Located in the heart of Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, Lyle Hotel (formerly known as Carlyle Hotel) was originally built in 1939 and is renowned for its historic art deco exterior. After undergoing extensive renovations, the hotel reopened its doors in Spring 2021, offering 196 guest rooms, meeting and event spaces, a fitness center, and a restaurant and bar.
A fast-tracked renovation, the project underwent a 25-week construction schedule that included restoring guest rooms, penthouse, corridors, public workspaces, back-of-house offices, conference rooms, and lounge areas. Guest rooms were completely gutted down to the studs with new finishes, and furniture and fittings were installed to the highest level of quality with a fresh design. Restrooms were elegantly reappointed with new glass shower fronts, tile, plumbing fixtures, vanities, backlit mirrors, and towel bars. New custom half-lite doors were installed to create a welcoming guest experience upon entering each room.
The main lobby received a new storefront vestibule with alterations to the interior ADA ramp in the lobby, freshly honed marble floors, new lighting, and an upgraded reception space. Existing elevators were modernized, and interior cabs were replaced with new finishes. In addition, the hotel restaurant was refreshed with new ceilings, custom light fixtures and controls, stained hardwood floors, a private dining area, and kitchen upgrades. The bar top and back-bar millwork were replaced with new marble, drink rails, glass shelving, and beverage coolers.
How Harkins Made a Difference
- Harkins navigated construction operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, establishing protocols for a safe working environment, while the hotel remained open and fully operational throughout the duration of the project.
- Supply chain constraints lead to long lead times. The project team held weekly meetings with vendors worldwide and built-in contingency was used for expedited shipping.
With Lyle open to the public and receiving much acclaim on its first impression, I want to thank this team for the monumental effort it took to deliver this project during the COVID landscape.