Fly Away: Washington, D.C.
This summer has been filled with weekend getaways. I feel like it's a great way to explore a bit of a new city or an old favorite that you been to and not have to worry about taking too much time off. It's also great financially because you're not spending all of your money on one vacation but you're going to a few different places and getting multiple experiences in the process.
One of our favorite destinations is Washington DC. This city has so much to offer. We picked a random weekend in August because my boyfriend was away on business and DC was only a couple hours away. We usually like to stay in Alexandria because of the quaintness of the town but decided to stay right in the middle of the city and really enjoy the nice weather weekend. We picked the Liaison Capital Hill, which is a part of the Joie de Vivre affiliated hotel. We loved the location as it was literally up the street from the US Capitol building. We also liked that it was within walking distance of hundreds of restaurants that we planned on sampling during the weekend.
We got to the hotel around what looks like to be prime time, around 5 PM on a Friday night. We walked into the lobby and it was a bit hectic due to small area everyone has to gather. Even though the lobby is fairly small, it is to be expected in a major metropolitan area. Outside of that, it was definitely well-organized. They were checking in and checking out people at lightning speed and it was no wait getting up to the concierge at all. The front desk was courteous, answered any questions any of the guests had and were overall very pleasant. They even gave you a print out of all of the weekend activities in the event guests were looking for some entertainment without having to leave this boutique hotel.
Now I have to give a special shout out to Tricia, the PR manager for the hotel for hooking me up with a room upgrade! It was super sweet and made the stay even more amazing. The rooms have an eclectic mix of styles and textures throughout the room. The room was very spacious and the bed was absolutely glorious. I would say the only downside to the room was the size of the bathroom. The two of us could barely fit in the bathroom at the same time. However, the amenities in the bathroom were great. My boyfriend loved the Jonathan Adler shampoo and conditioner. Overall the room was very comfortable and relaxing.
I particularly love staying in boutique hotels because I just feel as though that they take a little more time to show off and showcase art in a way that more mainstream hotels don't necessarily do. I believe that's why Kimpton is one of my absolute favorite hotel brands because they all are unique in their own way. The lobby was one of my favorites because the art displayed was unique and charming. Every detail, from the ornate column curving its way down to the floor to the circular tile pattern on the ceiling, made you feel like a little extra love was taken to present a chic and pleasing area. The hotel has ten floors and has several conference rooms on the main level for meetings and events.
Connected to the lobby is Art & Soul, the hotel restaurant. They showcase southern cuisine with a contemporary twist. We had breakfast Sunday morning and it was good. The Lemon Pancakes were very tasty. I will have to try the restaurant for dinner to get a better sense of the the food on our next trip.
One of the main reasons I chose this particular hotel because it has the unique additional amenity of a rooftop pool. In We didn't get to go to the pool too much but the great thing that I did like about it is that you could stay up at the pool bar until 11 pm even though swimming stopped at 8 pm. One of the things that is great for the neighborhood and a con at the same time is that the hotel charges $35 for a day pass for people that aren't staying at the hotel but want to enjoy the pool during the summer months. It's a great service but it seems as though hotel guests aren't prioritized first since the pool area is fairly small and it filled up quickly. Maybe offering the day pass Monday through Friday in the summer may balance out the weekend overcrowding. Just some food for thought for the future.
Overall, this was a fantastic hotel stay. If I can help it, it is the only hotel that I want to stay in while I'm in the DC area. The hospitality was warm and inviting and I think they put in a great deal of effort to make sure your stay as comfortable as humanly possible.
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