Affordable luxury with Capitol views
citizenM – the award-winning Dutch lifestyle and hotel company – brings ‘affordable luxury’ to America’s capital. The brand is full-speed-on its ambitious expansion across the United States: citizenM Washington DC Capitol will be its fifth US hotel and the fourth East Coast location, including two in New York and one in Boston.
Since 2008, citizenM has been shaking up the traditional hospitality industry with vibrant styling, bold art, savvy technology and a bona fide friendly service. Today’s modern travellers want to stay in prime, well-connected urban locations – and citizenM Washington DC Capitol delivers. Situated at the confluence of the city’s Potomac and Anacostia rivers, it’s directly adjacent to the world-famous National Mall and several Smithsonian museums. Within two blocks of the hotel is L’Enfant Plaza, a key mass-transit hub with convenient access to the Metro. Jetsetters don’t have to travel far as Reagan National Airport is only 15 minutes away, while Dulles International Airport is 45 minutes. This superb location benefits business and leisure travellers alike.
The new citizenM Washington DC Capitol ascends 12 floors, has 252 guestrooms, seven societyM meeting rooms, and a cloudM rooftop bar with a glorious exterior terrace – all designed by concrete Amsterdam and furnished by Vitra, both long-term collaborators of citizenM.
In a world where an average hotel has seven room types, citizenM chooses to have just one – an awesome one. The rooms have everything guests need (a XL king-size bed with the softest linen, powerful rain shower, superfast free Wi-Fi, ambience-controlling MoodPad and free movies) and nothing they don’t (like chocolates on pillows). It’s the hotel room, reinvented.
It’s impossible to walk into citizenM and confuse it with any other hotel. Instead of an impersonal, cold lobby, every citizenM hotel has a signature living room filled with locally commissioned art, hundreds of books, designated workspaces and comfortable furniture. They’re full of colour for a reason – if guests are going to sit, they may as well sit in style.
Self check-in/out takes just one minute via citizenM’s kiosks (now, even faster and contactless with the new app). Once inside, guests will notice canteenM – a just-like-home kitchen open 24/7 for food, snacks and drinks. Everything is sourced fresh from Chef Jess, a local women-owned business.
A red, spiral staircase leads to the seven societyM meeting rooms (for up to 18 people) on the second floor – designed to fuel creativity with bold colours, walls to write on, superfast free Wi-Fi and all the tech essentials. In short, they’re boardrooms without boredom – and are bookable seven days a week with fresh, local catering on request.
After a day of planning, pitching or presenting, guests can elevate their capital experience to the 12th floor – home of cloudM rooftop bar. It serves signature cocktails and delicious snacks with a side of Capitol Building views. cloudM also stretches onto a glorious terrace, perfect for catching sunshine and sunsets.
citizenM wouldn’t be the same without the ambassadors. They’re people who love people, and make the whole world feel at home. Every ambassador is empowered to do every role – from barista and mixologist to concierge and receptionist. If a guest needs help, they’re never sent to someone else – instead, they receive genuine warmth with a smile.
True to citizenM’s ‘a blank wall is a wasted opportunity’ philosophy, the hotel facade is wrapped with a huge piece by Erik Parker – a New York-based artist known for his cartoonish compositions inspired by American subculture. From street level guests are already introduced to the colourful world of citizenM. Inside, local artist JD Deardourff’s work adorns the living room walls and ceiling with his signature blazing colour-palette and apocalyptic landscapes. It’s only natural for citizenM to add humour, showcasing hipster-styled illustrations of former presidents by artist Amit Shimoni. The drawings are part of his ‘Hipstory’ project where 50 public figures (including President Donald Trump) are presented as modern day hipsters.
Artwork in guestrooms are equally politically pondering with pieces from STABLE artists Damon Arhos, Matthew Mann, Andy Yoder and Melvin Nesbitt. Each one of these American-born artists creates work built on strong structuralism – from queer culture and social activism, to consumer culture and the environmental crisis.
Sleeping at citizenM is safe and easy thanks to cleverly adapted technology – contactless stays are now available at all citizenM hotels via the groundbreaking new app launched in July 2020. Guests can check-in, check-out, open doors, order food, control the room ambiance and pay for purchases while touching nothing but their own smartphone.
Following the success of contactless stays, the lifestyle brand recently launched two more initiatives across all 21 hotels: global passport by citizenM and corporate subscription by citizenM. global passport by citizenM is a fixed-rate stay option for digital nomads who want to work/live/travel from anywhere in the world, with ultimate flexibility of deciding on a month-by-month basis. Letting go of the expensive big-city apartment and moving in with citizenM is now possible – at a super-low average rate of 50 EUR/USD/GBP per night when purchasing one full month. Digital nomads, freelancers and adventurers will find the price and the 30-day-at-a-time booking far more attractive than signing an expensive long-term lease in a single city.
corporate subscription by citizenM is a seriously clever sleep-work-meet package for companies with remote workers who travel regularly; distributed teams who need to (or want to) gather consistently; and local individuals who need a better alternative to working from home. For just 500 EUR / 550 GBP / 600 USD per month, one employee can work at any citizenM living room anytime they want, sleep for three nights (including a welcome drink and breakfast), use the meeting rooms, add more nights or meeting room hours at 10% discount, and entertain clients at canteenM and cloudM rooftop bars.
In the near future, citizenM will welcome a second Washington DC property located in the NoMa district – citizenM Washington DC NoMa – with 292 keys. By 2025, citizenM will have around 40 properties globally (open or in development), more than doubling its current portfolio. citizenM's North American roll-out includes future hotels in Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and Seattle.