Fit for a President at The Fairfax at Embassy Row in Washington, DC
October 12, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, US – If George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison were alive and hotel-hopping today—or even just looking for a change of scenery from the White House—we’ve no doubt they’d go nuts for The Fairfax in Washington, DC. The 85-year-old hotel, located steps from Embassy Row, is as presidential as some of the guests whom it has hosted or housed in its illustrious history. And those guests include Dwight Eisenhower (who had his inaugural breakfast here), John Kennedy (who wined and dined in the signature restaurant), Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton, to be certain.
Looking proudly down upon the intersection of 21st Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NW, this hotel’s brick exterior is a masterpiece of Federal architecture. Its lobby, bringing a bit of Georgian elegance into 21st-century Washington, is paneled with dark-stained wood. In the guestrooms and suites, every mattress is fitted with Fili D’Oro linens, while headboards bloom flowery details in gold.
2100 Prime, The Fairfax’s signature steakhouse, is the former Jockey Club, once-haunt of Hollywood royalty; Starwood Preferred Guest Members—which the presidents would inevitably be—are party to a private Happy Hour there each Tuesday. An entire hotel wing reserved for entertaining means the Founding Fathers could enjoy countless butler-staffed, white glove receptions, with complimentary wine tastings to boot. And we’re sure the colonial comrades would enjoy playing late-night video games on their 42” flatscreens and then calling in for room service—broccoli cravings or not, even Obama can’t phone the White House Kitchen at 2:00am.
After a while, though, all that indulgence might leave the Founding Fathers craving simpler pleasures. They might long for something more cozy and intimate, to remind them of their slightly less assuming origins. Fortunately, The Fairfax has got the nostalgia front covered as well. With a nautical theme informing 2100 Prime’s décor—resonant with Boston-born Adams—the hotel incorporates the quaint as well as the kingly. And gingham pillows on guestroom beds would evoke all three founders’ colonial roots—homely details that, when combined with the hotel’s more lavish amenities, might be just enough to make staying at The Fairfax their best choice ever.
In fact, we don’t think they’d ever go back to the White House again.
Read more about The Fairfax at Embassy Row in our Washington, DC Guide.