Georgetown, founded as a tobacco port in 1751, is one of Washington's most historic districts. Neighborhood attractions include Georgetown University, 19th-century mansion-turned-museum Dumbarton Oaks, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the embassies of France, Sweden, Thailand, Mongolia, the Ukraine and Venezuela. Georgetown-area lodgings range from the historic to the modern and include DC's only five-diamond, five-star hotel.
The Latham Hotel is located right on Georgetown's M Street, just down the block from the Old Stone House, which is one of DC's oldest buildings and is known for its "secret garden." The hotel itself has its own claim to fame: the restaurant Citronelle, which was established by celebrity chef Michel RIchard and won the James Beard "Outstanding Chef and Wine Program of the Year" for 2007. The hotel features Georgetown's only rooftop swimming pool as well as a fitness center. Guest rooms feature work desks and offer free high speed wireless Internet access; the nine bi-level suites also include refrigerators and stereo/CD systems. Room service is available round-the-clock. Valet parking with 24-hour in and out privileges is available for a fee.
The Georgetown Inn has been doing business in Georgetown for more than 40 years and is a favorite with Georgetown University parents and alumni since it is just three blocks away from this institution. During commencement and homecoming, the hotel tends to book up well in advance, so be sure to check your dates if you plan a hotel stay in September, October or May since the dates for these events vary from year to year. In addition to its convenient location, the Georgetown Inn is known for its warm and welcoming colonial decor. Guest rooms feature pillow-top mattresses and turn-down service, and each one has a sitting area and a work desk. Dry cleaning and shoe shine services are available, and hotel guests can even book in-room facials, massages and other spa services. An on-site fitness center is available, and the hotel restaurant serves breakfast and dinner.
Savoy Suites Hotel
The Savoy Suites offers a nearly unobstructed view of DC's monuments and of the Potomac River from its location high on top a Georgetown hill. Perhaps even more breathtaking than the view is that it is one of the only hotels in the area to offer free parking -- an amenity that can typically run upwards of $30 per night. A free shuttle transports hotel guests to the nearby Metro subway station, as well as to Georgetown University and Georgetown Hospital. Other perks for hotel guests include complimentary wireless Internet access, a guest pass to the Washington Sports Club and use of a loaner laptop. Guest rooms provide eco-friendly coffee and toiletries, and select rooms even feature kitchenettes and whirlpool tubs. The hotel restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, and the cocktail lounge features a live jazz band every Thursday evening.
Four Seasons Hotel
The Four Seasons Hotel is, according to the Forbes Travel Guide, the only five-star hotel in the District of Columbia and is one of just two establishments in the entire DC metro region to have earned the AAA five-diamond rating. Guest rooms feature cordless multi-line telephones, down or hypo-allergenic bedding, CD players, in-room safes, refrigerated mini-bars and terrycloth bathrobes. Hotel amenities include a full-service spa and a three-level health club complete with whirlpool, lap pool, cardio equipment, steam room and aerobics studio. Dining options include Bourbon Steak, created by celebrity chef Michael Mina, and Seasons, which serves breakfast, lunch and brunch and makes extensive use of regional and seasonal ingredients.
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- Embassy.org: The Electronic Embassy: Washington, DC, Embassies
- NPS.gov: Old Stone House FAQ
- Georgetown University: Homecoming Weekend 2010
- Georgetown University: 2010 Commencement
- Forbes Travel Guide: Annual Star Awards 2010