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Designer Tony Chi set out an ambitious task for the 2006 renovation of the Park Hyatt: to capture the essence of D.C.'s role as the nation's capital without resorting to clichéd historicism. That he succeeded is evident immediately upon entering: Soaring glass boxes painted with the city's famous cherry blossoms flank the lobby. Behind the front desk, strips of rough red burlap evoke a tattered American flag. In the bar, glass-enclosed booths cleverly tweak Capitol Hill's "seen-but-not-heard" ethos. The 215 understated rooms continue the mix of modernism and Americana, enlivening the contemporary furniture with handmade Windsor chairs, wood Shaker boxes, and books on American crafts. In deluxe rooms and suites, a panel separating the living and sleeping spaces has a hand-carved checkerboard on one side and a flat-screen TV on the other. Spring an extra $50 or so for an upgrade, and you'll also get a spa-inspired limestone bathroom the size of most D.C. hotel rooms, complete with sunken tub and open dual-head shower stall. But the Park Hyatt's ambition extends beyond design. It has one of the city's best restaurants—the locavore-obsessed Blue Duck Tavern—toiletries courtesy of cult French parfumeur Blaise Mautin, and some of most smartest and most intuitive service in the district. The staff speaks more than 20 languages, and will offer complimentary rides in an Audi A8 L or arrange tastings of single-estate teas in the cellar. But it's the little details that are especially telling: You arrive home at night to find your toiletries organized on the counter and your toothbrush and toothpaste placed in a glass. They notice whether you've finished more sparkling or still water from the bedside bottles and restock accordingly. The only catch? The West End locationacross the bridge from Georgetown and south of Dupont Circlemeans that Metro service isn't particularly convenient.
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