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The posh nabe of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. is about to get even more swish in December 2012 when the Capella Georgetown opens. Yes, Capella of the luxury hotel collection, Capella Hotels and Resorts.
Now, we know how much political leaders love their fine hotel accommodations and the Capella Georgetown, at 1050 31st Street, NW, will not disappoint. According to a press release, the hotel will feature just 49 "magnificently appointed rooms and suites in a highly private and secure environment, and will provide unmatched levels of customer service and room finishes."
Additionally, the hotel promises to cater to "a sophisticated and discerning clientele including global industry leaders, heads of state and other visitors."
The Fairfax at Embassy Row is taking the whole patriotic red-white-and-blue idea in a whole other direction—a tasty one. If you stay at the Washington, D.C., hotel on Fourth of July weekend, you'll get a flight of red and white wines and artisanal white and bleu cheeses.
The aptly named Red, White and Blue package is perfect for food-and-drink fans who'd rather celebrate the holiday by boozing it up. However, if you still want to see some fireworks action, the package will also give you two round-trip Metro passes from the Dupont Circle Station—which is just a block from the hotel—to the National Mall, where you can watch the big pyrotechnics show.
If you want to get the most bang for your buck on the Fourth of July, head to the W Washington, D.C.'s second annual Boom with a View. We know, it seems like the Fourth is as far away as Christmas, but it's less than three weeks till the holiday.
The main reason to spend your Fourth here is to hang in the W's rooftop, which looks out over the monuments. It gives you a prime perch to watch the National Mall fireworks.
It's not often hotels beat their projected opening dates, and it's even more remarkable from the Renaissance Arlington Capital View because the hotel
is already* will likely be LEED certified, a process that's ordinarily more complicated than Charlie Sheen's interview schedule. Last we heard, the place would open in April; they're now taking rezzies for March 9 and on.
The Renaissance corporate blog says the opening date for the hotel—situated a four-mile cab or short Metro ride from the heart of D.C.—is March 9 and promises "grand opening deals." Our initial test bookings revealed no such thing, with weekday rates starting from $299 whether you're shopping for next week or April. But punching in promo code SB4 reveals weekend stays for as little as $139, including breakfast for up to two adults and two kids.
Btw, it must be coincidental but there's some humor in the fact that the hotel's website URL contains the word "waspy." Doesn't get more Arlington than that!
*Update: The hotel's PR writes to clarify that "the Renaissance Arlington Capital View has been designed to receive a LEED Silver Certification, which we hope to receive later in the year," meaning it hasn't actually secured the LEED oak leaves just yet. They also confirm an opening date of March 9—it was initially listed on the corporate blog as March 16—putting the property ahead of original schedule.
Forgive us for being obvious, but with balmy temperatures on the radar this weekend, Washington, D.C. has suddenly become a worthy February vacation spot—and hotel rates are great near the White House.
As usual, we checked rates on our custom hotel search tool. Best of the bunch, close to Chez Obama? The W Washington, D.C. from just $219 on Saturday night. Next door, the Willard Intercontinental is at $239. And the famed Hay Adams Hotel, where the Obamas stayed right before Inauguration Day, is at just $279.
When you book a room on the Dupont Hotel's ninth level concierge penthouse floor, you expect lots of extra amenities—packing/unpacking services, complimentary iPod to borrow, etc. But one of the best little-known perks is found in the minibar. You get a complimentary bar stocked with full-size bottles of premium liquor. Hard drinkers need to toast to that.
You'll be able to get your hotel party started with full bottles of Belvedere Vodka, 10 Cane Rum, Tanqueray, Black Label Johnnie Walker, white and red wine and a half-bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.
With plans for a D.C. weekend this fall, we're totally psyched about seeing Michelle Obama's Jason Wu inaugural gown at the National Museum of American History. Now we're wondering if we should splash out and have a much more presidential experience, with the First Ladies: American Style at the White House package at the St. Regis Washington D.C.
Forget the Real Housewives! We want to live it up like a First Lady. So if we can rustle up the $509 a night necessary, here's what we'd choose to do over being tacky and crashing a White House party...
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Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? All this week, we'll be highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: The Four Seasons Washington DC's Andy Warhol.
When you check into the Four Seasons on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington DC, you may expect a pretty sweet view of the White House, but you may be even more surprised to find that you're staying in a hotel with an art collection of over 1,600 pieces, including this rare "Indian Head Nickel" screen print trial proof by Andy Warhol. It was done in 1986, only a year before Warhol's death, and the style is typical Andy.
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TGIF. It means that the weekend is here and that it's time for another installment of Friday Frenzy, a one-day-only deal that'll get you discounted rooms at a Kimpton Hotel.
Every Friday, Kimpton offers deals on rooms in its Baltimore-DC-Arlington-Alexandria area hotels. You can score a cheap room online from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, or until rooms all get booked, whichever happens first. The hot deal for today is a $99 room at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore.
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It's Friday and we've already given you a cute hotel doggie to virtually pet and a refreshing vodka drink to virtually sip on. What could possibly make this morning better? Oh, that's right--a hotel deal!
This latest one is from Kimpton Hotels called Friday Frenzy and it's happening every Friday from now through Labor Day. If you've been planning a visit to either Baltimore, D.C., Arlington or Alexandria, you MUST check out these cheap hotel deals.
Today, Kimpton is offering the swank Hotel Palomar DC for just $50! But we suggest you book fast as there are only 50 rooms open at this rate and the deal ends at 5pm EST today or whenever those rooms get snapped up.
Other deals include a room rate credit at The Hotel Monaco in Alexandria for $59 and a glass of prosecco at dinner at Urbana inside the Hotel Palomar DC. Again, those deals only last until 5pm or whenever the offers run out. So it goes without saying, get booking fools!
If you’re a political power broker in D.C. you already know that the Town & Country Bar inside The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel is an integral part of the city’s wheeling and dealing. You may even consider it as an extension of your office. But given the hotel’s history, the place was starting to look a little worn. That’s why people called it “distinguished” and “a classic” with “world-class charm.” No more! After being a closed for a month, the Town & Country has re-opened sporting $200,000 worth of renos.
Fans of that “distinguished” look will be pleased to know that the additions are being described as “subtle”—there’s new leather furniture, communal tables, and sleek mahogany and walnut floors. The menu got a makeover too. The happy hour menu has expanded to include grilled flat breads, filet mignon bites, and tempura chicken tenders. The best part? These new dishes are just 5 bucks apiece on weekdays from 5–7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to midnight. Perfect for that senator’s intern budget!
In recent years, Washington DC's downtown has transformed into a destination you might actually want to hang out. Or at the very least, those safe-clean-friendly claims being made about it a few years ago are now much closer to being true! Think haute restaurants, quality theatre and galleries, and much, much more foot traffic. (There's even a trendier name for the 'hood: Penn Quarter.)
For Marriott's part, they've responded to the neighborhood's spiffier image with an $11 million renovation at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center, just in time to celebrate the hotel's 15-year anniversary. The 459-room hotel recently unveiled its new contemporary look and feel, which includes 32-inch plasma screen TVs, tech-friendly plug-in panels, and check-in self-serve kiosks. In the lobby, "semi-private seating nooks" give comfortable spaces for guests to work or mingle, particularly thanks to the free WiFi.