old Hampton, on the southeastern tip of the Virginia Peninsula, is renowned for its close proximity to Langley Air Force Base, the Virginia Air & Space Center, historic Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. It's also a superlative coastal setting for meetings and events -- starting with the Hampton Roads Convention Center,
which has 344,000 square feet of convention and exhibition space, a 2,000-seat grand ballroom, a 13,800-seat arena and the connected 295-room Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel Convention Center & Spa.
For more: visithampton.com.
Meeting Hotels: Properties in D.C. include the 1,175-room Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C.; 1,152-room Washington Marriott Wardman Park; 1,070-room Washington Hilton; 897-room Grand Hyatt Washington; 836-room Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill; 834-room Omni Shoreham Hotel; 807-room Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel; 737-room JW Marriott Hotel Washington, DC; 657-room Mayflower Hotel, and 214-room Hyatt Place National Mall.
To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.
Convention Centers: Walter E. Washington Convention Center; meeting space, 198,000 square feet; exhibit space, 703,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 77. (202) 249-3000
National Conference Center; exhibit space, 265,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 250; number of overnight rooms, 917; (703) 729-8000
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; exhibit space, 86,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 26; (202) 312-1300
Airport Transit: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 15 to 20 minutes from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $15-$20; cost of Metro to downtown varies according to exit point, about $2.50; via Uber to downtown, starting at $14
Washington Dulles International Airport, 45 minutes from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $60-$70; via Uber to downtown, starting at $39
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, 60 minutes from downtown. Reserved seating on an Amtrak train route to Union Station, $15-$30; via Uber to downtown, starting at $42
Taxes: Room tax, 14.5%; sales tax, 5.75%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.5%.
Group Venues: Its core mission is to prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflicts, but the United States Institute of Peace also is a premier meeting facility, featuring 30,000 square feet of space and panoramic views of the National Mall. The USIP offers in-house catering, entertainment, a group concierge and more, all for up to 300 people for a dinner or 1,200 for a reception. (202) 429-7870
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is dedicated to the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. The setting offers colorful galleries, in-house catering and a ballroom. (202) 783-7366
Contact: Destination DC, (202) 789-7000
Events DC, (202) 249-3000