I didn’t know I’d have an opportunity to stay at this stately hotel in the quiet and refined West End of Washington, DC. I wouldn’t have normally pursued this property for one of my routine DC visits because, for obvious reasons to me, I’ve not had the pleasure of booking this hotel for a group in the past. My clients simply can’t afford the Park Hyatt rates on a daily basis. But when I learned Smart Mart would be hosted there I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take the Park Hyatt on for a test drive nevertheless.
The Park Hyatt is stunning. It was reinvented more than six years ago but the design and sleekness is still very much current. It has a real international flair and more than most hotels in Washington caters to a diplomatic crowd. Their lobby is dignified and streamlined, their staff is courteous and the utmost professionals. And their restaurant Blue Duck Tavern, which has its own acclaimed following, is the pride of the hotel.
The hotel also features wonderfully flexible meeting space one level below the lobby, and it’s where I spent most of my time here for Smart Mart. Their guest rooms, adorned in wood grains and soothing earth tones, was a wonderful respite for me even if only for one night. I was afforded the opportunity to stay in a suite, a room that I would scarcely ever be able to book for my clients truth be told. Signature to the room was a flat screen TV on a swivel so it could be used either for the living area or the bedroom. But the most impressive facet to the room was its giant bathroom with enormous waterfall shower adjacent to a soaking tub.
The Park Hyatt is a treat, an impressive gem in an upscale neighborhood. It’s the kind of hotel one would feel comfortable placing the highest dignitary and yet somehow without exuding any real opulence. Keep up the good work!