WASHINGTON—Construction is underway for the Conrad Washington, D.C., a 360-room luxury hotel with 30,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space at CityCenterDC, a 10-acre, mixed-use development in nation’s capital. Initial occupancy for the hotel is expected in the first quarter of 2019.
The co-developers of CityCenterDC are Hines, an international real estate firm and Qatari Diar, a real estate development entity of the Qatar Investment Authority.
“We are also pleased to work with Hilton Worldwide as our hotel partner at CityCenterDC,” said Jonathan Fuisz, managing director, Hines. “The Conrad flag has an excellent reputation in the luxury segment, both domestically and internationally, and we are excited to bring the brand to DC.”
“Conrad is known for creating inspired experiences for our guests in gateway cities and the most sought-after destinations,” said John Vanderslice, global head, Conrad Hotels & Resorts. “Washington, DC is one of the few epicenters of political, cultural and economic power in the world, which makes this future hotel the perfect destination for global luxury travelers. We look forward to working with Hines and Qatari Diar introducing Conrad Washington, DC to the nation’s capital.”
Chef Bryan Voltaggio will be the signature chef for the hotel restaurant, responsible for the concept and menu. Voltaggio is the executive chef and co-owner—with his business partner, Hilda Staples—of several restaurants in the area, including Volt, Range, Aggio, Lunchbox and Family Meal.
The Conrad Washington, DC marks the seventh building developed by Hines and Qatari Diar at CityCenterDC. Not only does this represent an additional investment by Hines and Qatari Diar in the CityCenter project, it demonstrates the continued commitment to long-term investment in the nation’s capital, according to the company.
The project’s designers are Herzog & de Meuron, led by five senior partners including Pritzker Prize Laureates Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, with HKS Architects, Inc. as architect of record. Rottet Studio is designing the interiors. Turner Construction Company is the project’s general contractor.
The initial phase of CityCenterDC is comprised of 191,000 sq. ft. of retail space, 216 for-sale residential units, 458 apartment units, 522,000 sq. ft. of office space, and public open space that was initially occupied in December 2013. CityCenter’s master plan design was led by London-based Foster + Partners, the studio for architecture, design and planning, which also designed the office and residential condominium buildings.
The new hotel will add an additional 30,000 sq. ft. of retail space that will complement the luxury retail component of the first phase of CityCenterDC. CityCenterDC features a mix of local, national and international retail brands, cafes and restaurants with extensive street frontage. Several retail tenants have already entered into negotiations for space in the Conrad Washington, DC project, according to the company.
“Commencement of construction on the Conrad Washington, DC is a historic milestone for the CityCenterDC project. With exceptional hotel rooms and exclusive retail elements, this new venture is in keeping with our vision of reflecting local characteristics and influences to create a destination designed to enhance the experience of everyone who stays and visits, and to inspire the way they choose to live, work and play for future generations,” said Qatari Diar Americas CEO Fabien Toscano.