New & Renovated: Urban Classics

Martha Washington Hotel

Martha Washington Hotel, New York City

Martha Washington Hotel opened in 1903 in Manhattan as a refuge for women visiting and living in New York City. Designated a historical landmark by New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the grand ole dame completed a $30 million renovation in February, including new state-of-the-art meeting and event space designed by famous German-born architect Annabelle Selldorf.

There are 261 guest rooms and suites that feature amenities such as Italian linens and bath products, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Among the 7,000 sq. ft. of meeting space is a 2,700-square-foot ballroom that can seat 200. The second-floor event space features dramatic windows with Juliet balconies.

“The total revitalization of the Martha Washington is evidence of our commitment to preserve the remarkable history of the hotel while also providing comprehensive amenities for our guests,” says Ed Scheetz, founder and CEO of Chelsea Hotels, the brand that owns the property.

The Westin Philadelphia

The Westin Philadelphia

Located in historic Rittenhouse Square, The Westin completed a $10 million renovation of its 294 guest rooms in March, including new furniture, carpeting and decor. The upgrades also feature environmentally friendly climate controls and the brand’s Heavenly Shower. Late last year, the hotel’s main restaurant, Winthorpe & Valentine, and its lobby bar were updated, creating a sophisticated, contemporary vibe.

The hotel offers 17,000 sq. ft. of event space and can host up to 700 guests. The 7,500-square-foot ballroom can be divided into three sections and is adjacent to an 18-seat boardroom. Event specialists are available to assist planners and attendees.

Embassy Row Hotel

The Embassy Row Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Since opening in 1970, The Embassy Row Hotel has evolved into much more than a neighborhood gathering destination in popular Dupont Circle. It also has hosted its fair share of politicians, actors, musicians and athletes, including President Barack Obama, Denzel Washington and Magic Johnson.

The 231-room hotel completed a $15 million renovation in March. The new Station Kitchen & Cocktails features locally roasted coffee and baked goods by day and morphs into a social experience at night, with cocktails and shared plates served at communal tables and nook-style seating. There’s 6,650 sq. ft. of indoor meeting space and a rooftop pool and lounge that can be used for events.

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