Entering from the office-filled street, you don’t expect the warmth and coziness that greets you inside this West End hotel. It’s achieved through the meticulous design and presentation for which the Park Hyatt is known--in this case, its gorgeous interplay of textiles, woods, custom furniture (including lots of rocking chairs, handcrafted in Vermont) and original art that pay homage to Americana, in a very modern and minimalist way. The restaurant is the Michelin-starred Blue Duck Tavern, with a fresh, seasonal American menu famed for its bone marrow dishes and (what else?) hot apple pie.
The spacious rooms (the smallest are 336 square feet), designed by Tony Chi, follow his minimalist style with a subtle neutral palette, accented with pops of sky blue and springtime yellow. Blond-wood furniture, white armchairs, a custom wardrobe with big mirrors, along with knickknacks such as wooden apples and duck decoys, create a homey feel. The cherry blossom theme is picked up on the glass surfaces of the custom-designed desks and social tables (depending on your room style). And as pretty as it looks, it's practical too, with spacious closets, full-length mirrors, and lots of outlets and USB ports.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The one thing this hotel is lacking on is views. Your best option is a room facing 24th Street, which at least avoids staring into a tall building.
The spacious, beautiful stone bathrooms have deep soaking tubs (and bath salts) and rainfall showers. Americana touches include Shaker boxes to hide the bath products and Shaker-style pegs. The bath toiletries are by Le Labo.
Doormen welcome you inside with smiles. The first thing you notice are the enormous, six-sided glass sculpture boxes with imposed photos of actual D.C. cherry blossoms (from 2005), by Amanda Weill. The registration desk--three wooden desks surrounded by travertine--is straight ahead, the red burlap wall covering behind echoing the red stripes of the American flag. Rather than a grand lobby, there are two small “living rooms” off to the side, one with a long table, the other with settees and chairs. Everywhere is the mix of modern and Americana, incorporating lots of wood, glass, metal, and brick, designed by New York designer Tony Chi. The feel is totally "welcome home."
The Park Hyatt has an ongoing relationship with the nearby Phillips Gallery; you can view some (copies) of works hanging along the wall in the mezzanine.
There’s a small indoor saltwater lap pool with a skylight to make the room airy and bright.
There’s a one-room spa area, where you can get a facial or massage. In-room treatments are available as well.
The fitness room is small, but sufficiently equipped with a row of treadmills elliptical machines and recumbent bikes, along with weights.
The Michelin-starred Blue Duck Tavern showcases very seasonal fare, created from the bounty of regional farmers and producers. There’s also a Tea Cellar, four private tables (enclosed in glass) and a comfortable bar area.
The Park Hyatt is located in the West End, a quiet neighborhood of office buildings and other luxury hotels, with Georgetown’s bustling shops and restaurants within a couple blocks. Valet parking is your only option; if you can leave your car behind, all the better. The Metro is your best bet for public transportation; the nearest station is Foggy Bottom, an easy eight-minute walk away.
Ris (5-minute walk) is a popular neighborhood restaurant serving elevated seasonal American cuisine. Rasika (5-minute walk) serves Indian food that people are talking about.
Quadrant at the Ritz-Carlton West End (4-minute walk) is a mixology experience, where classic and original culinary cocktails derive from the kitchen--meaning, everything is made from scratch. Also acclaimed, the Rye Bar at the Melrose in Georgetown (14-minute walk) serves rare rye whiskeys and hand-crafted cocktails; it's dark and intimate, with clubby leather chairs and windows looking out on the historic canal.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This hotel has made every effort to feel like a cozy home, a hospitality version of comfort fare. And yet it’s done in such a classy, minimalist way, with every single detail meticulously thought through. It’s the sort of place you just feel good in, whether you’re in your room, the restaurant, or the “living room” off the main entrance. The rocking chairs are awesome.