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3. September 2021
by Varun Sharma
Home to many national monuments and cultural experiences, the capital of the USA oozes a timeless elegance and grandeur yet buzzes with the constantly changing pace of modern day. Here, walk beneath the towering Washington Monument, to the National Mall bursting with museums and art galleries - most famously The Smithsonian American Art Museum and The National Museum of American History.
D.C is also a shopper’s delight, head to Union station which houses a large selection of shops and restaurants or the Victorian mall in Georgetown with over a hundred well-known stores. But the highlight of Washington is - of course - The White House – home to the US President …
The Hay-Adams - 10/10
Built in Italian Renaissance style, this historic luxury hotel was opened in 1928 and is located in downtown Washington D.C. The Hay Adams offers the understated comfort and elegance of a private home with unrivalled views of Lafayette Park, the Washington Monument and – most famously – The White House. Featuring a variety of 145 rooms and suites – guests have a choice of double, queen and king-sized beds but all guestrooms feature Italian linens and original details such as ornate plaster mouldings, high ceilings and walnut panelling. All guest bathrooms are finished in Italian marble with brass fixtures and amenities by the Italian classic - Acqua di Parma. Complimentary high-speed Internet access is available throughout the property. The Fitness studio has a treadmill, elliptical machine, cycles, and strength training equipment.
The Lafayette Room - with its elegant folding French doors and sparkling chandeliers offers contemporary American Cuisine in a fine dining experience - under the watchful eye of chef Nicolas Legret. Here guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Off The Record Lounge - furnished in dark wood with red upholstery - is a classic cocktail lounge, “the place to be seen”, and is popular with both the political elite and visitors alike. The Property is Eco-certified by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Both children and pets are welcome, the hotel offers both a Children’s Program and pet-sitting services.
Mandarin Oriental - 9/10
The Mandarin Oriental is located in the new District Wharf neighbourhood on the Southwest Waterfront of Washington D.C. This delightful, luxury property has 400 rooms and suites furnished in soft aqua and oatmeal tones, featuring smart technology and with a choice of a king or two queen beds. Spa-inspired bathrooms offer deep-soaking bath and glass enclosed shower with dimmable lighting. Choose from a range of waterfront, Jefferson Memorial, garden, and marina views, some with balcony and floor to ceiling windows. The Empress living-room-style restaurant blends with the expansive lobby and offers outdoor seating surrounded by lush gardens. The restaurant boasts The Empress Garden Patio; here guests can choose from an eclectic menu ranging from Surf & Turf Tartare, Bulgogi Buns and Lobster Truffle Farfalle - to the famous afternoon Tea Experience.
The 14,000 square foot Spa and Fitness Centre facility offers a range of equipment including Technogym machines, Peloton bike, cross trainers and free weights, a 50-foot indoor lap-pool and studio for private yoga classes. Signature Spa treatments include Oriental Qi which revitalises the energy of the meridians and Time Rituals which purely focuses on a guest’s individual needs. A new concept offered at this property is MOBase, the opportunity to book a home from home office space with all the key amenities of a 5-star luxury hotel.
Located Downtown in the West End District adjacent to Georgetown – The Fairmont is located a block from Rock Creek and a short walk to the metro. The 415 rooms and suites are furnished in tranquil tones with a choice of king or queen beds. All guestrooms offer high-speed internet access, workstation, refrigerator, iron and ironing board, bathrobe, and complimentary toiletries. Some rooms have been recently renovated, guests can choose from a range of courtyard and city views, some even have a petite balcony. The Juniper Restaurant is run by a collaborative team of executive and sous chefs who have created menus focusing on original seasonal ingredients and family style dining.
Lobby Lounge and Courtyard offers signature cocktails and world-class wines by the glass alongside a “small bites” menu. Balance Gym is located on the Mezzanine level and offers complimentary access to hotel guests. Facilities include sauna, steam room, whirlpool, and a salt-water swimming pool. Jogging trails are close-by, the hotel concierge can make suggestions to suit individual needs. For a spruce-up after the jog, head to Giam + Go the blow dry bar which has a 15-minute service to leave you looking your best. Dogs are given a warm-welcome by Georgie the golden retriever who is the Canine Ambassador for the hotel.
With its captivating ornate entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue across the street from the White House this property is often referred to as “The Residence of Presidents” and has been welcoming celebrities, presidents, and Foreign Dignitaries since 1818. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the emphasis here is to retain history, heavy drapes and upholstery fabrics sit alongside chunky pieces of furniture; here some of the amenities often afforded by modern day style are replaced with space, the hotel boasts some of the largest guestrooms in the city. All 335 rooms and suites feature a choice of King or Queen Beds, walk-in marble shower or shower with bathtub, work desk with USB charging points, Nespresso coffee machine, mini-bar, safe and complimentary bathroom amenities, choose from Courtyard, City, Monument and Pennsylvania Avenue views.
Café du Parc offers all-day dining - with classic French dishes in a quintessential Brasserie setting. Le Café serves coffee, pastries, and light-dishes. Famous for its circular design, the Round Robin Bar sports the nickname “The Oval Office of Bars”. The on-property fitness Centre is located on the second floor and offers a selection of Peloton, LifeFitness, Technogym and TRX equipment alongside exercise balls, hand-weights, and the option to book a personal trainer.
Nestled in the West End of the City adjacent to Foggy Bottom and within walking distance of Downtown, the focus of The Ritz Carlton is on understated style with contemporary architectural details. This property offers 300 deluxe rooms and luxury suites with a choice of views of the prestigious neighbourhood or tranquil hotel courtyard. All guestrooms offer plush feather beds down comforter, duvet and 400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. Bathrooms are swathed in Italian marble with separate shower, soaking tub, and complimentary amenities. Wi-Fi is available in the rooms and complimentary access is available in the technology pods located in the lobby. The hotel has committed to environmental conservation with a green rooftop garden, water and energy conservation initiatives and organic, local, and sustainable menu options.
Westend Bistro specialises in classical American dishes with ingredients sourced from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania; Quadrant Lounge is a haven of Modernist and classical design featuring a cocktail menu focusing on drinks enjoyed by President’s past and present. Equinox Sports Club and Spa treatments focus on Bodywork techniques, with unusual additions such as HyperVolt enhancement which uses vibration to improve mobility or CBD Hemp Balm Enhancement to reduce inflammation. A variety of classes are on offer including Pilates, Cycle Power, Boxing and Regeneration Yoga.
The Watergate Hotel - 9/10
The Watergate Hotel is a chic landmark property located on the edge of Georgetown close to the shores of the Potomac River and with views to Little Island. When it was first opened in 1965, the unique bold and modern design of this Luigi Moretti property caused unrest and disapproval amongst the local community. Today it is embraced as retro-chic luxury. The 336 guestrooms and suites feature sleek furniture, beds with goose down comforters, and lush cotton bedding. They are decorated in clean yet warm tones with river or city views. La Bottega bath amenities, plush robes and vanity areas compliment the floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms.
Enjoy the amber glow of The Next Whisky Bar, head to the rooftop bar - Top of the Gate - for 360-degree river views; in the garden relax with a drink and tapas in a “Private Igloo” and afternoon tea is also served here on a Sunday. Kingbird is the all-day dining location serving a menu of grilled meats and fish with a French Riviera twist. Argentta Spa is 12,500 square feet of space inspired by the Italian word for silver. It features a 15-metre indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, state-of-the-art gym, and treatment rooms. It is open 7-days a week and with pool time available for family fun.
Four Seasons Washington D.C. - 9/10
Located on the famous Pennsylvania Avenue in the trendy Georgetown District of the city - with views to Potomac River – The Four Seasons underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2016. An understated red brick façade hides more than 1600 pieces of contemporary art and sculpture including pieces by Warhol and Botero. It is so impressive that Concierge will arrange art tours of just the hotel itself. Boasting 222 luxurious guest rooms a good night sleep is at the top of the list. A sleep menu choice is available with hypoallergenic duvets and pillows and king or two double beds. Rooms feature Caffe Umbria or Nespresso coffee maker and Wi-fi is complimentary; marble bathrooms have thick Terry bathrobes and boast Salvatore Ferragamo bath products.
Guests can choose from stunning views including historic Georgetown, the garden courtyard, 29th Street or Rock Creek Park. Bourbon Steak is a steakhouse dining experience, The Lounge offers cocktails indoors or outside by the fire-pit and ENO Wine Bar features a selection of wines, cheeses, and chocolates. Seasons is open for breakfast and lunch with a selection of international cuisine. Spa and Wellness facilities across three floors and include 30 pieces of Technogym equipment, a two-lane salt-water pool and spa tub, both ladies and gentlemen’s sauna and steam rooms. Massage, facial and body treatments are also available.
Rosewood Washington D.C. - 9/10
The Rosewood is a luxury boutique hotel featuring just 55 rooms including 12 suites and 6 townhouses - all with Art-Deco influences. Just a few minutes’ walk from Georgetown Waterfront Park this delightful boutique hotel property sits on the banks of the historic C&O Canal - a focal point of a revitalisation programme under Georgetown Heritage. The emphasis on the hotel is to create light and airy space of refined relaxation. Rooms feature king beds with Rivolta Carmignani linen, touch-panel technology, separate sitting area, Nespresso machine and complimentary Wi-Fi access.
LA-based celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has brought his famous Beverly Hills steakhouse CUT to Washington D.C. The menu draws on the region’s finest farms and fisheries to showcase the variety of produce from the Mid-Atlantic. Guests are spoilt for choice in the CUT Bar and Lounge which features a raw seafood by the glass counter alongside a boastful cellar of 2,500 bottles from around the world. CUT Above is a rooftop bar with al fresco dining from an abbreviated restaurant menu. The rooftop infinity pool has a feature fireplace running along one wall, magical for a night-time swim. The fitness centres offer views of the city skyline and features a small range of equipment.
The Jefferson Hotel - 9/10
The Jefferson is an elegant 1920’s property with just 166 rooms. It is located across the street from the National Geographic Museum and just four blocks from The White House. Originally an apartment building, a 2-year renovation saw it open as an elegant boutique hotel in 2009. The property prides itself on offering a premium experience as standard, Wi-Fi - filtered bottled water, shoeshine and morning newspaper are all complimentary. Rooms are decorated in neutral tones with dark-woods, custom designed beds, elegant desk and chair, fully stocked refreshment centre, in-room iPad technology, bathrobe, and snug slippers.
All-day dining is available under the historic skylight ceiling of The Greenhouse, a bright and airy space – an ideal location for the first meal of the day. Quill Bar and Lounge is open for dinner and cocktails and serves a small menu of light and varied dishes, Plume at the Jefferson is the only “five star” rated restaurant in Washington D.C. Open 24-hours the state-of-the-art fitness centre features Peloton, elliptical, treadmill and TRX equipment. A more extensive fitness centre and pool are available at the nearby University Club. Dogs are welcome at The Jefferson with a special programme of amenities - walking maps and dog-sitting services available.
Park Hyatt Washington D.C. - 9/10
The Park Hyatt comprises of 216 rooms and suites and is located a couple of blocks from New Hampshire Avenue NW in the West End district of the City. The Park Hyatt is a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Georgetown. The property has a bright and open design with accents of Asian influence, light woods, and American folk-art touches. Choose from guestrooms with either king or two double beds. All feature a work desk, Nespresso machine, minifridge, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, spa-inspired limestone or basalt bathroom, robe, and slippers. The guestrooms also boast a range of exclusive Le Labo amenities and Wi-fi and even shoeshines are complimentary.
The property is home to Michelin star restaurant Blue Duck Tavern which offers dramatic culinary presentations from an open kitchen - using a wood burning Molteni oven. Outdoor dining is available on the Garden Terrace. The Tea Cellar offers an exclusive range of single-Estate teas from China, Japan, Sri Lanka, and the Himalayas. Blue Duck Lounge is a stylish glass and marble lounge bar serving light dishes from the Tavern alongside cocktails and fine wines. The fitness centre features Peloton bikes, cardio machines, and strength training equipment. A salt-water swimming pool is skylit with zen décor and natural light.
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