Hamilton Crowne Plaza

A staple in Washington, DC for a century, the Hamilton, operated as a Crowne Plaza by the world’s largest hotel operator, Intercontinental Hotels Group, sits at one of the most coveted intersections in the nation’s capital, at 14th and K Streets.  It’s wonderfully proximate to the metro, to tourist attractions, to area business, federal buildings, and the best shopping and dining that the city offers.  They have an upscale onsite restaurant called 14K and the hotel has a wonderful and historic façade.

They benefit from their history for sure, but right now, the talk is all about their serious renovation project, nearing completion.  The lobby retains its traditional and historical significance with great little sitting areas, access to the restaurant and also a Starbucks.  Just down the impressive staircase and by Alexander Hamilton’s bust, guests will find upgraded meeting space and very functional prefunction space.  I was lucky enough to attend their reception toasting the renovation and shook hands with Mr. Hamilton himself.  J

The finest part of their renovation has got to be their guest rooms though.  One would never guess they were staying in a Crowne Plaza, whose brand conjures up different images depending on who you ask and to what cities one has traveled.  The rooms rival any luxury property in the city and despite the busy address, sound proofing has come a long way.

The hotel has raised its prices in recent months not just to help pay for what was surely an expensive renovation project but also because the product level has evolved to a point where they can now command such rates.  The Hamilton remains a very reliable spot for meetings.  So long as group’s account for the rate increases, the hotel can continue to please customers for another century! 

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