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
This property is the most expensive Ritz in the Washington DC area, so maybe I expected too much from it. First the good, location is great and the staff friendly. The bad, the rooms need some updating. The furnitures are dated and carpets should be replaced. The towels in our room had hair on them. I shouldn’t have to worry about the cleanliness of towels in a luxury hotel of this caliber. At check out, I requested a print out of my folio but instead was read the room charges and told that I’ll be sent the receipt on email. This is so far from my experience at other Ritz property. We will probably not return.
Our stay at this Ritz Carlton location was incredible. It started out with a free upgrade to a suite and the rest was history. Our suite was impeccable and their service was excellent. This Ritz location in my humble opinion is better than the other location across town. The Georgetown location is a lot more cozy, and hotel environment makes the guest feel at home. My wife and I will be staying there again really soon. Ritz Carlton in Georgetown you guys get two thumbs up from us. Keep up the good work.
- Loyal Custumer
Spent one lovely night for our one year wedding anniversary. All staff went above and beyond to recognize our Marriott status and our special occasion.
We had an incredible suite, but ended up spending most of our time in the lobby lounge, in front of the incredible cozy fireplace. Ivan was our server in the lobby for at least 5 hours on Sunday morning and he was absolutely wonderful. He was just as warm as the glowing fire and really made our anniversary special. The hotel is lucky to have him! Also, the rest of the staff including Baruch and Aiden at the front desk were incredibly attentive and went above and beyond to exceed our expectations.
The property exudes a boutique feel - definitely not your average Ritz. Highly recommend! Hands down the best Ritz Carlton we have ever stayed at.
This property is one of the best hands down I have had the pleasure to visit. The staff is attentive, the property is well kept and the area is wonderful. Although the weather was not the best we had plenty of space to entertain friends from out of town and everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcomed.
Staff? Friendly and accommodating.
In Room Service? Got my money's worth
If you want to go somewhere and be treated like youre a VIP, even if you're not? Ritz-Georgetown is your place.