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My review of The Graham, Georgetown, Washington hotel – and what is Hilton’s Tapestry Collection?

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This is my review of The Graham hotel, in Georgetown, Washington DC.

We have reviewed two ‘Curio Collection‘ hotels from Hilton recently – the Montesol in Ibiza (reviewed here) and the The Ames in Boston (reviewed here).  These are ‘upper upscale’ independent hotels which have chosen to join the Hilton marketing system whilst still retaining their individual quirks.  Hilton Honors status benefits are given and points can be earned and redeemed.

Based on the hotels I have seen to date, I am very positive about Curio.  The hotels appear to be uniformly high quality and the ability to add Hilton points and benefits on top is great.

So, where does ‘Tapestry Collection’ fit in?  Good question!  Basically, Curio is ‘upper upscale’ and Tapestry is ‘upscale’.  Clear as mud.  Based on my excellent stay at The Graham, the difference is minor.  There are currently just 10 hotels in the ‘Tapestry Collection’, all in the US.  (Just to confuse things further, immediately next to The Graham is a shop called Curio!)

Hilton’s head office paid for three nights in a suite at The Graham for me whilst I was visiting their HQ last week.  I wasn’t asked to review the hotel and the hotel itself did not give me anything for free.

The Graham website is here if you want to know more.

Review The Graham hotel Georgetown Washington DC

Georgetown is great ….

Georgetown predates Washington DC itself.  The oldest building, about a minute from The Graham, dates from 1766 which counts as pretty darn old in the US.  It is a beautiful area, with a very English feel.  If you’ve been to Boston it is similar.  The first few seconds of the video below give you a feel.

Review The Graham hotel Georgetown Washington DC

M Street is the historic shopping street which runs through Georgetown.  It is not unlike Kings Road in London in feel and in retailers.  The Graham is just a few seconds walk south of M Street.  (30 seconds walk from the hotel is one of Amazon’s first physical book shops which is an interesting browse.)

Walk 90 seconds further south and you are at the Washington Harbour restaurant, condo and office complex overlooking the water.  It is lovely and I could have spent a week here.

The Graham is nowhere near a metro station, which is the only downside, but cabs and Uber are easily available.  You are likely to want to visit Georgetown anyway if visiting Washington so basing yourself here makes sense.

The Graham

At just 57 rooms, The Graham is one of the smallest hotels of the 5,000+ that Hilton manages.  It is also one of the quirkiest.  How many other Hilton properties have a basement bar (which doubles as the breakfast room) which requires a pin number to access to keep it exclusive from passing members of the public?!

It also has a very popular rooftop bar, heavily used by the locals.  I can honestly say that I didn’t hear any noise from the bar in the three nights I was here.

Review The Graham hotel Georgetown Washington DC

The Graham is not quite ‘all suite’ but they dominate.  If you’ve ever stayed at the all-suite Conrad New York, the suites had a similar layout and feel.

Of the eight rooms of the fifth floor, where I was, six were King Bed Studio Suites.  The hotel is not cheap but, for a 65 square metre suite in a beautiful area, I consider it decent value and would actually pay to stay here if I was back in Washington.  Whilst pricing moves around, a suite like mine is usually around $300 at weekends and $450 midweek.

My suite had a spacious bedroom.  There was a good size desk and lots of lighting, although nothing in the way of a view.  It is the sort of hotel where the staff leave the radio on, tuned to the local classical station, for when you return.

Review The Graham hotel Georgetown Washington DC

The bathroom had no tub but a huge shower and two sinks.  Toiletries were L’Occitane.

Review The Graham hotel Georgetown Washington DC

The seating area with the sofa bed has its own TV.  To be honest, I never used this area because I never turned on the TV, apart from a brief failed attempt to find World Cup.

I was on the end of the row of rooms, so had additional windows behind the sofa bed facing north as you can see in the image below.  x04 and x05 rooms have this.  Other rooms have no windows in the seating area.

My only issue with the room was that the air conditioning, even when turned off, would occasionally make some noise.  The light in my wardrobe also refused to go off when the doors were closed, but as this was a suite it was not in my direct line of sight from the bed.

Wi-fi was free and fast.  The usual minibar / coffee machine set up was in place, using Keurig capsules.  For once there was no crisis over too few plug sockets at the desk!

Review The Graham hotel Georgetown Washington DC

Breakfast in The Alex cellar bar.  As a Hilton Diamond this was free.  The selection is not huge, as you’d expect with only 57 rooms, but everything on the buffet was good quality and the staff keen.  Cooked items were available for an extra charge and room service breakfast is also available.  Note that I do not think there is lift access to the breakfast room unless there is a service lift somewhere.

Review The Graham hotel Georgetown Washington DC

I didn’t eat in the cellar bar at night but assuming the room service menu is representative then there is plenty of choice.

Review The Graham hotel Georgetown Washington DC

There is a small fitness room on the ground floor:

Review The Graham hotel Georgetown Washington DC

and an attractive seating area directly in the lobby as you come in:

Review The Graham hotel Georgetown Washington DC

And here’s a video …..

I made a video of the hotel which gives you a feel for the neighbourhood, the bar, the rooftop and my suite.  It is only a couple of minutes long and worth a look.

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Conclusion

I liked The Graham a lot and strongly recommend it.  It is quirky but very high quality, and being so close to the upmarket shops and restaurants of Georgetown is an added bonus.   I don’t see any real benefit in staying in ‘downtown’ Washington given how spread out the city is anyway.

Whilst it is decent value for a family who want a good value suite, due to the ability to put kids on the sofa bed, I think it is best suited to couples who can enjoy the ‘speakeasy’ cellar bar, the rooftop bar and all of the facilities of Georgetown.

You can find out more about The Graham, and the Tapestry Collection in general, on this Hilton website.

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Comments

  1. Mr(s) Entitled says:

    Washington is a good place to visit with it’s history and world class musuems. Georgetown is the best place to stay. Really interesting, vibrant, and pretty part of the city.

  2. guesswho2000 says:

    This looks excellent and I definitely fancy giving the place a visit, hotel included. The second photo, of the high street, reminds me so much of an English High Street it’s succeeded in making me feel homesick, which doesn’t happen often!

    I assume the link it goes to is just the hotel’s site, looking at the URL, my work network won’t let me access it.

    • the real harry1 says:

      You’ve been away too long – these days all most high streets have is a couple of pound shops, a Costa, 5 charity shops, 15 empty premises, several overpriced sandwich & a cuppa joints – and some tumbleweed blowing down the middle of the road

      • Felix Flyer says:

        You forgot the Greggs!

      • Wivus says:

        Paddy Power?

      • guesswho2000 says:

        Haha it all went downhill when Woolies closed…

      • Lady London says:

        .. and yet very expensive to park! whilst down the road, the upmarket mega-mall parking is free…

        And Councils wonder why they themselves are killing businesses and the associated business rate tax they would receive if they got sensible.

        Sorry for OT

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      When I lived in the US Georgetown was the only place I went to that felt instantly like home.

      Then I came home in 2013 and found much of what Harry describes to be true. I should have stayed in Georgetown, but instead I found a part of Cheshire where the economy doesnt matter so much and all the shops are full. Long live my bubble!

  3. ‘Toiletries were L’Occitane’ travelling around Australia we have stayed in lots of hotels and of course had lots of single use plastics for the toiletries. In one (not at all expensive) hotel there were big bottle L’Occitane toiletries on the wall in the shower and by the sink. This seems like a perfect solution.

    • Genghis says:

      Not big empty bottles of L’Occitane? I’d certainly rinse it and fill up a water bottle or two.

      • I was thinking I had nothing suitable to decant it into. Wasn’t easily falling off the wall into my suitcase. It was a quick one night stop on our Intrepid tour.

  4. Charlie says:

    There’s a fantastic cafe there too called Baked and Wired – incredible cake. The queues can be crazily long but we’ve often thought about their pistachio cupcakes since.

  5. Rochelle says:

    I believe I stayed at this hotel on an trip fo Washington DC back in 2005. Back then it was called Hotel Monticello. We have such lovely memories of that stay, we were upgraded to a very spacious and elegant suite. Staff were really friendly and the area is beautiful and quiet.

    Recently I recommended this hotel to a friend asking for a hotel in D.C and I was surprised when she found no hotel called Monticello, till some searching came up with the fact that the hotel’s name had been changed…

    Really recommend this gem, especially coming from London, you will feel quite at home in the area!

  6. Kevin says:

    Typo line one. I think you mean ‘reviewed’ not ‘received’.

  7. Agree Georgetown is fantastic. No metro connection as you say however rather than Uber or taxi I’d recommend the DC Circulator bus service. It’s regular with nice buses and free WiFi and USB charging on board. Fare is only $1 and includes a transfer! http://www.dccirculator.com

    The new marina area (South of the National Mall) is also excellent and worth a visit.

  8. David says:

    On the topic of Hilton group and toiletries, are all Hilton branded hotels moving to the Doubletree Crabtree and Evelyn range? I noticed in China and Japan they were C&E, and stayed at the Hilton London Bankside last week and discovered they use C&E too. I much prefer the C&E to the horrid Peter Thomas Roth stuff Hilton have, but am slightly disappointed that they haven’t changed it up and gone for somet5hing completely different!

    The shoe shine sponge at the Bankside was still PTR…

    (PS – thanks for the Bankside recommendations from various people here a few weeks ago, got an upgrade from a ‘guest room’ to a one bedroom suite – delightful!)

    • Certainly for Hilton Brighton it seems to be C&E for most but PTR additional items as you say. I always liked the moisturiser with PTR though and didn’t have the dislike of them many folk seemed to 🙂

    • In the US last week I saw Roth in TJ Maxx. Is it actually commercially available? I always assumed it was a Hilton made-up brand.

      • David says:

        Apparently so! You can get it in Harvey Nick’s or Selfridges by the looks of it…

      • @mkcol says:

        Yeah Roth is available to buy online. I must be one of the few who like the bright orange shower gel & imported a few bottles a couple of years ago.

  9. BrightonReader says:

    Again another ‘review’ that does not mention the basics such as what the plug socket situation is like / are there USB charging points in the room? Are there in room tea/coffee making facilities, a fridge or mini bar? etc

    What was the wi-fi like?

    And surely you could have asked the staff if there is a lift to the cellar area rather than just thinking there isn’t one.

    If you are going to do these ‘reviews’ then please be a bit more methodical about them.

    • It is a suite in a luxury hotel in the US – you get a minibar and coffee machine! Wifi was good, US plug sockets only, with two at the desk. Couldn’t give a monkeys about USB chargers 🙂

      • RussellH says:

        Yes, I entirely agree that it can be incredibly difficult remembering or even noticing facilities that are of no interest.

        I vividly remember the problems I used to have as a tour operator when customers phoned to ask if a particular hotel had a swimming pool – as I have rather less interest in swimming than even the World Cup, I could never remember from one day to the next, and always had to check on the hotel’s website. 🙁

  10. We are visiting Washington DC and Boston this summer. I was disappointed that there was no availability at the Ames for my HH free night but we’ve ended up using it at the Embassy Suites which actually better suits a family.

    • Roberto says:

      I booked the Hilton Back Bay over the Ames for my visit to Boston in September as I felt it was more where I wanted to stay. I did also read the Ames was noisy on quite a few reviews.. Award stay 5 nights

      • Barnaby100 says:

        The Ames is really noisy with traffic even on a high floor. I have stayed 3 times in different rooms. I did make that comment on the original Head for points review.

  11. Scallder says:

    Slightly OT but I have a week in DC next April over Easter so if anyone has any little known gems for anything to do/places to eat (will have a 1 year old in tow), they would be greatly received. Staying near Dupont circle in a one bed apartment at the Residence Inn on a Marriott travel package 🙂

  12. @mkcol says:

    Do Hilton have an internal rating scheme to assess the value of their Honors members, so they know what the “worth” of their gold or diamond member is, akin to BA’s CIV score?
    Just wondering.

    • I believe hotels can see if you are a match (but not 100% certain)

    • They can see on their screen some information on your stay history like number of nights at hiltons…

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