The hype about Barbiecore seems to have calmed down for now, but the movie that sparked the craze last year isn’t even out yet, and we predict a resurgence of the trend this summer—though it’s already less about the popular plastic doll than the color pink. In the meantime: if you’re a fan of Barbie, or bubblegum, or pink, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day or any day in February with a stay at a themed suite at the Thompson Washington D.C. hotel.
The Navy Yard hotel has enlisted the help of Brooklyn-based designer Sophie Collé to turn one of its 400-square-foot river-view suites into a Barbie-themed “retreat” during February only. The result: lots of silk and velvet, retro-style furniture, specially designed goodie bags from Wander Beauty, and an updated minibar—all decked in pink. Even the bathroom towels have been swapped out for candy-hued versions. It’s giving Barbie, it’s giving Glenda the Good Witch, it’s giving Cherry Blossom promotions we’ve come to know (might we suggest a reboot in April, Thompson?), and it’s giving a little bit of that time in 2016 when Pantone went off the rails and named not one but two colors of the year with the seemingly-baby-inspired-shades of rose quartz and serenity blue (the latter not present here).
In addition to the room, the hotel’s rooftop bar as well as its restaurant, Surveyor, will have a menu of pink “Barbie takeover” cocktails including the gin-based Clover Hitch featuring hibiscus, salted raspberry, lemon, and egg white, and the vodka-based Poacher’s Knot, which gets its pink hue from the cocchi rosa lime and rosé.
If you’re into it, rates start at $550 a night and can be booked by mentioning “Barbiecore” when you call 202-916-5200.