The Mayflower, one of D.C.’s most storied properties and a Washington original since 1925, is declaring its independence as of July 1, 2015. For nearly a century, The Mayflower’s draw has brought D.C.’s power scene and personalities to its doors, filling the hotel with a quintessentially capital spirit – and with a signature appeal as iconic as the hotel itself. Refreshed with a $20 million room renovation, innovative culinary enhancements at Edgar Bar + Kitchen, and signature experiences, The Mayflower will join the Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of hotels recognized for celebrating individuality.
The Mayflower completed its final phase of a top-to-bottom renovation, with all 583 rooms and 74 suites undergoing a stylish makeover. The $20 million rooms project, spearheaded by The Gettys Group design firm, maintained the 10-story hotel’s historic pedigree while updating its look, presenting a sophisticated blend of elegance, grace, and contemporary taste and outfitting each guest room with the latest amenities.
“We are excited to welcome The Mayflower Hotel to the Collection, as we near our 100th hotel, which we expect to reach later this year. The Mayflower's rich history, iconic reputation, and independent spirit in the local Washington, D.C. community make it an obvious choice for Autograph Collection Hotels. The new transformation pays homage to the hotel’s past while dressing it up in grand style and remaining current. Like the rest of our portfolio of independently owned hotels, this latest addition is one-of–a-kind and true to the brand’s mantra of being ‘exactly like nothing else,” explains Julius Robinson, Vice President, Autograph Collection Hotels.
“From Presidential inaugural speeches to occasions of intrigue and scandal, The Mayflower has been the stage for Washington’s influencers through the decades,” said John Montano, general manager of The Mayflower Hotel. “As we transition to an independent property and join the Autograph Collection, we’re very keen to stay connected to our illustrious past while embracing the future as the new Mayflower Hotel.”
From the historic heart of the hotel's lobby promenade, guests find themselves in the embrace of its prominence and beauty. Accommodations mirror the feeling with an exclusive “signature wall” scribed with the names of the famous and infamous who have come before (including President John F. Kennedy, Amelia Earhart, Winston Churchill, Sophia Loren and J. Edgar Hoover) and a design aesthetic that is awash in a crisp palette of warm grays and jeweled tones.
The Mayflower will also offer increased bandwidth for better high-speed access for guests as well as “smart thermostats” with a chip imbedded in the guest’s key card, which communicates with the AC unit when the room is occupied in order to adjust accordingly. The storied service and graceful demeanor that is the essence of the hotel remains untouched, although guests will find the staff in crisp new uniforms. Edgar Bar & Kitchen will be introducing “Mayflower Mornings by Edgar”, a quick and tasty grab-and-go breakfast option, including the hotel’s famed banana bread.
From its commanding post on Connecticut Avenue, The Mayflower places guests perfectly in the city center – The National Mall, business district and fashionable Georgetown in easy striking distance. Nearby are the Shaw, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom neighborhoods, and the U Street Corridor with their many shops, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, and music venues.
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