Where to stay in the home of presidents and presidential suites.
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
Why did this hotel catch your attention? Thompson Washington, D.C. is in the heart of the city's rapidly developing Navy Yards area—steps from the Nationals baseball stadium, Audi stadium, and right by the Anacostia waterfront and marina. In addition to its premier location, the hotel is modern and clean, with high ceilings and tall glass windows everywhere the give it great light, no matter what area you're in. NYC-based Parts and Labor Design did the interiors, which are clean and purposeful with subtle nods to the area's maritime legacy. It's too smart to be dismissed as hip or trendy—it's sophisticated, low-key, and likely will attract all walks of D.C.'s international crowd.
What's the backstory? D.C. is a natural fit for an outpost of the selective boutique line. Thompson Hotels became part of Hyatt in late 2018; but being part of a major hotel conglomerate doesn't seem to have affected the design-focused hotel brand. It's still a limited portfolio, hotels have a commonality that speaks to Thompson but they all are designed and executed individually. The layout makes great use of both the waterfront views and access; curved walls and porthole-style lights and mirrored accents, for example, link to the neighborhood's long history as a naval center.
Tell us all about the accommodations. Any tips on what to book? I had a standard king room and loved the space and layout. Mine had views of the Anacostia River, a smart and stylish small desk nook, great cabinetry for clothing and bar, and large bathroom. The bed was heavenly; pillows fluffy and sheets perfectly soft and light. The wooden accents and floors made the room feel warm; modern light fixtures and furniture gave it style. Tech was easy and seamless. It was the perfect spot to relax and to work—whatever I needed, the room could support it.
Is there a charge for Wi-Fi? No charge for Wi-Fi. A little slow at times, but otherwise helpful.
Drinking and dining—what are we looking at? Another win for the Thompson Washington, D.C. is its partnership with Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group. Maialino Mare, a seafood-focused sister spot to New York City's Roman trattoria, is already the city's hottest reservation. The restaurant is new enough that it's still working out some kinks (flawless food service; exceedingly slow drink delivery), but the food is already astonishing in its execution—do not sleep on any pasta with seafood, nor the bucatini all'Amatriciana—and Union Square's renowned service standards are already apparent. The restaurant group also manages the hotel's in-room dining, which is a win (waking up to a pot of coffee, river views, and a Fontina cheese omelette with prosciutto and arugula is dreamy); it also runs the hotel's new rooftop bar, Anchovy Social, which has a small but smart cocktail list, snack menu, and wraparound terrace. Note that Union Square Hospitality establishments fold service and gratuity into their pricing model, so no tipping is necessary.
How's the service at the hotel? It's amazing to me that a hotel this new has a staff so warm, friendly, and familial already. Whether it's the doorman filling you in on neighborhood trivia, the bartender at Anchovy Social chatting you away as he makes your drink, staffers just pausing to check on you as they pass you in the hallway, everyone here seemed happy and friendly, and attentive at all hours.
What type of travelers will you find here? While D.C. is known as a city that plays host to international visitors and residents all the time, it still can be hard to find a hotel or restaurant or bar that reflects its diversity. People really do seem to stick to their tribes in this town. But Thompson Washington D.C. is set up to draw in D.C.'s diversity—it reflects a sophistication and warmth that can cater to all walks and types. The steady stream of locals coming in just to grab a drink or a bite proved that out.
What about the neighborhood? What else is here? The city has developed The Yards over some 10 years very thoughtfully and carefully; the addition of Thompson Washington D.C. is no exception. The hotel has partnerships set up with local stores, eateries, fitness centers, and spas; its access to the neighborhood's highlights is immediate. The staff is happy to tell you their favorite spots nearby so that you have plenty to explore when you arrive.
Any other hotel features worth noting? There is a great fitness center in the hotel, but the partnerships with nearby fitness centers and a local rooftop pool may better serve guests, getting them out into the neighborhood to experience it. The Yards has a great range of lauded restaurants and bars nearby—but having Maialino Mare and Anchovy Social on site may mean guests barely leave.
Bottom line: Worth it? Absolutely. A great way to experience one of D.C.'s most developing neighborhoods, and a perfect spot for international visitors on all counts.
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