Four Seasons Washington D.C.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Four Seasons Washington D.C.
Perfect in every way
My wife and I stayed here for two nights with our four-month-old daughter. Every moment of our stay was perfect. The staff is friendly and not a hint of pretensiousness. The room was spotless, comfortable and well-equipped. The restaurant was outstanding for both dinner and breakfast. The location is great, too! Georgetown is a beautiful spot for a walk and shopping, and to get down to the tourist sites there is a 'Circulator' bus that goes straight (with transfer) to the Mall and other major downtown spots. The bus was only ONE dollar and we never waited more than a few minutes for one. It was also spotless and is a European-style transit bus with a low floor so we were able to push the stroller right on and go! This made up for the slightly out-of-the-way location of the hotel, and even better due to the convenience of a bus vs. a taxi or car service when traveling with a small child. Even though we stayed there for just two nights we were so pleased with our stay it felt like we were there for a week. Highly recommended and I can't imagine anything that could have been better!
Dilution of the brand
After staying at outstanding hotels of the chain earlier (New York, London, Budapest , Prague) I arrived with very high expectations. Unfortunately it was a disappointment. Although the location is perfect and the front-desk people was really nice, for $800 a night we had a view of a container full with garbage from our room. Some other guests seemingly got sick due to excessive alcohol consumption and throw-up in the hotel's elevator, which kept the unpleasant smell during our stay. Our executive suite was nice and roomy, all the materials used in the rooms were high quality, unfortunately the upholstery on chairs and sofas were not up to the standard - slightly dirty and aging. I'd go againg though - the location is really great.
Wonderful Birthday Present!
I spent my birthday weekend at the Four Seasons in Georgetown. When our car delivered us to the lobby, we were greeted by a knowledgeable staff who was friendly, courteous and made us so welcome. We were escorted to our room which was simply wonderful. The room was decorated in exquisite taste and I loved the robes, jacuzzi and separate shower as well as private toilet - all enclosed behind the double doors. I asked for a CD player, which was not there, I called and (really!) before I hung up, two CD players with remotes were delivered (for each night stand). Room service was delicious, every time we ordered. I sat in wing chairs and relaxed in the sitting area. There was also a large crystal display with every kind of decadent candy you could think of. The fridge was also stocked with juices and waters and sodas.
I wasn't aware that my husband's card was billed for everything we ate or drank (from the crystal display and the fridge). After sending an email to the (comments/complaints) department, my husband's card was credited for the charges with no problem.
Awesome Every Time
My huband and I treat ourselves to an anniversary stay here - we did that 2 times so far (and possibly again next year)....Each time it's awesome. It is 4-5 star. Rooms are beautiful, bathrooms are gorgeous. If you are paying for a regular room, the room and breakfast package is usually only a little bit more per night and believe me, it's worth it. You can eat in the restaurant or have room service - treat yourself and get the room service - they even pour your cream in your coffee for you. The table is wheeled up to your room already set and with flowers. You can order as much or as little as you want and each time we ordered, if we had bought it in the restaurant it would have been $60 and we only paid about $5 more per night for the breakfast included so it's well worth it.
The staff is absolutely fabulous - they will greet you then escort you to the elevator and the bell staff even offered to unpack our clothes for us once. The fitness center is top top notch and includes juice and water. Had a massage here once, also good. There's a lap pool and hot tub. All rooms come with bath robes. There's a locker room that includes tiled showers with shampoo and conditioner in them and dressing mirrors with hair dryers and you can also get a robe in the locker room too. It's just every luxury you can think of - you are paying for it - enjoy it.
I read the review of someone saying they got ripped off - can't even imagine that - this place is top notch everything is expensive and their staff would be getting tipped quite handsomely as well as getting paid a good hourly wage - I can't imagine getting ripped off at this place - it's so far above the average that it's hard to believe. The clientele here, for the most part, is upper middle and upper class so all the staff gets tipped well for the most part. They have no need to steal unless you are leaving obvious valuables in open view. I still can't picture it though.
As for the neighborhood - it's nice to explore Georgetown - you can walk to the mall and all the other shops - go up some of the side roads, too - there's a liquor store about 5 minutes away and deli stores too, lot of restaurants but the best is down at the waterfront on the Potomac. Go to Tony and Joe's for casual outdoor eating, nice cocktails and an awesome view of the water and watergate and the Kennedy Center - or go to Sequoia (same location) for nicer indoor eats. I believe you can get there just by taking the side entrance from the hotel and taking that side street all the way down to the water.
I LOVE this place.....it's a CAN'T MISS!
Note : Last time I was there was 2002 - we go in the late summer. Also - I believe the base rate is now $395 per night (it's gone up).
What more could you want?
The Four Seasons' tradition of luxury, class and sophistication continues unabated at the Washington DC location. From the staff who seem to have a psychic ability to anticipate your needs to the rooms which are elegant without being stuffy, this is a first-class hotel.
I had a wonderful stay here and will certainly keep the Four Seasons at the top of my list both in D.C. and likely just about everywhere else I can find one.
They haven't let me down yet!
Quite fine, but not top-notch
We had the pleasure of staying here in January 2004. Our Executive Suite -- 800 sq. feet -- was very attractively furnished with thoughtful touches (e.g., the bedside, dimming reading lights), an exceedingly comfortable bed, and a huge, sumptuous bathroom. There is, however, a major drawback to the layout of the Executive Suites: there is but a partial wall between the bedroom and the living room, i.e., the two rooms cannot be entirely closed off from each other so that one's sleep might very well be disturbed if another member of your party wants to work at the desk in the living room or watch television there. Also, we heard more noise in the wee hours of the morning from the next-door suite than I would have expected -- but our neighbors were apparently a bevy of bridesmaids who had partied long & hard, so your experience might be better :-)
The housekeeping was excellent, but the level of service otherwise -- at the front desk, in the cocktail lounge, the dining room --was fairly indifferent. Not terrible by any means, but not as attentive as we've experienced at other high-end hotels.
Luxury at it's best
I stayed here with my boyfriend in 2000. We stayed in the presidential suite for one night. We had room service and didn't leave the room.
The room was fantastic. The service, perfect.
The bathtub was clogged!
The hotel has a most urbane and cordial atmosphere, as expected. Our room was plush, but the top of a desk was stained and the bathtub would get clogged! Figure that out in an hotel chain that is supposedly careful about details. Our view was a warehouse and the highway. We had breakfast in the dining room, again most urbane, but the food although of great quality was not particularly tasty.
Good but thievery abounds
WATCH OUT!! Stayed at same hotel on two seperate occasions. On first stay over Christmas, 2 ornate belts were pilfered. Hotel security did what they could and of course came up with nothing. Hotel offered reduced rates for the next stay which I accepted. On second visit, a bolero tie with a rare coin on it was pilfered. Will never stay there again even if lodging is free because of security issues. Be WARNED....
I've stayed at better Four Seasons
I stayed for one night in August and yes,the airconditioning worked very well. My room on the 6 floor was very small and the bathroom was straight out of a budget motel. The staff insisted that this was a non smoking room but the drapes and bed spread smelled unpleasant.
However,the furnishings were pretty and the small room was comfortable.
The lap pool is a plus-it was great to know exactly how many laps to a mile.
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