Washington Travel Guide

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The Marriott Marquis Washington DC Already Has Its Opening Packages Lined Up

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  Site Where: 901 Massachusetts Aven NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20001
April 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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At 11 Kimptons, Wine Hour Just Got Sweeter

March 27, 2014 at 10:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Hotels serving up the potent beverage include the newly revamped Hotel George, and two hotels that got a shout out in last year's What's Your Favorite Kimpton poll: Hotel Monaco and Topaz Hotel.

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Inside The 'Made in The USA' Suite at The Park Hyatt in Washington D.C.

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  Site Where: 1201 24th St NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20037
March 24, 2014 at 1:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

Where else should a hotel suite filled with American art, furniture and decor open but Washington D.C.?

The Park Hyatt in the capital city recently unveiled a special Made in the USA Suite in conjunction with the new exhibit of the same name at The Phillips Collection, which will be on display through August 31st.

Inside the suite are five giclee reproductions of the museum's American art masterworks including Marsden Hartley’s Off the Banks at Night; Arthur G. Dove’s Red Sun and Peppino Mangravite’s Political Exiles. The suite also includes some American-made furniture such as a timber rocking chair (made in Vermont) and artisanal items from the museum's gift shop like a spiral wrap bowl (Rhode Island), a WUD martini glass (Colorado) and stackable wooden blocks (Washington state.) Anonymously modern Hyatt decor no more! We kinda think all Park Hyatt rooms should get these little touches.

Guests who book the suite, which starts at just $399 a night, also get the following:

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Cherry Blossom S'mores? Only at The Ritz-Carlton in D.C.

March 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s National Cherry Blossom Festival again in Washington, D.C. (March 20-April 13) and Ritz-Carlton Hotels in town want to make sure you can really taste the cherries this spring.

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown is serving Cherry S’mores, made with cherry marshmallows, gooey chocolate sauce and homemade pistachio crumble and, if that weren’t enough, the s’mores will be complimentary in The Living Room between 6:30 to 7 p.m., passed around by whom, you may ask? S’morelliers, of course.

The hotel is also serving up Festive Cherry Blossom Cocktails to go with the s'mores. And you betcha, cherry is a prominent flavor in all of them.

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Before and After: The George in DC Gets a Revolutionary New Look

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  Site Where: 15 E Street NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20001
March 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

In a city where images of the "Father of His Country" are everywhere, Washington DC hotels need to keep it interesting. And so, it was high time time for the Hotel George by Kimpton to declare its independence from dull colors and furnishings and establish a revolutionary new look.

Keep reading to see how the hotel looks after the renovations!

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Mayflower Grace Officially Launches With Chic New Dining

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  Site Where: 118 Woodbury Rd. [map], Washington, CT, United States, 06793
February 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Following an extensive refurbishment, this month Grace Hotels formally takes over Washington, Connecticut’s Mayflower Inn & Spa — and introduces an impressive new dining destination that would put the first Thanksgiving to shame. The 58-acre property, a favorite respite for moneyed New York power brokers and politicos, is now the Mayflower Grace: the second American location for the luxury hotel group.

The centerpiece of the acquisition involves the launch of a fine dining restaurant, Muse by Jonathan Cartwright, showcasing modern European cuisine: pretty contemporary plates that you probably wouldn’t expect in the quintessential Yankee environs of rural Connecticut. For instance, smoked lobster served in small, clear, egg-shaped orbs with screw tops is a bit more “Lady Gaga” than “First Lady,” but coming from Cartwright, a five star-awarded grand chef Relais & Chateux, the results remain unsurprisingly sophisticated and polished for the teeth-gnashing upper crust clientele.

It hews to the formula of his muse at The Vanderbilt Grace in tony Newport, Rhode Island. (Next: Kennebunkport’s White Barn Inn is re-launching as White Barn Grace later 2014, according to a press statement, though it has already adopted the new name on its website.)

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The Line Hotel Already Has a DC Spin-Off in The Works

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  Site Where: 1780 Columbia Road NW [map], Washington, DC, United States
January 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Line Hotel in LA's Koreatown neighborhood only just opened a few weeks ago on January 1st (as in yesterday) but already there's a spin-off hotel in the works.

According to The Line's developer, The Sydell Group, another Line Hotel is being developed in Washington, DC in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. It will be called The Line DC. Here's the hotel description:

Sydell Group Ltd will be developing a new, full service hotel located at 1780 Columbia Road NW, Washington DC in the Adams Morgan neighborhood - an area long respected for its diversity, rich culture, and personality. The project consists of a newly constructed building, the restoration of a historic church, the creation of dynamic public spaces, and a high quality restaurant experience designed to serve both neighborhood residents and hotel guests alike.

Sounds good to us! And it's about time DC started to get some cool hotels. Serious design and architect nerds can peep some renderings for the property which was previously called the Adams Morgan Historic Hotel project. Another fun fact: This site was once considered by Edition Hotels who seemed to have scrapped a DC location for now.

If you're looking to experience the first Line, the LA Line Hotel is still offering special opening rates. We found a room for next week for just $182 a night.

[Photo: The Line Hotel]

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Marriott Will Open DC's Biggest Hotel on May 1st

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  Site Where: 901 Massachusetts Avenue [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20001
November 25, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

As hyped as we are for new Trump International Old Post Office Hotel, we have more imminent DC hotel news to get excited about.

The downtown Shaw neighborhood of DC is getting a major new hotel next spring. The Marriott Marquis Washington will be the largest hotel in DC, connected to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The hotel will have a massive 1,175 rooms, including 49 suites, 105,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meetings space, five dining outlets, a high-tech concierge lounge, and a bi-level health club. The hotel is also designed to be LEED Silver accredited, and will incorporate the site’s original historic Samuel Gompers AFL-CIO headquarters, known as the "Plumbers Building,” and a 56-foot sculpture by Rodney Carroll, which will be the centerpiece of the grand glass atrium lobby. All interiors are by BBG-BBGM.

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The Secret Service is Just Like Us! They Leave Things Behind in Hotel Rooms (Uh...)

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  Site Where: 800 16th St NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20006
November 14, 2013 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

We already knew that hotels in Washington D.C. saw their share of scandal but this new incident involving the Secret Service at the Hay-Adams Hotel is just bizarre.

According to anews report, one of the agency's top supervisors agent was off-duty when he met a woman in a room at the hotel, which is dd miles from the White House. After he left the woman, he realized he left a bullet behind in the hotel room. So he went back to the hotel, told the front desk and tried to get into her room. The woman would not let him in. This later led to the agent being punished internally by the Secret Service. He's now been removed from his position.

There are so many scenarios running through our mind right now. Who was this woman? How much does she charge? How do you leave a bullet behind? Was this involved in the foreplay mysterious meeting somehow? We'll never know the answer but we can certainly add "Playing with Loose Bullets" to our list of 13 Things You Wish Didn’t Happen in Hotel Rooms (But They Do).

[Photo: WilliamHook/Flickr]

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The W Hotel Shouldn't Let Chris Brown Park His Tour Bus There Ever Again

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  Site Where: 515 15th St Nw [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20004
October 28, 2013 at 10:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

We already knew Chris Brown was bad news but his nasty antics have gotten him in serious trouble again, this time outside W Hotel in Washington D.C. where his tour bus was parked outside.

TMZ reports:

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... at around 4:30 AM Brown got into an argument with a man outside the W Hotel on K Street and allegedly punched him once in the face. We're told the alleged victim never threw a punch.

Chris also allegedly tossed out a gay slur, saying, "I'm not into this gay s**t, I'm into boxing" before punching the man. Of course, Chris Brown's camp is saying that the man tried to board Chris's tour bus and Chris was merely prevention. Suuure. The victim's nose was broken and he may need surgery.

The good news in all of this is that Brown and a bodyguard are expected back in court today to answer to felony assault charges. Since Brown is still on probation for the heinous thing he did to Rihanna in 2009, he could be sent back to jail for violating his probation.

Meanwhile, we don't think the W Hotel has been sullied by Brown's presence, but we do hope they consider putting him, and his tour bus, on a blacklist in the future.

[Photo: NY Daily News]

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'Live Like A World Leader', For Only $10,000, at Ritz-Carltons in DC

September 21, 2013 at 1:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everyone's a critic when it comes to politics, so the Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C. and The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown have created the "Live Like a World Leader" package where guests can see what it's like to be a heavy decision maker and the perks that go along with it.

For a mere $10,000 you can play president, ambassador, governor or chief of your country of choice for two days at either location, and get serious red carpet treatment.

Here's some of what you can expect:

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Where to Find George Clooney In Washington, DC

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  Site Where: 2500 Pennsylvania Avenue [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20037
September 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

While staying in DC's Georgetown district, we saw many an image of George -- Washington, naturally. What we didn't expect, when we headed out to find another hotel bar, was to stumble into some kind of Hollywood shrine, complete with giant plastic bamboo shoots, gigantic sun umbrellas, and an oversized framed photograph of another, but certainly not lesser, George: Gorgeous George Clooney!

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