My Gold Level Experience at the Fairmont Washington DC
With history around every corner, a growing arts community and one of the most exciting culinary scenes in the country it’s little surprise that Washington DC is one of my favorite stops for a city break. The Capitol is spoiled for choice when it comes to great hotels but I couldn’t pass up a chance to return for a stay at the Fairmont Washington DC. The Fairmont’s location is one of the best in the city, within easy reach of the restaurants and shops of Georgetown and Dupont Circle as well as being convenient to the monuments and museums of the National Mall while being an oasis from the tourist fray.
I was in town for an event being held at the Fairmont so after dropping my bags off in my room a made a beeline for the lobby. This was my first time back to the Fairmont since they completed a multi-million dollar renovation and I liked what I saw. The new lobby was modern , yet timeless; with thoughtful nods to the capital city in the decor. Cozy seating throughout the airy lobby provide the perfect place to unwind with a signature cocktail from the Lobby Bar.
The food at the Fairmont was just as good as I remembered. On my last visit I dined at Juniper, the Fairmont’s restaurant for both breakfast and dinner(my recommendation? Go for anything on the menu featuring honey made from the Fairmont’s own rooftop beehive) but this time I had a chance to sample some tasty tapas passed by a gracious staff. Crabcakes and sliders with dijon aioli were tasty but what I really had my eye on was dessert. Bites of creamy flan were topped with just the right amount of caramel but the real star was the rich almond cake drenched in decadent dark chocolate.
The Gold Level rooms are spacious for a Washington city hotel, with modern updates that were comfortable with a touch of fun. As I’ve come to expect with Fairmont my king sized bed was supremely comfortable and the bathroom was stocked with with luscious La Labo toiletries with a large counter that offered plenty of space to get ready for my day exploring DC.
The Gold Level offers access to a private lounge and concierge, a quiet retreat from the hectic pace of capitol life. Start the day with a complimentary breakfast buffet, with choices as healthy or as decadent as you wish ( I personally swooned over the Nespresso machine). The real benefit of staying on the gold level is the concierge staff who remembered me by name, and were exceedingly gracious with no request too large or small.
Of course no visit to the Fairmont is complete without one of their signature beetinis. A heady mix of vodka, tequila, lemon along with honey and honeycomb from the rooftop garden is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the Fairmont’s beautiful courtyard.
What I found at the Fairmont was a property with modern elegance that was comfortable and inviting, but it’s the understated and gracious service that will keep me coming back.
I was graciously hosted by the Fairmont Washington DC but all opinions are my own