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Benghazi wasn’t a cover up. Obama does have a birth certificate. All these poor conspiracy theorists – what on earth will they find to fixate on now?
Well, they can always go old school with the news that the Watergate Hotel is set to reopen. After a $125m renovation – which follows years of languishing in disrepair, and then foiled plans to turn it into condos – the plan is to open the doors next summer.
"Long as I got my suit and tie (and drill), I'm a leave it all on the floor tonight...."
Calling Hotel PR people! Hot new hotel construction awareness trend alert! No longer are time-lapse videos of hotel room renovations the way to spread the news about a hotel's make-over. Instead, it's time to photograph your general manager suited up and wielding a drill. That's right, we fell for it. Now onto the real news at hand.
Perhaps seeking to eradicate all traces of Eliot Spitzer, the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC has kicked off a $20 million renovation project with general manager John Montano overseeing the jack hammer work for demolition for the very first hotel room.
The renovation will fix up all 583 rooms and 74 suites at the historic hotel, which will remain open for business during the work with construction happening floor by floor.
Here's what the new rooms will look like when the makeover is completed, hopefully by March 2015:
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...keep track of the visions in her eyes?
Spies told the paper that Oprah trooped down to the Balance Gym at the Fairmont Washington DC in Georgetown and hit the treadmill.
Sporting black athletic pants and a pink top, Winfrey was all smiles and friendly to fellow patrons, we’re told. The only clue that this wasn’t your typical convention attendee burning off last night’s buffet dinner in between sessions: the Divine Ms. O wore fashionable dark sunglasses during her session, spies say.
From now on, we will be wearing sunglasses in the hotel gym. Fake it 'til you make it, ladies! At the very least, it will help us feel slightly less mortified about tripping over the equipment in front of everyone (this actually happened to us last week.)
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Speaking of Washington D.C. today, we happened to stumble across these special amenities for women offered at the Four Seasons Washington, D.C.. Here's what the luxury hotel is giving out to its gals on the go. We think Olivia Pope and her female gladiators would approve.
1. Access to the fitness center: This is given to all guests but the Four Seasons will also give you a local guide to the area's best yoga, Barre and Pilates studios.
2. In-Room Amenities: Rooms are stocked with a plethora of pampering goodies like nail kits, pro hair dryers, straightening irons, hairspray, hair serum, bobby pins, bath salts, loofahs and eye masks. You will also get a kit from Amala which includes organic face cream, cleansing milk and serum. You can peep a similar kit here.
Now, this week, the hotel officially broke ground on construction. Well, actually it was just a ceremonial groundbreaking since the hotel will be rise within the bones of the historic Old Post Office building.
Here's a snapshot of the Trump family of hoteliers--The Donald, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump--along with DC dignitaries Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, and Norman Dong, Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service for the U.S. General Services Administration. Is it just us, or are those shovels plated in gold? #trumplyfe.
File under: "Giddyup Glam."
It’s (almost) the Fourth of July. Cue the fireworks, grilled meats, and mental images of lassoing cowboys riding through the regal grasslands. Why? Because MURRICA.
But before our nation’s capital heralds the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air, it will celebrate the July 3 opening of a steakhouse that gets its inspiration from South America: Rural Society, opening tomorrow at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, DC. It’s the latest from James Beard Award winner and “Iron Chef” Jose Garces, who has launched about a dozen restaurants across the country.
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We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.
Above is how the Donovan House looked at the height of its Thompson times. Pretty standard, but still rico suave. Now, click below to see what the rooms look like today after a multi-million dollar renovation of all rooms and suites.
Washington DC’s uber high-end mixed use and all-one-word development, CityCenterDC, will also have a high-end hotel brand inside--Conrad Hotels, which is anticipated to open in early 2018. This will be the first time Conrad has opened in DC and it will also be the only hotel planned for CityCenterDC. But what exactly is CityCenterDC? Allow us.
CityCenterDC is a micro-planned, urban “neighborhood” encompassing 10 acres in downtown DC. It’s been constructed in phases over several years and includes residential, retail and dining, offices, and a luxury hotel that now has a name.
Speaking of names, The Conrad DC has a distinguished team working out the details of its design-- a duo of architects in Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron Architekten and Dallas based HKS Architects, Inc, and Rottet Studio as interior designer. Based on their previous work, it's safe to say this Conrad will be no ordinary hotel.
You know what celebrities are like at hotels. They check in under stupid names. They make ridiculous requests. They draw attention to themselves doing stuff like riding a motorcycle down the hallway.
And they do all that even when they’re a celebrity dog, as they found out at the Loews Madison Hotel in DC last week.
Norman the Scooter Dog (real name: Norman) checked in last week, rolling up to the lobby on his scooter (superb video here), possibly in homage to Led Zeppelin riding a motorbike through the corridors of the Riot Hyatt back in the day.
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For 10 years running, Mother Ritzy Duck has been showing up at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown in Washington, DC, to hatch her brood in style. We guess you could say she has a standing reservation at the hotel (yuck, yuck).
This year, the team at the hotel has taken the utmost care to ensure that Ritzy’s stay is a true Ritz-Carlton experience that exceeds her needs and expectations -- lucky duck! –- and has assigned a "Just Ducky Concierge" to ensure her stay is a good one. A set of SOP (standard operating procedures) on Distinguished Duck Care has been written by the concierge to assist staff in taking care of this VID guest.
First and foremost is that Ritzy only gets Ritz-Carlton bottled water and absolutely no people food. Once a day Ritzy has lunch and then goes for a dip in the pool, which cools her eggs and helps with her baby ducks’ development, but for the last few days before hatching time, mama duck is given gourmet organic duck pellets so that she can eat in comfort while waiting for the little guys to make an appearance.
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The singsongy sounding Marriott Marquis Washington DC is still planning to open on May 1, but right now, reservations are being accepted online only for June 1 at a grand opening rate of $269 a night.
Yet in an effort to capitalize on the summer travel to DC (did you know this summer will be the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner?), the soon-to-be-largest hotel in DC (with 1,175 rooms) has put together three opening packages and they are actually deal-worthy. Here they are:
· Summer Weekends Deal: From June 1-September 1, the hotel is offering 40 percent off two night stays and 50 percent off three-night stays from Thursday-Sunday nights. Suites are exempt. All stays must be purchased in advance and are nonrefundable. Still, you can get a two night stay for just $108 a night or a three-night stay for just $90 a nigt. Book by May 23 to score the best rate. Use code NEW to book.
At all of Kimpton’s 11 hotels in the Washington D.C/Virginia area, (eight in DC and three in Alexandria) Wine Hour has just got even better. Throughout the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs through April 13th, the hotels will be serving sake during their nightly complimentary wine hour in addition to the usual red and white wines.