Washington, D.C. Opening: Capella Hotel

I live in New York but love visiting Washington, D.C. For a mid-sized urban center, it punches well above its weight in culture and nightlife, and I always have a great time there. Now there’s a new hotel that looks like a pretty righteous spot to rest your head after a day in the museums and a night in the clubs: the new Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown. Situated along the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and a short walk from the Potomac, it’s close to all the things people want to see in the nation’s capital, from the Kennedy Center and Smithsonian to the National Mall and White House. Of course all that educational, culturally enriching stuff is great, but is it suitable for those who want to paint the town red? It is.

While Washington, D.C. has a number of different nightlife districts these days, Georgetown is one of the originals, and it’s still a great place for a casual stroll from shop to restaurant to bar, repeating as necessary. You’ll find no shortage of watering holes, nor will you find a shortage of taxis which can take you new hot spots like Barmini by José Andrés and The Gryphon, as well as my personal favorite nightclubs in D.C., Capitale and Heist

But you actually don’t have to venture out of the hotel at all to tie one on proper. The hotel’s Grill Room restaurant is big on artisinal meats and sustainable seafood, while the adjacent Rye Bar (pictured) specializes in rye whisky (imagine bourbon, but spicier), and even features barrel-aged cocktails. If you’ve never tried one, here’s your chance. During nice weather, the infinity pool on the roof will be the place to chillax in style, and you can sip your suds with a view of the monuments at the Roof Top Lounge if that’s your thing. (It’s my thing.)

[Related: BlackBook Washington, D.C. GuideListing for Capella, Washington, D.C., Georgetown; Feature Story How to Party Properly in Washington, D.C.]

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