A LUXURIOUS STAY AT THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, WASHINGTON DC

I did not know what to expect arriving in Washington, I haven’t spent a lot of time travelling in America but what I was excited about was staying at the Four Seasons Hotel. I have been to several Four Seasons hotels in the UK and one thing I have come to expect is luxury and excellent service. I was looking forward to seeing if the same would be true across the pond.

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After a long journey it was great to finally arrive at the hotel, a beautiful brick building that from the outside seemed to be at the head of an intriguing little town, Georgetown, as well as being a thirty minute walk to all the main attractions. 

With 222 guest rooms, the hotel was smaller than I imagined yet the perfect size to feel homely and personal. In fact, it felt a bit like walking into your friends home, be that a friend who happens to be a multi-millionaire interior designer.

Whilst there I learned that Four Seasons Washington is where the Hollywood and political elite choose to stay. This was evident when film star Bill Murray took our table at the Bourbon bar as we headed off for dinner, writer and comic Larry David was spotted in reception and the American football players, the Dallas Cowboys, were receiving a briefing before their next big match. I am not going to lie, I was rather starstruck seeing Bill Murray and Larry David, they are such legends and very talented indeed.

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Overall there are 1650 carefully selected pieces of art throughout the building, adding a personal and homely touch.

After our bags were kindly taken and sent to our rooms, we were greeted by cheerful reception staff that seemed just as excited as us about our arrival. I told them we were going to a very special wedding that was being held at the hotel that weekend and they presented us with a thoughtful suggested itinerary that our friends had made for us.

On entering our room, we were pleasantly surprised with how large it was. We had a lovely view into the courtyard where at night the fire pits were lit up and looked awesome.

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There was a great big sofa and a desk for writing and I used both over the course of our stay, a real added bonus to have those areas to relax in, especially as we were there for seven nights.

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On the table were some handcrafted chocolates and a written note, it’s those thoughtful little gestures that for me, really give a personal touch which is much appreciated.

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There are three things I usually expect to find in a luxury hotel room; a larger than life King bed, fresh white linen and gorgeous fluffy towels. Fortunately I can confirm that all my great expectations were indeed met on this occasion.

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The additional perks that I enjoyed were the Salavatore Ferragomo toiletries, Caffee Umbria coffee maker and several USA/UK adaptors, because who remembers to pack more than one, if one at all?

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It was safe to say that I was very happy in my new accommodation. The next morning I ventured to the gym and swimming pool, the gym was laid out over three floors and had lots of natural light and nice views out onto the quiet neighbourhood streets.

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The pool is perfect for a few morning laps and the hot tub will definitely warm you up for a cold day ahead. There was a relaxing ambience in the pool and gym areas and afterwards you can get changed in the well-equipped and spacious changing rooms after a sauna and steam. 

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Coming from the small and overcrowded London gyms, the changing room in itself was a very relaxing and worthwhile treat, especially as there were lots of lovely Moroccan oil hair products to test out. 

There was also a great coffee and juice bar where I made myself delicious iced lattes before heading out to explore the city.  

One thing I wasn’t expecting from the hotel, was the event space. With a grand ballroom and eight function spaces, these were a lot bigger than I expected and it was fantastic to see some of these rooms in all their glory at our friends fabulous wedding. For further detail on dimensions and seating options on offer, click here.

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As for food, there is plenty to eat and drink at the Four Seasons Washington. Including the award winning Seasons restaurant for a power breakfast and Eno Wine bar to sample some wine and cheese. Then if you're looking to impress, it's on to Obama’s favourite, Bourbon Steak for an extravagant dinner, restaurant pictured above and below. You are truly spoilt for choice on all counts.

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Unfortunately I did not dine in the hotel restaurants as we ate out every night but we had pre-drinks in the Bourbon bar and outside on the terrace which had a great atmosphere and looked impressive at night thanks to the fire pits. 

It was an excellent and memorable experience staying at the Four Seasons, Washington, I felt sad to leave as there was still so much to explore and try, both within the stunning hotel itself and in the city of Washington. The only solution to resolve that will be to book another trip!

Four Seasons Hotel, Washington DC,
2800 Pennyslvania Ave NW,
Washington
DC,
20007,
USA

For reservations call +1 202-342-0444
 

TOP FIVE THINGS TO VISIT IN WASHINGTON DC

Never did I imagine that Washington DC would be such a fantastic cultural epicentre. Yes, it is the capital of The United States of America and of course it just happens to be the backdrop to one of my favourite Netflix series’ “House of Cards”. Indeed I knew this was a beautiful and mysterious city but never did I envision just how much there would be to see and do there and how very beautiful, green and sunny the city would be. I think I got lucky on the sunny part but it really was excellent weather everyday.

The many sights, museums and galleries are incredible but in this post I am going to focus on my top five favourite places that I enjoyed visiting whilst I was there.

 1.   The Lincoln Memorial

You cannot visit Washington DC without climbing the famous steps and viewing the impressive Lincoln Memorial.

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The Lincoln Memorial is a structure that echoes a classic Greek temple, featuring stunning Yule marble from Colorado. The statue itself is a gigantic 5.8metre / 16 ft and pays a great tribute to the lawyer and 16th President of America, Abraham Lincoln, who led his country through it’s Civil War and in doing so preserved the Union. 

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Inside the memorial inscribed on the walls are two well-known speeches by Lincoln. This site itself has been used for a multitude of famous speeches including Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” which is marked on the floor for all to be reminded. It is a moving experience to stand where he stood and imagine the crowds in front of you that day on 28th August 1963.

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In addition, The Lincoln Memorial is the perfect viewing platform to look towards the reflecting pool, Washington Monument and Capital Hill as it’s backdrop. Also in very close proximity are memorials which you can easily walk to incuding; Korean War Veterans Memorial, National World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. All powerful memorials in their own right and very much worth paying visits to. 

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2. National Museum of Amercian History

I actually visited this museum twice as the first time round, I ran out of time. The main attractions for me here were ‘The First Ladies’ exhibition, featuring a collection of two dozen luxurious gowns worn by First Ladies. Two notable dresses for me were Hilary Clinton’s, which was an exquisite purple gown and a unique floor length dress in cream worn by Melania Trump, both dresses were worn at their husband’s inaugurations.

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I also enjoyed learning all about the American President’s throughout the ages and the importance and influence from their wive’s in their roles as First Ladies.

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Another favourite exhibition was ‘America on the Move’ which takes you on a captivating journey from the introduction of a railroad in California in 1876 through to the role of the streetcar and automobile, both forever changing daily life for the nation and connecting the country in ways that no one thought imaginable. There is a fantastic steam train featured in the exhibition which was very impressive as well as 339 other historic artefacts and modes of transport on display.

3. National Museum of Natural History

Walking into this vast museum, the entrance is impressive but even more striking is the gigantic African Bush elephant that greets visitors. This elephant was installed in 1959 and has become an icon in it’s own right and has a weight of 12 tonnes and is a staggering 14 feet tall. 

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Believed to have originated in India, the Hope Diamond features in the museum and is one of the most famous diamonds in the world. As someone who enjoys gem stones, especially those that excessively sparkle, it was a treat to see this up close, well, as close as you can get through a cabinet of very thick glass, perhaps not surprising when this stone's estimated worth is between $200-$250 million USD. It’s much admired rare blue colour is due to trace amounts of boron atoms and it weighs 45.52 carats.

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4. Georgetown

I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed exploring the historic Georgetown, first founded in 1751. A gorgeous neighbourhood located in northwest Washington but close to the city and all the main tourist attractions. It is also home to the main campus of Georgetown University and the excellent Four Seasons Hotel, where I stayed.

The best way to give some insight into what the town looks like are through my photos, as below. There is also fantastic shopping, little boutiques, antique shops and retailers from all over the world to suit all tastes and preferences, including J Crew, All Saints, Sephora, Lu Lu Lemon, Banana Republic and Urban Outfitters to name a few. If you are looking for retail therapy whilst on your trip then this is not a bad place to start.

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Two restaurants that we ate at in Georgetown were Old Glory serving lots of hearty BBQ food and Martin’s Tavern, where we had bellini's and a breakfast of traditional egg’s benedict, and I had the pancakes with bacon too.

We sat in the very booth where John F Kennedy proposed to Jackie Kennedy Onassis which felt rather special, particularly as we were there with our good friend Chris on the morning of his wedding.   

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I would highly recommend going down to Georgetown waterfront too where you can walk along towards the Lincoln Memorial and take in views of the state of Virgina across the water, as well as Arlington Cemetery.

5. Arlington Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery is a peaceful place of remembrance. It is the final resting place for over 400,000 active duty service members.

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The 600 acres of grounds are beautifully landscaped and being there I felt a deep sense of sadness, yet serenity. It is very much worth a visit. John F Kennedy is buried there, you can visit his memorial, there is also Arlington House and Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

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Overall, it was a brilliant trip to Washington DC, I cannot recommend this city enough, it really surpassed all expectations. There is so much art, monuments and history to learn about and see. I also wanted to add that I visited the Renwick Gallery which was great, some images I have posted from there on my instagram, it is an interesting craft and design museum where we were given an excellent guided tour. 

The best way to see the city depends on where you are staying, we did one bus tour with Big Bus City Tours for a general overview and to get additional information on sights but for every other day we walked and took the occasional uber taxi. It really is an easy city to navigate and Autumn was a fantastic time to visit with cold crisp air yet wonderful sunshine everyday.