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 DC by Michael Mina, 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 room for all. Divided into an East and West wing (how very Washington), the hotel is spacious — even standard rooms start at 385 square feet and come with amenities like deep soaking tubs and newly-customized minibars (plus, you can have caviar and cocktails delivered right to your room). A renovation completed in March of 2016 includes a new, more modern color scheme, but the signature touches, like L’Occitane bath products and covetable Four Seasons beds, aren’t going anywhere.

The Washington, D.C., hotel has not one, not two, but six 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, 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 luxury hotel. Our favorite, by Roni Stretch, is located in the Pierre-Yves Rochon-designed lobby. Five massive paintings that initially 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

There’s really no better place to be than in the heart of Georgetown. Just blocks away, guests can enjoy brunch by the Georgetown waterfront or pop into stores like Cusp by Neiman Marcus, Intermix, Rag & Bone and more.

The Spa and Salon

It’s easy to make yourself at home in the Georgetown 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 treatments like a Dermal Quench facial (a hydrating and relaxing service) or a Cherry Blossom and Champagne body treatment (which includes a dry-brush exfoliation, a soak in the tub, a champagne and salt scrub, and a body butter wrap). 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 — 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 — and allows plenty of room for your security to be seated unobtrusively nearby.

By evening, enjoy handcrafted cocktails (ask lead bartender Torrence Swain to whip you up something from the seasonal list) and butter-poached dry-aged steaks at Bourbon Steak, a Michael Mina restaurant. Need something casual? Eno Wine Bar, located just steps from the hotel, offers unique wine-and-chocolate pairings, as well as small plates.

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