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
I stayed here for a work meeting and loved this place. It is both beautiful and unique: around the hotel and in rooms you will find music, books and even videos relating to civil rights, human rights, and there's even a community radio on the lobby floor. The food was great, the staff were super nice. I will definitely try to stay here whenever I go back to DC.
Stayed here for 2 nights when we read about the new progressive hotel concept started by Katherine Lo and also being familiar with her family’s more famous Langham hotels. Eaton DC is a chic modern hotel with very nice cozy rooms - reminding me very much of the Soho Group. There were 3 bars in the mid size hotel that served good cocktails, tried some of the bar food was good. They had a large workshop space on the 2nd floor that allowed for community events and yoga sessions. We wanted to try their Tarot card reading by Dr Z but could not get on his schedule.
Overall, a nice experience in terms of room comfort, beautiful design all around their facilities and a cool relaxed vibe. Areas of improvement - (1) the staff were all relatively inexperienced and new to the city. When we asked for dinner places to recommend and places to go, a few of the front desk staff were unsure. The staff responsible for the spa station was too chill to respond to our requests effectively. (2) Positioning of the hotel - whilst it’s mantra is focused on community, progressive and being different. It needs to decide whether if it’s going to go down the path of ‘a cool hotel targeted at the edgy crowd and having the cool staff but not experienced hospitality team’ or ‘fine-tuning it’s concept and ensuring that it is foremost a hotel that brings a different experience to their guests with a great experienced team.
Overall, kudos to Katherine for an interesting new hotel concept and hope to visit her HK hotel sometime and see if they have fine tuned it there.
What a great discovery ! I just loved this hotel. It’s deco. The atmosphere. Nice lounge zone and super vibrant bar restaurant. Cool rooms. It’s definitely one of the best hotels that I have been recently. Totally recommended when staying at Washington DC. Perfect location!