A Healthy Hideaway at Four Seasons Fitness Club and Spa in Washington, DC
February 6, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, US – With all the high-profile wheeling-and-dealing that occurs in Washington, DC, it’s no surprise that politicos seek places to hide away from stress, special interests, and the prying eyes of journalists. In the past, this might have been actual hideaways (remember Marion Barry in the Ramada Inn?) or legendary drinking dens like Round Robin & Scotch Bar.
But these days, power brokers are just as likely to choose more, um…, healthy ways to unwind away from the public eye−ways that don’t involve alcohol (or crack cocaine, as the Barry case reminds us). For a retreat that promises salutary stress relief and pampering, political insiders flock to the three-level Four Seasons Fitness Club and Spa−one of the swankiest spas in town.
Capitol Hill elite come to sweat out their worries in the superb fitness center. There’s a top-of-the-line range of Technogym cardio and strength equipment, and each machine comes fully loaded with touch-screen TVs and USB connectivity, so Type As can continue working while they workout (everyone else can enjoy an escape with complimentary DVD players and iPods). Aside from the fitness equipment, there’s also an aerobics studio, personal trainer services, and a 60-foot saltwater lap pool set under a dramatic skylight ceiling.
If sweating out the toxins isn’t enough of a fix, then those politicos can blow off steam here in other ways. Use of the gym comes with complimentary access to the eucalyptus-scented steam room and whirlpool. But the ultimate in relaxation happens within the lavish spa facilities. The beige-on-cream contemporary décor may be on the bland (though upscale) side, but treatment room perks like private steam showers and whirlpools make this anything but ho-hum. The plush relaxation lounge is an ideal setting to unwind with fresh squeezed juices and herbal infusions (gratis!) as well as a light spa menu. In nice weather, it’s lovely to enjoy views of the C&O Canal and cobbled streets nearby from the outdoor terrace.
And the treatments, oh the treatments! Talented therapists provide supreme pampering with body wraps, facials, and massages. The menu certainly seems designed with political clientele in mind: there’s a Capitol Hill Body Scrub (with citrus extracts) and a Pennsylvania Avenue Retreat Massage (full-body and foot massage with deep-forest oil for clarity and calm). We’re partial to the Four Seasons In One Signature Spa Treatment, which includes a brisk “wintry” back scrub, a warming floral “spring” wrap, a “summer” medley of massage techniques, and an “autumnal” herbal scalp treatment. The adjacent George Salon specializes in high-end hair and nail services.
If all of this isn’t enough of an escape from the 24-hour C-SPAN lifestyle of Washington insiders, then consider the Night Spa Package. For $1,800 per couple, you can book private use of the spa’s pool level between 10:30pm and 1:30am, a Michael Mina dining experience (including wine or champagne), monogrammed bathrobes, and a bouquet of fresh flowers. Add a one-night stay in the swoon-worthy Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC for $500. Sure beats Marion Barry’s notorious sojourn at the Ramada Inn (which is now the Hotel Helix)!
Read more about the Four Seasons Fitness Club and Spa in our Washington, DC Guide.