By Alexandra Anastasio
As one of Washington D.C.’s trendiest destinations, The Wharf has transformed into one of our nation’s capital’s most exciting places to visit. Offering visitors everything from dining, to shopping, to entertainment, both residents and tourists are drawn to this fabulous area. Whether it’s for a few hours, or even a few days, with an abundance of things to do and see, you’ll never be at a loss.
The massive waterfront district, which officially opened in 2017, is a mile- long stretch across the Potomac River, along the historic Washington Channel, offering its visitors spectacular views and photo op’s right from any of the four different piers.
Those views are even more spectacular from the InterContinental Washington D.C –The Wharf, rated #1 on Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Hotels of Washington D.C. As one of the capital’s leading luxury hotels, located only minutes away from Reagan National Airport and Union Station, the 278-room water-front property is the premiere location for out-of-town visitors, business travelers, and even local residents looking for a staycation. Combining sophistication with a contemporary style, the InterContinental has left no stone unturned when it comes to the design and that includes paying homage to the waterfront property it graces.
Clad in glass on both sides, the hotel features an open-concept glass-enclosed lobby, giving off a bright and relaxing vibe. Even their signature restaurant, Kith/Kin, is partially enclosed in glass with outer walls that open up to the sidewalk, providing diners with an indoor/outdoor experience.
As one of four dining and bar experiences the hotel has to offer, Kith/Kin features an Afro-Caribbean cuisine by Top Chef fan favorite and James Beard winner Chef Kwame Onwuachi. Standouts on the menu include the Goat Roti, Mushroom Forest, and the Cucumber and Avocado salad with Goose Berry Piri Piri, a delicious sauce that gives off a tangy flavor made from the piri piri pepper. All of the carefully curated dishes pay tribute to Onwuachi’s diverse heritage along with modern touches that reflect both his skills and his background.
Across from Kith/Kin, alongside the pier is The Watering Hole, an open-air bar with a laid back, casual vibe that not only serves up drinks during the afternoon and evening, but amazing views of the Washington Channel and The Wharf Pier. It’s also the perfect spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee as the sun begins to break.
Every room at the InterContinental features state-of-the-art touch panel technology and spa-inspired showers with all of the bath amenities from the L’Occitane Spa, providing another level of indulgence to your stay.
On a beautiful sunny day, guests can relax up on the penthouse level at the rooftop pool and bar all while overlooking the water views of The Wharf which also provides the perfect backdrop for those Instagram worthy shots.
Adding to the hotel’s appeal is the pet-friendly policy and valet parking for guests. Although, with all the Intercontinental and Wharf district has to offer, one never has to venture out of this exciting and accessible neighborhood; everything you could possibly want is right there at your fingertips, all year round.