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Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Georgetown 

3100 South Street N.W.
Washington , D.C.
Tel: 202 912 4100
Fax: 202 912 4199
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Overlooking the Potomac River, this hotel is located in the former Georgetown Incinerator, a distinctive, turn-of-the-century red-brick building complete with a 130-foot smokestack. It's our favorite of the four Ritz-Carltons in the region (the others are located downtown, near the Pentagon, and in McLean, Virginia). The 86 rooms and suites have an intimate, masculine charm and handsome contemporary furniture—some in dark leather, others in shades of red or gold with lively accents, such as orange silk pillows. They're also pretty spacious: At 2,980 square feet (plus nearly 800 square feet of terrace overlooking the river), the Royal Potomac Suite is a top contender for the title of most luxurious in town. The hotel's interior design takes full advantage of the building's history: lots of brick and ironwork, incendiary themes (Fahrenheit restaurant, Degrees bar), and a lobby lounge with a working fireplace (with a welcoming just-lit aroma). The service is polished, and the spa is the only one in Washington with Prada treatments on its menu.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
The restored brick factory with a 130-foot smokestack blends contemporary furnishings with rich earth tones. "Rooms are not large but are comfortable, clean, and well appointed" and offer views of the Potomac River. Degrees Bar & Lounge, with exposed brick walls and black slate floors, serves cocktails and is "so happening." While staff are "very pleasant," the concierge desk "operates by committee, and when one asks for something, it sometimes takes time to get done."

(86 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 88.9
  • Design: 88.0
  • Food: 83.1
  • Location: 91.3
  • Rooms: 91.4
  • Service: 90.2

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005

Amenities: Spa

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