Last week, we got the news that the newest hotel on the Hill, the very lengthily named AC Hotel Washington DC Capitol Hill Navy Yard would be opening on February 3 of this year. (This is a date subject to change, due to supply chain issues.)
The hotel is part of the Marriott chain, under the AC brand, which Marriot acquired about eight years ago. AC is short for Antonio Catalán, the Spanish hotelier who first developed the concept of beautiful hotels that appeal to business travelers with a minimalist approach.
The minimalism also extends to the sparse but well appointed rooms: Clean lines, white linens, and a distinct lack of clutter reign in all of the 225 guest rooms.
The hospitality concept throughout AC hotels focuses on a satisfying and plentiful continental breakfast –with plenty of jamón Serrano, of course– as well as a beautiful cocktail space where you can eat something absolutely delicious as you wind down with a selection from an ample list of cocktails. The chain’s signature cocktail is a Gin and Tonic, which sounds perfect on the couple of beautiful spring days we are sure to get before the weather turns to inferno.
This AC Hotel is special in that there is a full-service restaurant coming to the space as well: Smoke and Mirrors. The soon-to-open rooftop restaurant will have beautiful views of the Capitol and the neighborhood. You can look due north for what feels like miles– the Arboretum hill and the top of the National Cathedral are also easily visible. Below, some photos of what you can expect at the new hotel.