The Plan: A Multi-Million Dollar Renovation at Dupont Circle Hotel


A multimillion-dollar construction project is underway at the Dupont Circle Hotel at 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW in Washington, D.C. Slated to open in Spring 2019, the transformation will include a renovated restaurant, lobby, and rooftop level, plus a new coffee and chocolate shop.

“The Dupont Circle is one of Washington’s best located hotels and our vision is for the hotel to become the social hub of this vibrant neighborhood in the center of the city,” Bernie Gallagher, the chairman of The Doyle Collection, said in a prepared statement.

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The family-owned Doyle Collection manages a group of luxury hotels in Ireland, the UK and U.S. The firm’s recent renovation was The Bloomsbury in the heart of London’s theater district.

Gallagher’s vision was to create a group of hotels “at the forefront of cool design and product innovation with superb service, whilst remaining deeply rooted to their respective local areas,” according to the release.

The renovations include the transformation of Bar Dupont into Doyle, “a club-like bar with a chic mid-century feel,” per the release. Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, which has offices in London and New York, plans to keep the building’s original 1950s’ architecture and integrate brass globe light fixtures, walnut paneling, wooden slatted flooring, mid-century inspired furniture, open fires and other elements to create a “warm and welcoming atmosphere.” Large glazed windows will offer guests views of the expansive outdoor terrace and neighborhood.

Doyle & Co is the hotel’s new coffee and chocolate bar that will offer takeaway drinks and light snacks. Its design will include ceramic tiles with rustic-style shelving, a slatted wooden floor and leather-finished bar stools.

New York-based designer Clodagh will design the rooftop floor that will house 14 suites. A 5,000-square-foot penthouse will feature a wet bar, fireplace, lounge area and heated garden terrace overlooking the neighborhood with views of the Washington Monument. The mid-century designed space will include details such as ribbed glass mirrors, brass and live-edge wooden pieces.

Clodagh is also designing the hotel’s new lobby with furnishings including slatted window fixtures, a look through bookcase with brass accents, a wooden work table with outlets designed for shared working. An amenity exclusive for hotel guests, it will resemble a high-end apartment.