Friday, January 16, 2009

Jet Set: Capitol Chic

The Hay-Adams Hotel offers unparalleled views

With an impending historic Presidential inauguration upon us, I cannot think of a hotter destination at the moment than Washington, D.C.. Now, seeing as how every hotel near the nation's capitol has been booked solid for months, this post is purely hypothetical. Perhaps you can keep these hotels in mind for your next visit to Washington or for the next Presidential inauguration.

We'll begin with The Hay-Adams, an historic hotel in Lafayette Square. When it was built in 1920, it was a residential hotel and is meant to resemble a private mansion. Today, it offers 145 rooms and suites and superior views of the White House, Lafayette Square, and St. John's, the church of the Presidents. The hotel has won numerous awards and is a favorite of Washington's elite, particularly for its superb dining options in the Lafayette Room restaurant and Off the Record bar.

The elegant facade of the Hay-Adams Hotel

Off the Record Bar (I love the name!)

They say it's the closest you can get to the White House without an invitation from the President himself.

Spectacular Views abound at the Hay-Adams

If on your next visit to Washington, the Hay-Adams happens to be booked up, or if you simply prefer sleeker, more modern accommodations, try the Park Hyatt Washington.

The Tony Chi designed hotel is located within minutes of Georgetown, the National Monuments, The Smithsonian, and The Kennedy Center.

The Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. is home to the Blue Duck Tavern, one of Washington's finest restaurants, as well as the Tea Cellar which features over 50 rare and limited production, single-estate teas from remote regions of China, Japan, Sri Lanka, and the Himalayas.

A table at the Blue Duck Tavern
The Tea Cellar is just beyond the shelves on the left.

The Hotel Lounge

The Park Hyatt Washington offers chic, modern rooms.

A Sleek Bathroom

Guest Suite

The Living Area in a Guest Suite


Sweet Nothings said...

I'm dying to get back to DC..last time I went I was 5, and lets say the most exciting thing to me was the Ruby Slippers at the Smythosonian..

Haven and Home said...

DC is one of my favorite cities. Next times I must stay in one of these places, better start saving now. At this rate, it will be the next election! Beautiful pictures.

Kamela Cody said...

What an awesome week of posts!!

Kwana said...

This must be the only way to stay in Washington. Gorgeous.

Debra said...

We leave tomorrow, flying to DC for the big celebration. This is such an exciting time!
We will be staying with hubs brother and sister-in-law. Would love to have drinks at the Hay-Admas... but knowone is allowed anywhere near the place!
These hotels all look great, don't they?
I'll have a full report and photos later next week when we reurn.
Happy weekend!

Fifi Flowers said...

BEAUTIFUL photos... what a lovely place to stay while in DC!

Colour Me Happy said...

Love the photo with the cookies in the window of the white house. Thanks for the vicarious little trip to the most popular place to be this week! Wish I could be there!

Lauren said...

incredible. I live right outside DC & have heard so much about the Hay-Adams but I doubt I'll ever have the excuse to go! ;) (aniversary maybe??)