Location, location, location. The saying couldn’t be more accurate when discussing the Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC. Set in the heart of Georgetown and 12 blocks from The White House, it’s steps from eating and shopping, although with a Michael Mina restaurant and full spa onsite, you don’t really need to leave the property.
Steeped in modern political history (Ronald Reagan launched his campaign for President at the hotel), it also makes hotel history since it was the first Four Seasons in the U.S. Opening in 1979, the hotel has 222 rooms, 59 of which are suites and have some of the most spacious closets I’ve ever seen in a hotel. It’s easy to see why it’s a popular choice among brides-to-be for a wedding venue.
Taking the phrase “a work in progress” to the next level, The Four Seasons Washington began a string of renovations in 2008 with a $40 million undertaking that included an overhaul of the lobby and the addition of Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak. Following that was a $1 million renovation to their Seasons Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and a notorious Sunday brunch, and also functions as a private event space. Overlooking the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, the spot is a favorite among the likes of George Clooney and Hillary Clinton. Currently, the hotel is undergoing a complete renovation of its ballroom and event spaces with completion expected early next year.
Since I was in D.C. mostly to visit museums, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the hotel is home to over 1,600 original works of art—something I immediately admired at check-in and throughout my stay. The new collection, which arrived in 2010, heavily favors American artists and includes works from Roni Stretch, Helen Frankenthaler and Andy Warhol. It’s well curated and displayed, without being overwhelming, and I often found myself stopping to take a closer look.
During my visit, I enjoyed some of the last truly warm days of fall, which included a bike ride over to Arlington National Cemetery. Not realizing it was Veteran’s Day until halfway through our ride, I was overwhelmed with pride as I saw the endless wreaths on display at The Vietnam Memorial. We also had the honor of saluting the President and Vice President as their motorcades returned from Arlington where they made the annual gesture of laying wreaths on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Whether you’re in town on business, to see the sights or host a special occasion, the Four Seasons Washington is an ideal location. And who knows, you just might spot a future Clinton or Reagan having a power breakfast.