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There are only 49 rooms and suites in the Rosewood, Washington, D.C.—but you might consider not staying in any of them. That’s because in addition to these rooms—which are, as you’d expect from the brand, lovely—the Georgetown hotel has recently opened six standalone townhouses to guests, giving them the opportunity to experience feeling truly at home (albeit a home that offers room service and on-demand spa services) in one of the city’s most historic and desirable neighborhoods.
Whether you stay in the main building or in one of the townhouses, it’s easy to enjoy some of the best that D.C. has to offer. The hotel—which overlooks the scenic C&O Canal—has a bustling on-site restaurant, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, a bustling rooftop bar and pool, and even a lobby-level library for more intimate meetings. When you walk outside, you’re just steps from M Street, Georgetown’s main thoroughfare, and a great selection of shops, restaurants, and attractions (The Exorcist steps, anyone?) that call the area home.
Here, we talk to Gabor Vida, managing director of Rosewood, Washington, D.C., about the property's best accommodations, and what makes sets it apart from other offerings in the nation’s capital.
What do you consider to be the best room at the property and why?
In November 2020 we unveiled these townhouses, and they certainly take the top spots on my list of favorite rooms. There are four of them adjacent to the building on our street and two around the corner. My favorite is on South Street and has unique bay windows that transport you back to the late 1700s or early 1800s when the homes were built, but they’ve all been reimagined by the architect Thomas Pheasant to transport guests to modern Georgetown living. The townhouses are all similar in style and size; they’re close to 1,200 square feet with a private entrance, a beautifully appointed living space, and, up a flight of stairs, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining space. They’re all four stories with a bedroom on the top floor, and there’s a real sense of discovery as you make your way through the unit.
How much does it cost per night?
The townhouses start at $1,500 per night.
How would you describe the guests and the vibe at the hotel?
Our guests are what we call influential explorers; they seek adventure and want to get to know the community. D.C. has so much to offer, and they get to experience that in an atmosphere that’s relaxed and approachable.
What feeling about the city do you hope to impart to guests?
Georgetown is such a unique neighborhood, it’s one of the most historic and charming in D.C. and we have a real community feel. We’re within walking distance of the waterfront, the Kennedy Center, monuments, and museums, so some of the city’s best attractions are practically at our doorstep.
Is there a local destination you’d recommend to guests?
The National Mall is so beautiful, especially when you go at night. You can see the city just light up. It’s magic, there’s no better way to describe it.
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