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The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Ranked #10 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
63 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2008

The Ritz Carlton Georgetown is by far one of my favorite boutique hotels in the world. I'll get the one negative point out of the way first: horrible cell phone reception everywhere in the hotel (you'll notice desperate patrons standing by the glass windows in the lobby trying to get a signal as it's really the only place to get reception in the entire hotel). BUT WHO CARES? The hotel is STILL amazing: Perfectly set in Georgetown, downtown DC's most charming area, the Ritz Carlton provides everything you'd be looking for in a unique luxury boutique hotel. It is a renovated incinerator with an enormous fireplace in the lobby that burns 24 hours a day providing the most perfectly faint smell of mesquite/firewood you could hope for. Snuggle up to the fireplace with a good book -- one of their many service staff will bring you WHATEVER you need whether it's a fabulous cocktail or a healthy fruit plate or a club sandwich. Mo and Raul run the "Front of the House" and make you feel like you live there. Enjoy the Ritz's small, but perfectly adequate, fitness center for a quick workout and round out a relaxing day with a massage in their boutique spa. You can follow that up with an extremely satisfying shower -- bathrooms in all room types are absolutely top notch with high pressure showers, soft linens and designer bath products. I highly recommend bellying up to the bar at "Degrees" and having a cold beer and appetizers while watching whatever game is on that day… very friendly bartenders; great vibe and solid food (share the club sandwich with fries if you're a party of 2). When you're ready to retire for the day, you'll melt when your head hits your pillow -- absolutely a top-notch bed with luxury bedding. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Ritz Georgetown…going back any chance I get.

  • Liked — Felt like I lived there; amazing staff - endless cozy vibe in a city setting.
  • Disliked — Poor cell phone reception throughout hotel.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 Thank RLA
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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st. paul
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2007

Well, It is a Ritz hotel and it is very nice. In my opinion, I thought it was just OK. For the price I expected more. The room we had was a little on the small side but the bathroom was amazing. The king size bed was very very comfortable and the location in Georgetown is within walking distance to great shopping. Note that if you do need ride somewhere they have a free driver that will take you to where you want to go. Like I said it was OK but for the price look elsewhere.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Mateo
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80 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2007

Stayed 3 nights at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown in November, 2007. A boutique hotel. In a quiet location just a couple of short blocks from the center of bustling M Street. Room overlooking 31st Street was quiet with muffled street noise and Reagan Airport fly-over noise. No voices or sounds from adjoining rooms. Recent conversion of an old brick "incinerator building". Conversion nicely done--appealing architecture inside and out that fits character of Georgetown.

Had a premier room that was relatively small by luxury standards. Dim lights, none adequate for reading. Requested 3-way floor lamp that allowed me to read. Inadequate drawers, only 3 astonishingly small drawers. Very comfortable king bed. Very nice, spacious bath with separate shower. One, not-too-comfortable chair.

Very pleasant restaurant. I only had breakfast there which was fine. Had outstanding dinner at Seasons restaurant in nearby Four Seasons hotel. Also very good Italian dinner at Cafe Milano on Prospect Street, just off of Wisconsin.

Circulator bus on M Street runs frequently and connects to all sights for $1 per trip. Took to Union Station at end of stay. For arrival from Dulles, took 5A Metro bus from airport to Rosslyn Metro station, then taxi from across from station to hotel.

I liked staying in Georgetown. I got used to the room size as my stay went on and ended up being satisfied with my room and the hotel overall.

  • Liked — Quiet location.
  • Disliked — Relatively small room.
  • Stayed November 2007
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank Tipster2000
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Pittsburgh, PA
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19 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2007

I stayed at this Ritz Carlton to visit with a few of my college buddies in Washington, DC. This Ritz's appearance is totally different than any other Ritz I've stayed in (I've stayed at Ritz Carlton all over the country). It looked like the Four Seasons and the W Hotel were combined. The hotel has an understated classic/
modern feel. In addtion, the hotel is in some type of old coal or gas
fired manufacturing plant..This history is definately reflected in the decor...very successfully I should add. The hotel fit perfectly with the trendy area of Georgetown.

The location of the hotel was prime. A block away from the corner of "M" and Wisconsin Ave. It you want to experience Georgetown this location could not be better (It is also a block away from the legendary Blues Alley if you are a jazz fan).

The room was nicely appointed and very comfortable. The bathroom was large although the shower was cramped. My only issue with the room was the internet connection never worked correctly. It took several attempts to connect with thier host site.

The workout area was very small but had quality machines. There also wasn't a shop to get small items that one tends to forget when packing.

I didn't eat at the hotel but did frequent the bar which again was more like a chic club in Manhattan than the usual Ritz atmosphere.

The serive was top notch. Everyone went out of their way to assist me and the doormen always knew my name. This is the only hotel I've evered stayed at where the bellman gave me his Ritz business card in case I ever needed his services again. I thought this was a nice touch.

Overall this a great Ritz. If you are looking for a trendy five star hotel in trendy Georgetown, this is the place for you.

  • Liked — Great service and very comfortable setting.
  • Disliked — Internet connection was terrible.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank mike0steff
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Derby, Connecticut
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57 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2007

Stayed two nights at the hotel for a conference. This is definitely a pricey experience, but as all costs were included, this was the hotel of choice. The rooms are beautifully decorated and comfortable, the beds had down comforters. The bathroom was to die for - marble tile, separate tub and glass shower, very chic and elegant.

The staff of the hotel were wonderful and friendly, and accomodated every request.

The only complaint would be the construction noise from the health club, but as I was at a conference all day, the annoyance was minimal.

Stayed April 2007
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Pennington, New Jersey
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39 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2007

Here's what an AMEX Platinum card and $700/night gets you in Washington DC these days: a sleek, well-appointed but almost tiny "premier" room at or near the top of RC standards; some breathing room on the $21/person continental breakfast; and a one-of-a-kind relaxed atmosphere missing from larger corporate properties thorughout the District. If you're ok with the cost, you might want to upgrade to a junior suite, just so you can put the W-style claustrophobia out of your mind. But now you're at 800/night, with parking and room tax, well over a grand. There comes a point of diminishing returns on your hard earned dollars, Platinum amenities or no.

That whining was what cost this hotel a fifth star in my view. Otherwise, it's the place to stay in DC, displacing the Four Seasons down the road.

If you've ever tried to drive on or near M Street, you know what hostile territory it is behind the wheel. Getting to RC G'town means only crossing M at the 31st St. light and heading over the picturesque canal to South Street. Turn right and the quiet you hear, a couple of hundred yards from M, feels like you've been admitted to a secluded enclave.

At 86 rooms, the hotel is not burdened with a check-in or check-out rush hour. Staff were unfailingly friendly, indulgent of my niece and nephew in tow for a few hours. Check-in is dignified at a desk, adjacent to an elegant, understated lobby of chairs and a fireplace, where cocktails and light repast are served.

There's a lounge scene across the hall, or upstairs you'll find a relaxed restaurant, Farenheit, where staff are attentive, friendly, and concerned. Food was as good as we've had in the District.

The renovated incinerator building does make for an unusual layout, but nothing caused a panic. You simply have to walk outside for about ten steps to gain entrance to the hotel rooms. But be careful: this "smoke-free" hotel is not. Those 10 steps were a gauntlet to run through the wave of smoke from hotel guests puffing away, who wanted my clothes to smell like theirs.

Those rooms are quiet and clean, albeit cramped. I did not visit the spa or gym, but if neither are capacious, it's no doubt part of the charm of this larger than life boutique.

I saw reviews challenging the professionalism of staff, and I must disagree. I'm happy to report that this was perhaps the most consistent RC group I've encountered, perhaps a credit to the GM (as opposed to, say, RC Cleveland, which should be closed down as a public service.) From Yayo at the door to the Aussie who checked me in, to the United flight attendant working the restaurant as a second job, these were folks who took care of you. I had no problems with housekeeping (RC bathrooms are more tricked out than the bedrooms), room service, or bellmen: quite the contrary.

Now I have to go to work to save a few extra bucks to upgrade to a suite. But it'll be worth it.

  • Liked — Staff understands the difference between brass and class.
  • Disliked — Cramped room for the price of a suite.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
8 Thank jackfurlongesq_123
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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26 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2007

My husband and 3-year son stayed here one night on Easter Sunday. We
usually do not stay at this kind of high-end hotel, the Marriott chain being our usual choice, but we decided to splurge on this because of the great reviews and relatively good rate compared to other Ritz hotels in North America.

It was well worth the expense as we received excellent service and had a very comfortable stay. I enjoyed it because I simply adore Georgetown. The location of the hotel is within a short walking distance from shopping, a lovely park, and of course, amazing restaurants.

I saw other hotels around (Latham, Four Seasons) and they just didn't
seem to have the charm or good location that this Ritz had.

The only complaint I had was the lack of extras that we are usually used to at the Marriott like extra toilet paper and Kleenex boxes and in-room coffee/tea. We ran out of Kleenex and asked them to bring a box. We never got it. I had to call again the next morning.

We had room service lunch and it was awesome. The kid menu items are big enough for adults and delicious. When the food came into our room
presented in the typical Ritz way on the rolling table all 3 of us felt like royalty.

Otherwise how can one complain when the following luxuries made my stay more unique: boutique hotel atmosphere, gorgeous and oversized marble bathroom with separate water closet, ultra luxe bed and linens, and other nice touches like Ritz bottled water and scrumptuous bath robes.

A great experience!

  • Liked — Location and service.
  • Disliked — No in-room coffee or tea.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank puilam
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Property: The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Address: 3100 South St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-4418 (Formerly The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown)
Phone Number:
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Georgetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Washington DC
#6 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#44 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#50 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#56 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 5*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Along quiet South Street resides one of the most recognizable luxury hotels in Georgetown, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Housed in a converted industrial building rooted in history, one of the few boutique hotels in the world to feature a soaring brick smokestack may be truly unique, but it is the experience that awaits within that makes it even more captivating. Explore the nation’s capital from its true heart and soul — Georgetown. ... more   less 
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