Housing Complex

Former Swanky 1Hotel to Become Just Like Everything Else

Great things were once in store for the empty corner lot at 22nd and M Street NW: A high-end, eco-friendly 1Hotel, which would have set the standard in D.C. for modern luxury accommodations. Development partners Perseus Realty and Starwood Hotels admitted last fall that probably wasn't going to work out. A few weeks ago, they came back before ANC 2A with a new proposal: A Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton's third outpost in the District, which some West End residents worried would bring in the "fanny pack crowd."

They shouldn't worry too much. The building will be designed by the same guy from Shalom Baranes' shop who did the West End 25 residences, which aren't a blight on the neighborhood. But yes, it's a little disappointing for those who wanted something special on that corner.

At least it's not another Marriott.


  • Casey

    why does every Shalom Baranes building look the same? It looks like a nice building but just like all their other "designs". Meh.

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  • One Tree Hill

    Is this the same hotel that was going to cover itself in awful English ivy? Glad that's not going to happen. I agree - very uninspiring. Maybe the residents can demand some architecture with taste.

  • http://marketurbanism.com Stephen Smith

    Not surprising that only big, well-capitalized national chains can afford DC real estate. This is what you get when you try to preserve the character of every neighborhood – prices so high that nothing with any character can survive.

  • Thayer-D

    So the first design was somthing special, and the second one is more of the same? Aside from the dusk lighting in the first rendering, they both are indistinguishable from any K Street office building.

  • Hillman

    Really, really boring design. Can't we do better than this?

  • Ben

    I swear, every DC architect must have gotten together several years ago and agreed to a policy of collusion where every single building constructed in the District is born from the same basic set of architectural drawings.

  • Eric

    they build big rectangular boxes due to the height limit. very clear.

  • http://westnorth.com Payton

    At least the earlier big rectangular box appeared to have some principles underlying its almost squarish boxiness. The second one is attempting to hide the boxiness, and failing.