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
The concierge service is very helpful. A nice touch that our name was remembered after the first day. All of the employees that we encountered were extremely friendly. Only negative would be the sise of the 'postage stamp' bathroom but understood that the age of the building probably restricted anything larger. Would definitely return for another visit.
This hotel is in a nice location and has a nice lobby, but there are much better options all over the District. My room was worn around the edges, and noises were cropping up all night from various corners - the ice machine across the hall, the mini fridge, the A/C, and the early am garbage collection. I will say that I did like the very friendly staff.
This hotel was not only lovely,& clean.The customer service was OUTSTANDING!From Victor,& ALL the ladies in the JUNIPER team, to ISAIHA the BEST bartender that made me the BEST drink I ever had in my 66 years.To OPAL and ALL the CONCIERGE TEAM on the GOLD floor( which is worth every dime)!It was an AMAZING stay—GORGEOUS COURTYARD and such ambience!BY FAR UNPARALLELED customer service❤️