The Graham Georgetown
What We Love
- Location steps from the banks of the Potomac and Georgetown’s best shopping and dining
- Views from the Observatory, one of DC’s best rooftop bars
- Spacious guestrooms and suites
What To Know
- The hotel opened in July 2013
- It’s a quick Metro, bus or cab ride to the Mall and the most popular DC sights
- The Observatory is open to the public and can fill up fast
- Parking is valet only and costs $48 (plus tax) per night
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A stay at the Graham offers a glimpse into genteel Georgetown society, an esteemed crowd of politicians, diplomats and academics who have long favored this historic neighborhood for its leafy cobblestone lanes lined with well-preserved Georgian mansions and Victorian row houses. Tucked into a quiet side street between the Potomac River and the bustling M Street shopping district, this polished seven-story, 57-room boutique hotel is hidden behind a square red brick Federal façade. Beyond the discreet double doors, the Graham adds a dash of Art Deco flair to staid Washington style for a sophisticated stay.
Bed and Bath
The residential vibe is amplified by space and natural light, which streams in through tall windows. Sky-blue damask wallpaper, silvery carpeting and steel lamps are complemented by dark wood furnishings in the sitting areas; the bedrooms juxtapose white leather headboards and plum walls. All the mod cons required of a business hotel are here, including a work desk, free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. Big bathrooms are clad in white marble, with dark wood double vanities, glass-encased showers with stone tile mosaics and Bulgari toiletries.
Guests of the Graham zip past the line for the hotel’s hot rooftop lounge, the Observatory. The 3,000-square-foot space wraps around three sides for views of Georgetown University, the Kennedy Center, the Washington Monument and Memorial Bridge, and aviation geeks will enjoy watching planes follow the Potomac River before landing at Reagan National Airport. Reserve one of the cushy teal couches and chairs for bottle service, or sidle up to the bar for the house bourbon, from Kentucky’s Louisville Distilling Company; it’s aged in port barrels for a fruity finish. For more hearty fare, A.G.B. restaurant serves up farm-to-table dishes for breakfast and dinner.
In the Area
Georgetown is the District’s shopping capital, with big brand shops lining bustling M Street (Jonathan Adler, Nike, Kate Spade, J. McLaughlin, H&M) and on-trend boutiques on Wisconsin Avenue. If a cocktail party is in your future, pop into Karen Millen’s spot for the perfect little black dress, or Urban Chic for designs by Alice & Olivia, Shoshanna and Tori Richard. For the perfect hostess gift, hit A Mano for worldly bricabrac and objets d’art curated by owner Adam Mahr. Men in need of street cred should kick it correct at Major, DC’s best sneaker shop, while those looking for classic American style should head for Lost Boys, a men’s store in a converted townhouse with a bourbon bar and a team of personal shoppers to guide you through an extensive collection of designers including John Vavartos, Band of Outsiders and Rogan.
How to Get There
The Graham hotel is a great option for both sophisticated tourists and businesspeople. It’s off the M Street shopping corridor at the beginning of Georgetown, right above the canal (great for runners) and is even easily walkable to the Kennedy Center and the Reach. So, if you’re not coming with five kids and going straight to the Mall, this is an excellent place to stay. The hotel offers extremely reasonable rates on most booking sites, making it much more reasonable than the Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons nearby.
However, you need to know exactly which room you’re getting as paying more or less doesn’t mean your getting better or worse. There are basically 8 rooms per floor. Rooms ending in 1 or 8 are right at the front of the hotel and half the size of other rooms. If you’re on the 2nd through 4th floor, those rooms look out on the quaint brick houses across the street but you trade a modest view to have a room that has half the size and lacks the lounge area of other rooms. I was part of a group where we all payed the same and got a worse room than the others because I was staying longer. I would highly recommend that you call the hotel in advance after booking to make sure of the configuration of your room.
Also, while this is part of the Hilton, it really is a little more boutique like than business like. The staff is very nice but a little casual. The various bars open or close for events, the valet runs to get cabs as available cabs go right by the door and the desk staff couldn’t really help.
Don’t get me wrong. This is a very attractive and nicely appointed hotel. The location is GREAT. The prices can be surprisingly reasonable. It’s not a giant Ritz Carlton but the prices aren’t there either.
Stay and enjoy and be prepared to overlook minor nuisances, should they arise.
Great location, low key boutique hotel. Minutes walk to shopping, dining and the waterfront. Very friendly and helpful staff. We always travel with our small dog and the hotel is pet-friendly. Nice rooftop bar, although pets were not allowed!
I stayed at the Graham for 2 nights on business. Stay was very mixed.
* Pretty location right by canal in Georgetown.
* The Alex speakeasy had nice vibe, great jazz band and very friendly bartender. Fun bathtub gin&tonic!
* Pretty rooftop bar
* Huge room and bathroom
* Nice coffee machine in room
* Friendly doorman
* Nice gesture to get 2 free water bottles, even though I don't have status as a Hilton Honors member.
* My room on 2nd floor was overlooking the entrance, so very loud with lots of street noise.
* Tried to take a shower at night, and the water started out hot, but then turned cold and wouldn't heat up. Not at all pleasant taking a cold shower.
* Shower wouldn’t drain properly.
* Sheets were stained. Ew! (See pic) They were also pretty threadbare.
* Would have loved slippers to go along w/the robe
* While it was nice having a separate den area, the lighting was so dim it was hard to hang out there.
* Upon checkin, front desk didn’t tell me about breakfast options or where the restaurant was.
* Tiny, dark gym
Overall, not a great stay. I've had better experiences at other Hilton properties.