I have posted about Virgin Hotels before—the Virgin Hotels Chicago earning LEED Gold, for example. The group of hotels has a sustainability policy which can be seen on its website. The company recently announced plans to open and operate a new hotel in Washington, D.C. Expected to open in fall 2019, the brand’s first Washington D.C. property will reside in the city’s emerging Union Market area. It will be managed by Virgin Hotels and developed by D.B. Lee Development & Construction and Brook Rose Development. Unique to the hotel is its accommodation of artists. The hotel will have its own artists-in-residence program. Numerous art studios will be located on the second level and alley way, along with an outdoor garden featuring sculptures by local artists. The hotel will also honor the history of the Union Market area, as well as the artistic roots of the site’s former structure.
Said Dennis B. Lee, President of D.B. Lee Development and Construction, “Washington D.C. is in the midst of a cultural renaissance, further establishing itself as a diverse global city that we feel will embrace the Virgin Hotel ethos and lifestyle. The Union Market area is representative of that renaissance with significant and eclectic development embracing the historical fabric of the market and community. We feel that [the hotel] will not only become a hub of activity in Union Market, but will also greatly enhance the cultural growth of the city, potentially becoming an epicenter of creative spirit.”
Search Green Lodging News using “artist” and you will find other examples of hotels embracing and accommodating artists—a great thing to see.