It’s curious how banks – those establishments of buttoned-up seriousness – are often reimagined as glamorous hotels. In fact, some of the world’s most famous hospitality properties have been carved out of former financial institutions, including Hotel de Rome, A Rocco Forte Hotel in Berlin, The Woodward in Geneva and the recently opened Gleneagles Townhouse in Edinburgh.
Riggs Washington DC, located in the city’s Penn Quarter, is found in a landmark Romanesque Revival building – one of the last of its kind left in the city. Look up as you enter, and you’ll spot the original signpost still hanging over the entrance door: ‘The Riggs National Bank’.
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