The famous Dr. Cyrus Katzen built the original Embassy Row Hotel in what’s known as Dupont Circle in 1970. Since then, The Embassy Row Hotel has hosted power players from the worlds of business, politics, entertainment and sports, including Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama.
It has also been featured in the plots of many bestselling books, including “Inside Delta Force,” in which the writer, Eric L. Haney, meets at the hotel’s original restaurant, Le Consulat; one of the best D.C. restaurants when it opened. Today, The Embassy Row Hotel remains an iconic and famous hotel in the downtown Washington, D.C. area of Dupont Circle.
Station Kitchen & Cocktails, the restaurant and bar inside the hotel, is a nod to the original Dupont Circle trolley station. The trolley was a mode of transportation for DC-area residents from the 1940s to 1963. When cars became popular, the Dupont Circle trolley was abandoned. It's a mysterious space, trapped in time, steps from the hotel. Now, the space has been named Dupont Underground and will become a cultural destination for arts in this great city.
In 2013, The Embassy Row hotel joined the Destination Hotels collection, a subsidiary of Lowe Enterprises. Renovations to the hotel began in March 2014, which included the refurbishment of the two-level rooftop pool. The second phase of the renovations occurred in November, which included common areas and the hotels' 231 guestrooms, and concluded in 2015.