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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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From Nail Files to Firewater, Hotels Hand Out More Amenities

November 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Oh, we love when hotels give us a little extra treat in our rooms. We're not too particular--heck, we've been excited with everything from toothpaste to contact solution. It's the small things that count, especially when some hotels won't even supply a bottle of water in case of midnight hour parchness.

So, imagine our delight upon discovering even more amenities available at these properties. Some of them are nice gestures to show appreciation, others are yours with a simple request. As always, keep your eyes peeled for perks--you never know what you could be missing out on!

Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.: Each evening, the hotel features a different president's favorite cookie in the hotel lobby along with a recipe that guests can take home. Examples include Barack Obama's white & dark chocolate chip to Abraham Lincoln's lemon squares. Happen to be staying at the Georgetown property? Look forward to the butler who serves s'mores every evening by the wood burning fireplace.

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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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One Night in DC at The Melrose Georgetown

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  Site Where: 2430 Pennsylvania Avenue NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20037
September 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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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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Mr. Trump Goes to Washington, Releases Details on His Post Office Hotel

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  Site Where: 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20004
September 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Hooray! Hotel Rooftop Season Has Officially Begun

May 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Graham's new rooftop is guaranteed to be Georgetown's summer hotspot

Mother Nature has played serious havoc with the weather. Suffice to say, those of us located in climates where partying on rooftops is limited to a few months of the year? We are giving M.N. serious sideeye. It's May. It's time for us to sip dranks on the rooftop of a cool hotel that has glorious views of the place we happen to live in or visiting at the moment. Don't hate us for being selfish and not being more concerned about global warming. We have priorities!

So we declare that Rooftop Season Has Officially Begun. Weather gods need to get on board (or the hotels will just put out heat lamps, whatevah, it takes).

The places listed have recently opened, want to let the sunshine in, and help you let your hair down. And you don't even have to be a guest to partake in the fun!

Here's where we want to tipple at some top rooftop bars around the world.

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We Gussied Up For The New Capella Georgetown

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  Site Where: 1050 31st Street, NW [map], Washington , DC, United States, 20007
April 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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The Coolest Hotel Instagram of The Day Goes To...

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  Site Where: 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW [map], Washington, D.C., United States, 20007
April 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

...The Four Seasons Washington, D.C.

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]

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Irishman Owes $10 Million to the St. Regis Hotel in D.C.

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  Site Where: 923 16th St NW [map], Washington, DC, DC, United States, 20006
March 18, 2013 at 3:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Irish flag flying out front of the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. makes a lot more sense now.

If Irish billionaire Dómhnal Slattery had a drink or two this weekend for St. Patrick's Day, it’s unlikely they were as celebratory as those thrown back by others as last week a high court ruled he owes approximately $10 million resulting from a personal guarantee to help fund the purchase of the St. Regis.

The kicker? Slattery said he didn’t even know the contract he signed was a personal guarantee, and that he didn't necessarily intend to splash the pot. So much for the luck of the Irish!

The good news is Slattery is one of Ireland’s wealthiest citizens. His airline leasing company, Avolon, has raised over $5 billion in capital since its 2010 beginnings. We’re guessing he won’t lose too much sleep over this multi-million dollar payout.

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Trump Trying To Duck Taxes On New D.C. Hotel Project

Where: 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20004
January 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

We told you earlier this year that Donald Trump has designs of opening a hotel in Washington D.C., in one of the city’s beloved landmark’s, the Old Post Office.

Well, now he doesn’t want to pay taxes on the property, which could delay the project. The Old Post Office is a federal building, so property taxes aren’t required, but possessory interest tax--established in 2000 to tax companies operating on federal land—are still in order.

According to The Washington Business Journal, The Old Post Office's tax bill could start at $3 million a year. The article said Trump has been trying to get unspecified "relief" on the tax from the city—so far to no avail.

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Is Kimpton's Hotel Monaco The Trippiest Hotel in DC?

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  Site Where: 700 F Street NW [map], Washington DC, United States, 20004
December 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love how Kimpton Hotels can get a little creative with their interior designs, but nothing prepared us for Hotel Monaco in Washington DC.

While there are 10 Kimpton hotels in the metro area, we loved that this 182-room hotel is a former 1842, neoclassical post office. We didn't realize history was the only thing we'd be experiencing.

We don't know what the designers were smoking, but we love the results. They are so visually overwhelming, our puppy companion didn't know what to do with herself. Luckily, the pet-friendly hotel provided a plush giraffe doll to keep her busy while we investigated the rest of the hotel.

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This Weekend Only! Les Misérables & JW Marriott DC For A Song

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  Site Where: 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20004
December 19, 2012 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Can't wait 'til Christmas Day to see Les Miserables hit the big screen? Then hightail it to Washington D.C. this weekend, Dec. 21-23, and catch the latest live performance of the world's most famous musical at The National Theater. (It's been staged some forty-five thousand times in over 300 cities. Crazy!).

This weekend, though, is your only chance to snag a room after the show next door at Pennsylvania Avenue's JW Marriott for a mere $149 a night. This is thanks to the hotel's "Last-Minute Weekends" deal. Unsurprisingly, rates rocket to $329 a night from Christmas Eve til New Year's.

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