Arrival/Check-In: Arriving around 10 p.m. on a rainy Friday evening after work, we were eager to valet the car and check in. Situated in Washington, D.C.’s newest district, The Wharf, opened October 2017, InterContinental Washington, D.C. – The Wharf offers a prime position in one of the buzziest spots in the city. While not as crowded that Friday evening, likely given the rain, we’d see just how popular the area was over the next two days of our stay which, thankfully, also brought sunnier weather. It was a bit confusing driving through The Wharf and finding the hotel valet — we sort of happily happened upon it. Thankful to stretch our legs after a three-hour trip, there was some slight confusion as we handed over the keys, but once inside, check-in was a breeze. Within 10 minutes of our arrival, we were headed to our 10th-floor guestroom.
Guest Quarters: The hotel opened a few months prior to my visit, and we could feel the newness of the property throughout, including a few thoughtful décor details. I especially like the design element when the elevator doors open to your floor — rather than coming face to face with a guestroom door or a blank wall with signs pointing in either direction, the elevators open on a wood-paneled divider, creating distinct spaces for the elevators and the hallway.
The large guestroom opened into a hallway with a long closet immediately to the right. Located on a corner, the space had two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows boasting different views of The Wharf.
In the bedroom area, nightstands with easy-to-access plugs flanked a king-sized bed. Along one set of windows sat a separate armchair and the desk and a chair, facing the view. Along the other windows and across from the bed was a dresser with the TV above and housing a minibar, a Nespresso machine and storage. A large bathroom offered both a rainfall shower and large soaking tub.
Services/Amenities: Not only are the hotel and its district buzzy but so is the on-site restaurant, Kith/Kin, serving Afro-Caribbean cuisine from Executive Chef Kwame Onwuachi. Kith/Kin serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features a lounge and bar bites menu. The Brussels suya and jerk half chicken were standouts of our Saturday night dinner.
Future plans (coming this year) for the waterfront hotel include a 12th-floor lounge with views, contemporary fare and cocktails; a full-service spa; and a seasonal rooftop pool. A state-of-the-art fitness center is already open.
For events, the property offers 17,000 square feet of space, 11 meeting rooms and multiple ballrooms.
◆ As a frequent traveler, you notice small inconveniences in hotel guestrooms. Designers of the InterContinental Washington, D.C. – The Wharf must have noticed, too, and rectified a few in developing the guestrooms. A few standouts were in the shower: The controls are located on the wall opposite the showerhead to prevent cold blasts of water from hitting you when you turn on the shower; a small bar in one corner of the shower is perfect for resting your foot when shaving your leg; and the metal rack holding toiletries is larger and deeper than usual to prevent the small bottles from falling all over the place.
◆ You cannot beat the location of this hotel. Not only is The Wharf jam-packed with amenities and options, but also we were able to walk from the hotel to the many different areas of the city we visited — to museums, to restaurants and to the baseball stadium. We felt perfectly positioned for exploring the city.
INTERCONTINENTAL WASHINGTON, D.C. – THE WHARF
801 Wharf St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 2002
tel 202 800 0844
Travelers interested in the trend of forest bathing have a new resource at their disposal. Forest Bathing Finder is an all-in-one website that connects forest bathing walkers with trained guides. Forest bathing guides list qualifications and venues, routes, walks and payment requirements for browsing forest bathers to then peruse.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
At FXExpress Publications, Inc., we can’t wait to #ComeBacktoTravel, and we can’t wait for the travel industry and others to #ComeBacktoGT. Take a visual journey through Japan with us.
THERE’S NO DOUBT 2020 HAS BEEN AN UNPRECEDENTED year for the travel industry. As borders begin to reopen and destinations, hotels and airlines around the world prepare to welcome travelers once again, we’re celebrating travel and looking to the future as we congratulate the winners of our eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. This annual survey honors the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines and cruises.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts opened its third Aiden by Best Western. The Aiden brand is designed to give travelers boutique, modern, stylish and locally inspired stay experiences. The new property is situated in Warm Springs, Georgia, adjacent to the Warm Springs Hotel and Event Center.
Paul Gauguin Cruises offers savings up to $3,050 per person on select voyages when booked by July 8. Round-trip airfare between Los Angeles (LAX) and Papeete (PPT), Tahiti, is included. Deposits for the select sailings have been reduced to $250 per person.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Through Sept. 7, guests at M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas can enjoy the No Resort Fee Summer promotion. The resort will waive daily resort fees on all reservations, and guests can also take advantage of summer rates beginning as low as $75 per night. Book online or by calling 877 673 7678.