The Waldorf Astoria Washington, D.C. opened in June 2022 within the Old Post Office Building, built in the 1890s on Pennsylvania Avenue, midway between the White House and the Capitol. The nine-story Richardsonian Romanesque building, designed by Willoughby J. Edbrooke, occupies an entire city block; the building was the first steel-frame structure in D.C., with 5-foot-thick granite masonry walls supporting bold arches. Its distinctive 315-foot clocktower is the second-tallest structure in the nation’s capital, after the Washington Monument, and houses bells installed in 1983. These bells were a gift from Great Britain’s The Ditchley Foundation in 1976, in recognition of the Bicentennial. The National Park Service operates self-guided tours up the glass elevator to the 270-foot-high observation tower, with its bells and amazing vistas and views of notable national monuments.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
We arrived in Venice by train, where the concierge arranged for a meet, greet and escort to a sleek, private, mahogany-sided water taxi, which whisked us past historic sites and under bridges, directly to the hotel’s side-entry door. It would have been easy to leave the railroad station with our wheelie bags and walk down the ramp and across the promenade to a public launch, but this haute style proved so classy (and convenient) that we booked a similar return.