W Hotel Washington DC embarks on $50 million facelift

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US: The W Hotel Washington D.C. is about to get a $50 million renovation of all its guest rooms and public spaces.

Work on the rooftop bar won't begin until the fall, though guests and locals alike will start seeing other changes sooner.

The first space to be renovated will be the lobby, followed by the lounge, bar and guest rooms. The renovation will also include a waterfall near the main entrance and a revamp of the front desk.

Work on the guest rooms will be completed floor by floor and will include gutting the majority and adding eight new rooms for a total of 325 including 40 suites. In many of the rooms, the bathrooms will be relocated and expanded.

There will be upgrades to the closets and televisions, and the addition of pullout sofas in some rooms to accommodate more guests.

The property is working with Studio Gaia on the design, and Perkins Eastman is the architect, while Hitt Contracting is the general contractor.

The hotel hasn't been fully renovated since 2009 the former Hotel Washington adopted the W Hotel brand.

"We have been planning and conceiving this renovation for almost three years and part of that is because we want to do such a great job that the scope has continued to grow," said general manager Meade Atkeson. "We're at the stage where nearly everything at the hotel is going to be renovated beginning in July."

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