Posted April 28, 2016

New on the DC Scene: Mason & Rook Hotel


Mason & Rook Guestroom

Guestrooms at the Mason & Rook Hotel are decorated with eclectic, hand-chosen artwork.

There’s a stylish new go-to when you’re traveling in the District: Kimpton’s Mason & Rook Hotel has just opened in the heart of the always-buzzing 14th Street corridor near the city’s hottest boutiques, restaurants and nightlife.

Imagine crashing with that clever friend with the oh-so-enviable address. You’ve got the tree-lined street. The pied-à-terre vibe. The rooftop pool–because who doesn’t like a little icing on the cake? And let’s not forget the appetizing side dish: the adjoining cocktail bar, Radiator, with globally inspired shared plates and creative drinks.

The Look: Charmed & Chic
With 178 guest rooms and creative spaces for meetings and events, the sit-back-and-stay-awhile feel is in full effect. It’s no wonder: in a former life the structure was an apartment building. That history inspired the richly textured residential styling, from bespoke details like refined millwork to eclectic artwork that resembles a collection a resident has composed over a lifetime. The rooms, some of the most spacious in the District, even have 65-inch televisions in each room to get that home-away-from-home feeling.

Along with tailored guest rooms there are 18 premier spa suites located at the corners of the building that feel like small apartments unto themselves. They include living rooms with half-baths, spacious bedrooms and stunning spa bathrooms (yes, those are walk-in showers and soaking tubs for two).

Spa bathrooms are outfitted with soaking tubs and stellar views.

The Bar: Unpretentious & Culinary-Minded
Radiator is a neighborhood hangout spot where you can grab playful bar snacks as well as soulful main dishes. All alongside the perfect classic cocktail, of course. And don’t forget about the outdoor patio, where you can enjoy bites on tiered Lazy Susans built right into the tables, or play a game of chess or life-sized Connect Four.

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Radiator’s Lead Bartender Sarah Rosner, a 15-year veteran of the craft.

Lead Bartender Sarah Rosner has 15 years’ experience at acclaimed places like Copycat Co. and Derek Brown’s Eat the Rich. At Radiator, she puts an original slant on time-honored cocktails–like the Barr Knees, a take on a Bee’s Knees with Barr Hill Gin, yellow chartreuse, lemon, raw honey and grapefruit bitters. You’ll also find a carefully curated range of whiskeys and off-the-beaten-path spirits, plus local beer and wine.

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Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden takes the helm in Radiator’s kitchen.

Meanwhile, starring on your plate: snacks, sharable plates and large-format dishes from Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden, formerly of Ardeo + Bardeo with a resumé that spans from New York to the Caribbean. He stretches his knowledge of global cuisine with choices like , or and Lamb Belly Tacos with curried chickpeas, tzatziki and mint.

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Colorful offerings: harissa-Roasted Romanesco with black-bean hummus and cilantro tabouleh at Radiator.

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Come and get ’em: Radiator’s lamb belly tacos with curried chickpeas, tzatziki and mint have arrived.

The Extras: Unexpected & Creative
Amenities at this spot go outside the box. On weekend evenings, there’s the Bar Cart Service, a roaming hotel bar cart offering Moscow Mules, Old-Fashioned Daiquiris, Manhattans and Gin Martinis crafted by Radiator, and fashioned room-side upon request. Reach into the mini bar to discover local brews and spirits from award-winning craftsmen like Jos. A. Magnus & Co. And let’s not forget the Made at Mason Series: every Wednesday evening, gather at the Kimpton signature wine hour with a special local host who will chat about a range of topics, from style and fashion to spirits and music.

The Event Spaces: Premier & Playful
Among the hotel’s beautiful event spaces are The Exchange, a newly constructed ballroom that’s 1,700 square feet with two onyx backlit skylights. Three other meeting and event spaces–Byrne, Fischer and Marshall–each have over 400 square feet of space for breakouts or receptions of up to 30 people. Of course, Radiator provides catering and private dining for all hotel goings-on.

Finally, Mason & Rook’s rooftop, opening in early summer, can also host relaxed gatherings. It’s a bit of a hidden secret tucked above the buzz of 14th Street–and that’s much of its appeal. The penthouse pool deck is spangled with chaises, where you can lounge while sipping a cocktail with stunning views of the District’s iconic skyline.

Ready to plan your escape? There’s so much to enjoy at this newcomer, where style is always balanced with warmth and fun. We can’t wait for you to come knocking.


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