Five Favorite Venues in Washington, D.C. (Right Now)
Washington is filled with seemingly countless options for cool event spaces — no matter what kind of gathering you’re planning — and the options are always changing. Here’s a list of a few current hot spots that should be on the list for anyone looking for a truly standout event space.
What: Industrial art space near the convention center.
Why: Blank slate to bring in anything you need,even though the Longview Gallery doesn’t require much because the space is great as is. Guests are surrounded by a rotating collection of beautiful artwork that provides a wonderful setting. Longview also has a great vendor list to choose from and the management is top notch.The space is ideal for just about any event in almost any format: standing reception, seated program, seated dinner or all of the above.
Address: 1234 9th St. N.W., Washington D.C. 20001
FHI 360 Conference Center
What: Exactly what it sounds like, a fully equipped conference center with a dedicated in-house event staff and A/V all for an affordable price.
Why: I love FHI360 for a wide range of meetings both small and large. Their catering list could use some beefing up, but it’sperfectly appropriate for corporate meetings, small conferences or event staff retreats. Their in-house staff coordinates everything for you, including setting up and dropping off catering, plus their all-day coffee service is a steal at$7 per person.
Address: 1825 Connecticut Ave. N.W., 8th Floor, Washington D.C. 20009
What: D.C.’s newest convention hotel. Beautifully built and exceptionally staffed. The hotel has more than 105,000 square feet of event space.
Why: The staff is exceptional and the meeting spaces are great. The best part is the red coat app that meeting planners can access,which allows them to request service, room refreshes, A/V assistance, etc., all from their phones. Food and beverage is a tad pricey, but overall the experience is probably the best I’ve had in the city.
Address: 901 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington D.C. 20001
United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
What: USIP is located just a few blocks from the Foggy Bottom metro station along the National Mall and faces the Lincoln Memorial.
Why: USIP is an ideal location for a non-hotel conference or reception space. The atrium is beautiful and you can’t beat the view. The staff is great and while rental costs are high, they’re manageable for an elevated event for large groups. The interior is a stark white, so any color you can bring in with linens or lights will pop.
Address: 2301 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington D.C. 20037
The Loft @ 600F
What: A boutique event space in Chinatown
Why: To be honest, I haven’t done an event here yet, BUT it looks gorgeous and is filled with industrial chic furnishings and décor, which is my personal favorite. Rentals include some existing equipment (folding chairs, table, bar and high boys), which can save you quite a bit on rental costs. The space is perfect for an all-day staff retreat or posh evening reception. I can’t wait to check it out!
Address: 600 F St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004
PHOTO: Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C.