Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival is an unrivaled springtime ritual that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. The masses of pink cherry flowers are so profuse that the sunlight almost takes on a pinkish glow. The city puts on a three-week celebration with live music, fireworks shows, parades—even a kite flying festival, and the absolute best place to make your home base for exploring during cherry blossom season is at the ultra-deluxe Rosewood Washington DC hotel in Georgetown—just a few short miles from the Mall.
The team at the Rosewood take this cherry blossom business quite seriously—crafting cherry blossom inspired cocktails and menu offerings as well as offering up epicurean picnic lunches and private Segeway tours of the Tidal Basin. The Georgetown location is a perfect blend of village walkability with restaurants and shops and easy in/out to the main attractions along the Mall. Rosewood has clearly defined its place as one of the world’s ultra-luxury hotel companies —delivering guests a combination of smart, anticipatory service in an intimate hotel setting with a residentially styled vibe. There is not a massive registration desk here, rather guests can take care of hotel business in the guests-only library. The lobby (more of a foyer) is intimate too, (an interesting perk that attracts big stars and musicians looking to avoid paparazzi—there is no way a photographer can idle in the Rosewood main entrance without being glaringly obvious.)
The main living room is stocked with books (most focus on the fascinating history of DC) and a 24-hour supply of tea, coffee and snacks. Rooms have been painstakingly appointed with bespoke furnishings, beautiful hardwood finishes, massive over-sized soaking tubs and rich fluffy bedding. Touch technology opens curtains and powers the lights. With only 37 rooms and 12 suites total it is relatively easy to book an entire floor if you have a large party or event—lending an even greater sense of privacy to the experience. Best room options are the Premium Corner King –with floor to ceiling windows on two walls they have abundant light and the ones with canal views are the most lovely. Also, the hotel’s Georgetown Suites are best suited to guests who may want to conduct business—the handsome living area feels more like a home than a hotel.
Drinking is one of the choice pursuits here too—up on the rooftop bar with views of the DC skyline or on the main floor Rye Bar—where the DC power set are known to linger after the day’s business is done. We liked the impressive selection of brown spirits—WhistlePig 15-Year anyone?–and the decadent Barrel Aged Manhattan with rye, dolin rouge, byrhh quinquina. The Grill Room is intimate as well, and weather permitting, the canalside seating is some of the best al fresco dining DC has on offer. Be sure to try the Salt Meadow Lamb with pistachio persillade, artichoke ‘barigoule’ and carrot yogurt.
From the hotel it is easy to grab a taxi or uber to the Mall –or any of the cultural offerings that dot the area. But, you did come for the blossoms; the Rosewood Cherry Blossom Package includes:
• Accommodations at the Deluxe King level or higher (two-night minimum stay)
• Welcome cocktails for two from The Rye Bar
• Segway Tour around the Tidal Basin
• Daily breakfast for two at lively neighborhood restaurant, The Grill Room
• Bike-riding excursion with a catered lunch
• Valet parking for one vehicle
Available for a minimum of two nights between March 19 and April 20, the starting rate for Rosewood Washington, D.C.’s exclusive Cherry Blossom Package begins at $680 per night. Advance hotel reservation and a 72-hour cancellation period is required.