The InterContinental Washington, D.C. – The Wharf is the newest addition to the Wharf neighborhood. Its opening date of October 12 is fast-approaching!

As the world’s first international luxury hotel brand, the InterContinental plans to utilize the city's sweeping river views. The Intercontinental at The Wharf, a Carr City Centers project, features a largely red brick exterior. Metal accents and a lot of grass make up the rest.

The four-star luxury hotel will contain a first-floor restaurant and 6,000 square feet of retail. Guest amenities will include a 5,000-square-foot ballroom, 4,250 square feet of a spa and fitness center, and a rooftop pool. Meeting and event space take up 17,000 square feet of the hotel.

The property is going for an urban resort feel. Guests will see gold accents in the lobby with modern, dramatic light installations and fixtures. The hotel has 278 rooms, with 33 of those being executive suites. A presidential suite sits on part of the top two floors of the 12-story building. The guest rooms will show high-end finishes, including stained millwork and custom tile bathrooms. Guest rooms will range from single king rooms to the two-story penthouse suite. Some of the suites offer billiards tables, and some of the standard rooms offer Juliet balconies.

We want it to be a sort of urban resort, so when you're there, you'll be immersed in the wharf," said Austin Flajser, president of Carr City Centers, which will develop the hotel property. "The design capitalizes water views, which are unique in the city, where there's not a lot of true waterfront."

[caption id="attachment_2751" align="aligncenter" width="462"] A single room at the Intercontinental hotel[/caption] The Wharf Intercontinental will have three separate restaurants. There is a restaurant and bar in the 5,000-square-foot space on the roof -- a poolside bar and grill.  The restaurant off the lobby will be helmed by Kwame Onwuachi, the Top Chef alum, who was most recently the co-founder of Shaw Bijou. The new restaurant should be revealed in mid-July. The eatery is scheduled to debut inside the new 278-room hotel this fall.

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