Make an Entrance
True to Park Hyatt form, I felt as though I were being ushered into a world of luxury as I walked through the front door. The soft-toned lobby had a soothing effect on my somewhat frayed nerves after a bout of canceled flights, long layovers and other travel hassles had come my way.
My flight had landed early in the morning, so my room was not yet ready when I arrived at the hotel. That hardly bothered me, though, as it left me just enough time to snag some breakfast in Blue Duck Tavern. The jumbo lump Maryland crab cake with scrambled egg whites, baby spinach, avocado and tomato was the perfect start to my stay, as it allowed me to sample a regional specialty without any guilt. Of course, the side of grits did come with a bit of guilt, but I’d recommend them all the same.
I returned to the restaurant for dinner that evening, sitting in one of its slightly unusual, box-like glass booths—excellent for meetings in which you might need some privacy but wouldn’t mind taking in the scene.
Via room service, I made sure to take advantage of the expansive tea cellar menu, which boasts 50 blends. When I was understandably flummoxed by the variety of choices, I was grateful for the friendly, knowledgeable guidance from the other end of the line.
Savor the Suite-ness
My Premier Park Executive Suite was more like a furnished apartment that deftly balanced the scales between homey comforts and modern sophistication. Measuring 1,022 square feet, there was space to not only stretch out during my two-night stay, but meetings or small get-togethers would have been a cinch at the dining room table or in the stylishly understated and open living room.
The adjoining office and free Wi-Fi allowed me to accomplish a few hours of work as easily as I would from the office—as long as I could steer clear of the restful bedroom. Also on point was the lavish bathroom, which offered plenty of counter space and a cavernous shower.
Pamper and Play
An indoor pool, fitness center and complimentary bicycle valet program help guests keep fit, while the on-site spa allows them to be rejuvenated, relaxed or simply refreshed with a variety of treatments.
Get the Job Done
There are 12,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces, including the Gallery Ballroom and five board rooms. The hotel even provides complimentary sedan service (when available) to help shuttle meeting planners around the nation’s capital in anticipation of any events booked on site.
The hotel’s West End location could not have been any more convenient for the purposes of my trip, which included an event at the National Geographic Society (I was easily able to walk there—in heels, no less) and meetings at nearby embassies. For anything further afield, the nearest metro station was a five-minute walk away.
The Park Hyatt Washington sets the right tone for a dignified clientele who wish to bask in the presidential treatment.
Courtesy : Premier Traveler
Author : Ally Miola