Caroline Wallace is a luxury travel advisor for Sterling Brownell. She has recently spent a night in the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. Read below about the Ritz and the VIP treatment for her dog, Ripple!
We recently had a short stay at the Ritz Washington and took our little daschund, Ripple. The Ritz does not charge for dogs (of any size) and certainly makes them quite welcome. Ripple was greeted by name when we arrived, had a doggie bed and food/water dish in the room upon arrival, and was later delivered a special bag of treats. They sent him a few small bones, a brass RITZ CARLTON bone shaped key chain and a sign that said WOOF with the RC logo. Too cute!
I had the pleasure of having a site inspection with Astrid de Lima, the travel industry sales manager, who is just delightful. She came in to meet me on her day off which was so nice.
I was so impressed with all the updates at this property as it had been years since I had stayed there. They have had a complete renovation of Presidential and Ritz-Carlton Luxury Suites. The Club Lounge has 2 computers for use with a printer and free wireless on this floor. Of course, the Club Lounge has its wonderful food and beverage displays through out the day, and I think we indulged in them all. The concierge was delightful and the décor is light and airy with a nice gas fireplace, which was great on a cold day. There is no TV in the lounge, which I liked.
The main lobby has a chic new bar and café and there is also the West End Bistro by Eric Rupert (3 star chef at NY’s Le Bernardin) is a lively place. The food is great and the service is good. It has a nice range of entrees on the menu and happening bar area.
All of the guest rooms have been renovated, as of August 2008, and the décor as mentioned above is clean, light, and has a more contemporary feel. There are about 300 rooms and suites. There is a great “bath” menu available for services even for children. The one bedroom suites (900 sq feet) have 1.5 bathrooms and a full pullout sofa bed. The deluxe rooms (450 sq feet) are very spacious.
If you are a fitness fanatic- this is the spot for you. LA SPORTS CLUB is connected to the hotel and is AMAZING. I remember working out here when I lived in DC and it has everything you could dream of. If you are staying on the CLUB FLOOR, access is free. Astrid says the salads and sandwiches are fresh and yummy, as is the juice bar, which has all been recently renovated. The Ritz tags this as their “3rd” restaurant. The club is designed to be your retreat for uninterrupted fitness, focused training, and dedicated service. Great fitness classes, lap pool, squash courts , full basketball court and endless amounts of machines and weights.
The Ritz is located on the upper part of Georgetown, at 22nd and M Streets, not far from the Park Hyatt, Fairmont and Four Seasons. It is the furthest of these from Georgetown but provides easy access to the Kennedy Center, downtown area, White House etc.
I am definitely adding this to my top picks for DC! Note that the Ritz Georgetown is a more boutique type property and it a great option if you are looking for something smaller with only 84 rooms. It is right next to Washington Harbor which offers nice views from the bedrooms of the Potomac River, and it is more in the “heart” of Georgetown.