Washington, DC’s Kimpton Donovan Hotel Adds New Meeting Venue
The Kimpton Donovan Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. has completed a redesign to all meeting and event spaces, including the addition of a brand new venue, the 550 square foot Bradlee Room.
Located on the edge of Thomas Circle and the 14th Street corridor, five blocks from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the 193-room hotel also has a rooftop bar and event venue DNV Rooftop. The property’s Japanese izakaya-style restaurant, Zentan, provides catering for all meetings and events. With its redesigned Woodward, Bernstein, and newly added Bradlee meeting spaces, all named after The Washington Post’s editorial team during the Watergate era, Kimpton Donovan now plays host to more than 5,000 square feet of private indoor and outdoor function space, accommodating events of up to 100 guests.
For the new décor in its second floor meeting spaces, Kimpton Donovan tapped Washington, D.C. based interior design firm Monogram at BBGM to design spaces in a “refined journalistic” theme. Taking inspiration from the hotel’s namesake, Wild “Bill” Donovan, founder of what is now the CIA, and Kimpton Donovan’s location one block from The Washington Post’s former headquarters, the décor and meeting room names pay homage to the journalistic history of Washington, D.C. and more specifically the Watergate era. The new design of the Woodward, Bernstein and Bradlee Rooms incorporates neutral tones of blue, gold and white, industrial chic lighting, high tech additions and journalistic accents, such as newsprint wallpaper and custom artwork that references the gathering and processing of information.
The newly constructed Bradlee Room, named after The Washington Post’s executive editor during the Watergate scandal, can hold up to 40 guests. The 550 square foot space has windows overlooking Thomas Circle and is accentuated with a bold, geometric blue and white carpet, a single stately gold and glass credenza, newsprint wallcovering, and a feature wall with a colorful word cloud collage overtop a yellow backdrop. Following the media theme, the word cloud includes terms that describe the many aspects of journalism and roles within newsrooms. All speakers and microphones are routed through the ceiling eliminating visible wires, and a 70-inch flat panel display and VDO360 pan-tilt camera provide instant video recall and the ability to have a meeting video feed follow a speaker or call lead in real time.
The signature 1,325 square foot Woodward and Bernstein Room has natural light and similar décor to Bradlee, with space for up to 100 guests. Upon entering, attendees’ attention is immediately drawn to two custom art pieces by Kevin Barry, which separately display the Jefferson and Washington Monuments in blue and white hues with historic news stories splashed across the canvas, causing the headlines to spell out, “WASHINGTON.” The artwork, in addition to a textured wall covered entirely in wallpaper that mimics newsprint headlines, continues the journalistic themes throughout the space. For smaller groups, Woodward and Bernstein may also be split into two separate 700 square foot rooms accommodating breakouts or groups of up to 50.
Catering is exclusively provided by the hotel’s Japanese izakaya-style restaurant, Zentan. Options range from miso soup to maki rolls, braised pork belly and ramen or curry bowls. Each group’s menus can be customized and tailored to fit the event. Zentan also provides options for hands-on creative meeting breaks. Attendees can team build while learning to roll their own sushi or enjoy a Japanese whisky tasting with Zentan’s lead bartender, Matt Allred.