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There's no shortage of impeccably designed and luxurious hotels in D.C., but one envy-inducing suite has the others beat by a landslide. The Dupont Circle Hotel's Penthouse Suite has the ideal combination of panache, high design, and impressive square footage that's everything a visiting dignitary or sitting president could ask for.
What exactly is it about this suite that makes it so unique? It isn't its location overlooking Dupont Circle or the skyline views, although those are impressive in their own right. It's the fact that all 13 suites on the ninth floor can be combined into one sprawling 7,000-square-foot penthouse—many of which have outdoor heated terraces. But if you don't need that much space, you can still rent out the suite in either a one- or two-bedroom configurations.
The hotel underwent a top to bottom renovation in 2020, just as the pandemic started to take hold of the country and brought travel to a near-complete stop. This allowed the team to not only tackle the suites on the ninth floor and the lobby, but also the onsite bar and restaurant. Martin Brudnizki oversaw the reimagining of the Doyle Bar and the Pembroke and Irish designer Clodagh took on the suites, imbuing a minimalist aesthetic with natural elements that matches perfectly with the hotel's midcentury modern design. Throughout the hotel, guests can find works by Irish sculptor John Behan and actor-turned-photographer Dennis Hopper.
From the lobby to the redesigned Doyle Bar, the entire space is calming and luxurious. Brudnizki made good use of natural elements as well, blending leather, brass, and wood paneling making for a decidedly midcentury vibe. The hotel is also still operating Pembroke's outdoor terrace, allowing guests and visitors to enjoy dinner and drinks under heated lamps (all while social distancing).
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The crown jewel of the transformation came with the overhaul of the Penthouse Suite, which is the largest of the suites on the ninth floor. It boasts two bedrooms and guests have their pick of outdoor spaces to lounge on, with unobstructed views of the city. Its elegant and sophisticated décor makes it feel modern but with a nod to nostalgia.
For $20,000 per night, guests can get the entire ninth floor all to themselves (and their 20 or so closest friends). For the smaller configurations, prices start at $1,500.