The InterContinental Washington, D.C.-the Wharf has opened on the waterfront area just south of the National Mall, which up until now has remained unused by locals and travelers. The 278-room property will serve as a centerpiece of a planned 24-acre mixed-use social hub.
Set on the banks of the Washington Channel, a symbolic river runs throughout the interiors of the hotel, while outside, a boardwalk connects to four new piers, a yacht club and a 500-boat slip. The Wharf complex also will feature a 6,000-person concert venue, Anthem, as well as retail space, residences and offices.
The hotel's design is inspired by the port's earlier history, with woodwork paying homage to the structure's earliest use as a boat warehouse. The lobby features an undulating sculptural wall that flows into the hotel's Afro-Caribbean eatery Kith and Kin, helmed by D.C. chef Kwame Onwauchi. The chef commissioned artist Emily Eisenhart to create a large custom mural in the main dining room that features dozens of his favorite quotes from many of the chefs with whom he has collaborated.
Other hotel amenities include a rooftop pool with a restaurant and bar, a fitness center, and a 4,250-square-foot spa.
For small and large-scale events, the hotel offers more than 17,000 square feet of technologically advanced space in various ballrooms with details including wooden ceilings inspired by large boat wakes, along with 11 meeting spaces that are spread throughout all levels of the structure.
"We are bringing our guests a rich sense of place at every turn, aligning design substance with serenity," said Simon Antoine, general manager of the property. "Technology, sustainability and service, of course, are at the core here, as we redefine the Southwest neighborhood for our leisure and next-level business travelers."
The 278 luxury guest rooms include 33 suites and a two-story penthouse suite. Unique elements such as billiard tables and Juliette balconies on every other water-facing room can be found throughout different room categories.