The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
What We Love
- The fantastic location, near the heart of DC’s action
- The small size and historical architecture of the property, with a very intimate and decidedly un-Ritz-Carlton feel
- The unique private dining room, featuring romantic nooks that are perfect proposal spots
What To Know
- The unusually small size and low-key approach are charming for a Ritz-Carlton, but it means far fewer amenities than most Ritz hotels: one restaurant, a small day spa, a very small fitness center and little else
- No pool — and DC is a hot, humid place during prime summer tourism season
- Many visitors come to DC for its wealth of monuments and museums — none of which are in the Georgetown neighborhood, which is not served by the city’s Metro system
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Brick industrial meets contemporary at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, making for two very different faces: the exterior and common areas and the guestrooms themselves. The exterior and lobby are industrially charming, showcasing high ceilings and lots of exposed brick, stone and heavy-gauge metal, in the theme of the original structure, which was an incineration plant. Because of DC’s strict height limitations, Handel Architects, who renovated the property, added parking and many hotel facilities underground.
Bed & Bath
Guestrooms are typical of Ritz-Carltons, with sleek contemporary furniture, large flat-screen TVs and modern luxury touches. Bedding, walls and two-layer blackout curtains and sheer drapes are all done in light taupe and natural colors, while the furniture is dark and modern. Beds have down duvets and 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. Robes are thick terry, there’s free overnight shoeshine service, and the home theater entertainment system includes a DVD player. All guestrooms have either Potomac River or Georgetown neighborhood views. The highlights are the opulent bathrooms, made of slate and limestone and with large soaking tubs and separate walk-in glass showers.
A top-notch location and luxurious service are the highlights of this property, which has far fewer amenities than most urban Ritz-Carltons or other luxury city hotels. Degrees Bistro is the sole restaurant (there’s also 24-hour room service), and it serves three meals a day, featuring classic French bistro cuisine with locally produced seasonal ingredients. There’s also a comfortable lobby bar with a surprisingly complex menu of signature cocktails. The hotel has a small but luxurious spa, with steam and sauna facilities, and a small gym with state-of-the art equipment.
In the Area
Anything lacking in the hotel itself can be found just outside the door, in one of the city’s liveliest neighborhoods, Georgetown. The charming C&O Canal, now a National Park Service unit, with its adjacent footpath, runs past the hotel — and on for almost 185 unbroken miles — and is hugely popular for walking, running and biking. DC’s Capital BikeShare program allows visitors to rent bikes for one day, three days or a week from automated kiosks around the city, and one is located around the corner from the hotel. Just a block away is the Potomac and the riverfront Washington Harbour complex, with several popular restaurants and bars capitalizing on their locations with open-air dining and drinking. Highlights include Sequoia and Nick’s Riverside Grill. A few blocks in the other direction are the main streets of the historic and affluent Georgetown neighborhood, M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, both lined with stores, eateries and bars of every description.
How to Get There
My wife and I celebrated our 20th anniversary with a splurge at the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton. I arranged it as a surprise, and so I was a little nervous about how much she would like it. I shouldn't have worried. It was amazing, beautiful, cozy, and welcoming. We are especially grateful for all of the hospitality and cheerfulness we received from Martin at the front desk -- thank you, Martin, for ensuring we had a perfect stay!
We really enjoyed this small, boutique Ritz. Nice building, great room, nice lounge, nice restaurant and a great location for Georgetown. We stopped in for just one night of an 8 day birthday tour of DC, Annapolis, Philadelphia and Georgetown. Recommended.
Today it is so easy to forget when a job is done well. From beginning to end my stay here was excellent and I was made to feel welcome. Its the little things, like a call to inquire if you will need your car before check out on a marathon day. No complaints at all here. Only valet parking. Some work is being done on the entry way. Just pull in to the left or line up with the other cars. Checkin was excellent and the folks were wonderful. Room was good sized, comfortable and well taken care of. Internet was great. Food options were good. Should you venture out the neighborhood is loaded with options. Spa was excellent. Will stay here again. Now to just come up with a reason...
I travel a lot for work and I would put the positive energy and friendly nature of the employees of this hotel up against any other I have ever stayed in. Doors are opened for you, no one is sitting around as everyone always seems to be in motion. Rooms are not the nicest of the Ritz hotels as the carpet was worn in our room and there was scratch marks on the walls but the beds are great, the location superior and the ambiance makes it all work well. Not sure I would stay anywhere else in the area.
We were in DC to have dinner with a relative and chose the Ritz for our lodging since we heard it is nice and we had not stayed there previously. From the moment we arrived we were pleasantly smothered with personalized attention and felt very welcomed. The property is quirky in that it is small and built in the former incinerator for Georgetown, so it's rooms are divided into east and west sections. On check in we were escorted to the correct elevator. Baggage arrived instantly. Room was perfect. Had evening cocktails and morning breakfast in lobby and service could not have been better. Hated to leave. Car was brought up promptly.