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
Excellent location in Georgetown. Walk 3 minutes to waterfront park or main street of georgetown. Walk 20 minutes to the nearest metro station Foggy-Bottom. Remodeled from an industrial factory. The lobby and hallway was decorated with industrial taste, very impressive. Room was comfortable but plain decoration made rooms look like a standard Westin.
The housekeeper seems to neglect some details. When the housekeeper cleaned the room next to my room in the afternoon, I was sleeping. And I was sure I hang on "Privacy" sign on the door handle. The housekeeper opened and closed the door of the cleaned room next to my room heavily again and again to make huge noises so that I was waken up and then did not sleep again. As a Ritz Carlton property, it should have considered such a detail. Open and close the door gently and quietly when you housekeep if the next room is occupied.
Finally Marriott titanium member did not receive any room upgrade though all the room types were still available at the check-in date. Also in my personal preference of Marriott account, I marked I like a high-floor but finally I just got a room in the first floor. So I think Marriott titanium might be meaningless for Ritz. I think Ritz carlton should more have considered granting room upgrade to titanium member because Marriott did not require Ritz properties to give any more benefits such as breakfast and lounge access to elite members.
Due to a weather-related airline cancellation, we made a last-minute reservation. Overall, the hotel was great, my favorite DC area hotel of perhaps 6 or so DC hotels I've stayed at over 30 years. The on-site staff were all very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I plan on staying there again on my next trip.
However, there were a few issues that slightly detracted from an ideal experience. First, the Marriott/Bonvoy app was not working properly for this hotel and the rate category I wanted, so I phoned the hotel directly. The reservationist was difficult to understand and very slow -- it took nearly 15 minutes to make a booking. Second, we were given a street-level room which was very noisy until 3:00 a.m. I am a lifetime titanium elite member of Marriot/Bonvoy and would have hoped to have been given a better room. However, I was exhausted and stressed out when I checked in and really didn't notice there was a problem until quite late at night when I was already in bed. I would have thought that a hotel of this quality would have invested in soundproof windows like most have near airports. I mentioned this to the staff in the morning and they did profusely apologize.
The hotel atmosphere, location, room, and staff were all great.
These rooms are in desperate need of renovation. Carpet is old and stained and buckling. Walls are dirty. Furniture is worn. Stayed in four seasons last week here and it’s much nicer. This is incomparable. The location and gym are nice. But, avoid this hotel until they renovate.
I've stayed in a lot of 5 star hotels, and I find this one really special. It's beautiful, small, and it has one of the most inviting and comfortable lobbies I've ever seen. But it's the people who work here that make it truly great. I had a small housekeeping issue and Front of the House Supervisor and Chief Concierge Luis Peche handled it professionally and immediately. I can't say enough about how impressive he was.
Is it expensive here? Of course. But it's absolutely worth it. I'd be back in a heartbeat.
The Ritz Carlton Georgetown is located in a wonderful location, walking distance to many shops and restaurants. It is more of a boutique hotel, feels quite homey.
Rooms are quite, decent bedding and nice amenities.
Would definitely stay here again . Very good service