Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown
What We Love
- Impeccable service; friendly staff is attentive but discreet
- CrossFit classes at the 16,000-square-foot Balance gym — one of the city’s largest exercise spaces
- Bee-tini cocktails — made with honey from the hotel’s rooftop beehives
- The Gold Floor, with its separate concierge, breakfast buffet and evening cocktails and canapés
What To Know
- The swanky West End location is one of the best in the city, but it’s a 10-minute taxi ride from the main tourist attractions
- Use of the pool, jacuzzi, gym and steam room is free
- WiFi is $14.95 per day unless you're a Fairmont President’s Club member
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Old World charm meets modernist elegance at the Fairmont, established in 1985 in this well-heeled Washington neighborhood adjacent to historic Georgetown. The hushed open lobby is the hotel’s beating heart; oversize silk sofas and nightly live piano music set a soothing tone, with a large marble-topped bar from which is served a prodigious list of cocktails. There’s alfresco dining in the adjoining garden courtyard, with tables set around urns of pink lilies, and a burbling 19th-century Italian fountain.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms and suites are peaceful and spacious, with soft lighting and an olive and chocolate-brown palette. Leather-backed armchairs, mahogany furniture and large honey marble bathrooms with walk-in rain showers all conspire to create a laid-back, homey vibe. On the ninth floor, Fairmont Gold takes the hotel’s reputation for excellent service to the next level with a separate concierge, an impressive guest-to-staff ratio and added goodies like silk canopy beds, direct phone lines and a breakfast buffet.
Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown’s low-lit Juniper restaurant offers a tempting menu of farm-to-table American comfort food. Book ahead to score a table overlooking the courtyard and tuck into signature crab cakes with heirloom hominy succotash, or the equally delicious Pineland Farms strip loin steak. But be sure to leave room for dessert: The crème brûlée is made with fresh honey from the hotel’s rooftop beehives. After a feast fit for a king (or at least a high-ranking politician) take the elevator to the basement level and work off those calories with a CrossFit class at the gigantic Balance gym or a few lengths in the 20-meter indoor saltwater swimming pool.
In the Area
The White House and the National Mall are must-sees, of course. But for a fresh perspective on the city’s rich history, head for George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The 18th-century mansion is packed full of the president’s paintings and furnishings, and the formal gardens remain uniformly spectacular. Art lovers need look no further than the Phillips Collection; the permanent collection, housed in an elegant Georgian mansion, includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and Van Gogh. And foodies will not be disappointed by the award-winning contemporary American cuisine on offer at nearby 1789, a Washington mainstay for more than 50 years.
How to Get There
Excellent location, beautiful and clean hotel with outstanding service. Cameron was so helpful and gave us great ideas as to where to go in the city. The staff were always willing to help. Thank you so much!
I made a last minute reservation at this hotel through Fairmont central reservations I reserved an ambassador suite. The person I made the reservation with indicated that as a Le Accor platinum member I would have access to the concierge level. When I arrived I was informed by the front desk person that the concierge lounge was closed due to construction. The front desk attendant was very courteous and professional but his suit jacket was frayed and worn near the front buttons. No big deal but kinda surprising for a Fairmont. The reason for my negative review was that I was woken up in the morning by jack hammers. Non stop jack hammering. I called the front desk and I was told the construction noise was from 9 am to 5 pm. I could not rest or even make business calls from the room. Fairmont should disclose on its website of ongoing construction. The reservation agent should have notified me of construction. The front desk agent should have notified me prior to check in. I am very disappointed as a loyal Fairmont platinum member that this has happened!
It was a nice stay for my business trip i like the front desk guys but cant say the same for the rest of the employees. And its a bit pricey. But the locatiom was good for me and the food was good as well