Fairfax at Embassy Row undergoes remodel for transformative, multifunctional look
Swizzle Chill, Jan 2019
The Fairfax at Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. recently went through a visionary transformation and remodeling. The redesign by the Rockwell Group has brought a “classic elegance meets modern” aesthetic. The space has been brought a comfortable feel of elegance. The renovations to the ground floor, reception, lobby and dining areas will elevate the exerpience of the hotels luxury clientele. Executive Chef Ricardo Planas, who is French-trained and cut his career at various kitchens on the international scene, is heading up the Fairfax at Embassy Row’s SALLY restaurant and lounge, creating a menu headlined by small plates and creative cocktails.
A gathering place for many of D.C.’s insiders and elites, The Fairfax at Embassy Row has welcomed political icons from President Dwight Eisenhower to George H.W. Bush. The hotel, itself, is owned by Boston-based Pyramid Hotel Group, which has a portfolio of 100 world-class hotels under management, with 26,000 rooms and employing 12,000 associates. The reimagined look and feel of the Fairfax at Embassy Row speak to a multifunctional design, brought out by the project’s visionaries at the Rockwell Group.
“The new open environment and modern theme complements our classic design, with an engaging living-room-style setting and for neighbors and guests to enjoy. said David Hendrix, Fairfax at Embassy Row general manager, in a hotel announcement. “And while the overall layout and aesthetic has been transformed, what remains unchanged is the emotional attachment that so many have for this beloved hotel.”
The Market, a cozy cafe at The Fairfax at Embassy Row, has dining and lounging options, in addition to the Nook, a social space set in a library setting for guests to enjoy, has a pool table, fireplace and sectional couches. The hotel’s announcement further stated, “Traditional-molded ceilings, bold columns with integrated lighting, and antique mirrors enhance the warm atmosphere. These fun and casual spaces provide the ideal setting to get down to business, meet up with friends, or simply unwind after a long day of work or leisure activities.”
David Rockwell and partners Shawn Sullivan and Greg Keffer lead the Rockwell Group, an eclectic design firm based in New York City with an office in Madrid. Projects have included Union Square Cafe (New York); the Hayes Theater (New York); W Hotels (New York, Paris, Madrid, Suzhou, Singapore and Vieques) and D.C.’s own Anthem at The District Wharf.
This article was originally featured in Swizzle Chill.