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
- 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
This hotel is in a great location. Room is clean, bright, airy and well appointed. The greeting from the staff was warm, friendly and professional. The rooftop bar has great views and the bartender welcomed us immediately. A great option when staying in Georgetown.
Lovely rooms, great location, wonderful staff. Excellent hotel. A special thank you Thaine Smith for making our stay exceptional. You went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of. We will be back!
I wanted to like this hotel...I really did. And I’m always looking for a great hotel in DC. This one has a perfect Georgetown location and it looked super charming on the website. But after a day-long conference, which left me yearning for a good night of sleep, I was kept up for hours by the neighbor above me. I don’t blame him (I’m assuming by the weight of the steps that it was a him) he was just getting to his room after his long day, taking off his shoes, taking a shower, watching a little tv, making a phone call and walking in circles. A lot of circles. Like a million circles. To be walked for hours. Was he at the same conference? As for the room itself...oddly shaped and either too warm or too cold. The staff...either too warm or too cold. I will say that the super nice guy who worked the door directed us away from Starbucks and towards an excellent local coffee shop...and that was a win. Otherwise this hotel was just not what I expected or needed and I think I’ll be hearing back to the Kimpton next visit.
Our first visit and the Graham was fabulous in every way. We were given a king suite and the room was well appointed and plenty of space for a "boutique" property. Bathroom was large, water pressure outstanding, bed was comfortable, nothing to critique. The staff was nothing short of extraordinary - helpful, energetic, kind, quick with a smile and laugh. And you just cannot top the location - three doors from M Street. If you need to stay in Georgetown - to visit campus, friends/family or would just like to stay a bit away from the din of the District - this is your place. We will stay time and again.
Stayed here for five nights in June. The location is great. Lots of shops and restaurants in the area. Metro station is about 5-7 min away. Taxi ride from Ronald Reagan airport is about 15 min away.
All the ppl we encountered at the hotel were very friendly and personable. I want to especially thank Abraham and Islam at the front desk for their friendly and personable service daily. Gordon at the restaurant in the basement was fantastic. He started off our day with a smile everyday. Ian at the bellman stand was the first person we encountered when we checked into the hotel. Very friendly and personable. I m bad with names but everyone we encountered at the hotel were all great.
I highly recommend this hotel.