20007 Travel Guide - Page 2
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.
In a weird twist, Anna Nicole Smith will be heading to the Supreme Court to contest her late husband's will.
One of our very reliable spies told us that she checked into the Four Seasons in Washington D.C. the other night before her Supreme Court appearance yesterday morning.
Smith was married to J. Howard Marshall II for only 14 months before he died at the age of 90, leaving a $1.6 billion estate which his son Pierce is fighting to keep solely his.
We only wonder if your real name is Vicky Lynn and you change it to Anna Nicole Smith, then marry a man with the last name Marshall, what is your alias? Trim Spa Baby?
Staying in Georgetown is rarely cheap so when an affordable option comes through, its like striking gold. The Georgetown Suites are located right in mid-Georgetown, a block from the Four Seasons, steps from the shopping and a block away from the infamous waterfront - where a Saturday can be easily wasted away.
The rooms are sparse but entirely efficient. There is no room service but a kitchenette that comes with a coffee maker and coffee and all the necessary glassware/stemware needed to make whatever meal you choose to save on. It is also a good option for business travelers who will be staying for longer than a few days and don't require full service. The gym leaves a bit to be desired, however, its perfectly acceptable, and the hotel is right next to the beautiful Georgetown tow-path along the canals.
The gold is truly in the location and price. Double rooms start at $120 a night and can go to as much as $315 - which is what we paid this past weekend during a very busy weekend.
[Publisher's Note: HotelChatter's contributing editor meg323 heads to DC for a graduation and scopes out the hotel scene, of course. Feel free to hum Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance as you read this.]
Graduation weekend can be a VERY difficult time to visit a city and a particular pain when booking and staying in a hotel. Since Washington DC plays host to at least 3 universities that all graduate at the same time, staying at a hotel that was still able to pay close attention to the individual guests' needs made all the difference. The Four Seasons of Georgetown certainly got it this past weekend!
Whether it was prompt and efficient housekeeping - which couldn't have been that easy since everyone had very erratic schedules and more than 2 guests to a room - or the bottle of champagne with chocolate covered strawberries left for the graduate and his family to enjoy, attention to detail was always consistent.
Ok let's get one thing straight--In Australian, "Hotel" is simply another word for bar. You know how mahalo and aloha are used to describe almost everything in Hawaiian? Well, in Australian, virtually every word means bar, or drinking, or partying.
Named "One of the 25 Hot New Places to Stay in the World" by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, all the guestrooms at Establishment Hotel sport one of two color schemes-bold or subtle. Guess which is scheme is pictured to the right.
Establishment is located in the Sydney CBD, in the heart of everything. Even if you can't pony up the funds to stay here it may be worth a night time visit to experience one of the many bars.
Mellow bar, pool bar, cigar bar, sushi bar, on and on, you get the idea.
As one who expects what she pays for and considers the Ritz Carlton brand to be worthy of such assumption, I was sorely disappointed with this chain's second outlet in Washington, DC.
When the plan for a Ritz Carlton in Georgetown came about it seemed only fitting. Georgetown, being the tony enclave of Washington, DC and home already to a Four Seasons and various Inns, it was an obvious choice. But you know something is off when one of the hotel's listed property descriptions is a 14 -screen cineplex.
While the rooms are fine with clean linens and pottery barn-esque furnishings, the restaurant Fahrenheit barely challenges an airplane meal and the bar, Degrees is a pathetic rip-off of bars popular to the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC in the 90s. Exposed brick from the 30s they say - woo woo.
Bottom line: Get a room if you want the convenient location of the bottom of Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown and plan on dining out!