Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel officially opened today, becoming the only hotel located on the 14th Street corridor in downtown Washington, D.C. Joined by District officials, guests and partners, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants executives cut the bow tie-inspired ribbon and invited attendees inside the hotel for first-look tours and an intimate reception.
Ben Timashenka, Regional Vice President Mid-Atlantic at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants; Jesse Slaughter, General Manager of Radiator; Eric Santiago, Director of Restaurant Openings and Transitions, East Coast at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants; Chris Hague, Vice President of Asset Management at LaSalle Hotel Properties; Donte Johnson, General Manager of Mason & Rook; Telesa Via, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants; Nick Gregory, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, of Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants; and Greg Leinweber, Area Director of Sales and Marketing of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, cut the bow-tie-inspired ribbon marking the hotel’s official opening and celebrating National Military Appreciation Month.
The ribbon cutting ceremony included remarks from General Manager Donte Johnson and Nick Gregory, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. To honor National Military Appreciation Month in May, a colorful bow tie-inspired ribbon was used for the ceremony signifying the start of a month-long campaign and partnership with veteran-owned men’s neckwear line Bull + Moose. Specially designed Bull + Moose bow ties will be available for purchase at the hotel’s front desk during the month of May.
Attendees enjoyed light refreshments and bites catered by the adjacent culinary-focused cocktail bar, Radiator, spearheaded by Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden. The crowd was invited to explore Radiator, the new Exchange Ballroom and additional meeting spaces. Small groups were taken on tours of the several guest rooms – some of the largest in the District – which included the Premier Spa Suites as well as Mason & Rook’s rooftop pool and lounge, set to open this summer.
Guests were met with tunes from DJ Neville C, D.C.’s very own Neal Becton of Som Records who spun records for guests of the ribbon cutting and hotel throughout the day. The opening also marked the launch of the hotel’s locally-inspired guest programming including a partnership with American luxury lifestyle brand Shinola, who designed custom Mason & Rook notebooks and monogrammed them for attendees. Additional Mason & Rook programming includes a Made at Mason event series with local tastemakers, on-call weekend Bar Cart and “Game On” Night with General Manager, Donte Johnson.