Saturday, July 1, 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Stay at Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown - A Jersey Momma Review

Planning a trip to Washington D.C. is exciting, isn't it? There are so many places to stay, with hotel choices in just about every area of the city. With so many reviews and recommendations out there, how do you know which one to choose? Well, we just returned from a three day stay in Washington, D.C., and we stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Washington, D.C. in the Georgetown area. It was amazing! If you're thinking, that's too luxurious for me, think again! We stayed here as a family- that's right, The Jersey Momma's Boy came, too, and it was the perfect choice for us. Read on to find out more!


First, here's my usual disclaimer: my stay was sponsored by Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown, but this did not influence my opinion. I'm about as honest as they come, especially with my readers. I wouldn't steer you wrong when it comes to family travel! So trust me when I tell you that this place totally rocked. And my article may be long, but it's designed for easy reading, so feel free to scroll through the bold headings and photos to find what you are looking for. 

We had the pleasure of staying at a Fairmont hotel during our honeymoon in Maui many years ago. It was recommended to us by a friend, and we found it both elegant and memorable. I was excited to learn there was a Fairmont in Washington, D.C. when we were planning this trip as a family. But I wasn't sure if it would be right for us. It's a luxury hotel, after all. Is it okay for families? The answer is a firm yes, and here are five reasons why...


1. Location, Location, Location

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I've heard it all before- people love to tell me to 'stay outside the city to save money on hotels.' Uh, no thanks. I loved the location of Fairmont Washington, D.C. Situated in picturesque Georgetown (home of Georgetown Cupcake, just sayin'), the Fairmont was within walking distance to many of the destinations we wanted to visit. They are:

 -8 blocks from The White House
 -6 blocks from The Washington Monument
-13 blocks from The Lincoln Memorial
...just to name a few!

You can also easily access cabs, Uber, Lyft, or walk to the Big Bus Tour and Metro stops. Check out the destination guide on their website for the best info. We walked to the Big Bus Tour stop when we wanted to visit The Capitol Building and Smithsonian Museums. 

One of the many quiet streets around Fairmont Washington, D.C. in Georgetown

Georgetown Cupcake is not far from Fairmont Washington, D.C!

We were able to walk to The White House during our stay at Fairmont Washington, D.C.

2. Luxury Accommodations = Beautiful Guest Rooms!

I'm going to be totally honest with you here (aren't I always?). I have stayed in some pretty crummy places over the years, and I've heard stories from other people who have had the same experiences: hotels where fire alarms go off in the middle of the night for no reason, hotels where mice scurry across the floors or palmetto bugs jump out from behind toilets. You will not find anything like that at Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown. They just went through a 27 million dollar renovation. The lobby, guest room, courtyard- just about everything in this hotel - is exquisite. If you're thinking you can't afford it, think again. Fairmont participates in AAA and they also offer a free loyalty program (which now offers members rates). You can find deals for their guestrooms through most online hotel sites, and staying during the week or off-season will get you even better rates. They also have a Best Rate Guarantee that you must check out when searching for online pricing. 

Our room was spotless, with subtle decor reflective of the city's history. It was spacious and comfortable. Even The Jersey Momma's Boy said, "I feel so at home here." I also appreciated the USB ports located just about everywhere in the room- by the lamps, behind the bed, near the desk. There were plenty of places to charge all of our devices at the same time. 


Our room was on the 8th floor and overlooked their beautiful, newly renovated courtyard. We absolutely loved the little mini balcony that provided us with fresh air and on some nights, live music (a jazz quartet plays on Sundays and  a DJ is there on Friday nights. A saxophonist echoed up from the courtyard one breezy evening). Not all rooms have balconies, so be sure to request one if it's something you're really interested in.



Our room came with a stocked mini bar and fridge (costs varied for each individual item), as well as a Kuerig coffee maker.




The bathroom was beautiful and featured Rose 31 Toiletries and a Koehler shower head that I fell in love with.


I can also proudly tell you that this was the quietest hotel I have ever been in. I don't know if it was luck or wall thickness or what, but I didn't hear anything while we were sleeping- no doors slamming, no people talking, no maid carts, no knocking. I was so grateful for that!

3. Outstanding Food and...Beehives!

I'm not kidding about the beehives. Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown has their very own rooftop beehives, and they produce their own honey! We ate at the delicious restaurant within the hotel, Juniper, and we thoroughly enjoyed everything we tasted.



We dined outside for our evening meal, and it was such a beautiful night! The courtyard was so peaceful, with a little bubbling fountain, cherry trees (although not in bloom while we were there), and modern, comfortable decor.  This was a much needed break after a busy day of walking in the city!


I loved my crab cakes. Aren't they pretty? They tasted as good as they looked.


And this was their Rooftop Honey Wheat Walnut Bread with Honey Butter. It was heavenly...


They had a Kids' Menu (and crayons, too!) so The Jersey Momma's Boy ordered buttered parmesan noodles.


Our dessert was an amazing s'mores sundae.


I saved the best for last- the Beetini is one of their signature drinks, made with vodka, tequila, lemon, honey and honeycomb (right from their rooftop beehives). Wow!!!


We also had an a la carte breakfast from Juniper in the morning. I can't say enough good things about their brioche french toast. They offered kids items and a full breakfast buffet, too.


Believe it or not, Juniper Restaurant will be closing in the Fall (November, 2017) for a complete renovation. They'll be reopening with a new name and a whole new look, so be sure to stick around to see what they become. 

If you prefer dining from the bar area, they have their own menu with items like lobster grilled cheese and bacon jam sandwich, and smoked beer brined brisket sandwich. There's a little something for everyone! You can even eat out in the courtyard if you prefer.


And, of course, the Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown provides in-room dining. We enjoyed a delicious fruit and cheese platter and Voss water from the comfort of our guest room.


4. Health Club Access

That's right, I said health club. Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown actually has a health club on its premises that is free to hotel guests. They offer classes (some are an extra fee) and complete access to their gym (it's an actual gym called Balance).



There is a small lap pool here for guests that offers family swim times. A hot tub and sauna are also available on premises. 


5. Impeccable Service - Family Friendly and Pet Friendly, too!

Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown lives up to its name. Search for reviews online and you will find much praise for the top notch service here. Everyone we encountered was polite, helpful and courteous. We even loved the little gift shop in the hotel. Small, but chock full o' goodies, we visited daily during our stay! The store clerk was kind and helpful.

Check-out was a breeze and our car was sitting at the entrance waiting for us when we were leaving! All we had to do was text down to the front desk that we were departing and the valet had it all ready for us. If you're looking for an even more personalized experience, check out Fairmont Gold. Fairmont Washington, D.C. offers a special floor (yes, an entire floor) devoted to its gold guests. We were pleased by how well the Fairmont treated us as a family and how much they offered children, too. View their Family Travel page for more details.

Doesn't The Jersey Momma's Boy look happy to be at the Fairmont D.C?

The Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown is also dog friendly. YES!!  Read their Pet Policy on the Guest Services page for more info. You don't have to pay extra for your dog to stay with you, but you do have to sign a damage waiver and follow their pet policy rules. But your doggy sure does get that same royal Fairmont treatment! It's hard to find that in hotels these days.

Oh, and if you are planning an event, be sure to check out the gorgeous Colonnade at Fairmont Washington, D.C. It's so pretty for weddings, brunches or special events in general.

A View of The Colonnade and courtyard at night

An interior view of  Fairmont Washington D.C's Colonnade Room- perfect for weddings and other events

So would you do me a favor, please? If you're headed to Washington, D.C. or even considering a future trip there, look into staying at Fairmont Washington D.C. in Georgetown. You won't be sorry you did! Here's where to find them:


Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Call for reservations: 1-866-540-4505

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12 comments:

  1. We love the Fairmont in San Francisco. I wish that we had stayed at the Fairmont Washington when we were in D.C. last month. Next time!

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    1. Yes, definitely give it a try, Shelah! You won't be sorry!

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  2. Your photos all really help show what it would be like to stay at the Fairmont! It looks like a relaxing place to stay.

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  3. I'm from D.C., so I always stay with my parents when I go home, but this looks incredible. I always love Fairmonts!

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    1. You should definitely go for happy hour then, Alyssa! :)

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  4. That view looks amazing! I have been to DC once before and loved it there.

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  5. How lovely! We stayed at the Fairmont property in Bermuda a few years ago and it was amazing. Now I want to go back to DC! Beehives!!!! That is a super plus!

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    1. Right? I thought it was such a cool idea, especially what they chose to do with it, too!

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  6. What a gorgeous hotel and view! And I'm dying to try that honey butter!!! Yum! Would love to stay there the next time we're in DC!

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