Thompson Hotels arrives in the US capital, with Parts and Labor Design devising a scheme that honours the city’s maritime past, writes Alia Akkam.
Like District Wharf, the buzzy waterfront development a 10-minute drive west, Navy Yard in southeast Washington – its namesake the historic United States Navy shipyard and ordnance plant established in 1799 – is booming. Consider The Yards, a 42-acre mixed-use complex on the Anacostia River, situated between the landmark naval facility and the ballpark of Major League Baseball team, the Washington Nationals. Packed with restaurants, shops and upscale residences, it exemplifies the American capital’s glittering growth in recent years. It is here that Thompson Hotels, now part of Hyatt’s brand portfolio, has opened the district’s first full-service, luxury hotel.