Every time I return to Washington there’s a brand new neighborhood that’s sprung. The neighborhood I used to live in, Logan Circle, never ceases to amaze me with a brand new condo building, new retail, and an exceptional new restaurant opening each and every month. But another neighborhood giving good rise to competition in Washington is what’s now known as NoMA, and which old DC residents used to consider the old Bus Terminal neighborhood. At one time, this neighborhood was not the most desirable, and in truth, there are still parts who have substantial room for improvement, but what’s been improved is staggering.
Take a trip north up North Capitol Street and bang a right turn on M or N Streets and you’ll find NoMA, the area just north of Massachusetts Avenue, near Gallaudet University. First Street NE is complete, lined with gorgeous new office structures, immense dining and grocery choices, and a handful of fine hotels. I had the privilege of staying at one such hotel, the Hyatt Place US Capitol, for its grand opening celebration last week.
This is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and a wonderful new product about to take DC by storm (another one opening on K Street imminently). It’s a limited service product meaning no full service restaurant, but they have ample grab-n-go station set right at check in, a couple of small meeting rooms, great lobby space to convene in, and above all, superiorly appointed guest rooms. The rooms have stunning floor to ceiling windows of this new neighborhood, great living space, modern bathrooms and an upscale product for guests to enjoy.
As this neighborhood continues to develop, the Hyatt Place US Capitol will become increasingly popular for business travelers to the city and, given its proximity to the Capitol, to folks lobbying Congress all the same. Bravo to Hyatt Place for this very successful and timely grand opening!