Romantic Rooms In The Washington Area
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- Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light Street, Baltimore, 410/234-0550, www.harborcourt.com
Nestled on a side street just off the main strip of King Street lies a well-kept secret in Old Town, Alexandria: Morrison House. Behind the Federalist-style brick facade, the quiet and romantic hotel feels like an 18th-century manor with its mix of Colonial charm and modern luxury. Its 45 guest rooms are individually decorated with French toile walls, Scottish plaids and English garden florals; Federal-period reproduction furniture like four-poster beds (dressed with Frette linens) are scattered throughout, while Italian marble baths, decorative fireplaces and Baccarat chandeliers and sconces add a touch of luxe.
With a butler to greet you at the entrance and a fabulous chef, you’ll not be lacking good service or tasty meals. Mention that it’s your wedding night and don’t be surprised if a bottle of champagne and a bowl of strawberries awaits you. Rooms start at $175 a night.
- Morrison House, 116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, 703/838-8000, www.morrisonhouse.com
St. Regis Hotel
For stately elegance, you can’t beat that old Beltway standard, the St. Regis Hotel. Barely two blocks from The White House, the hotel has been visited by every United States president since it opened in 1926—when President Calvin Coolidge cut the ceremonial ribbon—and was built to resemble the palaces of Milan. European antiques and Louis XVI chandeliers fill the lobby while Palladian windows and damask draperies round out the splendor of the suites. But the atmosphere of old grandeur also comes with Italian marble bathrooms, Frette sheets, Bijan bath products and Bose radios. Even the president would be jealous.