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Georgetown’s grande dame

222 Rooms

For more than a quarter century, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. has reigned supreme over Georgetown. In fact, it was the brand’s first to open in the United States.

The city’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, this 222-room grand dame has welcomed nearly every dignitary, visiting A-lister and VIP to pass through the nation’s capital during its tenure.

And did we mention its buzzy restaurant, Bourbon Steak, or its fitness club where you just might be on a treadmill next to a congressman? Yes, there’s much to love about Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.

The Rooms

At 222 rooms, the Four Seasons has ample space. Divided into East and West wings (how very Washington), the luxury hotel is generously sized — even standard accommodations start at 385 square feet and come with amenities like deep soaking tubs, new Ferragamo bath amenities and espresso makers by La Piccola.

Fresh from a top-to-bottom renovation, guest rooms now feature a soothing palette of neutrals with pops of red that evoke your own chic pied-à-terre in the city. Our favorite touches from the updated rooms: Bedside tables complete with charging stations, in-room desks that double as dining tables, and hidden nods to D.C.’s signature cherry blossoms found throughout the refreshed spaces, everywhere from the wallpaper to the drapery.

If you’re looking to go really luxe, the D.C. hotel boats six distinct presidential suites, including a Royal Suite with bullet-resistant glass for those VIPs needing extra security. The $18,500-a-night, 4,000-square-foot open-concept suite features a full dining/conference room, a kitchen, private gym, his-and-hers dressing rooms, a 1,000-square-foot furnished terrace and an entryway decorated with Swarovski “star” lights and a mosaic floor.

The Art

The Four Seasons boasts more than 1,650 pieces of art, 400 of which are blue-chip and commissioned just for the Georgetown hotel. Our favorite, by Roni Stretch, is located in the Pierre-Yves Rochon-designed lobby. Five massive paintings that initially look to be just color studies in black and gray are actually a series of faces, each with a unique appearance.

In the lobby, you’ll also find a rare Warhol, a sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero and the gorgeous Bilbao, a work by abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler, behind the check-in desk.

Art lovers can ask the Les Clefs d’Or concierge staff to arrange a hotel tour or private tours of nearby galleries as well.

The Location

If you’re looking for a buzzy locale, there’s really no better place to be than in the heart of Georgetown. Just blocks away, enjoy brunch by the Georgetown waterfront or pop into stores like Cusp by Neiman Marcus, Warby Parker, Barbour, Billy Reid, Rag & Bone and more.

The Spa and Salon

It’s easy to make yourself at home in the hotel’s subterranean spa, which specializes in results-oriented treatments with a pampering vibe from product names like Amala and Kate Somerville.

Unwind in the sauna or eucalyptus steam room before getting red-carpet ready with a Dermal Quench facial (a hydrating and relaxing service) or a seasonally inspired treatment that incorporates fresh or local ingredients.

Afterward, get glam at George at the Four Seasons, the onsite salon, where stylist Ismail Tekin books up months ahead of time for color services.

The Food and Drink

Four Seasons houses some of the city’s best see-and-be-seen restaurants. For power players, having “breakfast in Georgetown” is understood to be at Seasons, where you’ll nosh on items like egg white frittatas and lemon ricotta pancakes with fresh berries.

Tip: Ask for the booth immediately to the right of the check-in area. It allows you to see the entire restaurant without being on display yourself, plus there’s plenty of room for your security to be seated unobtrusively nearby.

By evening, enjoy handcrafted cocktails (ask for something on the seasonal list) and butter-poached dry-aged steaks at Bourbon Steak, a restaurant by star chef Michael Mina. The bar, with its popular outdoor patio, also dishes out unique options, such as lobster corn dogs, and one of the city’s best burgers.

Need something casual? Eno Wine Bar, located just steps from the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, offers unique wine-and-chocolate pairings, as well as small plates.

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