This five-pearl Four Seasons in Georgetown, D.C., regularly delivers. In addition to modern conveniences, the hotel’s 222 guest rooms have beautiful paintings from the hotel’s own collection. The tri-level exercise facility has state-of-the-art machines, a saline lap pool, and a full-service spa. A Michael Mina steakhouse, a wine bar, and a brunch restaurant attract Washington VIPs. The hotel is one of the nicest in Georgetown, but those looking for something closer to the sights might consider the Jefferson or the Hay-Adams.
- Georgetown location near fine restaurants and shopping
- Rooms with plenty of work space and high-end electronics
- Bathrooms feature soaking tubs and walk-in showers.
- Michael Mina’s trendy steakhouse
- A two-lane saline lap pool and a hot tub
- Steam, saunas, and aerobics studio
- 24/7 Business Center
- Welcome presents, baby toiletries, and toys/games
- Hotel’s car service provides city transportation
- Inaccessible by foot from the metro or central D.C. attractions
- Valet parking for a hefty daily cost
The hotel’s interiors are sleek and refined, with a contemporary style anchored in elegance and excellent. The lobby is done in grey, black, and cream tones with fresh flowers, while the Bourbon Steak restaurant is all wood and leather with warm honey-colored lights. There are also attractive outside areas like furnished patios and a grassy courtyard with alfresco dining.
The hotel’s driveway is always jammed with black Escalades and Benzes with diplomatic plates, while personnel with earpieces check the public spaces. Couples and families alike are drawn to the resort. Several hundred people have worked at the hotel since it started in 1979, which speaks to the quality of service. In total, just 3,000 people worldwide are members of Les Clefs D’Or.
The hotel is on the outskirts of Georgetown, a lovely neighbourhood with cobblestone lanes, two- and three-story brick row buildings, and the tree-lined C&O Canal. The hotel is tranquil despite being near the busy Whitehurst Freeway and Rock Creek Parkway. The hotel is close to Georgetown’s shopping and dining, but not to the White House. The Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the Unitarian Universalist Church. The nearest metro station is 12 minutes away by foot, but the hotel also provides car service. Georgetown University is a 20-minute walk or a 10-minute drive away. Reagan National Airport is 20 minutes distant, and Dulles International Airport is 40.
The rooms feature marble bathrooms with enormous soaking tubs, feather-topped beds, and paintings from the hotel’s genuine collection. The stylish, contemporary spaces have soft neutrals inspired by the region’s famous cherry blossom, with hints of pink and burnt sienna visible in velvet seats and pillows.
The Deluxe Rooms start at 385 square feet (36 square metres) and go up in size. Suites add separate living rooms, some with dining facilities, as well as work stations. Large flat-screen TVs, DVD players, bluetooth stereos, high-end coffeemakers, minibars, safes, and free Wi-Fi are among the modern conveniences. Daily housekeeping and free newspapers are luxuries. In the bathrooms, there are soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers. All have hairdryers and magnifying mirrors, and Terry bathrobes and Salvatore Ferragamo bath items.
Unparalleled in Washington is the hotel’s three-story fitness facility and spa, complete with two-lane saltwater lap pool and hot tub. It has 30 Technogym machines, saunas and steam rooms in the men’s and women’s locker rooms, and an aerobics studio. A full range of massages, facials, scrubs, and other treatments are available.
Bourbon Steak, a prominent steakhouse from celebrity chef Michael Mina, and Seasons, a VIP brunch destination in D.C. The latter is only available for breakfast, lunch, and Sunday brunch, whereas Bourbon Steak is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. There’s also a wine bar with a large selection of wines, cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate. 24/7 room service.
The 24-hour business centre includes PCs and printing facilities, and Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the hotel. It does not have a kids’ club, but it does have cribs, high chairs, playpens and kid-size bathrobes and baby amenities on request. Babysitting is provided for a fee. Pets under 15 pounds are free, and pet sitters are available (pets cannot be left alone in rooms). Guests complain about the high cost of valet parking.