You’ve cut the cake and cut a rug but the honeymoon’s still a day or two away. You don’t have to delay the romance, though, if you sneak away to one of these luxurious hotels around town.
For a racy finale to your wedding day festivities, look no further than Hotel Rouge, a boutique hotel with 152 rooms on DC’s Embassy Row, where you’ll be greeted by doormen clad in black leather jackets and served drinks by waitresses in go-go boots and miniskirts. The hotel’s Soirée Rouge package presents you with a chilled bottle of champagne—and a red feather boa. (To extend the decadence even further, you’ll be treated to a chocolate breakfast the next morning.)
Guest rooms are decorated in sexy shades of red—from crimson pleather headboards to maroon walls, burgundy velvet ottomans and magenta lamp shades—and stocked with a free bloody mary bar and cold pizza in case you need extra sustenance for your late-night activities. Best yet, all the decadence doesn’t come with an outrageous price tag; the Soirée Rouge package begins at $179.
- Hotel Rouge, 1315 16th Street NW, Washington DC, 800/738-1202, www.rougehotel.com
Harbor Court Hotel
Once you step beyond the brick courtyard at the entrance of the Harbor Court Hotel, the bustle of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor disappears. The hotel feels like an elegant English country home with its tan, white and peach color scheme, comfy canvas-covered chairs and dark wood tables. You can still enjoy views of the Harbor, however, from the hotel’s specialty suites—which also feature canopied four-poster king-sized beds with down duvets and Egyptian cotton sheets. Marble soaking tubs might help you unwind from your wedding celebrations—or perhaps the chilled champagne that comes with the hotel’s Romance Package ($460 a night) will do the trick.
- 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.
- St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th Street NW, Washington DC, 202/638-2626, www.starwood.com
The wedding is over, and your newlywed life has just begun. So spend that first night as official “marrieds” in style. These local spots offer the perfect places to relax and rejoice.
The chic, ultramodern Hotel George, Washington D.C.’s first boutique hotel, mixes contemporary elegance with a convenient Capitol Hill locale. The eight-story structure was built in 1928 and fully renovated to become the Hotel George in 1997, with 139 soothing beige-and-cream guest rooms and suites. Contemporary furnishings, marble bathrooms and upscale amenities—including cashmere throws, spa robes and Aveda bath products—make the rooms feel luxe. For your first newlywed night, request the hotel’s Romance on Capitol Hill package, which includes a CD of romantic songs and a bottle of champagne. For an extra special night, book the hotel’s George Suite, which features plush-suede furnishings, a dining area and a marble bath with Jacuzzi. Romance package from $250 ($599 for George Suite); 15 E Street NW, Washington, DC; 202/347-4200
For couples who crave an old-fashioned setting, the Swann House Bed & Breakfast in Dupont Circle is the perfect intimate retreat. (In fact, it’s been rated one of the most romantic inns in the country!) The circa 1883 mansion has nine guest rooms and suites; request the scarlet-and-gold decorated Il Duomo room, which has a wrought-iron king-size bed, working fireplace and a turreted bathroom with a claw-foot tub big enough for two. Il Duomo room from $265; 1808 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC; 202/265-4414
The Admiral Fell Inn is a quaint, boutique-style hotel located in Baltimore’s charming Fells Point neighborhood. Request the Bi-Level suite, which boasts a Jacuzzi tub, wet bar and gas fireplace. The Inn’s TRUE Romance package offers a full breakfast, three-course dinner at the restaurant TRUE, and chilled champagne and gourmet chocolates waiting for you in the room. TRUE Romance package from $259; with an upgrade to the Bi-Level suite, from $449; 888 South Broadway, Historic Fells Point, Baltimore, MD; 410/522-7377