Having been a seasoned traveller for many a year now, it’s safe to say that I’ve stayed in some, shall we say, questionable hotels. I’ve been travelling the world for longer than I care to remember, and I’ve seen sights that some people wouldn’t believe. I’ve stayed in the best of the best, and the worst of the worst. Today, I’m happy to report that I’ll be reviewing one of my most pleasurable stays in recent memory, as I’ll be reviewing the Park Hyatt Washington Hotel. This isn’t my first time staying in the nation’s capital, but I can safely say that it’s been my most enjoyable stay here, and I’m pleased to report that this is largely due to my stay at the Park Hyatt Washington. If you’re thinking of visiting DC and aren’t sure where to stay, this could very well be the hotel for you. To help you get an idea of why my short, but pleasurable stay at the hotel was so enjoyable, I’ll now be doing my best to review the hotel. So, relax, put your feet up, and check out what I thought of the Park Hyatt Washington Hotel.
First impressions – They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but honestly, we’ve all been guilty of doing precisely that at some point, haven’t we? The hotel is conveniently situated in the West End Neighbourhood. This is very useful because it allows guests to make their own way to the hotel by car and be situated in close proximity to a number of trendy restaurants and shops in Georgetown. I saw, what I imagined, to be a number of business men and women during my stay at the hotel, which is probably due to the fact that it’s not too far away from K street, which is a thriving business district. The hotel itself blends in very well with much of DC – the red brickwork in particular, is a nice touch, and works very well with Old Glory, displayed proudly at the entrance to the hotel. As I approached the lobby, the doorman instantly opened the door for me and very kindly offered to carry my case for me. The lobby itself was very bright and airy, thanks to two huge glass window boxes located on either side of the entrance. I did some research, and apparently this was the work of photographic artist Amanda Weill. These three-dimensional window boxes are decorated on the interior, with images of stunning cherry blossoms in full bloom, which I really liked. So far, so good.
Décor and character – The interior of the hotel has recently been refurbished, and you can certainly tell. It all looks fresher, brighter, and very attractive. The hotel is not the biggest I’ve stayed in by any stretch, but it is certainly packed full of charm and character. The decor in the hotel, rooms, and suites, is minimalistic, though with the cherry blossom, clean lines, and attention to detail, there is definitely an Asian theme inside, which I loved. The hallways were well lit, the ceilings are high, and the hotel actually appears bigger on the inside than it did from the exterior. As far as colours go, think beige, cream, browns, and soft blues, and you’re pretty-much on the money.
Amenities, services, and facilities – Having driven to the Park Hyatt, one of my main concerns was parking. Thankfully, entering and leaving the hotel was a piece of cake, and the valet parking certainly helped. Even during busy times of the day, I had no issues with parking at all. Like virtually everybody in this day and age, WIFI was one of my primary concerns. The hotel offers free WIFI to all of its guests, and I was extremely impressed with the speed. To really treat myself and give myself a taste of how the other half lived, I treated myself to a complimentary shoeshine, as well as car service. They did a great job with both. I’d like to say that, to work off the delicious food and drink (more on that shortly) I hit the hotel’s gym and exercised, but in truth I managed one quick weights circuit and spent the rest of my stay relaxing in the hotel’s whirlpool and salt-water swimming pool, which by the way, was sky-lit and looked amazing in the evening. From what I can remember and see on their website, a quick rundown of some of the facilities, services, and amenities include:
- 24/7 gym
- Heated indoor salt-water swimming pool and whirlpool (sky-lit)
- Michelin-starred restaurant
- Valet service
- Complimentary shoeshine services for guests
- Complimentary car serving for guests
- Free WIFI for guests
- Room service
- 220 rooms including 134 suites and 84 regular rooms
- Complimentary bathroom toiletries
- Housekeeping services
Food and drink – I consider myself to be a bit of a foodie, so I was very excited to try the restaurant here. As indicated above, the restaurant here is Michelin-Starred. It is the prestigious Blue Duck Tavern. There is also the hotel lounge and bar, and the Tea Cellar. I didn’t get to try the Tea Cellar as I was too excited about the Blue Duck Tavern instead. The restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, and the hotel even has its very own rooftop garden where it grows many of the herbs, spices, and vegetables used in the signature dishes offered by the restaurant. While here I enjoyed a Prime NY strip steak and very aptly, the wood-roasted duck breast. Both were cooked to perfection and delicious. For dessert I scoffed down a double-chocolate layer cake, which was again simply divine. I finished my meal, on both occasions, with a glass of Dow’s White Port. If you enjoy port, you’ll love this blend. The prices aren’t exactly cheap, but you get what you pay for in this world, and to me, both meals here were worth every single cent.
Final thoughts – So, would I stay at the Park Hyatt Washington Hotel again? Absolutely! The staff were friendly, the facilities and amenities were plentiful, my room was always turned down and clean, and it was also very bright, fresh, and airy. If I had to find fault with one thing about my stay here, it would be the fact that the hotel’s pool isn’t very large, and during busy periods of time, it can get cramped, which is not very relaxing. Head down in the evening however, and it’s a different story entirely. The highlight of my stay though, had to be the restaurant. The food and service was amazing.