BETHESDA, MD – Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s portfolio of independently hotels, welcomes the newly renovated Washington, D.C., landmark, The Mayflower Hotel. This new addition brings the Collection to 82 hotels worldwide.
The Mayflower Hotel was formerly a part of Renaissance Hotels within the Marriott International family of lifestyle brands. The Mayflower Hotel now joins Autograph Collection Hotels, a group of independent hotels that are each ‘exactly like nothing else’. From The Algonquin Hotel Times Square to the Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas and beyond, each Autograph Collection Hotel maintains its own individual style, flair and history, offering guests the rich experience of an independent hotel stay while still supplying all the benefits of Marriott Rewards®, the brand’s award-winning guest loyalty program.
The Mayflower Hotel, listed in the National Register of Historic places, opened in 1925 and has since hosted D.C.’s power scene and iconic figures, filling the hotel with a quintessentially capital spirit – and with a signature appeal as iconic as the hotel itself. It is one of the District of Columbia’s most revered hotels, a place filled with old-world elegance and steeped in the history of America’s capital.
In conjunction with the hotel’s rebranding as part of Autograph Collection Hotels, The Mayflower completed its final phase of a top-to-bottom renovation, with all 583 rooms and 74 suites undergoing a stylish makeover. The $20 million rooms project, spearheaded by The Gettys Group design firm, maintained the 10-story hotel’s historic pedigree while updating its look, presenting a sophisticated blend of elegance, grace, and contemporary taste and outfitting each guest room with the latest amenities.
“We are excited to welcome The Mayflower Hotel to the Collection, as we near our 100th hotel, which we expect to reach later this year. The Mayflower’s rich history, iconic reputation, and independent spirit in the local Washington, D.C. community make it an obvious choice for Autograph Collection Hotels. The new transformation pays homage to the hotel’s past while dressing it up in grand style and remaining current. Like the rest of our portfolio of independently owned hotels, this latest addition is one-of–a-kind and true to the brand’s mantra of being ‘exactly like nothing else,” explains Julius Robinson, Vice President, Autograph Collection Hotels.
The distinctive new room designs and finishes take inspiration from the hotel’s regal past while emphasizing its present day relevance and vitality. Throughout its 90-year history, The Mayflower Hotel has always been known for its sense of style and sophistication. That beautiful elegance remains in place, with a crisp palette of warm grays complemented with furnishings of refined wood, stone, glass and jewel-toned upholstery, giving each room a residential feel that features sleek modern finishes and movable seating areas, easily customized for the purpose of the guest’s stay.
A playful addition to the décor is the exclusive signature wall, a vinyl re-creation of the hotel’s guest book displayed on the wall behind the bed, complete with artistic versions of signatures of famous guests including President John F. Kennedy, Amelia Earhart, Winston Churchill, Sophia Loren and J. Edgar Hoover.
Additional featured artwork includes a collection of prints paying homage to the hotel’s time-honored tradition of cameo silhouettes – albeit with a modern flourish. The rooms also feature classic vintage-inspired black-and-white basketweave marble bathroom floors accented with woodtone washstand-style vanity, contrasted with a warm black-on-plum paisley-inspired wall vinyl.
Moving into the 21st Century also means that The Mayflower now offers increased bandwidth for enhanced high-speed Internet access, as well as “smart thermostats” run with a chip embedded in the guest’s key card, which communicates with the air-conditioning unit when the room is occupied in order to adjust temperatures accordingly.
From its commanding post on Connecticut Avenue, The Mayflower places guests perfectly in the city center – The National Mall, business district and fashionable Georgetown in easy striking distance. Nearby are the Shaw, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom neighborhoods, and the U Street Corridor with their many shops, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, and music venues.