The Melrose Georgetown Hotel
What We Love
- Tony location on Pennsylvania Avenue, steps from the historic Georgetown neighborhood
- The playful room decor nods to the capital’s history (think canvas dollar bill portraits of George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart, and U.S. Constitution wallpaper)
- Locavore-oriented dining at the Jardenea restaurant, including items such as Chesapeake Bay crab bisque, Maryland crab cakes and Barren Island oysters
What To Know
- On-site gym helps guests keep up with their workout regimen
- 24-hour room service is available
- Valet parking is available for $48 per night
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With the White House less than a mile down the road, it’s easy to feel like a VIP at these elegant Georgetown digs. The decor hits all the right notes for an urban stay: a warm and welcoming lounge featuring a fireplace, a library nook and chic gentleman’s club–style furniture (a tufted black leather sofa here, a high-back black and white chair there). The guestrooms offer plenty of living space and luxe surfaces (the bathrooms have black granite countertops) and custom artworks that pay homage to the capital’s history (think canvas dollar-bill portraits of George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart, and U.S. Constitution wallpaper). After a day out exploring the city, head to the Jardenea restaurant for dinner, which checks all the of-the-moment culinary trends, particularly the farm-to-table ethos, which shows up in dishes that list local suppliers and highly seasonal ingredients. Expect to take a culinary tour of the Mid-Atlantic through dishes like Chesapeake Bay crab bisque, Maryland crab cakes and Barren Island oysters. Afterward you can work off all the calories in the hotel’s generously equipped fitness center.
In the Area
Take a walking tour of the capital, starting at the National Mall, with its 1,000 acres of green space and wealth of world famous monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Capitol Reflecting Pool. See the sights from the water by renting a paddleboat from which you can admire the Japanese cherry trees, especially when they’re in blossom in spring, one of the most popular times to visit DC. On weekends stroll around the Eastern Market, in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, where you can browse local produce, handmade arts and crafts and other treasures before jostling for a spot at popular diner Market Lunch, which dishes up treats such as blueberry buckwheat pancakes and soft shell crab.
How to Get There
After a very long trip, the hotel was overbooked when I tried to check in. I went to the restaurant to figure out next steps, and my server Sofiane could tell I was out of sorts. He made sure I got something to eat, coffee to drink - he turned my entire day around. Highly recommend a visit.
I can only confirm some of the other reviews listed. Upon my recent stay, I had just arrived from a very long business flight, and very jet-lagged. Having lunch in the Jardenea Restaurant turned into a great pleasure for me. It is a stand alone restaurant that happens to be "in" the Melrose Hotel. The menu is not large, but the quality of the food was astounding, and the attention to service by Sofiane was the rarest of the rare.
He saw that I needed some privacy, and suggested seating away from another party that would be arriving. The food was excellent, the coffee strong as I needed, and he was able to fulfill my needs with a few items off the menu.
This is definitely a restaurant worth coming to even if you are not staying in the Melrose.
I should not slight the staff at the Melrose, however, as they were very prompt and helpful to all the needs of the business traveler. Highest praise!
This is an excellent hotel. The room was spacious, had all I needed. The service was superb. People were friendly, helpful. If your are fit you can walk to all the major attractions both toward the mall/ museums and to Georgetown