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 Past, Present and Future at Washington DC's Hilton

It was the fourth weekend of October in the nation’s capital. Election day was on the horizon, but neither a march nor demonstration was scheduled. Traffic was moderate, and coming on the heels of what they were calling the hottest summer in DC history, the weather was glorious. Sunlight splashed golden light over the turning leaves while petunias and impatiens luxuriated in their continued abundance. What a weekend we had picked to come down to Washington and stay at the Hilton Hotel.

This is the Hilton of Northwest Washington, a gleaming white curvilinear structure that looks more like a gigantic cruise ship than an urban hotel. But make no mistake – the property is five acres of prime Washington land, a few blocks north of Dupont Circle, a leisurely walk to the National Zoo and Georgetown, and a short taxi ride to the Mall. Recently re-opened after a $150,000,000 renovation, the property seems a destination of the future, with rounded walls and pillars defining spaces, elements of sleek contemporary design, and circular patterned carpeting suggestive of newer worlds.

Everything has been redone, all of the  meeting rooms, restaurants public areas, and all of the 1,070 guestrooms which have been outfitted with new flat-panel HDTVs and updated bathrooms. The hotel’s function space now features a new 30,000 square foot multi-purpose addition with a network of moveable walls. And the 36,000 square-foot International Ballroom, site of President Obama’s official inaugural ball, has been reconfigured to handle multiple groups and events simultaneously.

If you seek location, convenience, modernity and the ample assets that the Hilton brand can convey – this very pleasing property is the place to be on your next trip to DC. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Washington’s Hilton has a distinguished past. It seems headed towards an equally impressive future.

WASHINGTON HILTON
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia, United States 20009

Phone:  202-483-3000   Fax: 202-232-0438

 

Photographs by Hilton

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

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Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
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