In pictures: Riggs Washington DC hotel opens

The 181-room hotel in the capital's Penn Quarter features a grand café, brasserie, cocktail bar and rooftop event space.

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Riggs Washington DC has officially opened in the US capital's Penn Quarter neighbourhood.

The hotel is opposite the National Portrait Gallery and close to The White House, Capitol Hill, the National Mall and Memorial Park. The local neighbourhood is known for its restaurants, bars, the Capitol One Arena, Chinatown and a new luxury shopping development CityCenterDC.

It’s the first US property from the company behind Sea Containers London and Pulitzer Amsterdam.

The hotel’s historic building was once home to Riggs National Bank, known as the ‘Bank of Presidents’, and the hotel has preserved and restored many of the original features, such as the barrel-vaulted lobby, Corinthian columns and a medallion of Juno Moneta, the Goddess of Money.

Billy Skelli-Cohen, CEO of Lore Group (which owns the hotel), said: “With Riggs Washington DC, we have created a hotel and F&B offering that celebrate both the legacy of the building – and the history of the city – through unexpected details and a thoughtful approach to the guest experience.” 

Inspired by the grand brasseries of Europe, Café Riggs offers modern and traditional cuisine, an expansive plant-based menu, in a bar, café and dining room. The space is ideal for a celebratory event or drinks reception for up to 30 people.

The lower level is home to Silver Lyan, a subterranean cocktail bar by an internationally acclaimed bartender and Lore Group’s global bar innovator Ryan Chetiyawardana, known for using innovative ingredients. 

The largest of the meetings and event spaces, Rooftop at Riggs, has panoramic views over the city and a roof enclosure and terrace. It can accommodate 120 seated and up to 230 for a reception. 

There are 15 suites, including four ‘First Lady’ suites inspired by certain Presidents’ wives. The Louisa Adams Suite, dedicated to the First Lady who encouraged music during gatherings at The White House features a baby grand piano, while The Ida McKinley Suite is inspired by her love of flowers.

Photo credit: Jennifer Hughes for Riggs Washington DC

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