I hadn’t been to Washington D.C. in a few years, so I decided that a December weekend getaway was in order. I chose the Park Hyatt Washington D.C., paying for the first night via American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts (approximately $350 for the night for which, per the benefit on my American Express Platinum Card, I received a $200 statement credit and $100 spending allowance). For the second night, I used points.
I really enjoyed the subdued elegance, yet comfortable vibe, of the hotel. Plus, everyone was super friendly and helpful, which you know makes all the difference in the world. In a word, the hotel is special.
I’ve heard some people complain that the location of the hotel isn’t convenient, but I didn’t find that to be the case. First, there were buses readily available. Second, I liked the proximity of the hotel to Georgetown, and third, I like to walk a lot so it was no problem visiting all of the usual sites. In fact, other than taking a bus from Union Station to the hotel and back, we walked everywhere we went.
We were upgraded to a corner suite, which was both functional and beautiful. From the design, to the lighting, to the outlets and storage space, everything was just as one would want!
I particularly loved the unique desk design, which I’ll discuss in greater detail later in this post.
There was a refrigerator/mini-bar in the room. (I always ask the hotel to remove the sale items from the fridge.)
The bathroom was large and well designed with many earthen elements. The stone bath/shower was wonderful, and I’m always thrilled when a hotel has Le Labo toiletries. There was plenty of counter and storage space in the bathroom too – something that is often lacking.
We received a really nice and very delicious welcome amenity from the hotel.
The hotel restaurant, the Blue Duck Tavern, is quite notorious. We had dinner one night in the restaurant lounge (using the $100 credit from the Fine Hotels and Resorts program) (see Menu). With our cocktails, I had the crabcake and Dave had the burger. It was all delicious.
In the morning, the hotel offered complimentary coffee and tea for all guests.
We had breakfast in the Blue Duck Tavern restaurant (complimentary via the Fine Hotels and Resorts program, and based on my status as a globalist World of Hyatt member) (see Menu). I’d heard so many people rave about the breakfast, but I was a little disappointed both in the food and the service.
The hotel had a great gym – of course I went on the Peloton bike!
The hotel also has a fabulous indoor pool. (Unfortunately, the hot tub was out of service.)
The glass art throughout the hotel is spectacular! It is designed by Weil Studio, founded by Amanda Weil, which specializes in “large scale photographic glass [as] an outgrowth of Weil’s interest in the intersection of photography and architecture.” Someday I’d love to commission a work of glass art from Weil Studio! We had a wonderful weekend in D.C. staying at the Park Hyatt and going to many of the traditional places one visits in D.C. and seeing some new places too. Stay tuned for a post on that!
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