Washington’s historic Riggs Bank to reopen as a heritage hotel
Riggs Washington DC will be the third hotel in the Lore Group’s portfolio.
After great success with Sea Containers London and the Pulitzer Amsterdam, Lore Group has turned to the United States for the site of their latest project. In early 2020 the group will open Riggs Washington DC, housed in the historic Riggs National Bank, once known as the ‘Bank of Presidents.’
Jacu Strauss has taken the lead as creative director of the 181-room hotel, preserving many of the property’s original design features while adding his own whimsical touches. There are 15 suites available, including the two-bedroom Riggs Suite inside what was once the bank’s boardroom, and four ‘First Lady’ suites inspired by lesser-known First Ladies and their contributions to the White House’s interior. Named after Louisa Adams, Caroline Harrison, Ida McKinley and Angelica Van Buren, each suite is completely unique in style and design.
The hotel will also make its mark in the world of gourmet cuisine. Café Riggs is next to the first-floor lobby, inspired by the grand brasseries of Europe with modern touches throughout. With a focus on sustainable produce, the menu was curated by Chef Patrick Curran from Momofuku CCDC.
The lower level Silver Lyan is touted to become the jewel of the hotel, a sleek bar lead by the internationally acclaimed Ryan Chetiyawardana (Mr Lyan). The concept will reimagine a traditional bar, themed around ‘exchange’ and with a menu of cocktails that each tells an American story.
Located in the heart of downtown DC, Riggs is ideally situated opposite the National Portrait Gallery and within walking distance of many of the capital’s must-see attractions, including The White House, Capitol Hill, the National Mall and Memorial Park.
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