Hotel at a Glance: Georgetown Suites
The contemporary, spacious accommodations at Georgetown Suites make nice home bases for exploring the US capital. The hotel’s two buildings are tucked in the city’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. Kick back in one of the 500- to 800-square-foot suites while watching your favorite shows and movies on a high-definition TV.
- Start the day with the hotel’s complimentary continental breakfast. Its spread includes fresh pastries, bagels, fruit, cereal, and cappuccino.
- Cook dinner in your suite; its fully equipped kitchen has a microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, and stove.
- Pump some iron or get your heart pumping on the fitness center’s treadmills and exercise bikes.
- Gift at check-in: You’ll receive coupons for several area restaurants to use during your stay.
- Walk to Georgetown Waterfront Park to enjoy the view or have a picnic along the Potomac River.
Georgetown, Washington, DC: Historic Architecture, Trendy Shops, and the Waterfront
Originally founded in 1751 as its own city, Georgetown predates Washington itself. From the waterfront parks to the 200-year-old mansions, the historic neighborhood has a Southern, genteel quality not found in other parts of the capital. Its cobblestone paths were made for strolling, and a self-guided walking tour of the area can uncover a wealth of sightseeing gems. These include Dumbarton Oaks, the former home of diplomat Robert Bliss and his wife, Mildred. Take a tour of the extensive gardens to see rows of purplish dogwood trees, a 16th-century-style arbor, and a mini amphitheater. Just a short walk from here, you can climb up the Exorcist Steps, a set of stairs featured in a terrifying scene from the 1973 horror film.
Though old, Georgetown is far from stale. It’s home to an array of high-end shops, ranging from antique stores and upscale furniture shops to fashion boutiques. Most of them can be found along M Street, interspersed with lounges and lively bars catering to the university crowd.
Set on the bluffs overlooking the Potomac River, the neighborhood also has a surprising number of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Theodore Roosevelt Island lies just across the Key Bridge and features miles of hiking trails through woodlands and swampy bottomlands. The canal south of M Street is a good place for a bike ride, or you can rent a single or tandem kayak to take out on the river.