by Matt Alderton | October 24, 2017

Sir Richard Branson's hotel venture, Virgin Hotels, has finalized plans to build a new hotel in the nation's capital, it announced yesterday.

Located in the up-and-coming Union Market neighborhood of Washington, DC, Virgin Hotels Washington DC Union Market will be Virgin's second hotel in the Northeast, joining the forthcoming Virgin Hotel New York, which is scheduled to open in 2019 in New York's NoMad neighborhood. Along with 178 guest rooms and suites, it will have multiple food and beverage outlets, a coffee shop, a rooftop lounge and infinity pool, as well as several meeting and event spaces, details of which were not immediately announced.

In tribute to the Union Market neighborhood, which has a long arts tradition, the hotel also will feature an artists-in-residence program, an outdoor garden with sculptures by local artists, and several onsite art studios.

"We're thrilled to bring Virgin Hotels to Washington, DC's travelers and residents with an energetic, lifestyle hotel experience unlike anything currently offered in the city," said Virgin Hotels CEO Raul Leal. "We're excited to be part of the continued evolution and growth of the vibrant Union Market neighborhood."

Added Dennis B. Lee, president of the hotel's developer, D.B. Lee Development and Construction, "Washington, DC, is in the midst of a cultural renaissance, further establishing itself as a diverse global city that we feel will embrace the Virgin Hotel ethos and lifestyle. The Union Market area is representative of that renaissance with significant and eclectic development embracing the historical fabric of the market and community.  We feel that Virgin Hotel will not only become a hub of activity in Union Market, but will also greatly enhance the cultural growth of the city, potentially becoming an epicenter of creative spirit."

Virgin Hotels' first hotel, Virgin Hotels Chicago, opened in 2015 and several others -- in San Francisco, Dallas, Palm Springs, Silicon Valley, New York, New Orleans, and Nashville -- are currently under development. Meanwhile, the brand said it continues to explore properties in cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Seattle, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, and London.

Virgin Hotels Washington DC Union Market is scheduled to open in fall 2019.

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