Washington DC is in the midst of throwing off its slightly dull reputation, the green and open plan capital is organised, attractive and welcoming to tourists and the same can be said for the Ritz Carlton DC. Sat between Downtown and Georgetown in the mildly amusingly named Foggy Bottom, it’s a haven for both out of towners and local politicians who can often be seen in the Club Lounge talking shop over decent wine. The number of secret service in the room and outside the hotel in black SUVs are a dead give away. But anything that is good enough for American senators is alright with me.
The rooms aren’t huge but they’re comfortable and luxurious, and all mod cons are present and correct. It’s the hospitality and service that really makes this hotel a winner. In fact this is where Rihanna and Beyonce stay when they’re in town – and again what’s good enough for them…
Staff here are exceptional. Friendly, welcoming, attentive (without being overbearing) and also extremely knowledgable, nothing seems too much trouble. Definitely check out West End Bistro bar on the ground floor. The head bartender Jason conjures up a new cocktail menu every season and the ingredients and delicate flavours are as complex as a fine dining meal. Seriously impressive stuff. I fell for his take on a Manhattan – a cherry flavoured strong hit that I was happy to sit and sip alone while reading a book.
While you’re in the bar, don’t miss the tempting plates of nibbles. The restaurant supports local farmers and butchers, who share a passion for delivering the best quality food, sustainably and organically – often using old fashioned and lengthy techniques. The results are absolutely delicious.