Rosewood DC: The Presidential Suite

For those of you that don’t know, Kev and I live in Washington, D.C.  We sometimes forget that we actually live in a pretty cool city and we don’t always need to travel far to find really awesome stuff to do.

Back in December, we were looking to get some relaxation and away from the hustle and bustle of real life without breaking the bank.  With Christmas just around the corner, we found that flights were expensive, but through our research we found that hotels were much cheaper than normal! Weighing out the pros and cons, we decided that we would do a staycation at a the Rosewood Washington, D.C. (only a mile away from our home) that we’ve always wanted to check out.

How we booked:

Since this was a staycation, we wanted to make sure that the hotel we chose was pet friendly so that we could bring Carl, our puppy!

We also knew that we wanted to try the Grill Room (at the Rosewood) for dinner , so we thought why not kill 2 birds with 1 stone and stay at the hotel while using up the $100 resort credit (offered through FHR) to eat at the Grill Room.

All in, we ended up paying $435 through FHR. This rate included:

  • Room upgrade to the freakin PRESIDENTIAL SUITE (possibly a $3000 value)
  • Free breakfast (80 dollar value)
  • $100 dinner credit
  • Early check in
  • Late check out

The Hotel:

With Carl in my backpack carrier, we Ubered to the hotel.  Upon arrival, we were greeted with a doorman happily taking our bags and leading us through the beautiful lobby. As I was escorted though the lobby I was in awe at how the decor was old meets new. It was Christmas and it was decorated with taste and not too much gaudiness. It’s timeless and felt like what a hotel in Georgetown should feel like.

We were able to check-in in a private room away from the public lobby, by a woman named Roxy.  She was friendly and one of the warmest people I have ever met. We were asked if we’d like a drink and were made sure we were comfortable. We arrived a bit early, as we wanted to spend as much time in the hotel as possible and told our story of how we came about our staycation.  We were told that we were able to check in early, however, if we wanted to be upgraded, we should wait an hour or so. We asked if we should and Roxy told us it would be worth it!

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We walked Carl around Georgetown and we came back in an hour. Every single employee in the lobby welcomed us back.  Roxy was waiting for us with champagnes in hand and told us our room was ready.  We had no idea what to expect!

Roxy escorted us to the 5th floor and down the hall. She halted before opening the door and told us that she wanted to do something special for us since it was our staycation.  The suspense was killing me!  As she opened the door, we realized that Carl, Kevin, and I were upgraded to the presidential suite!

The room was humongous! The entrance was grand with marble on the floor and a chandelier hanging.  On the left was a wet bar and a half bathroom.

We kept walking and there was a living and dining area.  There was a mirrored fireplace that could be turned on by a remote. Carl especially liked the oversized mustard colored couches!

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dsc01364An office nook was on the very right with books and a desk fit for a CEO. It would be the perfect spot to work if you were there on business!  It was totally wasted on me as I can’t blog in such a structured environment. It was cool to have none the less!

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Through the hall was a vanity where I enjoyed putting my make up on.  Across from it were two closets that could fit enough clothes for a week!

Finally, there is the bedroom!  The beds were comfortable and like any nice hotel, had a very nice down comforter and feather pillows.  The entire suite had dark wooden floors and dark furniture. Personally, I felt that the room was a bit dark and masculine, but it was an extremely comfortable and and the room was nice – not like one of those ultra trendy cheap feeling hotels (my biggest peeve!).

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Carl loved the room.  He was treated like a prince and was given a Temperpedic doggy bed and a bowl full of Milk Bones!  I can’t even make this up guys! He ate so many treats that he ended up puking.

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The Bathroom:

The bathroom was a bit outdated, but like the rest of the room, was large. There was a 6 foot radius tub that Carl took a bath in.  There was an older TV that could be watched while you bathed. The toilet and bidet were in a separate room, which is always appreciated when traveling with Kevin and the shower was pretty great. Again, this bathroom was not my personal style, but was really nice.

Other Amenities:

On the top floor is a roof top that is open during the summer.  It has a great view of Georgetown, and I could see myself going up there for drinks with friends in the summer.

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dsc01461Additionally, there is a pool on the top floor.  The pool is accessible from inside but also extends to the outside, which was pretty neat.  The only complaint here was that the pool was small.  It’s not large enough to actually swim.

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The gym has all of the essentials.  It has weights, a tread mill, and bike.  You have everything you need to get a work out in, but it is small.  The pro to the gym is that they have free bottles of water.

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The Restaurant:

With our stay, we were able to get free breakfast at the Grill Room.  The restaurant is a really beautiful space. It’s old meets new and has a nice enclosed wine room for private dinners.

I ordered the pancakes and they were to die for!  It was probably the best blueberry pancakes I have ever had in my life.I thoroughly enjoyed dining here looking out over the canal as well.

Pros:

  • Location Location Location
  • Friendly Staff
  • Free Breakfast
  • Pet Friendly
  • Nice Decor

Cons:

  • The rooms are slightly outdated
  • Small Pool
  • Small Exercise Facility

Overall, I loved my staycation in Georgetown at The Rosewood.  Thank you so much to Roxy for upgrading us to such an amazing room and for treating our puppy so well.  We will definitely be back for at least breakfast and a drink on the rooftop!

Check out the video we took of the Rosewood.

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