Given that folks of opposing political persuasions are inclined to dwell, eat, store, work and worship in self-selected bubbles, it was most likely solely a matter of time earlier than somebody determined that Republicans and Democrats wanted their very own resorts too. Enter the Eaton DC, in downtown Washington, the flagship lodge of the Eaton Workshop model, and now the wokest place to get up within the nation’s capital. Its founder, Katherine Lo, a scion of the Hong Kong household whose huge lodge holdings embrace the high-end Langham model, envisioned creating not a mere lodge however “a community with a shared ethos of caring for today’s world.” Beyond its well-appointed visitor rooms, the Eaton property encompasses a communal work area (billed as “the optimal cooperative setting for socially conscious leaders”), a wellness heart, a radio station, a espresso home and a full-service restaurant — all of which, you will be assured, are monitored for the dimensions of their environmental footprints. Data out there upon request.
Ok Street is to lobbying what Wall Street is to finance and Rodeo Drive is to luxurious purchasing: an handle synonymous with one of many extra avaricious points of American capitalism. It’s not the obvious location for a spot like Eaton DC, although it’s central and handy. Many of the town’s sights just like the White House and the museums close to the National Mall are inside strolling distance. The 14th Street hall, with its bustling restaurant and bar scene, can be a brief stroll, as is the lodge whose title dare not be talked about (the Trump International).
The common rooms — Eaton calls them cabins or research — are fairly small at solely 280 to 380 sq. ft. We upgraded to a pied-à-terre junior suite, which was amply sized at about 600 sq. ft and had a separate dwelling space with an L-shaped sofa. It had the texture of a classy Lake Tahoe getaway, with wide-plank hardwood flooring and darkish rum-colored wooden furnishings, accented by an occasional splash of purple and blue within the rugs and pillows. Some of the extremely curated touches included a document participant that really performed (and got here with albums by Fleetwood Mac and The Byrds); rack with classic copies of Rolling Stone; a minibar with craft beer and kombucha. On the nightstand there was a pink Himalayan salt lamp, which some consider has cleaning powers. In the nightstand drawer there was no Gideon Bible or Book of Mormon, although the “Inclusivity Menu” on the desk mentioned that copies of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights have been out there on the entrance desk. (We referred to as down, and inside minutes two copies have been delivered.)
Ours had three separate chambers: one for the sink, one for the bathe and a separate space with a door for the bathroom. Blue checkerboard tiling lined the partitions and the bathe. Bath merchandise by Grown Alchemist included candy orange, cedarwood and sage hand wash. But you possibly can’t take them residence with you. No small disposable bottles right here — simply the reusable giant communal ones now turning into commonplace at many environmentally aware resorts.
The Eaton can really feel a bit like a mission assertion that simply occurs to allow you to sleep there. But different points of the property extra appropriately serve its community-focused objective. The shared work area, the place folks can hire desks for a month-to-month charge like at WeWork or Cove, is handsomely furnished — like a graduate pupil research carrel delivered to you by Room & Board. There is a small studio within the foyer for recording or broadcasting audio. The wellness heart, which was in its tender opening after we visited in late November, supplied yoga courses, a meditation room, sound baths and saunas that use infrared expertise to warmth your physique as a substitute of scorching coals.
In case you have been questioning whether or not there are any revenue margins for a enterprise that seems like it will shun high-priced indulgences, look no additional than the restaurant American Son, the place our starter dish of three smallish-sized scallops was $24. Most of the gadgets on the menu have been vegetable based mostly, just like the gem-lettuce Caesar served flippantly charred ($12) and a wealthy tofu gnocchi with sunchokes, black truffle and chive ($28). For carnivores there was a shareable rib-eye for $125 (sure, $125) and duck for $100. There are two bars on the property. One is a speakeasy referred to as Allegory tucked away off the foyer behind two unmarked black doorways with an intensive menu of craft cocktails. The different is a big rooftop membership, Wild Days. Room service breakfast, ordered the evening earlier than from a cardboard door hanger, arrived virtually precisely on time and with beneficiant parts of scrambled eggs, hen sausage and a potato and onion cake. Healthier choices included an acai smoothie bowl with berries and shaved coconut.
The Bottom Line
The Eaton will really feel too treasured and political for many individuals. But in case you want a break from the company, cookie-cutter sterility of Marriott and Hilton, that is your secure area.
Eaton DC, 1201 Ok Street NW Washington DC, 202-289-7600; https://www.eatonworkshop.com/hotel/dc
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