WhyHotel Offers Unique Flex Space at Former DC Hotel 2500 Penn

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WhyHotel, a hospitality platform and operator, is bringing its flexible hospitality program to 2500 Penn, a former 10-story hotel in Washington, D.C., which will now be utilized as both a long-term-stay location and a hotel depending on need and season, Commercial Observer has learned.

WhyHotel is partnering with Bernstein Management Corporation on the endeavor. Overall, there is 108,766 square feet for the apartment portion of the building, and 2,662 square feet for restaurant space on the ground floor.

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“It is clear that the pandemic has accelerated the shift to flex-use spaces in hospitality, presenting us with a unique opportunity to move up our timeline for bringing innovative and flexible experiences to the market,” Jason Fudin, WhyHotel’s CEO and co-founder, said.  

Formerly a 124-room Avenue Suites, the hotel closed last year. 

Located at 2500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the building is in the District’s prime West End neighborhood situated between Foggy Bottom and Georgetown. 2500 Penn is near the Kennedy Center and the Potomac River.

The building also features a new wine garden, back patio and sidewalk cafe. According to Fudin, residents can expect the benefits of fully furnished rooms and hospitality-focused staff, while hotel guests can expect the comforts of home with additional space beyond a traditional hotel experience.

This marks WhyHotel’s third project in the D.C. Metro area, joining the Rise and Bolden apartment communities in Tysons, Va., under the company’s Hospitality Living umbrella.

“A cornerstone of our mission at WhyHotel is providing guests with an experience that they’re able to customize to their unique needs, and Hospitality Living is our evolution of that commitment,” Fudin said.

WhyHotel will begin accepting stays at 2500 Penn later this month.

Bernstein Management did not reply to requests for comment.