FIRST LOOK: Hotel Zena Opens in Washington DC

Viceroy Hotels & Resorts has now opened Hotel Zena in Washington, DC, a bold new cultural hub and interactive venue where every architectural line, material, and art installation was thoughtfully designed and curated to send a message of female empowerment.

The 191-room hotel is also a celebration of people who work together to achieve fundamental civil rights, in a warm, dynamic, and inviting hotel with comfortable spaces featuring artwork commissioned to create a message of struggle, empowerment, and hope.

 “We created a safe gathering space that celebrates diversity, respects different points of view, and opens the floor to topics worthy of meaningful conversation.” 

Jon Bortz, CEO of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust.

Hotel Zena Design

Conceptualized by the internationally award-winning design firm Dawson Design Associates (DDA), every curve of the architecture was designed to lead to another moment of discovery for those with the time to explore. Over 60 pieces of gallery-quality art created specifically for Zena by a distinguished group of artists from around the world working globally for the cause of human rights. The pieces are original and painted, photographed, sculpted, and stitched by feminists of both genders with powerful stories to share.

Justice Ruth’s Lobby

The lobby features an extraordinary portrait of the late, honorable Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Its pointillist concept, conceived by Andrea Sheehan and produced by Julie Coyle Studios. This unique portrait honors both Justice Ginsburg’s life-long dedication to women’s rights and equality and her humor in the most personal and intimate form.

Additional portraits include the indomitable Shirley Anita Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress and the first woman Democrat to run for President of the United States. It is one of two pieces of art inspired by Ms. Chisholm; the other is a hanging installation constructed of painted folding chairs in celebration of her famous statement: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

Numerous art pieces created by regional artists were brought forward by local curator Jason Bowers to supplement the artwork from other parts of the world. 

The Figleaf Bar & Rooftop (Coming)

At the heart of Hotel Zena lies “Figleaf,” the spacious bar and restaurant designed to inspire creativity and ignite conversation in an area surrounded by the hotel’s signature art pieces. Figleaf is an ideal space for an intimate yet socially distanced get-together. It is a unique area to work remotely or provide a venue to feature a speaker series and creative events. Executive Chef David Sears embraces the modern wellness movement through a carefully crafted menu of approachable, locally-sourced shared plates and entrees, and a Drinks Menu that embraces bold flavors in daringly delectable mocktails and cocktails. “Hedy’s Rooftop” will be coming to Hotel Zena in Spring 2021. 

Zena Guestrooms, Suites, and Meeting Rooms

In each of Hotel Zena’s 191 guestrooms and suites, a sleek and progressive design featuring soft, warm hues provides a tranquil atmosphere. Art secures the guestrooms in the form of a translucent portrait of the Greek goddess Artemis, quiver in hand, protecting those within.

Hotel Zena boasts over 3,500 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, indoor and outdoor options, on-site catering, and more, interwoven with venues aptly named after and inspired by women who have affected historical change. 

Hotel Zena practices all Viceroy Promise of Cleanliness protocols, including physical distancing and mask requirements, hand sanitation stations, and guest rooms disinfected with hospital-grade products, plus thoughtful amenities such as in-room touchless, voice-controlled Google NestHubs virtual concierges. Hotel Zena is also part of AHLA’s Safe Stay® cleaning and safety program, the industry’s adopted program, and processes for maintaining and ensuring all guests’ and associates’ safety.

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