Live luxury digs in Washington DC
I had the opportunity to visit the capital of our country for two nights and, through my general loyalty to the Hiltons, I contacted the team at the Conrad Hotel. They graciously hosted me for a two night stay and it was a great experience.
The Conrad is a unique hotel in the Hilton portfolio as it is the only luxury property in Washington DC to open in 2019, it was only in operation a few months before the pandemic, so the hotel is essentially brand new. And there was absolutely that feeling of “newness”.
With decorative artwork, large conference rooms, high vaulted ceilings, and a crisp appearance, Swiss-inspired architecture takes you from the hustle and bustle of DC to a calm and aesthetic getaway.
The pandemic has been excruciating for the capital of our country. A city known for its excellent food scene, as well as a tumultuous political year which was 2020, it has been a difficult road for many. In fact, some hotels in DC are still completely closed for business. And the Conrad suffered as well, having shut down for several months after the initial lockdowns began.
But as normalcy has returned, the hotel is now serving its guests at full capacity. And he does it in amazing ways.
The check-in process was transparent, but a little different from normal. As you pass through the main entrance, you are greeted by what is normally the concierge desk. However, this was converted to a check-in counter during the pandemic. Normally you will go to the third floor to check in, then you will go up the second set of elevators to your room.
It made for a somewhat confusing experience at first with two sets of elevators, but I was informed that this is a common trend for hotels on the east coast.
But nonetheless, the aesthetics were amazing. The marble floors, counters and walls gave it an elegant and luxurious appearance from the moment you walked in.
Premier Corner King Room
The Premier Corner King Room was an interesting experience, to say the least. Once you open the door, you’re greeted with almost a ‘half-entry’, with part of the closet protruding into the initial view.
It was a bit of an awkward entrance, but since it’s a corner room, that’s to be expected.
Once you’ve taken a few steps around the room, the experience begins to open up. Directly to your left is a large dining / desk table fitted with power outlets and a modern lamp.
Directly to the right of this is the majority of the 459 square foot bedroom, starting with the King bed.
The king bed was extremely comfortable. And the touchpad next to the bed controlled lighting, curtains, drapes, and other features throughout the room.
Located right in the heart of downtown Washington DC, you couldn’t ask for a better location to see and experience it all.
It’s a 15-minute walk or less to the White House, Smithsonian Museum, Washington Monument, great shopping, and access to public transportation. To give an idea of ââlocal shopping possibilities, on the first floor of the hotel is a Tiffany and Co. integrated jewelry store. Much out of my price range, but it adds to the luxury experience that The Conrad offers.
The hotel has several conference rooms on the third floor and can accommodate large events such as weddings. The rooms looked brand new as they are largely unused due to the pandemic. And the building design throughout the building with floor-to-ceiling windows gives it a feeling where you are embracing the city at all times.
Summit rooftop bar
On my second night at the hotel, the staff were kind enough to invite me and a friend to the rooftop bar, Summit. It had just reopened and it was a great experience.
All the food was small bites / family style but amazingly good. We nibbled on wrapped jalapenos, homemade pork, hummus and dessert. All of the food was excellent and combined with mixed drinks and wine it was a great meal.
Blue Willow Room
As part of Diamond Status with Hilton, I got a $ 50 Resort Credit to use at one of the onsite restaurants or bars. I decided to use my Blue Willow room credit for breakfast each morning and was absolutely delighted with the food and the experience.
DC is just starting to emerge into a certain level of normalcy before the pandemic, and staying at the Conrad has given a lot of the sense of comfort and luxury of normal times. With a plethora of attractions within walking distance or a quick Uber, this hotel puts right in the middle of everything needed to experience our country’s capital to its fullest potential.
Editor’s Note: Hotel rooms have been provided at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review.