What We Love
- The in-house radio station
- A bodega-inspired kiosk by reception
- Bluetooth record players with curated vinyls in all guest rooms
- The Alice in Wonderland-themed mural at the lobby bar
What To Know
- The hotel’s rooftop bar, Wild Days, is a hopping music venue
- The property features a 2,000-square-foot co-working club
- Pets are allowed
- Guests have access to a 50-seat cinema onsite, which serves fancy theater snacks like truffle popcorn
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Pet Friendly
Politically-charged K Street hotel combining socially conscious frills with boho-chic rooms
“Think global, act local” is the unofficial maxim behind humanitarian Katherine Lo’s brave new hospitality venture. As the daughter of billionaire Ka-Shui Lo (the founder of the swanky Langham Hospitality Group), the younger Lo brings her strong social justice streak to this LEED Gold certified building. The result is a first-of-its-kind hotel experience, designed to spark conversation, and more ambitiously, change—more progressive clubhouse than opulent pied-à-terre. Retro and relaxed, the interiors complement the hotel’s activist soul with modernist furnishings, bronze accents, and kaleidoscopic textiles. Guest rooms are stocked with politically charged books, black-and-white portraits of dissidents, and vintage TVs broadcasting presidential election footage from an assortment of eras, while an onsite movie theater screens independent films (recent showings included a documentary on the Dakota Accent Pipeline protests at Standing Rock, produced by the Eaton brand itself).
In the Area
At the center of the capital, the Eaton is surrounded by D.C.’s cosmopolitan downtown. From an unlikely concert venue—the Daughters of the American Revolution headquarters, a short walk from the hotel, hosts a slew of touring musicians and comedians—to the zany National Geographic museum, this world-class neighborhood teems with under-the-radar gems. Sample low-country cuisine at Georgia Brown’s, where Sunday Brunch is accompanied by live jazz. The Franklin Square food trucks, serving up everything from Indian street-fare to flame-grilled steak arepas, are equally worthy neighborhood lunch stops.
How to Get There
We had a great time. I especially like the record player with records in the room, WOW. Friendly staff excellent food, coffee house on site, location, For me everything perfect and I highly recommend staying at the Eaton.
Excellent in all respects except. No coffee in the room (otherwise well equipped including a mini bar). Upon checking out I was told I could have requested a coffee machine. Better if the option is given upon checking in. No CNN channel (black screen) on TV. I hope a technical glitch but was not given an explanation.
The Eaton is an experience apart, a different approach to a hotel - in fact, I probably need to make up a different category for them, because the word hotel doesn’t do justice. First they welcome you, honestly. The look of the lobby is unique, retro but modern. Is that a thing? The entire place has a vibe - professionals coming and going in sleek suits and sharp heels, parties on the roof deck, DJ and incense in the lobby at night. Co-working space during the day. The rooms are compact but well planned, a Real place to sit, to work, to relax. Did I mention there was a record player on the shelf? Kombucha, craft beers, boxed wine in the mini-bar. And the bed - wow. I call the room - with the most positive possible connotations - a sleep cave. At night dark, quiet, just a glow from the mineral lamp, comfy mattress, cosy sheets, marvelous booster pillows. On both my trips this year I enjoyed a wonderful night’s sleep, and the feeling of being away. Like an overnight vacation. And in the morning the coffee shop down stairs made me think of Costa Rica! Let me close by saying the Eaton has great people at the front desk and in the lobby. Not just staff, people. Well done. I’m coming back.