It was a lovely sunny day in Washington DC, and down on the Potomac there were boats and canoes on the water. On the river bank, people were picnicking and playing ball. Two blocks up 31st Street, in the Georgetown area to the west of the main city, the capital’s newest luxury brand, Rosewood Washington DC, is in its element (its north front is literally right beside the C&O Canal). This brand was a surprise to many. The 49-room hotel changed flags overnight. In the morning of April 22nd, 2016, it was Rosewood. The gal, not surprisingly, wanted to see what has already become Travel+Leisure’s top hotel in Washington DC.
Well, a great start to finding out about this hotel is going up to the fifth floor rooftop. Look at the video, below. Look at the photo to the right. The rooftop is gorgeous, with 360-degree views, taking in the Potomac and Georgetown. Laze up there, lounge up there, have a drink. Take your togs and swim in the year-round, heated, infinity-edged pool. If you want a quick work-out there is even a bijou gym on the rooftop but, sensibly, GM Pascal Forotti has arranged a hotel membership of Washington Sports Club, only five blocks away west along M Street, namely eight minutes’ walk from the hotel. That is a serious fitness facility, suitable even for a power perfectionist.
Despite being so near to the buzz of the rooftop the rooms are blissfully quiet. Peter Silling’s interiors are sleek – I loved corner room 301’s outline four-poster, and the incredibly comfortable bed (well, at least I can remember getting into it, and the next thing was my personalized-and-warm wake-up call). Thoughtfully, by the way, when I went up to bed I found a plastic bag, right size for carry-on toiletries, as well as two wrapped Godiva chocolates. I had dined, earlier, in the hotel’s absolutely fabulous Grill. This flows out on to a narrow terrace, with tables-for-two, looking down at the canal. I was surrounded by local residents.
They know what they like, these healthy Georgetowners. They like simplicity, and good products, and they get them here. Simplicity? Yes, this is a luxury hotel that dares offer only five main course entrées on its menu, or rather three ‘dishes’ and two simple grills, and everyone finds something that attracts – I loved my meal, a simple salad of big leaves and herbs, and then a 21-day aged Shenandoah Valley Angus ribeye, its cubes of oven-roast potatoes, asparagus and spiced red onion, with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, look appetising, tasted superb (especially, I do admit, with a glass of Malbec Decero Remolinos Vineyard, Agnelo, Mendoza 2013). In the morning, I breakfasted with Pascal Forotti. I just love what I do, said this Luxemburger. Every day is different… NOW SEE THE VIDEO BELOW