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
Everything was great on the Gold Floor. Room was perfect, the lounge area fabulous. We loved the breakfasts, and the service was excellent. This is five stars all the way around. Professional yet friendly staff. We will stay there again on our next visit.
The maid kept turning the AC off in my room, even though it was 91 degrees outside. I fell getting out of a taxi right in front of the entrance and no one from the hotel ever came to help me. Thankfully, another guest came to help. I stayed on the Gold floor,
where I have stayed before. Most of the concierges were helpful, but, two of them needed more training. The hotel has changed. There was also a problem with delivering our luggage to our room. I am a Fairmont member but I will not stay at this one again.
First time staying at a Fairmont and not impressed. The entire hotel reeks of the Le Labo Rose scent - sucks if you aren't a fan. There were recurring problems with our room (Ambassador Suite #501) during our two-night stay:
1. no shower products in room. I had to call to get them delivered in a hair-dryer bag.
2. ice bucket was not clean but had melted ice in there from the previous tenant.
3. mini bar was broken and all the drinks were room temperature
4. two out of six bulbs in the floor lamps were unscrewed
5. despite having a back-to-back reservation, i was told to switch rooms. it took about an hour of phone calls and face-to-face conversation with an unfriendly front desk person to resolve.
6. the business center charges for internet use and printing. I went to the neighboring Hilton Garden Inn to print out two museum tickets for free instead of being charged $10.
7. the bedroom door in our suite was broken and wouldn't close
There's a sign in the closet saying the room rate for my suite was $4000. I would not pay over $150 to stay there again.
The hotel is fabulous in many ways and in a great location, but unfortunately, upon checking into our room, my wife found poop on the side of the toilet seat. She is a nurse and cleaned it up, but I was furious and would have demanded a room change. Unfortunately, she told me afterwards.
This hotel is in a great area with many restaurants within walking distance. Our room was spacious and nicely appointed. The hotel staff and management were courteous and attentive. The breakfast buffet had many quality choices.