Celebrate Women’s History Month at Hotel Zena, an evocative hotel & cultural hub in Washington, D.C.
Equal parts hotel and art gallery, Hotel Zena was established to honor the accomplishments of women from around the world, as well as to recognize the constant struggle for gender equality. Each of the 191 design-centric rooms boast artful additions made for reflection. The property’s location between Downtown D.C. and the 14th Street Corridor makes for easy access to the city’s museums and landmarks, but the female-centric on-site programming will have you reconsidering your other plans.
Earlier this month, the Hotel Zena team partnered with renowned activist and artist Ramona Pintea to launch #WearYourCrown, an innovative campaign that aims to raise awareness for the issues that women experience in every corner of the globe. When creating this bold and uplifting portrait, she drew inspiration from nine Urban Queen Leaders — women all around the world who are trailblazers in their countries and communities.
The #WearYourCrown portrait was available for only a short time, but the programming surrounding female empowerment is an integral part of any stay at Hotel Zena. The on-site art collection boasts over 60 gallery-quality installations in every corner of the hotel, revolving around the everyday challenges women face, and some of them who have made the world a more inclusive place.
Just steps away from check-in stands Figleaf, a spacious bar and lounge serving eccentric cocktails made with ingredients sourced from local and national female-owned businesses and distilleries. Sip on “Evita’s Sour” or “Nana’s Manhattan” and look all around, as the bar is located within the Portrait Gallery, composed of ten homages to women who made significant contributions to the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality movement. Ranging from Shirley Anita Chisholm – the first African American woman elected to Congress – to Theodora – the 6th century Byzantine Empress. The largest one of them all is an intimate tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made with over 20,000 hand-painted sustainable and organic tampons by Cora.