Fairmont Renovation Dazzles

Photo by fairmont.com/washington
Fairmont Lobby
Fairmont Lobby

The unveiling of a $27-million dollar renovation of the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown was announced Tuesday by General Manager, Shane Krige. “This exciting project enhances both the guest experience and the hotel’s position as the largest luxury group hotel in the nation’s capital,’’ said Krige.  


Phase I of the refurbishment encompassed all 413 guest rooms including the exclusive Fairmont Gold Floor and the conversion of the executive forum amphitheater into the 2,900 square-foot Kennedy Ballroom. 


New York-based Wimberly Interiors garnered inspiration for the guest rooms from the city of Washington, D.C., conveying politics and power in the design.  Like the eclectic city itself, modern furnishings are mixed with classical detail pieces. Rather than a typical working desk, the king-bedded rooms offer a relaxing chaise, and a round table that doubles as a dining spot or a flexible working space.  A custom designed lounge chair offers further style and comfort.

Loggia (Photo by: fairmont.com/washington) Loggia


Throughout all guest rooms, the art collections reflect Washington’s history and importance, reinforcing Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown as the central location for visitors and local power players. 


Phase II, of the redesign included the entire lobby, loggia and courtyard garden.  Designed by Amanda Jackson, of Dallas-based Forrest Perkins, she drew her inspiration for the lobby design and color scheme from the geometry of an aerial view of the city of Washington. The theme is woven throughout the new space. Behind the front desk is a geometrically abstracted map of DC in warm gold tones with brushed, polished and satin finishes. 


The color palette is also influenced by this aerial view of DC, but intensified to add more drama and sophistication to the lobby/bar space. The blue affiliated with water becomes more saturated like a classic power suit, or an amazing night sky. The green of the trees and parks shifts to be more emerald and the neutral colors of the classic stone buildings becomes a bit warmer like a glass of champagne. The textures of all of these fabrics are rich and inviting to encourage guests to sit for a while and enjoy the drama of the space with a snack or a cocktail or even for an impromptu meeting. 


The lushly landscaped courtyard has been leveled to allow for larger events, offering unique pockets of seating. Two new water features have been added as a visual and auditory backdrop. CafĂ© tables are sprinkled throughout the center of the courtyard providing a tranquil space for breakfast or lunch. 


The Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is located at 2401 M Street NW.

1 Comment For This Article

Deborah Lloyd Forrest

Thank you, Georgetown Dish, for your review of our newly unveiled transformation of the Fairmont Washington, DC. Our Dallas and DC based design and architecture team appreciate the support of the owners and Fairmont to trust our vision to build on the dramatic classic stone and marble envelope of the space with a modern approach that reflects the sparkling energy of our nation's capitol.

Deborah Lloyd Forrest, President, ForrestPerkins