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With a small ribbon cutting this afternoon, the new Homewood Suites hotel at Half and M Streets, SE, officially opened for business, directly across the street from the west entrance of the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro station and one block north of Nats Park.
It's true! You can reserve a room and everything!
I hope to get in for a tour before too long, but I'm sure if you are wandering by you can poke your head into the public spaces.
As excited as denizens may be for the third hotel to open east of South Capitol (a mere 10 years after the first one, the Courtyard Marriott at New Jersey and L, and about a year after the Hampton Inn at Half and N), the real excitement will come sometime in 2017 when Shake Shack opens in Homewood's ground floor.
The next hotel won't be another 10 years down the road, however; the Residence Inn that is part of the F1rst development on 1st Street is expected to open early in 2017.
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jdc says: (11/10/16 8:37 AM)
I walked by this morning around 8 AM and the valet was standing outside at his new valet stand. Also, looking at the location's website, I see it has a pool...where?


RMP says: (11/10/16 9:29 AM)
Who is the target customer for all the hotels in the neighborhood? Business travelers? Tourists? Baseball fans? These aren't the brands typically associated with conference facilities, so I'm guessing they aren't going for that.


Scott says: (11/10/16 10:19 AM)
Do you think it's a poor location for some reason? I guess I don't understand the question.

It's likely to be a mix of business travelers - mid range chains are popular in DC because they offer government rates, and tourists including baseball tourists and tourists whose trips are oriented around the Capitol and National Mall.


jdc says: (11/10/16 10:29 AM)
I can see a brisk business for the inauguration. But I agre w/ Scott's points re: target audience. I also think that hotels with some kitchen type amenities are very popular these days, even if you're only there for 1-2 nights. I always try to stay at a 'suites' style hotel with a kitchenette or kitchen.


Scott says: (11/10/16 12:15 PM)
Good point, jdc. There are probably a million families who come to DC annually on multi-day trips. Hotels with kitchenettes near the Smithsonian Museum will be big draws for families who don't want to have to eat out three meals a day.


walt says: (11/10/16 3:38 PM)
Is there any area that is more convenient to get to the Hill? Maybe all the people who have business on the Hill would want to stay in SE. There are a lot of hotels near Union Station, so why shouldn't we have an equal number on the House side of the Capitol?

Navy Yard is not just a sports draw -- it's business! Hopefully more people will have business at the Navy Yard (base, not neighborhood) or any of the contractors located here.


jdc says: (11/10/16 4:15 PM)
I definitely see this neighborhood being suited for tourists and for those with business on the hill (or at the Supreme Court, or Lib. of Congress, etc). It's within walking distance or a short cab ride. Plus, unlike other areas often near capitol buildings, there is a growing night life here that makes it a more attractive place to stay.


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walt says: (11/11/16 11:01 AM)
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Gemini in DC says: (11/12/16 8:29 AM)
As someone who has been down this road with a beloved spouse, JD, my thoughts and prayers are with you both!


GG says: (11/14/16 10:51 AM)
WRT the hotel capacity, I'll tell you that when we have folks visiting the Navy Yard, there is almost never room at the Courtyard, or it's over $400 a night - we end up having to put people up over the river in VA. That new hotel capacity is definitely welcome news.

Thinking good thoughts for you JD!


JD says: (11/14/16 12:14 PM)
I think tourists who find themselves on New York Avenue NE or in Gaithersburg will be thrilled to have more options very close to the Mall, even if it requires paying out the big $$$.

And, along the lines of GG's comment, there are a ton of people who come to DC on business, whether on the Hill or at the Navy Yard, who will love more options close by.

Plus, there's those baseball games.

I have no fears about four hotels having a problem with occupancy.


MalS says: (11/14/16 12:36 PM)
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Shogungts says: (11/14/16 12:58 PM)
"And, along the lines of GG's comment, there are a ton of people who come to DC on business, whether on the Hill or at the Navy Yard, who will love more options close by."

Can definitely vouch for this, we do gov't contracting and are beholden to gov't rates for reimbursements for a hotels, but do not get the gov't rate at most hotels since we are not actually gov't employees. Having a more options (theoretically) results in lower prices (or at least more convenient options).


202_cyclist says: (11/15/16 10:55 AM)
Does anyone know what is planned for the empty grass lot on M St, next to the Van Ness elementary school parking lot (south of the building that recently received historical designation).

Also, speaking of the Van Ness school parking lot, it would be great to see solar panels installed over the parking area. This would allow DCPS to generate clean, renewable, energy and would keep the parked vehicles cooler, further reducing energy consumption with reduced need to use air conditioning with the vehicles parked there.


MJM says: (11/15/16 11:59 AM)
Well there are 81 games where fans can come for two nights to see a baseball game. Or they will be TDA/TDY to the Navy Yard. I've stayed a Homewood Suites for one night - its not a weird thing to do.

Such a weird topic for debate on whether a hotel is needed next to a metro stop/bus routes in a major destination city.


RMP says: (11/17/16 3:30 PM)
Yeah, didn't intend to spark a debate about whether hotels are needed or not, I was more curious about who the target market is, since all four hotels are more the value brands rather than a mix of premium hotel brands and value brands.


JES says: (11/18/16 3:51 PM)
Value brands are actually something DC proper was lacking, at least near metro stops. Having a cluster of them is going to help the city's hotel market, as more families who travel here might consider staying in (and paying hotel taxes in) DC proper instead of some Hampton or Courtyard across the river in Arlington. Not everyone can afford the Hyatt, Renaissance Inn, and other more up-market brands that seem to dominate downtown and the Hill.


jdc says: (11/20/16 8:04 PM)
I walk past here in morning/evening, and I have seen a fair bit of folks checking in/out. So there definitely is already business.

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