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
I’ve stayed here off and on for three decades. Since the 90s. The hotel is recently remodeled and is still beautiful. Fantastic gym. Great service. Lovely atrium. Very nice lobby bar with a great open feel. Great for business trips.
And there are plenty of excellent restaurants nearby. Also, one a nice day it’s an easy walk to M Street and the heart Of Georgetown where there’s always plenty to do, with including great shopping at the Georgetown Mall just a few blocks away.
In a world where the line between fancy and clownish is often blurred, the Fairmont Washington D.C. hotel is tastefully opulent The staff was fabulous - polite, attentive, amazingly helpful. The room was sumptuous and quiet with all the amenities one could need. The complimentary breakfast was fit for royalty. Why stay anywhere else?
We spent four nights here at the end of our holiday. We really enjoyed our stay. The staff members we encountered were all very nice, friendly and helpful. The staff at breakfast were especially nice and we got the feeling that when they asked how we had enjoyed the previous day's sightseeing they were genuinely interested.
We had breakfast in the hotel on all but one day, sampling both the buffet breakfast and the a la carte. We are both vegetarian and still found a reasonable choice of things to eat. Coffee was continuously topped up.
We did not find the evening menu so accommodating but we did have something from the bar menu one evening. Most evenings we had a drink in the bar and we loved the way the courtyard was lit up. Nibbles were always brought with the drinks.
This hotel isn't cheap, especially when the tax and obligatory tips are added to the bill. Having said that, Washington itself isn't cheap and I would imagine the prices are on a par with similar hotels in London. We loved Washington and hope to return. If we do we'll be happy to stay at the Fairmont again.