Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the hotel company headed by former BET co-founded and businesswoman Sheila Johnson, and Henderson Park, a global private equity real estate manager headquartered in London, have officially launched Salamander Washington DC, bringing Salamander’s award-winning luxury hospitality to the heart of the nation’s capital for the first time.
The two companies recently partnered to purchase and re-brand the 373-room property, which formerly operated as a Mandarin Oriental. Under new ownership and Salamander’s management, the hotel will undergo an all-encompassing enhancement program while maintaining operations. Plans include a renovation of the hotel’s suites, the remodeling and reopening of the club lounge, re-concepting and redesign of its signature restaurant and grand lobby lounge, and activation of the hotel’s unique outdoor spaces that overlook DC’s waterfront.
“Salamander Washington DC is already a grand luxury hotel, and we intend to introduce the warm and inviting feeling that guests enjoy at other Salamander properties,” said Johnson. “Together with Henderson Park, we will create a gathering place for the community in a relaxing and refined setting. We are also delighted to welcome the hotel’s employees into the Salamander family and introduce our unique style of service to this exceptional property.”
Prominently located along the capital’s vibrant Southwest waterfront, Salamander Washington DC is a short walk from the National Mall and the attractions and restaurants in the new District Wharf.
Nick Weber, founding partner of Henderson Park, added: “Our investment into this hotel is driven by a recognition of both its distinguished reputation as an established luxury property in the US capital as well as the significant long-term potential that we believe it offers. Washington D.C. holds enduring appeal thanks to its vibrant blend of culture, art and history alongside the seat of the federal government and many international organizations, making a hospitality investment particularly compelling and aligning with our global strategy. Through partnering with Salamander, a premium luxury hospitality brand, we will reposition this elegant property and further enhance its allure for business and leisure guests alike, and also fully capitalize on its striking riverside location amidst all of the city’s major attractions.”
Salamander’s inclusive style of luxury has become a defining approach to hospitality and the company is renowned in the region for its Forbes Five-Star rated Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA, just an hour away from downtown D.C. Salamander is already developing synergies between the two properties for the benefit of its many guest loyalists, including special ‘Town and Country’ packages. Salamander Washington DC joins the company’s unique collection of iconic properties in storied destinations, including Charleston, Aspen, Tampa Bay, Jamaica and Anguilla.