by Andrea Doyle | October 12, 2017
The InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf has opened. Set on the waterfront area just south of the National Mall, which up until now has remained underutilized by locals and travelers alike, the 278-room property will serve as a centerpiece of a 24-acre mixed-use social hub. 

Set on the banks of the Washington Channel, a symbolic river runs throughout the interiors of the hotel, while outside, a boardwalk connects to four new piers, a yacht club, and 500 boat slips. That's in addition to The Wharf complex's 6,000-person concert venue, Anthem, as well as retail, residential, and office spaces.

The hotel's design is inspired by the port's early history, with woodwork mimicking the structure's original use as a boat warehouse. The lobby features an undulating sculptural wall that flows into the hotel's Afro-Caribbean eatery Kith and Kin, helmed by rising star, D.C. Chef Kwame Onwauchi. Chef Onwuachi commissioned artist Emily Eisenhart to create a large custom mural in the main dining room that features dozens of his favorite quotes from many of the chefs he has collaborated with and industry professionals. 

Other amenities include a rooftop pool with a pool restaurant and bar, a fitness center, and a 4,250-square-foot spa. The hotel is pet friendly. 

For small and large-scale events, the hotel offers more than 17,000 square feet of technologically advanced space in various ballrooms with details including wooden ceilings inspired by large boat wakes, along with 11 meeting spaces that are spread throughout all levels of the structure. 

"We are bringing our guests a rich sense of place at every turn, aligning design substance with serenity," said Simon Antoine, general manager of InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf. "Technology, sustainability, and service, of course, are at the core here as we redefine the Southwest neighborhood for our leisure and next-level business travelers." 

Its 278 luxury guest rooms include 33 suites and a two-story penthouse suite. Unique elements can be found throughout different room categories such as billiard tables and Juliette balconies on every other water-facing room.