WASHINGTON, D.C.—A contemporary hotel located just six blocks from the White House and around the corner from the trendy 14th Street corridor is the newest member of the Curio Collection by Hilton, the global portfolio of upscale independent hotels and resorts. The Darcy Washington D.C. joins the rapidly-growing collection brand as its first property in the nation’s capital. The 226-room hotel opened in April 2017 and is owned by KHP Capital Partners and managed by Sage Hospitality.
Located near D.C.’s Logan Circle neighborhood, The Darcy—which takes its name from a well-dressed and well-traveled fictional character—is a short walk from four Metro stations and D.C.’s noted landmarks and monuments.
“The Darcy Washington D.C. is as eclectic and remarkable as the District it serves, delivering a truly authentic experience for guests looking for one-of-a-kind discoveries,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton and Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “Newly recreated, The Darcy exudes the spirit of its destination as do all Curio Collection by Hilton hotels, particularly through its unique ambience and local partnerships.”
Led by Lead Designer Christian Schnyder, owner and principal of the prestigious Beleco Designs in Los Angeles, The Darcy’s contemporary design is inspired by the American Beauty Rose, the D.C.’s official flower. Its look intersperses European-inspired elements of mixed wood with distressed metals and bright colors to create a high-end, energetic vibe reflective of the architecture that neighbors the hotel.
The lobby has been fashioned to approximate a handsomely restored yet purposeful living room, with such classic architectural touches as rose carvings on wooden archways, honeycomb-panel flooring, black-painted exposed brick, and patterned wallpaper. Displayed throughout the hotel’s 226 guest rooms and public spaces are numerous contemporary artworks—ranging from botanical photographs to abstract sculptures and prints—that pay homage to Washington’s rich history.
“The Darcy—like Washington, D.C.—is stately and contemporary, delighting guests with its distinctive flair and thoughtful comforts,” said Tobias Arff, general manager, The Darcy Washington, D.C., Curio Collection by Hilton. “By joining Curio Collection, we will be free to have an independent spirit while enhancing it with Hilton’s globally-recognized services and reputation.”
Dining options at The Darcy include Siren, which features a seasonally-grounded and seafood-focused menu from acclaimed chefs Robert Wiedmaier, Brian McBride and chef de cuisine, John Critchley. The culinary team sources many of its locally available ingredients from nearby, whenever possible. The dining experience is enhanced by live jazz; a blue/gray interior with a sleek, zinc counter surrounding the “raw” bar, and an outdoor dining area.
Lil’ B Coffee & Eatery is a corner, street-level hangout serving a Southern inspired menu from celebrity chef David Guas. Fresh baked goods and sweets, signature casual eats, and loaded, seasonal sandwiches that give a nod to his native city of New Orleans are complemented by hand-crafted coffee drinks and a range of locally brewed beers, meads and wines. It has a semi-industrial design, exposed brick, and handcrafted wood tables and counters.
In a nod to Washington’s many gardens and parks, The Darcy will host a bi-monthly flower bar through a partnership with local start-up UrbanStems to invite guests to build their own bouquets and locals to pick up fresh flowers.
Additionally, The Darcy offers five meeting, breakout, and board rooms that can accommodate gatherings for up to 80 seated or 100 standings guests. For events on a grander scale, Logan Ballroom allows for up to 200 guests, with an outdoor patio available.