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International Hotel & Property Awards Shortlist 20 Mass Royal Sonesta

Prestigious International Award Recognizes Excellence in Hotel Design for LEO A DALY-designed Hospitality Project

Guest room at the International Hotel and Property awards Shortlisted Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill at 20 Mass in Washington, D.C.

Design et al has shortlisted LEO A DALY’s design of the Royal Sonesta at 20 Mass for the prestigious 2024 International Hotel & Property Awards, in the categories of “Hotel over 200 rooms” and “Hotel Design – Americas.”

The highly coveted award recognizes the best of hotel design worldwide annually. Only up to 10 projects are shortlisted per year and appearing on the short list is an honor in itself. LEO A DALY led the design work that reimagined 20 Massachusetts Ave NW, a former federal office building, as a vibrant mixed-use development anchored by a luxury hotel. The Royal Sonesta blends classical nuances of stature with the vibrancy and dynamic vibe of the city’s well-established art scene.

“Architectural masterpiece at 20 Massachusetts Avenue has been transformed into the distinguished Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill Hotel under the visionary guidance of acclaimed architect LEO A DALY,” judges said. “The hotel seamlessly amalgamates classical grandeur with the dynamic art scene of the Nation’s Capital, standing mere steps away from iconic landmarks such as the US Capitol and Union Station, thereby ensuring a prominent presence and capturing picturesque views along Massachusetts Avenue.”

With 274 rooms, the Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill hotel also embodies a highly sustainable low carbon design solution for urban renewal and required significant coordination beyond the standard reuse routines. It started with a thorough understanding of the as-built conditions, evolved through complex structural assessments, multiple agency approvals and included implementation of creative modular construction to ensure final delivery and grand opening on time and within budget. The vibrancy of the public spaces, the mix of guests and local community at the street level restaurant, the completely booked conference spaces and Grand Ballroom for the next 2+ years are a testament to a successfully implemented design vision.

“This award sets a benchmark for industry standards, fostering healthy competition, and encouraging continuous improvement. This shortlist highlights the creativity and innovation embedded in our project,” said Irena Savakova LEO A DALY vice president and global design principal. “The International Hotel & Property Awards play a crucial role in celebrating and promoting genuine achievements in the dynamic world of international hotel and property design.”