Meininger Hotels to debut in Washington D.C. by 2020

by | Apr 6, 2019 | Chains

A rendering of the Meininger Hotel planned at 35 New York Avenue, NE

Meininger, Europe’s hostel-hotel concept with large shared rooms, are beginning to grow their presence in D.C.’s emerging hospitality market of NoMa.

Meininger’s hostel-hotel concepts, which features large shared rooms as a main identifier, has taken years to catch on in the United States.

It is, however, taking hold in markets across North America nowadays, with the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., being chief among them. The latest emerging hospitality market to keep an eye on there is called NoMa.

Berlin-based Meininger Hotels signed on with Altus Realty for its 154-room hotel at 35 New York Ave. NE, the Washington Business Journal reports.

With the trend only standing to increase in prevalence, it’s certainly a project worth knowing.

A new type of hotel for Washington D.C.

The construction of projects like this marks a new sort of hotel for Washington D.C. and other American cities.

While the hotel will have 154 rooms, there will be four times as many beds — 616 in all. The rooms will range from double rooms to larger, multi-bed dorms.

It will also feature public areas on two floors with a bar, lounge, kitchen, breakfast area and game zone.

Expected to open in 2020, the hotel will be the first U.S. location for Meininger, which has 24 hotels in Europe.

“With an abundance of school and youth groups visiting, cultural offerings and as the political centre of the country, Washington D.C. is the ideal city to introduce Meininger to the North American market,” Meininger CEO Hannes Spanring said in a release.

Altus Realty is working with Fillat+ Architecture, CBRE, Morrison & Foerster and LWHA on the project.

In July, the developer paid $5M for the vacant, 6,400-sqf (595 sqm) lot, which sits within two blocks of the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station. The 13-story hotel will have 74,500 sqf (close to 7,000 sqm) of total space.

Dynamic growth in NoMa and Union Market

The project further spurs the growth of the hospitality market in NoMa and Union Market. Directly next door is Hyatt Place, which opened in 2014.

Several trendy brands have recently signed on for new hotel projects in the neighbourhood, including The James Hotel at 1200 Third St. NE, Virgin Hotels at 411 New York Ave. NE and Mob Hotel at the corner of Fifth Street NE and Florida Avenue.

Meininger is the second European hotel brand with hostel-style rooms to announce D.C. projects in the last five months.

Generator acquired the Courtyard by Marriott in Dupont Circle in October with plans to convert it to its hostel concept, making that its second U.S. location.


Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway by Meininger Hotels:


Meininger Hotel Brussels Gare Du Midi 


Meininger Hotel Budapest Great Market Hall 


Meininger Hotel Paris


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