| The Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown, part of Accor Hotels, has all the bells and whistles that one would expect in a luxury hotel and then some. Located in the desirable West End, the hotel is an attractive blend of contemporary elegance and gracious hospitality. Sumptuous, well-appointed accommodations, Juniper, their gourmet restaurant, Balance Gym with a plethora of fitness options including CrossFit, Zumba, Yoga, Barre, Pilates, Spin, Boxing, and more, indoor saltwater pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam rooms, business center, complimentary bicycles, and Gold Floor for guests who want amore personalized experience, make it perfect for the business or leisure traveler.
Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown
We stayed at the Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown in July 2018 and were immediately impressed with the hotel and the staff from the moment that we drove up to the entrance. Service, as would be expected, was of the utmost highest level. The attractive ambience was elegant, yet contemporary and comfortable, with artistic geometric gold sculptures cascading from the ceiling, contemporary art on the walls, fresh flowers and large potted plants throughout the marble lobby with inviting sitting areas designed for conversation, and a welcoming lobby bar to enjoy cocktails and light bites, as well as Modern Afternoon Tea. The attractive rose-lined courtyard with its interesting water feature provided a comfortable outdoor space to relax under the shade of a sun umbrella or for guests looking to dine al fresco.
It is the little details that often times pack the most punch, because when a hotel goes to great lengths with small things you know that they will excel at big ones. One of the small details that made a big impression on us was that three times per day the hotel changed the welcome mat with "Good Morning," "Good Afternoon" and "Good Evening" written in script; a small detail perhaps, but a gracious one.
The Gold Floor
Go for the Gold, its not just an Olympic term, it can also be used to describe Fairmont's Gold Floor, which provides extra privacy and amenities, and is desirable for business travelers, small groups, and for guests looking for a more intimate and personalized hotel experience.
Gold Floor Guest Room
We stayed onthe Gold Floor in an attractive, spacious room with a king bed beautifully dressed in pristine high-quality linens, a plethora of pillows, and a pretty pink accent bolster to add a pop of color. As bedtime readers, we especially appreciated the built-in reading lights in the creamy tufted and studded leather headboard. A dark leather bench graced the foot of the bed, and nightstands with large lamps flanked the sides of the bed. Contemporary artwork graced the walls alongwith two full-length mirrors. An aubergine velvet sofa with decorative pillows provided a cozy place to curl up and read a book or read one of the many in-room magazines placed on a side table or watch the large flatscreen television. A round table and chairs was perfect for in-room dining or to useas a spacious workplace for business travelers.
The large marble bathroom featured a large walk-in shower with rainshower-head as well asa hand-held shower-head. Thoughtful amenities included a ring holder, scale, and hairdryer, and a diverse assortment of specially created Le Labo Rose 31 toiletries. Always looking to provide a little something extra to bring a smileto their guests, in addition to listing the ingredients on the back of the toiletry bottles, there were also cute little sayings on each of them.
Attention to guests' possible needs is something that the Fairmont does very well, and other in-room amenities included an iron and ironing board, robes and slippers, safe, umbrella, and flashlight in the large closet.
Another perk of the Gold Floor was their complimentary European breakfast served in the attractive Gold Floor Lounge with hot and cold items, which changed daily during ourstay. A few of the many offerings included a selection of fresh berries, melons, and fruit, a selection of yogurt, various types of cereal, a diverse selection of sliced breads, bagels, rolls, muffins, and pastries, different egg preparations, pancakes, sausages, bacon, and breakfast potatoes. Coffee, espresso, a selection of teas, juices, waters, and sodas, completed the breakfast offerings.
Gold Floor Evening Selection
In the afternoon, the Gold Floor Lounge offered a selection of cookies, pastries, and snacks, as little pick-me-ups. In the evening, there were complimentary hot and cold offerings, which varied nightly during our stay. A few of the items included a cheese platter with fresh strawberries and grapes, a charcuterie platter, jumbo shrimp, smoked salmon toasts, grilled chicken skewers, salads, pastas, as well as complimentary soft drinks, and wine and a selection of spirits available on an honor basis for a charge back to guests' rooms.
Gold Floor Tempting Selection
As a final parting note for the evening, the Gold Floor Lounge offered a tempting selection of pastries for one last indulgence to ensure sweet dreams.
Selection of Sweets
Comfortable sitting areas and tables and chairs in three different sections of the lounge, along with a large television, a computer, a selection of newspapers and magazines, and a professional and knowledgeable concierge team, made the Gold experience most memorable.
Gold Floor Lounge
The Restaurant - Juniper
Fairmont goes to great lengths to distinguish their properties, and the Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown, is a stand out with their rooftop bee hives, which they have kept since 2009. Maintained by three in-house beekeepers, the three hives with Italian bees produce about 150 pounds of honey each year, which the chefs use in some of their recipes including Juniper's signature cocktail, the BeeTini, and their Honey Walnut Bread, both of which we enjoyed during our dinnerat Juniper.
Other highlights of our dinner included the Juniper Signature Crab Cakes on a bed of sautéed spinach, sultanas, and pine nuts, Grilled Spanish Octopus with Patatas Bravas and Paprika Aioli, House Pickled Beet with Chive & Tarragon Goat Cheese, Marcona Almonds, and Rooftop Honey, and the Local Tomato & Burrata Cheese with Pesto Marinade, Baby Lettuce Blend, and Blood Orange Vinaigrette, Seafood Paella with Chistorra Sausage, Mussels, Lobster, Calamari, Shrimp, Peas and Fresh Lemon, and the Cioppino with Smoked Tomato Broth, Rock Fish, Bay Scallops, Clams, and Grilled Focaccia.
Grilled Spanish Octopus
(Readers who love honey and want to experience what it is like to be a beekeeper, may be interested in the Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown's "Bee a Beekeeper Package" which runs until October2018. Visit the website for information: www.Fairmont.com/Washington/)
After spending a rainy Saturday spent museum-hopping, we went to the Balance Gym to soak in the whirlpool, swam laps in the salt-water pool, followed by steam and sauna sessions. Although we had enough exercise walking and exploring the sites of Washington, DC, the well-equipped gym also offered a diverse selection of classes including CrossFit, Zumba, Yoga, Barre, Pilates, Spin, Boxing and much more to appeal to a wide-range of fitness enthusiasts.
With its desirable location and close proximity to many of Washington, DC's historic sites and attractions, the Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown is the perfect "home-away-from-home" for business or leisure travelers.
Read more about Juniper in the Restaurants section.
Read the interview with Sous Chef Mitchell Eldridge of Juniper and get the recipes for Honey Walnut Bread, Chicken & Prosciutto Croquetas with Romesco Emulsion, and Gazpacho in the Chefs' Recipes section.
Read more about Postcards from Washington, DC in the Destinations section.
Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown
2401 MStreet, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20037
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