Melrose Georgetown Hotel Washington DC meets sophistication…
The Melrose Georgetown Hotel feels like a hidden gem in Washington, D.C. But then again, how can such a traditional spot with a modern twist be hidden, you scream? It’s a legitimate question. Well, my answer to that is because it’s the ultimate find for the distinctive, sophisticated and important individual. If that is you, then you can stop screaming. Somehow, this boutique hotel has managed to maintain a dignitary status – a stylish, sleek space filled with contemporary artwork and clean-lined furnishings.
I recently visited the Melrose Georgetown Hotel and it was just as I had expected. As I walked through the sliding doors into the lobby area, I literally did a 360 degrees spin. It was like I was walking through the streets of London, or through the late Joan Rivers living room (Never did that). The front desk staff was extremely welcoming and ensured that I was taken care of in a timely manner. Wait a minute; can I just pause for a short to elaborate more on the lobby? Well, the lobby of the hotel is decked with modern art and elegant features. I was intrigued by the contrast color schemes such as indigo blue, cinnabar, and currency green to reflect the American heritage of the city. Then there are the architectural finish materials of stone flooring, vibrant dark woods, and granite accents. Totally unexpected was a library that was perfectly situated in the lobby. This area boasts ambient lighting and semi-private alcoves and setting areas that allow for private conversations and plug and play nooks.
Ok, let us talk more about my experience….
So much for the hotel’s history and my admiration of the lounge – what about the rooms? Firstly, I must highlight that all hotel guests can enjoy free mobile keyless hotel room access using OpenKey, which is available in the apple and Google Play Store.
Secondly, the hotel has 240 guestrooms and an impressive 37 suites including a presidential suite that I was able to get a tour of, thanks to Mark Peppas, director of sales and marketing. Feast your eyes on some of the images I captured of the presidential suite.
Now, hear me out, if you are looking for a room that fits the criteria of a homely feel, then, you will need to check yourself or your family into one of these. Other than the presidential suite, there’s the deluxe king rooms, executive king suite, pure wellness deluxe double, pure wellness deluxe king and the pure wellness executive king – each boasting plush bedding and pillow-top mattresses.
Each room provides comfortable robes and luxurious Molton Brown toiletries, a collection of luxury products from London’s leading bath and beauty connoisseurs. You will also find full built-in plug-and-play workstations and ample lighting. There is also an iron, iron board and a steamer, which is ideal for the business traveller, individual or a family getaway.
For more details on rooms, click here.
Eat it, drink it……
If this famed eatery hadn’t been a romantic enough destination before, Jardenea, the signature restaurant of Melrose Georgetown Hotel has melted the atmosphere into delicately French lit, garden-inspired décor. Led by executive chef Nelson Erazon, the menu changes with the season to reflect current regional flavors.
Once seated, make sure not to get overwhelmed by the extensive menu. What do I recommend you eat, well, from the breakfast menu; create your own omelette ($17). I also love the organic acai berry bowl ($13), served with fresh seasonal fruit, yoghurt, almonds, toasted coconut, and wildflower honey. The pan-seared wild salmon ($25) and the Creekstone farm ribeye ($36) is a must-have for Lunch and dinner respectively.
Breakfast is served between 6:30 – 11:30 a.m. with lunch from 12-2 p.m. and dinner is available 5 – 11 p.m. There is also in-room dining service and 24-hours service.
Jardenea Lounge (5:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily)
The Jardenea lounge is an easy find. As you enter through the sliding doors at the front, to your left, you will find the lounge. The service here is great and the cocktail list offers some curious mixtures for experimental cocktail lovers, such as Granny Smith Mule, which mixes apple infused Stolichnaya, apple cinnamon syrup and ginger beer ($12), and a barrel age Manhattan made up of Bulleit rye whiskey, martini Rossi sweet vermouth and orange bitters ($14).
If you have enough room for dessert, then be sure to share the coconut pannacotta with vanilla bean, Belgium chocolate, mint chocolate chip ($6). Click here to see more of what the Jerdenea Restaurant has to offer.
Get fit and discuss….
At the lower level, there is a state-of-the-art fitness center that is complimentary to hotel guests. There are matrix strength training equipment, cardio machines, and a core stretching area. Unlike most other hotels in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area, the fitness center is open 24-hours per day. Complimentary bottled water, headphones and towels are also provided. Also, expect to workout with an eye-catching view.
In need of the ideal location to host a business meeting, birthday party or fashion show, this location as a variety of event spaces. These include Potomac Ballroom – 2,45s sq. ft., Clifton Room – 414 sq. ft., Senate Room – 300 sq. ft., William Penn Room – 640 sq. ft., Capital Room – 420 sq. ft., Outdoor Terrace – 1,000 sq. ft. and the Cabot Room – 324 sq. ft. Click here for more details.
Cherry Blossom/Summer sales!
Ok, wait a minute! How can I forget the cherry blossom festival. What is it? It is a three-week-long cultural festival held all over the city. It started on March 22 and will end on April 6. Fortunately, the Melrose Georgetown Hotel fixed up some special rates if you are looking for the perfect location to rest after you play – Special rates ends at the end of this month. Check out the packages here
Also, if you are planning on travelling to the capital city this summer, the Melrose Georgetown Hotel will take care of you in fine style. check out the special summer rates by clicking here
After all, is said and done, The Melrose Georgetown Hotel certainly deserves its AAA 4-star boutique status. I recommend that you consider staying at this property the next time you or you and your family is visiting the DMV area.