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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Came to Georgetown to bike and enjoy an evening. Thomas McCarthy was so helpful assisting me with a reservation. The building is classic and the lobby area is fantastic! Luis Peche assisted us at check in and was so kind and helpful as was all of the staff. This is a must if you are biking or want to walk the along the water or just enjoy Georgetown.
Love this hotel. A block away from all the best shops and restaurants in Georgetown and a block from the waterfront. Also...plenty of bikes and scooters to get you all over Washington DC. (I recommend you download all the scooter apps before you get here (Bird, Lime, Lyft, Uber) and make sure your phone is fully charged in the morning because you need it to check out the scooters. My daughter and I had so much fun riding around the city. Ok....the hotel is super chic. The lobby is super sexy with comfy couches and amazing art. The brick walls remind you of the history but is updated on the inside with all the modern comforts. The staff is super kind and made me feel at home here,,,special shout outs to Mihret and Hakeem for thier amazing kindness and beautiful smiles.....always remembering my names and making sure everything is perfect. I own hotels and restaurants and my goal is to have co workers like this at my establishments. We will be back the next time we are here, Also...super comfy beds, nice housekeepers, great front staff and concierge to get you into all the right places..
My wife and I are staying for an evening and I don't know where to start. Diego at the front desk was uncommonly gracious; we came a bit early and enjoyed a drink in the lobby decorated for Independence day while he was ensuring the room was properly prepared. The suite was spacious and well appointed. After a short trek up to M Street for tapas and mojitos we returned. Enjoyed in the morning a session on one of the Peloton bikes in the fitness center. We will gladly return here!
Stayed here for 2 nights whilst in Washington DC and were happy with our choice. Staff super friendly and attentive and we had a fabulous large corner room. Toiletries excellent, we slept very well and enjoyed it’s location to the harbour and Georgetown. The lox bagel breakfast was outstanding and they mix a mean Aperol.
The hotel does miss a decent outside space. The weather was gorgeous and we would have liked to sit outside by a pool/garden etc. There was some soft seating but it felt a bit of an afterthought. We stopped by the four seasons for a drink and they had a nice courtyard ....
Hotel car is a nice touch and it took us to Pineapple & Pearls. Do book that... amazing 😉
We stayed again this past weekend and somehow they managed to make this stay even better than the year prior... check-in was efficient and friendly, the room was superb, and the service by everyone was exceptional. They do a great job recognizing their community and the active events going on. Last year they had all the flags out for the colleges in the area (move in weekend) and this year was the Pride parade in which they were in full support. I would highly recommend staying here. I see other reviews from years prior saying Tysons is better and I must say that is a joke, this one overshadows that property by far. Great location and a quick walk to restaurants and shops. This property is smaller and they do such a great job at personalizing your stay and made our anniversary one to remember. George the bellman was friendly this morning as well, a great guy to talk to. Thank you very much to the ladies and gentleman of the RC Georgetown. We will certainly be back!