February 26,2009
Thursday

The Capitol of Chic

There’s a new staple coming to town and it promises to blow all our socks off. Earlier today, the ladies of Engaging Affairs got the hard hat tour of the new W Hotel coming to Pennsylvania Avenue. Check out the stylish headgear!

The fabulous Mariam Karim, director of catering, showed us the ins and outs of the historic bones that once was the Hotel Washington and will soon become the place to see and be seen in. The buildings solid structure and traditional detail will be combined with the modern, chic appeal of the W signature. Think “pinstripes and lace” as we discussed the DC power men and women will now have a place to feel sexy and glamorous. But let’s get down to the details. What does it have for us?

The building boasts 4 event spaces that can accommodate 90-480 guests banquet style. Three of the spaces achieve that ever so difficult to find- event space with windows to the outside. One of those three spaces just happens to be Altitude, the ballroom conveniently named for it’s location on the rooftop of the building. Space like this cannot be built anymore. If you are just looking to gather for happy hour, meet your friends at the rooftop bar, or go one step further and grab a table on the rooftop terrace and get a first class seat viewing the White House lawn. Trust me, you’ll never want to call it a night.

I could go on and on, but just a few more points. The establishment runs by their whatever/whenever philosophy attending to their guests every need. Their state of the art fitness center Sweat and the only Bliss spa in the area are sure to please. And of course, no W Hotel would be without a signature restaurant as world-acclaimed chef Jean-George Vongerichten will join the ranks of Washington’s best.

Of course, this is all a tease. The hotel it set to open in August and has already packed their fall full with events. We can’t wait to see the finished product and start planning events of our own within the fabulously traditional building with a colorful, modern twist. Stay tuned!!

Sara

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