The Portals is one of the largest projects in the history of the nation’s capital—a multi-million-dollar, mixed-use waterfront project representing the last major urban renewal project to be constructed on sites in southwest DC. This monumental project also is the largest mixed-use project offered by the D.C. Redevelopment Land Agency, the District of Columbia’s key development arm. The massive nature of the project required extensive negotiations and coordination with numerous government agencies and private entities in the design and development of The Portals, including the Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission, Consolidated Rail Corporation, and the D.C. city council.
The Portals contains more than 1.8 million sf of prime office space, 125,000 sf of highly desirable retail and restaurant space, on-site spaces for cultural and community meetings, a performing arts theater, a health and fitness center, and parking for nearly 1,200 cars. The Portals also includes the 400-room Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which features luxurious and spacious accommodations, including 51 suites. Significant meeting space includes an 8,300-sf pillar-less ballroom, a vibrant signature restaurant, an all-day dining restaurant, and a lobby lounge and cocktail bar. The hotel further differentiated itself by introducing a Mandarin Oriental spa collection—a highly personalized full-service spa and health club with indoor pool and deck. The Mandarin Oriental at The Portals is the flagship property in the nation’s capital.