Capella Wash­ing­ton, DC-Ge­orge­town Wash­ing­ton, DC

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BACK­GROUND I truly en­joy a name that has a deeper mean­ing. In the heav­ens, Capella is a dou­ble star, and just like its ce­les­tial name­sake, the brand has de­vel­oped a sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship be­tween these lux­u­ri­ous ho­tels and their dis­cern­ing guests.

The Capella Wash­ing­ton, DC, is the brand’s first property in the US. Like other Capella ho­tels, the Ge­orge­town property is an ul­tra lux­ury ho­tel that de­liv­ers a sense of ex­clu­siv­ity and an el­e­gant ex­pe­ri­ence. The property it­self is de­signed for pri­vacy and built from the staff up on an­tic­i­pat­ing guests needs and de­liv­er­ing a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence. In ad­di­tion to the Ge­orge­town lo­ca­tion, Capella has other des­ti­na­tions in Euro­pean cities and exclusive re­treats from Asia to Mex­ico.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? In­di­vid­u­ally de­signed rooms are wrapped in com­fort with taste­ful aes­thet­ics. The rooftop of­fers a lounge and in­doorout­door in­fin­ity pool, both with sprawl­ing views of the na­tion’s cap­i­tal. The fit­ness cen­ter is suf­fi­cient but I fa­vor get­ting out to ex­er­cise along the canal and his­toric streets of Ge­orge­town.

This is a great place to find peace while be­ing ul­tra pro­duc­tive. One unique area is the guest’s Liv­ing Room. It’s warm yet sleek and stylish with a two-story wall of Ital­ian onyx, mas­sive fire­place, over­sized fur­ni­ture and ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ist paint­ings by Ed­vins Straut­ma­nis. Exclusive to guests, this area is some­thing to sa­vor whether you want to con­tinue to work in a re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment or just pass the time in sooth­ing sur­round­ings.

Be­ing a guest at Capella is like be­ing part of an ex­tended fam­ily dur­ing the hol­i­days.You know, the warm feel­ing and per­pet­ual smiles that come from your fa­vorite time of year.

WHERE IS IT Lo­cated along­side the quaint C&O Canal in pres­ti­gious Ge­orge­town, the chic Capella is in­side the belt­way, across the Po­tomac from blos­som­ing high-tech com­pa­nies, the po­lit­i­cal power bro­kers of K street, the White House and Capi­tol Hill. The ho­tel is roughly 15 min­utes from Rea­gan and 35 from Wash­ing­ton Dulles air­ports.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES First, your mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence be­gins weeks prior with your per­sonal concierge call­ing to ar­range just about any need. When that hap­pens, you can sus­pect you are in for some­thing spe­cial. Check-in time is when­ever you ar­rive, and you also check-out when you need to leave.

Each room is spa­cious with views of the canal or Ge­orge­town, and in­cludes Illy espresso ma­chines, DIREC­TTV and a sep­a­rate glass en­closed floor to ceil­ing rain shower. Up­grad­ing one class to a deluxe adds a beau­ti­ful white lime­stone bath­tub, and an­other step up puts you in the Ge­orge­town rooms with a cor­ner view. The Capella, Ex­ec­u­tive and the Pres­i­den­tial suites (among the top 101 suites in the world) are worth the con­sid­er­a­tion.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS Helmed by Swedish Chef Jakob Esko, The Grill Room el­e­vates the Ge­orge­town gas­tron­omy scene with cre­ative of­fer­ings, spe­cial­iz­ing in hand-cut meats, fresh seafood and ta­ble­side prepa­ra­tions. Mean­while The Rye Bar mixol­o­gists craft de­li­cious one of a kind cock­tails, in­clud­ing a sig­na­ture Man­hat­tan.

For an un­for­get­table mem­ory, plan ahead and stay at the Capella while tak­ing a Cock­tail Class at The Rye Bar or spend your time stargaz­ing from the rooftop with the Capella Con­stel­la­tion and Din­ner Se­ries.

MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES High stakes pri­vate meet­ings are kept that way with the sep­a­rate garage en­trance for power ex­ec­u­tives. For a more re­laxed at­mos­phere, Capella guests can cre­ate oc­ca­sions on the rooftop with views span­ning his­tor­i­cal land­marks and river views. Your per­sonal as­sis­tant can help shape your event to deliver that mem­o­rable meet­ing and Capella ex­pe­ri­ence.

VER­DICT The in­ti­mate Capella Ge­orge­town pro­vides a top-tier re­treat for the dis­cern­ing world trav­eler, po­si­tion­ing guests be­tween the cen­ters of cul­ture, shop­ping, din­ing, and the head­quar­ters of in­ter­na­tional pol­icy and fi­nance. BT

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