Washington, DC has several neighborhoods boasting quality lodging. Georgetown is one of the most popular of the bunch and The Graham Georgetown is one of the best choices for boutique hotel lodging. Located on a quiet side street puts guests in easy reach of shops, restaurants, the 185 mile/296.9 kilometer C&O Canal and its hiking, biking, and jogging trail, plus access to all that downtown DC has to offer is just a convenient taxi ride away.
Rooms and features
Stepping into the tastefully designed lobby, attentive staff will have you checked in quickly. One of 57 sleek and spotless guest rooms and suites await your selection. Room decorations are on the ‘minimalistic’ side, but quite attractive. The King Luxury room starts the list of room choices with a king-size bed, luxury pillow top mattress and high-quality Irish linens, large desk/work station for the business traveler, LED 42” HDTV, and a clock radio with MP3 connection. A spacious 350 sq ft/ 32.51 sqm is ample space for many, but if more room is needed the King Junior Suite offers 450 sq ft/ 41.80 sqm and the King Suite has up to 800 sq. ft./74.32 sqm. A Double Queen Luxury and Deluxe Queen Luxury Accessible room features two queen size beds and a spacious bath rounding out the room choices. In-room refrigerators are available for an additional cost of 25 USD per day. All rooms are ultra clean. WiFi is available in all rooms and common spaces and is complimentary.
Cocktails and small plates
The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy is a lounge and dining room named after Alexander Graham Bell. Full breakfast and dinner menus as well as room service are available. The space evokes a Victorian Fantasy theme with style cues from the period of the hotel namesake. I’ve never seen anything like this bar and lounge and it captivated me instantly with a twenty-foot brass pipe ceiling including crystal decanter light fixtures. The menu at The Alex has breakfast offerings as well as evening small plates. Later in the day, try one of their imaginative cocktails paired with a tasty small plate while contemplating dinner options in the surrounding area.
Check out the stunning view
One of the most striking features of The Graham has got to be the Observatory rooftop bar with sweeping views of Georgetown as well as Washington, DC. Take the elevator up to this urban lookout where you can keep an eye on the busy world below. Bring your opera glasses or binoculars to scan the area for historical sites or stargazing at night. It is such a comfortable rooftop I’d want to bring a blanket up and fall asleep in this treehouse-like perch high over Georgetown. Enjoy pleasing cocktails and specialty cigars for sunset or late into the night at one of the coolest venues in the Mid-Atlantic. Rent the part of the Observatory that looks out over 30th St for up to 50 guests or the entire rooftop space holding up to 140. What a great place for your event and a way to impress your friends or business clients.
Food and shopping in the area
The Graham is perfectly located for dining out. For nothing fancy, but great food and drink, try either Clyde’s or Martin’s Tavern. Clydes is a family friendly restaurant with an American themed menu. Clyde’s can be a bit crowded, showing that locals know a good thing when the taste it. Martin’s Tavern is about a five minute walk uphill to 1264 Wisconsin Avenue where they have been serving up old school favorites like oyster stew, corned beef and cabbage, Grandma’s meatloaf, pot roast and other comfort foods since 1933. This is my favorite Georgetown restaurant due to the great ambiance, food, and service. Several U.S. presidents have dined at Martin’s Tavern and many a mover and shaker still frequents this historical Georgetown eatery to this day. Whatever your taste or budget, I believe you will find an excellent restaurant within a ten minute walk or taxi ride from The Graham.
Must have list
If a quiet central location, attentive service, clean and comfortable top your list of what a hotel must have, The Graham will definitely deliver. Why not give them a try on your next trip to this famous city on the banks of the mighty Potomac River and make it your go-to hotel for business or pleasure?