Pop-up hotel coming to Columbia as part of new Merriweather District

WhyHotel, a service that operates pop-up hotels within apartment buildings, is set to open a location in the new Merriweather District in Columbia.

Juniper, a mixed-use residential building located at 6000 Merriweather Drive, will include 70 WhyHotel units beginning in April. The building is owned by the Howard Hughes Corp.


“The area surrounding Merriweather Post Pavilion has a great mix of business and leisure,” Jason Fudin, CEO and co-founder of WhyHotel, said last week.

“Our pop-up concept is a perfect fit for the Merriweather District to provide business travelers a ‘like-home’ hotel stay as well as allow potential permanent residents an opportunity to ‘try before they buy’ and experience what the new area has to offer firsthand.”


The announcement comes nearly two years after the Merriweather District project was announced by the Howard Hughes Corp. In September, it was announced that a Busboys and Poets branch would open in the district. The standalone restaurant, which will include a bookstore and event space, will be two stories and will be the first of the chain to land in the Baltimore area.

In October, the Howard Hughes Corp. announced three additional restaurants would be coming to the Merriweather District: Matchbox, Clove and Cardamom, and Dok Kao Thai Eatery.

The Columbia location will be the fifth for WhyHotel. The company has said it will continue to expand across the country in 2020.

The Merriweather District, a 35-acre, mixed-use development, is being built by the Howard Hughes Corp. and is set to officially open sometime this year.