After the completion of a $20 million renovation this past spring, Washington DC’s iconic Mayflower hotel joined Autograph Collection Hotels as of July 1st.
The Mayflower Hotel, listed in the National Register of Historic places, opened in 1925 and has since hosted D.C.’s power scene and iconic figures, filling the hotel with a quintessentially capital spirit – and with a signature appeal as iconic as the hotel itself. It is one of the District of Columbia’s most revered hotels, a place filled with old-world elegance and steeped in the history of America’s capital.
In conjunction with the hotel’s rebranding as part of Autograph Collection Hotels, The Mayflower completed its final phase of a top-to-bottom renovation, with all 583 rooms and 74 suites undergoing a stylish makeover. The $20 million rooms project, spearheaded by The Gettys Group design firm, maintained the 10-story hotel’s historic pedigree while updating its look, presenting a sophisticated blend of elegance, grace, and contemporary taste and outfitting each guest room with the latest amenities.
The distinctive new room designs and finishes take inspiration from the hotel’s regal past while emphasizing its present day relevance and vitality. Throughout its 90-year history, The Mayflower Hotel has always been known for its sense of style and sophistication. That beautiful elegance remains in place, with a crisp palette of warm grays complemented with furnishings of refined wood, stone, glass and jewel-toned upholstery, giving each room a residential feel that features sleek modern finishes and movable seating areas, easily customized for the purpose of the guest’s stay.
To celebrate Mayflower’s rich history and the incredible guests the hotel has welcomed over the decades, a “wall of fame,” a wall vinyl recreation of the hotel’s guest book behind the beds of each guest room, features artistic recreations of the autographs of famous guests from the hotel guestbook including President John F. Kennedy, Amelia Earhart, Winston Churchill, Sophia Loren and J. Edgar Hoover.
Additional featured artwork includes a collection of prints paying homage to the hotel’s time-honored tradition of cameo silhouettes – albeit with a modern flourish. The rooms also feature classic vintage-inspired black-and-white basketweave marble bathroom floors accented with woodtone washstand-style vanity, contrasted with a warm black-on-plum paisley-inspired wall vinyl.
Moving into the 21st Century also means that The Mayflower now offers increased bandwidth for enhanced high-speed Internet access, as well as “smart thermostats” run with a chip embedded in the guest’s key card, which communicates with the air-conditioning unit when the room is occupied in order to adjust temperatures accordingly.