The iconic Hamilton Hotel Washington, D.C. takes a modern approach to hospitality. Stylish accommodations boast innovative amenities, exceptional service, and some of the city's best dining. Via Sophia, an on-site restaurant, is an osteria that channels the best of Italy. Their menu features Italian dishes and Neapolitan pizza prepared by a master pizzaiolo on a wood-burning oven imported from Italy. D.C.’s first luxe microbar, Society, has 14 of the best mixologists in the city. Inspired by secret societies, Society serves bespoke libations, personalized service, and considerately crafted cocktails in an intimate parlor.
Since it's inception in 1851, the Hamilton Hotel has been a testament to Industrial Age ingenuity, classic European architecture, and a distinctly American presence. The original Hamilton Hotel was built as a private school known as the Rugby Academy. After a decade, the school was transformed into the Rugby House hotel. Admiral Horatio Bridge and his wife, Charlotte Bridge, called the Rugby House home, and they loved it so much they bought the hotel. They expanded the building and renamed it the Hamilton, and it became a fashionable boarding house. In 1882, management changed hands to William M. Gibson, steward of the Ebbitt House, who transformed the property into a first-class family hotel.
In 1921, the building was bought by the Hamilton Hotel Corporation, which planned to demolish the structure and build an 11-story, 300-room hotel. Designed by architect Jules Henri de Sibour, the new Hamilton Hotel was completed in 1922. The design blended elements of the Beaux-Arts and Art Deco styles and featured bas relief ornamentation of terra cotta and stone. With so much luxury to experience - vaulted entry, grand lobby, marble floors, ornate interiors, and natural light in every room - the Hamilton quickly became a hub for social life and commerce. Over the years, the hotel has hosted musicians, entertainers, labor leaders, and presidents. During World War II, President Roosevelt used the hotel as his War Room.
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