Although today it leads a rather different life, The Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown, Washington, D.C host building was once the district’s incinerator, clearly reflected in the smokestack soaring 130ft into the sky, as well as exposed redbrick walls and black iron window frames.
This industrial heritage gives the hotel an edgy look, though high-quality interiors, state-of-the-art facilities and immaculate service make it what it is today: the exquisite Ritz-Carlton Georgetown hotel.
The rooms are quintessentially Ritz-Carlton: all cream palettes accented with dark wood, polished bathrooms and modern amenities combining to make your stay here seamless. There’s a fantastic range of suites, but also special Wellness Rooms that are found close to the spa and come with treats such as air purifiers, yoga mats, bath salts and more.
The hotel spa itself is a sanctuary, offering soothing therapies and access to the steam room, sauna and relaxation room; plus, there’s a fitness centre open 24-hours a day that’s ideal for gym bunnies.
When it comes to dining, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C sports a restaurant serving delicious fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as the trendy Living Room whose highlights include a wood-burning fireplace and ‘late eats’ menu.
The guestrooms at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown are smart abodes adorned in rich wood and cream hues, oozing elegance from every pore. Generously-sized windows look out over the delightful Georgetown neighbourhood, with some higher category suites even boasting views of the Potomac River.
Each room or suite is then wonderfully equipped with an HD TV (two or three of them in the larger suites), espresso machine, minibar, terry bathrobes, slippers, Asprey toiletries, an iPod docking station and double or king-size bed. The bathrooms here are heavenly, awash with slate and limestone, featuring a bathtub and separate shower in every guestroom; while the Wellness Room has even more spa-inspired treats.
Upscale dining awaits at the hotel’s main restaurant, Degrees Bistro, where you can tuck into a delicious dish from the a la carte menu at breakfast, return for a moreish lunch, and end the day with a hearty dinner. Steaks and salads rule the menu, but the small plates are also too tempting to resist; think charcuterie and cheese boards, soups and fish tacos.
The setting of this hip lounge bar is oh so cool – think exposed brick walls, vast windows covered with mustard-hued drapes and a huge wood-burning fireplace too. Come for craft cocktails, fine wine, artisan beer, whiskies and light bites; there are also late-night eats on the menu if you feel peckish before bed.
Activities and Entertainment
The Ritz-Carlton hotel is an easy stroll away from the attractions of Georgetown, including the shops, restaurants and nightlife of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; the charming C&O Canal; and the Washington Harbour, with its upscale drinking and dining haunts dotted along the waterfront promenade. Along from Georgetown is the district of Foggy Bottom, where you can explore the George Washington University, admire government buildings or catch a musical, ballet or opera at the Kennedy Performing Arts Centre. Then, within a ten-minute taxi ride you can reach the White House, Lincoln Memorial and Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
A 24-hour fitness centre and sleek spa are the standout facilities at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, with the latter offering a relaxation zone, steam room and sauna, as well as treatment suites where expert therapists lull you into a state of zen. For children, the hotel operates the Ritz Kids program, whereby little visitors are given special gifts, colouring books, a children’s menu in the restaurant, the chance to enjoy treasure hunts and a special welcome at check-in too.
1/12 - Exterior of The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
2/12 - Living Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
3/12 - Ritz Carlton Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
4/12 - Georgetown Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
5/12 - Spa Relaxation Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
6/12 - Steamroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
7/12 - Wellness Level Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
8/12 - Deluxe Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
9/12 - Degrees Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
10/12 - Spa Treatment Rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
11/12 - Royal Potomac Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
12/12 - Presidential Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
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