Eaton, Washington DC
Focus: Social Programming
Eaton DC is a global hotel brand that not only offers beautifully designed eco-conscious rooms but also something else: a unifying ethos dedicated to social and environmental impact. In 2018, the Hong Kong-born, US-educated, Katherine Lo, launched the Eaton Workshop, describing its mission as reimagining hospitality as a way to create a better world. Eaton’s diverse cultural programming spans visual arts festivals, music, a live radio station, film and theater, talks and new media, covering topics such as climate change, immigration, women’s rights, race, food waste and health care.
Walking into Eaton DC means crossing the threshold into a buzzing ground level, where one finds Michelin-starred chef Matt Baker’s French-inflected restaurant ‘Michele’s’, an all-day coffee shop ‘Baker's Daughter’, while a radio station stocked with vinyl records and a state-of-the-art DJ booth buzzes behind a neon On Air indicator. There are co-working spaces – an incubator tenanted by everyone from artists to advocacy groups, a speakeasy, a rooftop bar and a social club, all surrounded by captivating, mostly-modern art. Eaton DC also offers a wellness program, ranging from yoga, meditation, sound baths, breathwork and an infra-red sauna.