BETHESDA, MD—Mariott International’s Autograph Collection has added The Mayflower Hotel, the newly renovated Washington, DC, landmark, to its portfolio, which currently consists of 86 hotels worldwide.
In conjunction with the hotel’s rebranding as part of Autograph Collection Hotels, The 10-story Mayflower completed its final phase of a top-to-bottom renovation, with all 583 rooms and 74 suites undergoing a makeover. The $20-million room refresh was spearheaded by The Gettys Group design firm.
“We are excited to welcome The Mayflower Hotel to the Collection, as we near our 100th hotel, which we expect to reach later this year. The Mayflower’s rich history, iconic reputation, and independent spirit in the local Washington, DC, community make it an obvious choice for Autograph Collection Hotels. The new transformation pays homage to the hotel’s past while dressing it up in grand style and remaining current. Like the rest of our portfolio of independently owned hotels, this latest addition is one-of–a-kind and true to the brand’s mantra of being ‘exactly like nothing else,'” explains Julius Robinson, VP, Autograph Collection Hotels.
The distinctive new room designs and finishes take inspiration from the hotel’s regal past while emphasizing its present day relevance and vitality, according to the brand. A palette of warm grays is complemented with furnishings of refined wood, stone, glass and jewel-toned upholstery.
An addition to the decor is the exclusive signature wall, a vinyl re-creation of the hotel’s guest book displayed on the wall behind the bed, complete with artistic versions of signatures of famous guests 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. The rooms also feature vintage-inspired, black-and-white basketweave marble bathroom floors accented with a woodtone washstand-style vanity, contrasted with a black-on-plum paisley-inspired wall vinyl.
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.