Washington Travel Guide
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.)
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]
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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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).
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.
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]
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:
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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Is the Melrose Georgetown as sweet as it sounds? A HotelChatter Review
We hadn't had a chance to check in on the Melrose Georgetown Hotel (formerly The Melrose Hotel) since its multi-million dollar renovation was completed in April this year, so when we needed a room in DC and the Melrose showed up on HotelTonight for $149, we grabbed it.
The hotel is a couple of blocks from Foggy Bottom - GWU Metro station, on the blue and orange lines. If you are coming from Union Station you have to change once, at Metro Center, from the red line. But once we arrived, check-in was quick and easy. Within two minutes of walking through the lobby, we were in our room.
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We're sure that Ivanka doesn't have to carry her own purse but, hey, lady's got a handbag line to promote.
Donald Trump is finally getting his name on a Pennsylvania Avenue property. No, not the White House, but close: the Old Post Office.
Earlier this summer we told you that Trump had reached a 60-year lease agreement with the U.S. government allowing him to transform the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C into a luxury hotel.
Yesterday he and his daughter Ivanka, sons Eric and Donald Jr., D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and members of the D.C. Council came together in the Old Post Office to celebrate and dish the details of the $200 million redevelopment of the iconic building.
When the Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office opens, hopefully in late 2015, it will be the first luxury hotel to have been built in D.C in 15 years. Super luxe yet sensitive to the history of the 1889 building (which has survived two attempts to tear it down). "We promise not to disappoint you," said Ivanka, adding that her father "is no stranger to historic preservation, and understands challenges and responsibility of dealing with a building of this caliber."
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Last week, the National Park Service flipped the switch on nearly 500 scaffolding lights that surround the Washington Monument and now these new "night lights" are the big buzz in D.C. The monument remains closed as it undergoes repairs for damage sustained from the freak East Coast earthquake two years ago but the night lights are giving it a new life.
And judging from this shot above, one of the best places for a killer view of the monument in its new lit-up glory is from P.O.V., the rooftop bar at The W Washington D.C.. P.O.V. also has a killer view across the street to the White House making it the perfect spot to stay during Inauguration Time.
Rates right now are totally doable at around $229 a night but of course, you don't need a room to head up to P.O.V. Just a love of tapas and cocktails. The bar is closed this weekend on July 28 but after that it will resume its normal hours of 3pm to midnight during the week, 3pm to 2am on Friday, 11am to 3am on Saturday and 11am to midnight on Sunday. And this is D.C. so fellas, please don't try to rock your baseball hats, tank tops or sneakers. Collared shirts are actually preferred.
[Photo: The W Washington D.C.]
As you may know, we've been anticipating the opening of the new Capella Washington D.C. for many months, and when its proposed January opening date came and went, it was hard to contain our disappointment. Still, the info on the hotel kept trickling in--news of chefs, GMs, and the like. It was clear that Capella wanted to remain on everyone's radar. So, imagine our surprise when out of the blue we received an invite to D.C. for the hotel's grand opening soiree. It was going to be a large affair in the first week of April. Of course we said yes and went in search for a worthy frock for the ribbon-cuttiing ceremony.
When we arrived we learned the Capella was keeping secrets from us! It had actually been in soft opening since March 22nd. We were a tad hurt--why weren't we told? But taking a look around the 49-room Georgetown hotel located next to the city's historic C&O Canal, it was clear the company wanted time to get the kinks out before making a big announcement--hence the coming out party.
We'd known so much about the brand's first US hotel (and written about it at length) already, we wanted to see if the artistic renderings matched what could only be described as serious coziness. It did and we were well pleased.
We can't lie, we've been a bit jealous these past few days as we see kids of all ages galavanting around for Spring Break. Looking at Instagrams of tots having the time of their lives while we slog at work, longing for those days again.
So, when we saw this in-room tent at the tony Four Seasons Washington, D.C., we just wanted to jump in (and push everyone else under age 10 out) and play!
What comes with this "Camp Out" experience? The tent, hamburgers, and s'mores. And if you want, they'll bring up a Wii and video games, too. How cool is that?
Just makes you want to go all Tom Hanks in "Big", at least for a little while.
Rates for Four Seasons fun starts at a whopping $725per night (blame it on the cherry blossoms).
[Photo: Instagram/Four Seasons Hotels]