We just had our 25th anniversary yesterday at the Inn. My expectations were already high when I knew that the institution is already a member of Relais and Chateaux and on top of that a 5 star rating from Forbes Travel. The presentation from start to finish is excellent. I must admit I have a very keen eye when it comes to details. From the doorman's jacket, table napkins and servers clothing are well-pressed; bedroom and bathroom layout, real wood cabinets, wood doors, key holder, dining sets are well-thought out. The kitchen, where we had the opportunity to meet and greet Chef Patrick O'Connell was well-kept and organized, almost spotless through the lens of my naked eye. The kitchen is pampered with monastic music, purposely set by the master chef to maintain calmness and focus among his team of chefs. Table orders are managed with time precision to make sure pacing of food courses are delivered on time. No wonder the 6-course dinner was paced perfectly, didn't even notice we've been sitting there for 2.5 hours. We were amazed by how fast and organized the servings were tendered. As to the food, it is something to behold and experience, though the servings were small, the food is oozing with distinctive, unique heavenly taste that your palate is quite delighted. Dessert, the 'seven deadly sins' is a must. Nothing like it, except if you're in Paris. Breakfast was a pleasant surprise, french egg benedict and lobster omelette was excellent top off with 4 kinds of juices and apple butter on warm mini croissants. What a way to start your day. Overall the food and stay was excellent. The staff was congenial, always willing to help. This was pure decadence, as others would say, Merci et bon travail!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the small town of Washington, Virginia, The Inn at Little Washington is the only Double Forbes Five Star, Double AAA Five Diamond property in the Washington metro area. The Inn's eighteen bedrooms and suites are sumptuous hideaways created by Joyce Evans, a London stage and set designer, for whom The Inn has become a life's work. Many of the furnishings were purchased in England, numbered and shipped to Virginia to be assembled on site like a giant jigsaw puzzle. The Inn offers a range of accommodations from well-appointed rooms to luxurious, two story suites many with balconies and garden views. The Inn's dining rooms are pure fantasy - a wondrous cocoon of luxury. Rose-colored, silk lampshades float above each table creating a private, romantic world below. Chef/Proprietor Patrick O'Connell's creations arrive as if served by invisible hands, course after course more dazzling than the last. From the award-winning 14,000 bottle wine cellar, which includes the finest offerings from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California and Virginia, the Sommelier plays matchmaker between you, your dinner and the wine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Little Washington Hotel Washington