The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
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... sandwich, bit different than the one I had in Philly but still pretty tasty. After lunch we still had two museums we wanted to see and a trip back to the Lincoln memorial to see it in the daylight. It's was already 2pm Natural history was first on the list. This museum was amazing. The displays in here are beautifully laid out, I wish we had more time to spend in here. We looked at the African elephant exhibit in the foyer. Mammals exhibit which had stuffed ...
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One of both our highlights was going to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. It is a tight stair case up and then a small observation deck but this only adds to the occasion. The vibrancy of NYC life was also a great thing to experience. Visiting Amish country was amazing especially as we did it with locals (Jenny’s godmother Diane). It really is an interesting way of life and ...
... up our bags to clear customs here then re-checked them back onto the Toronto flight we have to wait 5 hours for our next flight. So we went and got a 15 minute manicure and dinner. Now we are sitting in the United lounge waiting for our flight. However the time difference is kicking in right now it is 6:00 pm here but we are on France time which is midnight I could go to sleep right now. Almost home now. We had a great trip but it is time to get home ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown Washington DC
Last year for Christmas I thought I would buy a bunch of friends a night of Mixology. This was a program they offered that let you step behind the bar at the Ritz and they would teach you how to make drinks. I saw it online and called to ask if I could buy this for my friends. I thought what a great idea and a lot of fun for only $50+ a person. I called ahead and was told I had to come in and order them. When I entered the Ritz at this location for the first time I was greeted by a very nice door man. I walked in and could not find the front desk person. I realized that the front desk looks more like a concierge but there was nothing telling where the front desk was. I waited 20 minutes for assistance as the front desk person (1) only person working in the lobby would ask me to step over after she had helped out her last person she had finished checking out. This is where I realized that the front desk and concierge are one in the same in this location.
My family and I stayed at this property Aug 21-23. I loved the history of the building (on which there is a display case on the main level), the decor, and the staff were top notch. The location was great-one block from the main drag in Georgetown and one block in the other direction is the river. We drove to the national Mall area without any problems within 15 minutes. Plenty of shopping and dining nearby and within walking distance to GWU and Georgetown University. We had one issue with our in-room DVD player (our personal CD got stuck inside). We were kept well-informed of the situation (three notes from the front desk and engineering staff) and it was resolved within 24 hours. My favorite staff were the hostess in the restaurant at breakfast (Claudia, I think) and the doorman (George if I recall). They treated my children, 6 & 4, and I nicely considering most of their guests were probably business travelers. A small hotel, with about 80 rooms, at 95 percent capacity, we felt like we were among a small number of guests. I would definitely recommend this hotel and would love to come back again.
My husband and I have visited many of the hotels that top the Conde Naste and Travel & Leisure rating lists. After staying at the Ritz Georgetown, it is now at the top of our own list. We were welcomed by an extremely helpful staff, upgraded to a suite, and impressed with the hotel's history, design and decor. Although it was difficult to get motivated to leave the comfortable bed with Frette linens, we were glad we did once we took the first bite of our delicious breakfast. From the boutique-like feel to the great Georgetown location, everything at the Ritz was superb. Unlike many others, this hotel definitely lives up to its 5 star rating.
My husband, baby and I stayed at the Ritz Carlton Georgetown for one night. We started out the night before in the Sofitel, but weren't happy with the Sofitel's location and price (a fine hotel, but I expected more at $299/night). For a mere additional $66 ($365), we got so much more at the Ritz. The neighborhood was so much more interesting with streets lined with shops and restaurants, and the hotel was amazing! We were upgraded to an Executive Suite since we booked through the American Express Platinum Travel Service. When you first enter the suite, you walk down a long hallway that leads to the first bathroom -- bright, airy, and inviting (never thought I would describe a bathroom as inviting!), with a glass shower. It would have been a pleasure to use it, but I ended up only using the master bath. More on that later. At the end of the hallway, you take a left, walk down another long hallway and then enter a large and elegantly decorated living room. The decor is definitely modern -- no old-fashioned Ritz furniture -- with a slightly Asian feel to it. The living room included a large desk with two chairs, a sideboard table, a long sofa, a smaller upholstered chair, a long coffee table, and the usual armoire with TV, CD/DVD player, and Bose speakers. The TV system was a slight disappointment since we couldn't hear sounds in the treble range and couldn't figure out a way to fix it. The baby ended up watching Finding Nemo without half the dialogue (Nemo's father and Ellen DeGeneres' character speak mostly in treble), although he was pretty content just watching the animated fish. From the living room, you enter the bedroom through French doors with frosted glass windows. The bedroom was serene and lovely, with a king-sized bed with lots of fat down pillows and fluffy down comforter. The baby loved playing on it. There was another TV in the bedroom, as well as a low cushioned bench at the foot of the bed (great for a diaper changing station), a console table, and another upholstered chair and ottoman. Off the bedroom is a dressing area with a closet and three-way mirror, and then the master bath. The master bath was probably 12' x 15' and had two sinks, a deep soaking tub, a huge glass shower the size of a walk-in closet, and a larger than usual W.C. There were amenities galore and my husband got one of the best shoe shines he's ever had (free overnight service). All the lamps in the suite had adjustable dimmers, which I thought was a nice touch. The staff were all unfailingly polite and helpful (not sure how the reviewer below could have complained about the staff), and no one seemed bothered by the baby as in some hotels. In fact, when we first entered the hotel, my baby was handed a rubber duckie with the Ritz logo on it. All in all, a great place to stay. The only down side (besides the defective sound system on the TV) was being charged $7 for two unpeeled, uncut, completely untouched and unaltered bananas at breakfast. Our rate included free Continental breakfast which meant the usual pastries and fruit. I asked them to throw in a couple bananas for the baby, and was completely shocked by the $7 charge. Since breakfast was free, I didn't make a fuss about it, but $7! The bananas weren't even that great, and the baby ended up having only a couple bites! Enought about bananas, though. We still had a great stay -- just don't order any bananas if you stay there!
I've had the privilege of being hosted at both Ritz Carltons in Boston, both in New York, and all four in the D.C. area. The Ritz Carlton Georgetown is definitely my favorite. This is not your typical Ritz Carlton.
A great hotel with great service
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in this hotel. The staff were attentive and the facilities excellent; I plan to return and this time hope to use more of the facilities.
I would also recommend the restaurant - a great place to din.e
Couldn't get picture on Fox News but Al-Jazeera came in fine, as well as Saudi Arabia TV. Soft rap music(?) played at dinner in Fahrenheit restaurant, quite unpleasant. Overall food was good. Most employees were courteous however a very small segment apparently resent Americans as evidenced through overt inattention, and in one case outlandish behavior. Definitely cannot recommend this hotel, felt unsafe due to a singular negative interaction with an employee (not to be believed), first in 32 years of business travel. Not your typical Ritz Carlton.
Your choice, you decide.
Not great, but close
I stayed for three nights last weekend and found the staff both friendly and helpful for the most part. The concierge who took my reservation for dinner, however, failed twice to follow-up with a confirmation, as promised. Also, a pervasive smell of smoke in the lobby from a large fireplace was quite annoying, a problem that is apparently attempting to be corrected. It's a shame that dispite its location virtually on the banks of the Potomac River, very few rooms have river views, as they are saved for the new Ritz-Carlton condos, which are part of the complex.
Adore the Ritz Georgetown
Its the most unique Hotel in DC, offers a trendy, cool bar and restaurant and is the place to be. I liked my stay there
Having just returned from the new Ritz Carlton, Georgetown. I have to commend the staff for their excellent service. Service of that calliber makes a stay more enjoyable. First Class hotel, highly recommened.S. K.