Previously I reported that Savoy Suites was under new management by Kimpton Hotels after being sold to Foxhall Parners in 2012. Major renovations of the hotel began earlier this year and are expected to be completed in early 2016 with a grand re-opening in the spring.
Progress hit a snag this summer with the planned addition of a 5300 square foot roof deck with lounge. Glover Park's Advisory Neighborhood Commission had protested the plan, voicing concerns about noise and event capacity and citing zoning and Alcoholic Beverage regulations. The ABC protest submitted by the ANC was dismissed due to lack of signatures in August. The protest was re-submitted with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and approved for reinstatement on October 14th. On November 23rd, hotel representives filed with the ABC a withdrawal of their application to add the roof deck, entertainment for it and interior restaurant seating reconfiguration. The ANC withdrew their protest as part of the agreement. Planning for the roof deck is expected to resume after the grand opening.
Below is a press release from Kimpton Hotels and renderings of the renovation:
KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS TO INTRODUCE TENTH WASHINGTON, D.C. HOTEL IN SPRING 2016
With sweeping views and indulgent design, Kimpton Glover Park Hotel will debut as the premier, uptown retreat in Upper Northwest Washington
WASHINGTON (December 1, 2015) ― Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is pleased to announce its tenth hotel property in Washington, D.C. – Kimpton Glover Park Hotel. Currently operating as the Savoy Suites Hotel, the 154-room property is undergoing a significant, multimillion-dollar renovation, rebrand and redesign of all guest rooms, public areas, restaurant, outdoor and event spaces and will officially join the Kimpton portfolio as the Glover Park Hotel in spring 2016. The project is a collaboration between Kimpton and D.C.-based developers Foxhall Partners and Iron Point Partners as the group’s second design-driven boutique hotel in the Washington area, following the introduction of The Carlyle – Dupont Circle earlier this year.
Conveniently perched high along Wisconsin Avenue in a tree-lined, residential neighborhood on the border of Glover Archbold Park just north of Georgetown, Kimpton Glover Park Hotel is designed to be an alluring retreat. World renowned artist Michele Oka Doner’s conceptual vision for the hotel was inspired by the neighborhood’s namesake, Charles Carroll Glover – a famed banker and philanthropist who helped reshape the nation’s capital as a city of parks with donations of nearly 3,000 acres of parkland including nearby Rock Creek Park. Local inspirations, matched with Oka Doner’s own penchant for abstract organic art, combine to recreate an atmosphere closely linked to the artist’s own atelier. Oka Doner’s idea for a space that draws freely on bringing nature from outside-in will be brought to life by celebrated designer Anna Busta featuring décor that blends a metropolitan edge with familial comfort and tranquility nestled nearby some of the city’s finest green spaces.
From the outside, a creatively stylized map of Rock Creek Park will adorn the Glover Park Hotel’s eight-story façade facing Wisconsin Avenue and is bound to become a local landmark. Inside, guests will find themselves in a metropolitan oasis. Upscale, urban touches such as brick walls, wood and steel finishes, rounded signature furnishings and abstract patterns bring together a creative, youthful vibe complimented by a sophisticated palette of soothing green and white tones mixed with intriguing naturally-inspired materials like lush fabrics and rich wood finishes. The finished space will be dotted with original mixed-media artwork and handmade light fixtures by Michele Oka Doner herself. Generously sized guest rooms will be enveloped in similarly elegant, calm colors and woodsy textures with naturally-finished furnishings and original collage artwork by Oka Doner depicting branching plants found in nearby parks. Twenty-five of Glover Park Hotel’s premier guest rooms have sweeping views of the National Mall and Potomac River, and 21 rooms will have kitchenettes – ideal for families and those who plan a longer stay.
The hotel’s top-to-bottom transformation will also include a full-service destination-dining restaurant, a stunning new 1,860 square foot ballroom with ample natural light for meetings and social events of up to 150 guests, restored sophisticated outdoor space, and a unique boutique-style signature gym from Graham King’s Urban Athletic Club encompassing over 2,000 square feet which will offer guests and local residents state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and access to the city’s most sought-after fitness trainers and classes.
It all adds up to a serene, uptown retreat defined by modern design, local touches and warm comfort – the kind of understated luxuriousness expected by visitors to this corridor between Chevy Chase and Georgetown, close to the National Cathedral, Embassy Row, and Georgetown and American Universities, as well as Sibley Memorial and MedStar Georgetown University Hospitals.
“We believe that the same way Charles Glover refashioned the city, the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel will transform hospitality in this part of Northwest Washington when it debuts this coming spring,” says Matthew Hurlburt, area director of operations for Kimpton’s mid-Atlantic hotels.
The Glover Park Hotel will, of course, offer all of Kimpton’s signature touches, from complimentary morning coffee and tea service and nightly hosted wine hours, to custom maps of the neighborhood including nearby park trails, to Gaiam yoga mats in every guest room, to luxurious bath products and 300 thread-count Frette linens, to complimentary Wi-Fi and other perks for Kimpton Karma Rewards members. Above all, it will provide crisp, attentive service that never oversteps into stuffiness, enhancing the prevailing mood of down-to-earth luxury.
Kimpton Glover Park Hotel will be located at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. To make reservations for spring 2016 and beyond, or for more information, visit www.gloverparkhotel.com or call 877- 219-2970.