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InterContinental Washington DC The Wharf

SHORE THING: RIVER INSPIRES DC HOTEL

Paying homage to the Potomac River, Parker-Torres Design has created the waterfront-inspired interiors for The InterContinental D.C. at the Wharf in Washington, DC. Located on the shores of the river, the newly built property features local materials and sights of the sea.

“The endless, glittering views of the Potomac river and prime location in the neighborhood set The InterContinental D.C. at the Wharf apart,” said Barbara Parker, co-founder of Parker-Torres Design. “We wanted the thoughtful design of the hotel’s interiors to awe guests and cater to both business and leisure travelers.”

The waterfront’s influence can be seen in the views of the river that greet guests in the urban oasis’ lobby, with soaring ceilings and plush, relaxed furnishings to complement. Coupled with a sculptural staircase replete with a 20-ft. high sparkling droplet chandelier, the public area evokes a sense of calm and tranquility that parallels the waterside.

“We brought stones from the hotel’s surroundings inside to accent the furnishings and took brass from boating for chic metallic details throughout.The lobby is an open-concept, glass-enclosed space that takes advantage of the gorgeous waterfront with spectacular views of the river,” said Miriam Torres, co-founder of Parker-Torres Design.

The staircase unifies the lobby, adjacent casual-upscale restaurant, Kith/Kin, and upper mezzanine meeting levels.

“Stand out moments in the space include custom punch bowls made of glass and driftwood that lines the bar, a wine wall featuring over 300 bottles, lounge-like areas that are perfect for intimate meetings and gorgeous views with windows that open toward the water,” Torres said.

The hotel’s tower includes 278 guestrooms and 33 private suites with spa-inspired bathrooms; the interiors of each room exude a warm sophistication that harmonizes contemporary furnishings with a rich cool palette, echoing the earthy charcoal grays, watery blues and sandy beiges found along the Potomac shores. Parker said that the rooms also feature custom artwork detailing a city map. In addition, there’s a luxury custom two-story penthouse suite with a wrap-around balcony.

“We hope all visitors notice the beautiful and dramatic details,” Torres said.