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We were doubtful of its existence, but spring has finally made its stateside appearance. And all these blooms have us craving a weekend at the glam hotel St Regis Washington DC, in one of the most glorious spots to stop and Instagram the flowers this time of year.
Style Old-world wow
Setting Steps from the Obamas
Why this week? Catch the last gasps of 3,500 rosy-cheeked cherry blossom trees in bloom on the Tidal Basin while you can. Right now Smith members can bunk Friday and Saturday nights and extend the weekend with a free Sunday night stay.
Our favourite bits Location, location, location! With the White House practically across the road, a significant portion of the US’s most famous statuary down the street and the Smithsonian’s 19 museums within meandering distance, you could spend days in the same square mile. Is spring shopping on your agenda? We’ve got a few must-browse boutiques for you to pop by between museum and garden visits. Oh, and the digs aren’t so bad either. Built in 1926, but brought back up to date with a multi-million dollar refurb, a Claridge’s-inspired lobby makeover and an Alain Ducasse restaurant, this boutique hotel exudes vintage glamour from every keyhole.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘The bar, once a cigar-smoke-filled den tailor-made for lobbyists and backroom deals, is now a sleek, dark watering hole with silver accents, a drink menu that includes a $500-a-glass scotch, and a clientele mercifully short on congressional staffers. There are no large tour buses from the heartland headed here.
…We decided to have dinner at Adour, the hotel restaurant, straightaway, rather than go to our room. It meant that we were an unfashionable 45 minutes early, but I was interested in testing the flexibility of the place – it looked somewhat foreboding from the outside. The hostess wasn’t bothered in the least. She seated us right away, guiding us to a large, U-shaped booth with seats covered in a velvety cloth. We were quickly treated to an amuse bouche of creamy foie gras and risotto soup – unexpected, strange, and delicious. Over the next two hours we moved through course after artful course: artisanal pasta with butternut squash and ricotta; hangar steak with barbecue sauce; farm-raised Berkshire pork loin and glazed belly with Yukon potatoes. The dessert, chocolate and earl grey mousse, with grapefruit cream and sorbet, came with a tray of strawberry and chocolate macaroons that were so delectable, we asked for a half-dozen more…’ Read the full anonymous review of St Regis DC
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