The herringbone wood and laser-cut marble floors, overstuffed chairs and couches that start in the entrance and make big statements in the public lounge as well as the guests-only Living Room, which was easily our favorite space. Not only is it closed off to the public by locked glass door which keeps security extra tight, but you're chilling out in what can only be described as an ornate sitting room filled with books, magazines, board games (remember those?) and a refreshment center where complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks (ooh, M&Ms!) are available 24/7.
It's also where the hotels' team of Personal Assistants can be found. They help each guest with all their needs--so much so, Mr. Horst Schulze, Chairman and CEO of Capella Hotels said he deliberately avoided using the word "concierge" to describe these assistants as they go above and beyond the normal call of duty. They are there to check you in and out (whenever you feel like it, btw, thanks to their flexible time policy) take care of the five complimentary garment pressing guests are allotted, show you how to work the in-room espresso machine and will send someone to restock your mini-bar which is filled with free soft drinks and water. Oh, and if you're in the Presidential Suite with its six-foot marble tub, they'll happily spare the 15-minutes it requires to fill it for you. We suggest having a whiskey-laced cocktail in the Rye Bar while you're waiting.
The regular rooms and suites are sophisticated too, without being stuffy. We really liked the simple-to-use panels to control lights and shades (though 20 minutes after guests exit, lights go off automatically to conserve energy).
But the rooftop bar with its expansive lounge that has crazy cool views of the D.C. skyline is going to be a definite hot-spot when the weather warms up. Not only does it have a boat load of space (for guests only!) and an onyx bar that glows in the dark, the indoor/outdoor infinity pool is beyond slick, though we fear it could become easily too crowded, as the pool isn't extremely large. Still, there are enough deck chairs to wait your turn to take a dip.
Rates begin at $595 per night in April.
Disclosure: We were guests of the Capella Georgetown, but all opinions, and desire to gorge on their free snacks are our own.
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