I've recently learnt that one of my photographs was chosen for an exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. The bloody credit crunch has apparently scuppered the normal awards ceremony, so I'm probably going to need to make my own arrangements to see the exhibition. I'll be in New York at the beginning of January so I thought I'd add a few days to that trip.
The last time I visited DC was over 10 years ago, and there have been a lot of hotels built and / or renovated since then. Does anyone have any recommendations? As always the keys are luxury, style, and location (though American taxis are reasonably priced so the last one isn't essential). Right now I'm considering the Four Seasons, the Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Palomar, or the Hay-Adams but I'm open to suggestions. Would anyone recommend Georgetown? I'll either be on my own or with my sister (who lives in New York).
Hi Jashermd! We live about 2.5 hours from DC. We visited in June and August. We were very happy with the Fairmont. It is located closer to Georgetown. It is walking distance to Washington Harbour and the restaurants of Georgetown. Their concierge is wonderful. (Try to work with Kit) but the others are great also. We have also looked at the Hay Adams and the St. Regis but have not stayed there. There is an auction for the St. Regis property. Check it out. As for restaurants, we had the pup with us so only ate at the Fairmont's restaurant which was very good. We did do Thai takeout and were happy also. Have fun!
Thanks for your post. I knew that one of the regulars on this forum lived in/near DC but couldn't remember who it was. I think I've decided to stay near the DuPont Circle area as that's where a lot of the best restaurants seem to be and I don't mind taking the Metro to the museum, so the Hay Adams is out as it's over near the White House (also not really my style -- a bit too old-fashioned). So far the places I like the best are the funky boutique hotels -- Hotel Palomar, Hotel Madera, and Donovan House. I'll take a look at the St Regis auction as well.