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Also located in the booming Georgetown nabe, the 57-room hotel opened last week, obviously during the middle of the night, otherwise, how could we have missed this?!
Formerly the Hotel Monticello, the Independent Collection group pumped in a few million to renovate the building and turn the property into an all-suite experience.
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]
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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.
Ahhh...we all remember what it's like to be young and in love on a cross-country road-trip staying in a different hotel each night. Or maybe not. For those of you who never got the chance to drive across America after college, we've got a special Summer Road Trip series from Teddy Worcester, a recent Wheaton College grad who's making his way out to San Fran for a job in tech. Along the way, he's hitting up about six hotels and reporting back to us on each one. So grab your iced beverage of choice, settle into your lawn chair and let the sprinkler run.
What happens when two college kids graduate and need to get across the country? An epic road trip takes place, obviously.
We drove the 11 hours from Maine (where we stopped at Forty1 North for a night to Washington D.C. and had no clue where we were staying for the night until noon came around. Why noon? Because again, we were using HotelTonight, an iPhone app that lets you book same day hotel rooms at a discounted rate but their daily offerings only come up at noon.
We had our sights on the Beacon Hotel but ended up booking Georgetown Suites for a reasonable $144 rate (including taxes). Luckily, we also had a $25 Hotel Tonight credit so that put us at $119 total for the night.
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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.
We've given a lot of thought to the technology we want to use to unlock our door when we're staying at a hotel, but all the locking and unlocking of all the rest of the doors is something we never really considered.
But doors to the spa or conference rooms or even the gym obviously need to get locked and unlocked from time to time, and we just heard that the Four Seasons D.C. has got all tech-savvy about it. They've just installed a TimeLox DC-One Online locking system, which is actually nearly as cool as it sounds: it really does mean that staff can lock and unlock doors online.
That means rather than staff needing a pocket full of heavy keys and having to physically go up to the business center to open it at the right time, they can sit at their desk, or with their PDA anywhere in the hotel, and click something, or schedule it ahead of time. Nice for hotel workers, and presumably that also means they'll have more time to take care of us guests personally.
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
We like art. We do. But some art is not for everyone and, most have to agree: when you're staying at the Four Seasons, you would not look out your window expecting to see something like this, would you?
This is a shot of a part of the exterior of the Four Seasons Washington, D.C., a hotel that is absolutely unique (and very, very cool) in that it has part of the property's owner's private art collection on display throughout the interior of the hotel and apparently the exterior, too. This particular piece certainly isn't everyone's taste, and this shot comes to us via tombarnes20008's submission to the HotelChatter Flickr pool. He adds:
I've always thought that this sculpture looked like either baby-sick or spilled ice cream.
Yeah, some of us would agree; it's definitely a cool piece, just maybe notsomuch outside our Four Seasons window...especially at $595 per night.
Oprah Winfrey has been perhaps Obama's loudest and proudest celeb supporter this year, and the rumor mill has been churning out all sorts of Oprah/Obama rumors since Barack was elected in November. We've heard that she's been planning to tape a couple of special shows in the nation's capitol from the Kennedy Center Opera House, and, thanks to a NY Post story last week, people have been buzzing about the Winfrey possibly purchasing a mansion of her own in Washington to ensure she'd be close to Obama (false).
We're not so sure about that househunting thing now that we've heard (again from the NY Post) that Winfrey is planning to shack up at the Four Seasons during Obama's inauguration week. According to Page Six, she all booked for the $15,000-a-night Royal Suite for five nights around inauguration.
Still not sure whether you're ready to join Oprah and millions of your closest friends at inauguration in January? Check out our brother site Jaunted's Inauguration 2009 complete coverage and once you've made up your mind to go, drop in and take a look at their tips on how to get there.
[Photo: Sun Times]
Since Memorial Day was created to honor the men and women who have died in the armed services, the ultimate way to pay homage to these heroes is in Washington, D.C.
At the Four Seasons in swanky Georgetown weekend rooms start at about $375 and offer you complete luxury to relax in after you spend the days touring the nation's capital.
This is a good choice if you are traveling with kids but if you want to step outside your comfort zone try the Topaz Hotel on Dupont Circle. This hotel is trippy with the ambience is described as:
Mystic beats to dance trance. Attendants dressed in sunburst tunics. Vibrant patterns and exotic textures. Transcend the everyday at Washington, D.C.'s most enlightened boutique hotel.
The hotel is offering several deals over the weekend for you to choose from, including one that gives you a $20 gas card and one that involves a his and her massage. Room rates start at around $170.
Obviously the Simpson sisters would never stay in the Australian hostel visited by the Amazing Racers, but we didn't know that even the Sydney Hilton was too good for them.
While in town for the MTV awards that Ashlee was hosting (doesn't Australia know about the lip-synching?), the sisters headed to a top-notch restaurant within the Hilton, the Glass Brasserie.
But [they] wouldn't eat anything on the delicious menu (steaks, oysters, baby barramundi, chocolate tart etc). So what are two spoiled, hungry celebrities to do? Order in from Pizza Hut - a large pepperoni and double cheese.
Jessica must have learned her lesson from a recent lawsuit. The apparel group behind her fashion line sued her for not actually wearing any of the clothes but as commercial star for Pizza Hut, she's doing a bang-up job.
This is the second year that a mother duck chose DC's Ritz Carlton Georgetown to nest, and out of respect, the hotel chef has removed the duck breast entree.
But that's not the only special treatment the duck is getting. She and her 11 eggs are currently:
under the 24-hour watch of the concierge desk, and hotel security checks on the nest every two hours when they make their rounds.
That's like what Katie and Tom had going on while waiting for TomKitten i.e. Suri Cruise to arrive!
Paying guests can also rejoice in duck-o-rama with a small Ritz-Carlton rubber ducky at evening turn down or the hotel's new signature cocktail "Duck Duck Goose" with Grey Goose L'Orange vodka, pineapple juice, a splash of Grenadine and a splash of Sprite.