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During one of my recent adventures, I went to explore Philadelphia from New York City and then traveled on to Washington, DC. Washington, DC is a great trip for a day, or for the weekend, from New York City or Philly. Regardless of where you are visiting from, one of the most important factors is finding a good accommodation. Read on for my recent experience and best recommendation on where to stay in DC. 

I know that for most visitors that are only going for a day or weekend, a great location near all of the main sightseeing attractions saves time and energy. During this trip, I had the opportunity to stay at the perfect location. The Melrose Georgetown Hotel is a chic and historic hotel, where classic meets modern, that’s perfectly situated for visitors. I’m excited to tell you all about my experience at The Melrose Georgetown Hotel in this review.

First, it’s not just about the room. With a trendy, fresh and seasonal farm-to-fork dining experience at their Jardenea Restaurant, and great artisan cocktails in their lounge bar, The Melrose Georgetown is already a great spot for all of the foodies out there. And if you don’t burn enough calories exploring DC, there is a gym and other amenities on site too.

My Stay at The Melrose Georgetown Hotel in DC – An Honest Review

As soon as I arrived, I fell in love with the cozy and warm lobby. There’s amazing art, comfy couches, a lounge/bar area and even a fireplace. Within minutes of entering, I was already posing for photos (since I love taking photos in beautifully decorated spots). Anyhow, going back to my first impression, I was quickly greeted by the front desk and they even provided an early check-in, which was great after an early morning trip.

The details count!

Immediately following my check in, someone came to the suite with a plate containing delicious macarons served over chocolate and fresh rasberries. Super delightful!

The Suite

From the moment I got to my suite, I must say that I totally loved how comfortable and homey it was. Imagine, as you enter on the right, there’s a huge closet with a long mirror, for my stylish needs. As you keep walking in, there’s a cool and historic looking writing desk, which is perfect for working remotely, and then on the left there’s a spacious living room with a very comfortable couch, and amazing art hung on the wall across from a the coffee table. As you slowly turn, you would see the LCD TV and, hidden inside the drawer under the LCD TV, is a fully stocked minibar, along with a coffee machine and a selection of teas and coffee. Lastly, there’s a dining table with 4 chairs. I also enjoyed the view of the local architecture through the window.

The Bedroom

The bedroom was spacious, modern and clean, featuring a painting of George Washington (how appropriate!). The bed was super comfortable, with soft linens and plenty of pillows. I had a great night’s sleep!

The Bathroom

I still appreciate a bathtub and the marble walls were beautiful. Great products from Molton Brown London are available, along with other items you for your convenience and comfortable stay. The mirror was big with great lighting for women who love to do their make-up, like me! You’d be surprised how it’s getting harder and harder to find good lighting.

The Melrose Georgetown Hotel in Washington DC

Best hotel for sightseeing DC

In terms of sightseeing, The Melrose Georgetown Hotel is very well located at the West End Neighborhood in the heart of Washington, DC. It is one block from the Georgetown historic area, and a short walking distance from The White House and all of the popular monuments. It is a great place to stay when you want to be close to the main sightseeing area. I pretty much walked everywhere and if I was tired in evening, I took an Uber. Super easy!

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Jardenea Restaurant Foodie Experience

Now let’s talk about my favorite part when traveling -the food! One of the main highlights of my stay at the hotel was my experience with the Jardenea Restaurant. Starting with breakfast, I chose room service and everything was delicious and fresh. I got a tasty fruit plate, yummy French toast, an omelette, pastries, good coffee and fresh fruit juice. There were lots to choose from too, even for vegetarians and vegans. They definitely accommodate your needs. I felt like a queen, lounging in my robe, enjoying my breakfast at the dining table in my room.

breakfast in my suite at The Melrose Georgetown Hotel in DC

I also got to experience one dining affair at their Jardenea Restaurant and this was truly my foodie highlight. Everything on the menu sounded delicious which made it pretty difficult to pick at first. But, with the help of our amazing and knowledgeable waiter, we ended up having a very memorable, farm-fresh meal. Everything from the meat, to the salad, to the wine selection was amazing. We picked a great wine from France which paired perfectly with our meal.

Each dish we picked, including the appetizers, were cooked to perfection. I personally loved the Chesapeake Bay Crab Bisque and the Maryland Crab Cake appetizers. The goat cheese salad with Marcona Almonds was also excellent. But, as a meat lover, the Grass fed filet of beef with white truffle dauphinoise potatoes was to die for. The meat was perfectly cooked and tender – practically melting in my mouth.  I definitely recommend meat-lovers to try it. For dessert, we chose crème brule and the warm dark chocolate lava cake. Yum! Last but not least, the outstanding service provided by our waiter and restaurant’s chef was totally on point (which can always make or break your experience). 

Just for your reference, at Jardenea, the local farm is the beginning of the food they serve. Their philosophy has inspired artisan chefs to increase awareness of how fresh foods bring health and well-being to your life. They use organic, farm fresh products and their chefs have a deep affinity for farm fresh products that minimize our carbon footprint. They only source products from sustainable farms, fisheries, foragers and artisans that believe in the hotel’s vision. I am also all about sustainable and responsible travel, so I totally loved how the hotel incorporates this vision into their menus!

Dessert at Jardenea Restaurant in Georgetown DC

Overall, for a great experience, including a happy belly, I suggest that you stay at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel next time you’re visiting our nation’s capital. You won’t regret it!?

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Note: I was hosted by The Melrose Georgetown Hotel but all my opinions are my own.

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