See inside the newly renovated Fairfax at Embassy Row

WTOP – Dec 2018

The SALLY at The Fairfax Hotel DC - Lounge/Cocktail Bar

December 10, 2018: The Fairfax at Embassy Row hotel in Dupont Circle has a new look in time for the holidays.

Owner Westbrook Partners recently completed a renovation of the hotel’s common areas, a project that included the addition of a new restaurant called The SALLY. The lobby of the hotel at 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW was completely remodeled to have a more open layout, said General Manager David Hendrix.

“Our hotel and the main lobby and restaurants were built in 1920 — so it was a very closed in space,” Hendrix said.

The renovation opened up the lobby and also added a new market area for grab-and-go food including breakfast items, sandwiches, salads and beer and wine. The market also offers food from local purveyors, including coffee from Swing’s and doughnuts from Sugar Shack Donuts.

The restaurant space where The SALLY is now located was also opened up more to the street. Though it always had an entrance off Massachusetts Avenue, the space had no windows and was clad in dark wood that gave it “kind of a clubby feel,” said Hendrix. The restaurant will also have patio seating come spring.

The hotel hired Ricardo Planas to be The SALLY’s executive chef. Planas designed a cocktail-centric bar menu with a food menu of small plates and locally sourced cheese and charcuterie.

The 259-room hotel was last renovated in 2008. It dropped the Starwood Hotels & Resorts flag in favor of an affiliation with Preferred Hotels & Resorts in 2015. The property is managed by Pyramid Hotel Group.

The design for the new common areas was done by Rockwell Group. Hendrix declined to disclose the cost of the renovation, but the project took the better part of a year and involved closing the main entrance to foot traffic for part of that time.

“We were definitely going for the classic elegance and have it meet the modern,” said Hendrix. “I think we do still have that classic feel in a lot of the areas of the hotel, but the public space is a little more modern, which I think our guests will appreciate.”

This article was originally featured on WTOP.