Just recently, Kimpton's Dupont Circle hotel, The Carlyle, completed a major design overhaul led by acclaimed artist Michele Oka Doner. This project is Doner's first hotel project. In April 29, 2015, the hotel reopened after completing renovations and upping the number of guest rooms from 170 to 198, 56 of which include a kitchenette. Three meeting and event spaces were also redesigned and given new names that honor Washington, D.C.-based jazz artists Duke Ellington, Billy Taylor, and Shirley Horn. This past year, celebrity chef Michael Schlow's 153-seat restaurant The Riggsby opened at the hotel. According to a press release, The Carlyle is one of eight Washington, D.C. hotels owned by Kimpton. In August 2015, Borderstan reported that plans to construct a rooftop bar and kitchen got the attention and ire from neighbors. The residents argued that the bar would add unwanted noise, direct eye contact into a resident's abode, and would be illegal due to Zoning regulations that state that the property cannot legally expand its commercial interests. A representative from Kimpton Hotels told Curbed DC that the hotel's ownership withdrew their request for a rooftop bar and kitchen.
Take a look at what the hotel used to look like with the below photo gallery:
· Dupont Circle Neighbors Take Issue with Carlyle Hotel's Plans [Curbed DC]
· The Carlyle Hotel [Official Website]