Considered one of the top luxury hotels in our nation’s capitol, Four Seasons Washington D.C. located in Georgetown is polished, stately and incredibly contemporary. The property is abuzz with buttoned up business types, soulful, feels like a museum and incredibly welcoming. Here’s our review of Four Seasons Washington DC.
The property facts
Four Seasons Washington D.C. feels new. While it’s been around for decades, the hotel still feels fresh from its $13 million renovation in 2016. Marble floors are shiny, Pierre-Yves Rochon designed spaces are modern, and the staff are as enthusiastic and helpful as they would be at a new hotel.
There are 222 rooms and suites starting at a large 385 square feet, Michael Mina’s excellent Bourbon Steak, a spa and fitness center with indoor pool (a rarity in D.C.) and the perfect location along the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.
Quick tip: The hotel has an amazing new BMW house car. A chauffeured ride within a few miles of the hotel is free for guests upon availability. Definitely take advantage of it!
Upon arriving with JetSetRuby (yes, Four Seasons Washington D.C. is extremely pet friendly! Bring your pooch!), I had the easiest, breeziest check-in with the front desk, all of whom were professional and enthusiastic and wearing masks.
The entry way is gorgeous. There’s a sitting area in the lobby that’s ultramodern and relaxing.
Hotel design and public spaces
The hotel boasts a compelling art collection comprising over 1,000 pieces. While art in hotels has become a trend, Four Seasons really went over the top. I felt like I was in a museum, and I loved it.
The hotel is incredibly spacious. I loved the high ceilings, the wide hallways, the skylit atriums, the outdoor spaces, the architecture… the list goes on. Check out this bridged platform that’s part of the fitness center overlooking the canal. Pretty awesome.
Even the elevator banks were visually commanding. I loved the one on my floor that got tons of natural sunlight.
My guest room – Capitol Suite
Four Seasons Washington D.C. is one of very few hotels in the destination where suites have outdoor balconies. The Capitol Suite is massive at 1,220 square feet. When I walked in, I staggered from the size.
The Capitol Suite is one of the largest hotel suites in D.C. that’s not a presidential suite. The balcony definitely raises the bar.
As soon as you enter, there’s a small kitchenette with minibar and bathroom to the right.
I was impressed with how the suite was elegant but also modern. I loved all the contemporary art and small details only a hotel of this standard would offer. Of course, Ruby loved the welcome amenity for her.
The suite had a large living area with sofa, desk, two entrances to my expansive patio (one from the living area and one from the bedroom), a large walk-in closet and huge bathroom with rain shower, separate tub and backlit vanity.
The bedroom with King bed had floor to ceiling windows all around.
As someone who has stayed in over 600 hotels, I found the suite to be incredibly pampering and sumptuous. I loved all the comfort, from the outlets by the bedside to the fast, free Wifi.
Even the TV had movies you could purchase *and* the ability to stream from your own device. This is becoming a rarity in luxury hotels (it’s either one or the other these days).
The walk-in closet is huge.
Ruby was a huge fan of the comfortable bed that got tons of natural light.
Food and beverage by Michael Mina
The restaurant is celebrity chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak. It’s as fancy and upscale as you would imagine, but not stuffy and very welcoming.
The waitstaff is super professional and dressed to the nines, and the guests are highbrow and discerning. The outdoor courtyard was open for dining on a beautiful day.
Steaks are expensive (between $40 to $150), if that gives you any idea of the type of people dining here. My meal was excellent. I wrote a longer review here.
Spa and fitness center
Interestingly, to get to the spa and fitness center, you have to go through the courtyard (outdoors).
I loved the spa. It’s definitely a sanctuary and quite intimate, even though it sprawls three levels. The main level has a nice range of refreshments (including crystal-infused water in the waiting area).
The fitness center is split on two floors, and it was awesome to see this well furnished lounge right next to workout equipment.
The pool and hot tub on the bottom level is a nice little haven.
The pool, while the size of a standard lap pool, only has two lanes. The first lane is reserved for Fitness Club members. The second lane is first come, first serve.
The hot tub made my day. I hadn’t been in a hot tub in years, so I’m glad to have had the experience. The spa also has a well equipped mens and womens locker room area, both equipped with steam and sauna.
Here’s a short video I did on my Twitter.
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All in all, this is one of the best luxury hotels in D.C. It’s such a beautiful hotel with engaging art, great staff, wonderful amenities — and it’s pet friendly. JetSetRuby loved Four Seasons Washington D.C., and she already misses it!
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