In the age of Airbnb who really needs hotels? They cost so much, the attached restaurants always seem like a lazy alternative, and you don't get that warm and fuzzy feeling of living like a local. I can't remember the last time I even entertained the idea of booking a hotel room. However, after learning about "micro-hotels" and touring Hotel Hive I can see what all the buzz is about. #dadjokes
Hotel Hive is brand spanking new. It opened its doors on January 19th of this year and have been accepting reservations since. Now I can personally say I have a bit of history with the location. I've walked past 2224 F St NW, Washington, DC 20037 for the past 7 years commuting to my day job. The building stood in rough condition for a while and every time I pasted by I use to day dream of taking out a huge loan to build an amazing apartment complex. That never happened, but one cold day in the dead of winter the building was surrounded by fencing and it appeared someone else had plans for the property.
I had no idea what was in store for the historic building, but I would walk by every day wondering "Did GW buy the building? Maybe someone super rich is going to move in. No...no...maybe it's going to be apartments." Months passed by and I watched them gut the building, fix its structure and completely renovate every inch of its inner workings. Now being the expert architect and designer that I am (I am neither a architect nor designer haha) I critiqued everything they were doing to MY dream project. To my surprise I found myself smiling at every milestone of the project. Whoever was making the decisions had great taste and attention to detail. From the paint color to the windows this building was getting the extreme makeover it deserved.
And then one day it happened. I was walking by the building on my way home and I watched as the "Hotel Hive" letters were installed. Now my mind was blown - "How could they build a hotel in such a small building?" I have to see inside. Well, a few months later OnePointTwo received an invitation for a tour of the location. Perfect.
The inside of this building is as beautiful as the outside. As soon as you step into the lobby you are greeted by the smiling staff. Hotel Hive has what they call the HIVE BAR on the first floor paired with a full blown &pizza shop. I was really impressed that they decided to collaborate with one of my favorite DC restaurants. As a guest you have the option of ordering a pizza straight from the Hive Bar or to craft your own pizza and eat inside the restaurant space.
There are a total of 83 rooms available at Hotel Hive and each room is different in its own subtle way. They really did a great job with the interior design. The rooms might be a bit smaller than your average hotel, but they are all so comfy. Bright, white, and well designed to give any guest only and all the things they would need.
Above the 5th floor of the hotel you can find the swanky rooftop bar. This is thee place to be after a long day of exploring the district. The rooftop is extremely laid back and features frozen drinks like frosé (frozen rosé) and frozen margaritas. While exploring the rooftop we actually had the pleasure of bumping into Jim Abdo, owner of Hotel Hive and Abdo Development, who made it a point to pour us a round of frozen drinks. Thanks again Jim!