Ask Washingtonians when the first day of spring starts and they’ll tell you that it’s when the pink- and white-hued cherry blossoms open up in D.C.’s Tidal Basin and National Mall. With peak bloom scheduled this year for April 11 through 14, and the Cherry Blossom Festival already in full swing, it’s high time you planned your visit. Here are seven hotels offering up perfect packages for your last-minute travel plans.
Park Hyatt Washington
The Four-Star Park Hyatt Washington, with cherry blossom-inspired lobby décor by Tony Chi that can be ogled over all year, is a perfect place to experience flower fever. It’s only fitting that the overnight package is equally enticing, offering accommodations, breakfast for two at Blue Duck Tavern, a pot of cherry blossom green tea from the hotel’s rare collection and even a children’s backpack filled with the sightseeing supplies necessary for exploring around the National Mall.
The Jefferson, Washington, DC
Boutique hotel lovers will adore this intimate Four-Star gem located in the heart of downtown. Its Beautiful Blossoms in Washington, D.C. package offers an overnight stay, a full breakfast for two in your room or the Greenhouse, two signature Cherry Blossom cocktails at Quill, and a coffee table keepsake book from National Geographic about the history of the blossoms and the festival.
Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown
Go beyond the typical stroll with the Cherry Blossom Bloom package at one of our favorite Georgetown hotels. Enjoy a night and breakfast for two, and then zip off on a private Segway tour for two through the National Mall, past the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument and other selfie-worthy locales. Then, when you’ve found the perfect spot, step up your picture-taking game a few notches by having a private photography session among the flowers. A framed photograph will be presented to you upon checkout.
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.
Washington’s only Five-Star hotel is an appropriately luxurious place to welcome the city’s most eagerly awaited VIP — the cherry blossoms. The hotel is provides a variety of promotions, including an 80-minute Cherry Blossom Champagne body treatment (dry-brush exfoliation, scrub and body wrap) at the spa, cherry-blossom-themed French toast in see-and-be seen breakfast hot spot Seasons or an incentive to stay a little longer in the form of 15 percent off stays in Premiere and Grand rooms of two nights or more after April 7.
Celebrate spring in the closest Four-Star hotel to the White House. When you stop by The Lafayette for dinner, partake in a special event menu highlighted by dishes like hamachi sashimi, nori-wrapped wagyu strip steak and a morello cherry and pistachio financier with caramelized white chocolate ice cream. Should you be visiting from out of town, take advantage of the Cherry Blossom package, which includes a cherry amenity, daily breakfast for two and more.
Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Greater Washington, DC
The D.C. area’s four Ritz-Carlton properties are going all out with their appreciation for Mother Nature. At The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, get deluxe accommodations, two days of SmarTrip Metro passes, a tasty amenity from pastry chef Levi Richard, a tote with drinks and snacks and more. The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City offers a similar overnight deal with perks like a cherry-inspired picnic cooler and daily breakfast. Four-Star The Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC offers a signature scent, Sakura, inspired by the flora as well as a special Sakura tea in the Lobby Lounge, themed selections at Westend Bistro and overnight packages. At Four-Star The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C., enjoy a butler-passed cherry s’mores each evening in the hotel’s Living Room, a Cherry Sparkle cocktail (vodka, muddled cherries, syrup and Chandon Rosé) and the Give-A-Tree package consisting of a deluxe room, a Japanese-inspired dessert from executive pastry chef John Quinn and more.
Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.
This Four-Star hotel’s Cherry Blossom Getaway package ups the flowery experience with accommodations, a cherry-blossom-themed pastry, an official festival pin and map, and a daily $50 dining credit for Empress Lounge, Muze or room service. In fact, room service may be the most tempting option. Since Mandarin Oriental sits on the Tidal Basin just off of the Potomac River, you can have a prime view of the cherry blossoms from your room as you sip your coffee.