Fodor's Expert Review Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
3100 South St. NW, Washington, DC 20037, United States See on Map Fodor's Choice
This cozy, intimate Ritz–Carlton incorporates a turn-of-the-20th-century, brick-walled incinerator in historic Georgetown, and it doesn’t skip a beat by utilizing the industrial, masculine lines in a tastefully modern and upscale way. The fireplace-centric lobby is called the Living Room, the rooms are large and elegant, and the recently renovated boutique spa is quiet and refreshing. The smallest of D.C.’s four Ritz properties, it’s the place to stay if you want privacy, quietude, and top-notch service from check-in to check-out (hello, celebrities avoiding the paparazzi).
YOU SHOULD KNOW For anyone interested in Georgetown's history, check out the display at the entrance to the hotel; it has arrowheads, perfume bottles, clay pipe bowls, and other historic items discovered during excavation of the site.
Luxurious guest rooms have clean, crisp lines, with a pleasing neutral palette, dark wood trim, and accents of blue and/or rust. Beds are all white with down duvets, feather pillows, and Frette linens, and all rooms include a work table, club chair or sofa, and large windows looking out on the courtyard, Wisconsin Avenue, or old Georgetown. Among the variety of rooms and suites offered, the most unique option is the spa level room; aiming to ensure a wellness stay, it includes a Vitamin C aromatherapy showerhead, upgraded linens, and towels, a purifier, a wellness ball, a sleeping sound machine, great natural light--and a rubber ducky in the bathtub.
The bathrooms are everything a Ritz bathroom should be, sparkly bright and clean with a marble counter and dual sinks, wood fixtures, fluffy bathrobes, Asprey bath products, and separate showers and toilet areas.
The Living Room, as it’s called, is aptly named, with exposed-brick walls, plush armchairs and sofas, and a beckoning fireplace. The art on the walls is curated by a local Georgetown gallery--and all of it’s for sale. In the mornings, sip housemade coffee with your choice of more than 12 different newspapers; in the evenings, it's time for craft cocktails or a glass of wine at happy hour prices.
The newly renovated spa is a quiet retreat with five treatment rooms, including one for couples. Spas by definition are quiet and calming, but this one is especially so.
The small fitness center has top-of-the-line equipment, including a couple Peloton bikes, treadmills, elliptical machines, and weights.
Here's a different take on your workout. The hotel has bikes that all guests are welcome to use; hop on one and head out on the nearby C&O Canal (which runs 184.5 miles along the Potomac River) or down to the National Mall to view the monuments.
Degrees Bistro serves New American regional cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an upscale industrial setting.
The incinerator’s original chimney stack may not look like much on the outside, but on the inside it’s been transformed into an intimate, circular, private dining room that can be rented for special dinners.
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C., is located on a side street in the heart of Georgetown, with some of the city’s best shops, restaurants and bars just a short walk away. In the other direction, you’ll come to the Washington Harbor, with more restaurants, overlooking the Potomac River. To travel beyond the neighborhood, you’ll need a cab. Metro is not a good option--the Foggy Bottom-GWU is a 10-block walk.
La Chaumière (8-minute walk) is DC’s long-standing, award-winning French culinary staple is as close as you can get to a French country inn without hopping on a plane. D.C. is known for its Ethiopian cuisine, and one of the best restaurants is the award-winning Das Ethiopian (8-minute walk).
The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy (4-minute walk), inside the nearby Graham Georgetown Hotel, offers cool cocktails in a cool underground space. Enjoy wine-and-chocolate pairings and small plates at the cozy Eno Wine Bar (8-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Ritz brand isn’t normally a boutique kind of place, but when it comes to the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, boutique takes on a whole new feel. With only 86 rooms, this understated but luxurious property is an inviting escape in the heart of the city; we feel like we're the only ones here. We come here to get away from it all--knowing the Ritz will take care of us.
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