The Pod Hotels expands to Washington, D.C.Staff Writer | May 8, 2017
The Pod Hotels announced the opening of Pod DC, a 245-room micro-hotel located in the lively Chinatown/Penn Quarter neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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Across the street from the Gallery Place-Chinatown metro station and the Smithsonian museums, as well as a short walk to the Verizon Center, top-rated theaters, restaurants, and public transportation, guests can easily access all of the city's top attractions.
Owned and operated by Modus Hotels, a Washington D.C. Lifestyle Hotel Group, Pod DC was developed to enhance guests' local experience upon arrival through curated art and photography that speaks to the city as a whole.
The lobby's "open walls" serve as canvases, highlighting local art and feature artists sourced by CulturalDC, a nonprofit group that fuels the arts and builds community in the neighborhood.
In addition to local art, each hallway leads guests through a photographic journey through D.C., showcasing unexpected elements of the city that make it the vibrant, evolving District it is today.
Similar to Pod's New York properties, the food and beverage venues at Pod DC will draw visitors and locals alike. Crimson Diner on the hotel's ground level is a warm and inviting space for guests to enjoy creative southern fare from morning until late night.
One level below lays the much anticipated Crimson Whiskey Bar—a public house that celebrates whiskey's rich history in the American South. Guests can perch on one of the leather couches while enjoying authentic moonshine or the vast selection of whiskies in addition to other spirits.
To round out Pod DC's trio of venues is Crimson View – the hotel's rooftop featuring indoor and outdoor spaces that boast stunning views of the D.C. skyline.
Pod DC's F&B partner is Washington's most prolific restaurant and bar operating team – Ian and Eric Hilton, the talented duo behind some of D.C.'s most popular bars and restaurants such as American Ice Company, Chez Billy Sud and Marvin.
Crimson was designed by architect/designer Michael Francis of SAINT, Studio for Architecture and Interiors.
With sleek and smartly-designed guest rooms, courtesy of New York design firm Stonehill & Taylor, Pod DC places a strong emphasis on efficiency and style with a mix of mid-century and modern elements. Room offerings include double, queen, and bunk bed configurations.
With features like built-in storage and high-tech amenities that allow guests to stream their own media content, all rooms were designed and scaled to maximize space, while providing travelers everything they need to stay plugged in and engaged.
Guestrooms are finished in royal blue with cheerful yellow accents and large-scale windows, which provide light and expansive views of the Chinatown/Penn Quarter neighborhood; select rooms also have views of Chinatown-Friendship Archway.
Bathrooms, entered through a sliding glass barn door, feature rain showerheads and sleek terrazzo floors, complemented by eco-friendly bath products. ■