Hotel Rouge, sandwiched between Dupont and Logan circles in Washington DC, was named as such after North Carolina-based interior designer Mike Moore, who was hired by Kimpton for this project, decided to fully embrace the color red. "If there's a hotel in Washington that more completely lives up to its name than Hotel Rouge, I can't think of it," wrote the Washington Post's Joe Yonan last year, not too long after the 137-room property underwent an extensive renovation by Dawson Design Associates, a Seattle-based hospitality-design firm. "Our goal was to maintain the core identity and attitude of the hotel," says Andrea Dawson Sheehan in a statement, "but to renew its shine and luster and capture today's new guests." Get a closer look at the hotel's premier Rouge Suite and one lobby shot below.
1. In keeping with Dawson's "playful nod to the theme of Venus and of love," a faux-leather tufted headboard plays off linens piped with red and red velvet draperies.
2. Faceted black nightstands were "modeled after Grecian columns"—"another subtle nod to Venus."
Photo by Paul Gelsobello/courtesy of Hotel Rouge
3. A frosted rolling glass wall separates the bedroom from the "parlor," as it's called in Hotel Rouge parlance. "Relentless," a piece by Houston artist Matt Messinger, adds color to the otherwise neutral space. 4. A skin rug plays off another of the hotel's decor themes, animal prints, which is evident in leopard-print robes and a cow-print lounge chair in the lobby (below).
5. For the "living room-style lobby," collage artist Derek Gores used fashion magazines like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar to piece together a funky version of a woman's face.
6. It's hard to tell from the photo, but the lobby's floors are made of red terrazzo tiles. Reps for the hotel call the "contrasting surfaces, shapes and textures"—chrome furniture, crystal lighting, wool carpeting, a leather sofa, and so on—"a layered, intellectual approach to glamour."