PHOTO: Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC with cherry blossoms in full bloom. (photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC)
It’s cherry blossom season in Washington DC, and hotels are in high demand during this popular time to visit.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of hotels offering packages for weekend travelers, and the cherry blossoms are always a sight to behold. (Although they’ll be fewer in number and blossoming slightly later this year because of a lingering cold snap.)
Picnic at The Mandarin Oriental
The newly renovated Mandarin Oriental Washington DC has front-and-center seats for the cherry blossoms that line the tidal basin: The hotel is situation waterfront, with rooms, dining and spa experiences all designed for relaxation and rejuvenation after a long day taking in the sights or getting that perfect cherry blossom selfie.
The Springtime by MO Package is available for stays of two nights or longer through May 24 and includes a room with a view of the cherry blossoms, a gourmet “hanami” style picnic for two—perfect for taking out on a cherry blossom viewing excursion—daily breakfast for two in-room or in the restaurant, plus complimentary valet parking and WiFi. Package rates start at $585 plus tax.
Go Fly a Kite at the Rosewood
Rosewood Hotels are known for celebrating a sense of place, taking inspiration from the locales their hotels occupy. The Rosewood Washington DC is no exception.
Located in historic Georgetown, the hotel welcomes sightseeing-weary weekenders with Pratesi linens, rainfall showers and views of D.C landmarks from the rooftop pool.
The Rosewood’s Cherry Blossom Package is quite literally steeped in the treasured springtime flowers. Available for stays of two nights or longer through April 16, the package includes a cherry blossom amenity upon arrival, daily American breakfast for two, in-room tea setup with cherry blossom tea and senbei crackers, a Segway tour of the capital for two (including the Tidal Basin Cherry Blossoms), kite flying kit and complimentary overnight parking. Package rates start at $615 plus tax.
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Enjoy a Sweet Escape at The Hay-Adams
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, and just a stone’s through from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (better known as The White House), the historic Hay-Adams has long been a sought-after address in the city. Named for two famed 19th-Century D.C. writers and intellectuals whose homes occupied the site, the original dwellings were razed in 1928 and replaced with the lavish structure the hotel occupies today.
The Cherry Blossom Package includes overnight accommodations, a Sakura Macaron amenity created by the hotel’s pastry chef, plus a National Cherry Blossom-themed welcome gift. Also included is a daily Full American Breakfast for Two (to fortify guests for a day of exploring the city and viewing the cherry blossoms). Available through April 16 for stays three nights or longer; package rates start at $399.
Spring is warming and so is seasonal demand for weekend packages, so we’ll have more in store in these columns as the Northern Hemisphere continues its steady trek towards summer.