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Union Market Hotel, Washington, DC relaunches, growing from historic Bolgiano Seed Company to urban oasis 

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Union Market Hotel Washington DC (Photo: Magdalena Bodzioch).

The boutique hotel reintroduces itself with a new name and rooftop restaurant, offering modern comforts while embracing its roots in the capital city.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Union Market Hotel, Washington, DC, located in one of the capital city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, traces its roots all the way back to the 1930s, when it housed the historic Bolgiano Seed Company. What was once a thriving seed factory has been completely transformed into an extraordinary 106-room boutique hotel, situated in the heart of Union Market District’s bustling culinary and cultural community. The property is ushering in a new era as it pays homage to the rich history and evolution of the neighborhood. 

 Warm and Welcoming Spaces 

Guests will find an elevated, design-centric retreat with a foliage-rich industrial charm, inviting them to immerse themselves in the warm and welcoming communal spaces that capture the essence of the inspiring Union Market neighborhood. Various room types accommodate all kinds of travelers, each of them equipped with industrial loft-inspired furnishing. The expansive Loft Suite is bathed in natural light with a living and dining area inviting guests to make themselves at home, and the Family room includes a King bed with a twin bunk bed, perfect for parents with young children looking to explore the area. The Bolgiano Board Room can be booked for private events and meetings. 

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 Treehouse Rooftop Lounge – A Tulum-Inspired Escape 

Adding to the allure is the hotel’s recently unveiled Treehouse Rooftop Lounge. Perched five stories above Union Market Hotel, Treehouse Rooftop Lounge is an indoor/outdoor Tulum-inspired jungle sanctuary. With lush greenery, a state-of-the-art sound system, and panoramic city views, the lounge creates a multisensory oasis. As the sun sets, local and international DJs curate pulsating Latin and World musical sets, transforming the space into an adult playground glowing with house and electro beats. Guests can unwind in the separate after-hours Jungle Room or indulge in top-shelf spirits and sustainable cocktails crafted with creativity and care. The internationally influenced small plates menu encourages communal dining, fostering a vibrant, shared experience reminiscent of Tulum’s cultural tapestry. Treehouse is also available for private events. 

TPG Hotels & Resorts has been selected to manage Union Market Hotel, Washington, DC property. The hotel will be managed by its independent, boutique, and soft branded division: The Intera Collection. The hotel’s locally based ownership has a strong appreciation for the building’s cultural and artistic significance to the community as well as the evolution of the historic market neighborhood. With seasoned hospitality leader Christopher Anderson at the helm as General Manager, local inspiration is authentically woven into the guest experience for a quintessential capital city getaway that seamlessly combines the neighborhood’s rich heritage with a modern lifestyle concept.

“With the debut of Union Market Hotel, we are thrilled to introduce a vibrant, modern retreat to the historic Union Market District of Washington, DC,” says Christopher Anderson, General Manager. “Paying homage to the rich history of the local community, travelers will discover a stylish urban escape surrounded by an evolving artistic neighborhood in the heart of the capital.” 

Historic Roots and an Evolving Neighborhood 

The historic Bolgiano Seed Company was established in Baltimore in 1819 and opened their New York Avenue location in 1931 to coincide with the opening of the Union Terminal Market, now Union Market. The family-run company sold seeds that produced beautiful flowers, high-quality produce, and most famously, provided lawn seeds for the White House and National Mall. The Bolgianos made a lasting impact on the agricultural industry as Joseph A. Bolgiano – founder of the seed company – was also a cofounder of the American Seed Trade Association, which is one of the oldest trade organizations in the United States and still exists today. 

Union Market became an important part of the Washington food infrastructure to feed a growing city population, and it is now a revitalized destination for restaurants and nightlife. With retail shops, art galleries, a live music venue, an ice cream factory, and more, the neighborhood surrounding Union Market is one of the fastest growing Washington, DC neighborhoods, and Union Market Hotel reflects the vibrancy of this evolving district. In 2024, Union Market Hotel will add to the growing neighborhood with the addition of new culinary concepts operated by local food and beverage partner VERSUS Equity. 

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