Internationally acclaimed hotel brand Oakwood has announced the opening of Oakwood Suites & Studios Dupont Circle Washington DC. Opened in January 2021, this heritage landmark brings an exciting new offering to one of Washington, DC’s most desirable neighborhoods and marks Oakwood’s continued expansion into branded hospitality services in the United States. , his first in the capital.
Housed in a 20th-century neoclassical mansion, Oakwood Suites & Studios Dupont Circle Washington DC was formerly known as Ampeer Residences. This historic property was once owned by socialite Eleanor Josephine Medill “Cissy” Patterson, and the contemporary mansion has hosted presidents and pioneers, from President Calvin Coolidge to aviator Charles Lindbergh. The magnificent building is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places and was recently restored with a blend of neoclassical heritage and contemporary sophistication.
“As one of only two remaining Gilded Age mansions on Dupont Circle, we wanted to honor the classic elements of the past and present – balancing the modern with the heritage and the simple with the ornate – to create a property truly unique to Washington, DC,” said Frank Saul, CEO of Saul Urban, owner of the property.
The dual-brand property houses 92 suites and studios alongside an iconic event venue, Patterson Mansion. The property can accommodate short or long stays, offering a unique dual brand experience of Oakwood Suites and Oakwood Studios respectively, in two distinct wings. Typically located in lively and upbeat locations, Oakwood Studios offers guests a vibrant and creative experience in a modern style apartment in the Studios Tower. Oakwood Suites, on the other hand, offers its guests a private and tranquil space set in an elegant environment in the building’s main tower. With various brands under the Oakwood umbrella, this new property featuring both the Oakwood Suites and Oakwood Studios brands will cater to different stay preferences and is perfect for the seasoned international traveler looking to explore Washington, DC while enjoying the comfort and privacy in a sophisticated setting. ; or local residents looking for a getaway in the capital.
“We were captivated by the rich history of Patterson Mansion and the notable figures who once called 15 Dupont Circle home,” Saul said. “It was important to us to retain the historic elegance of the property while reimagining the mansion as a sophisticated and modern living space. Our aim was to imbue the design with a mix of contemporary and heritage touches to create an elegant yet timeless environment.
The Patterson Mansion was first designed by famed architect Stanford White in 1903, but when Saul Urban took over the space in 2014 and added an additional tower to the mansion, they paid extra attention to ensure that the mansion remains the center of attention, Saul explained. .
“Working with interior designer Darryl Carter, we sought to make the common areas a modern place for Washington, D.C., where guests would feel comfortable congregating, working and entertaining,” said Saul. “To complement the high ceilings and overall grandeur of the Patterson Mansion, we designed a serene interior featuring muted neutral palettes with color washes alongside a well-edited mix of modern and heritage forms.”
The property’s comprehensive amenities include a hospitality lounge, library, social kitchen, fitness center, as well as a charming event space, Patterson Mansion. A versatile space with high ceilings and intricate design details with a built-in bar, Patterson Mansion is ready for intimate events or grand occasions for up to 100 guests, housed in a private mansion to call your own.
Offering true turnkey living, fully furnished rooms provide guests with all utilities, individual WiFi, continental breakfast, organized social events, and a resident mixologist. The property is also pet-friendly, ideal for business or leisure travelers visiting the city with a pet.
“We wanted to pay tribute to Eleanor ‘Cissy’ Patterson who lived in the mansion for so many years. Her life’s accomplishments as the first female newspaper editor and publisher in the United States served as inspiration for the design of the property. In fact, patrons will find a stylized portrait of Cissy in the second-floor library, hanging in the same spot where she married Polish Count Josef Gizycki in 1904,” Saul added.
Oakwood, a pioneer in the extended stay segment with an established portfolio of bespoke accommodation options spanning serviced apartments, residential units and hotels, caters to business and leisure travelers. Apartments and serviced spaces offer long-term and short-term guests private accommodations fully furnished with hotel-like amenities and services. The DC property marks the first in a list of exciting new openings in the brand’s pipeline, including those in Saigon, Bangkok, Beijing and more.