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Capella's First US Hotel Goes to Georgetown

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November 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | ()

On January 20 at noon, Barack Obama will take the Oath of Office in Washington DC to mark the beginning of his second term as POTUS. While the Ritz-Carlton is going all out with its $100,000 inauguration package, its nearby sibling will be getting some fresh competition in the form of Capella Georgetown, which we were told would open in January as well.

Right on the historic C&O canal, the Capella will have just 49 rooms (including 12 suites) in what once housed the American Association of Trial Lawyers. The traditionally styled, red-brick building will be the first true Capella hotel in the United States (the group also manages the Setai New York).

We’re intrigued by the promise of a guests-only rooftop (with an indoor/outdoor infinity pool) and bar, and the extreme levels of service guests can expect. There are personal assistants on hand around-the-clock, after-hours shopping in exclusive stores, and guided tours to attractions like the Washington Ballet that include backstage access.

Also guests-only is the Living Room, with a two-story solid onyx fireplace, antique parquet flooring from a European castle, and a specially commissioned piece from glass artist Colin Reid.

Renderings show an understated design and herringbone hardwood floors, which we love. With its small size come only a few room categories (Deluxe, Superior, and Georgetown) and two types of suite (Capella and Presidential). WiFi, minibar refreshments, and five pieces of pressing are complimentary.

Even more interesting? There are no check-in or check-out times! Somehow the Capella will manage to coordinate your arrival and intended departure date, but not worry about silly things like booting you out the door when the clock strikes 12.

Aside from current locations in Düsseldorf, Mexico, and Singapore, Capella has two more Mexican hotels in the works, as well as Bangkok, Niseko (Japan), and Sochi (Russia).

As mentioned, we were told Capella Georgetown would open in January, but the website says reservations are being accepted for February (we suggest calling in January to check soft-opening status). Our estimate of rates in the $500 range seems to have been pretty spot on: a Superior King room is available middle of February for $595. For a POTUS-worthy stay, the Presidential Suites run at $5,000 a night.

[Renderings: Capella Hotels]

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