DC is getting Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotel

WASHINGTON — D.C. will be one of the first markets in the U.S. to have a Virgin Hotels, a lifestyle hotel brand by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson.

The hotel will be in Northeast D.C.’s Union Market neighborhood. It is expected to open in the fall of 2019.

D.B. Lee Development & Construction and Brook Rose Development will develop the new property.

The only other Virgin Hotels location right now, which opened in 2015, is in Chicago, though there are others on the drawing board including a location in San Francisco.

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

The hotel will have 178 rooms, or what Virgin Hotels calls “Chambers and Grand Chamber Suites,” several restaurants and bars, a coffee shop, panoramic rooftop lounge with an infinity pool and multiple meeting and events spaces.

It will also include art studios and an outdoor garden with sculptures from local artists.

The hotel will be built at 411 New York Ave. NE.

Other Virgin Hotels locations in the works include Dallas, Palm Springs, Silicon Valley, New York, New Orleans and Nashville. Virgin Hotels says it is also looking at other markets, including Boston, Miami, Austin and Seattle, and international destinations including Toronto, Montreal and London.

The Virgin Hotels in San Francisco will open in early 2018.

Its Chicago location was named the No. 1 Hotel in Chicago by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards in both 2016 and 2017.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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