New Hotspot: Capella Hotel Georgetown Opens

Horst Schulze, Bruce Bradley and Alex Obertop.

Horst Schulze, Bruce Bradley and Alex Obertop. Photo by Lisa Shapiro

Everyone is talking about it. Why? It’s the first of its kind in the US. Well, for Capella, it is at least. Last week, I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new, chic and sophisticated, 49-room luxurious Capella Washington, D.C.(1050 31st St., NW) located in Georgetown, the first Capella-branded hotel in the United States. The international brand is looking to change the way that we think about luxury — and they are off to a great start. Local media have been raving about the opening for weeks.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, in attendance was Capella’s founder, Horst Schulze, the legendary hotelier who is responsible for creating the quality and service standards by which the world’s most luxurious hotels are judged today, as well as, Bruce F. Bradley, of D.C. based Castleton Hotel Partners I, LLC who owns the hotel (pictured on right). Alex Obertop, a Netherlands native, will serve as General Manager for the new D.C. property. He formerly served as the Hotel Manager at Capella Hotels and Resorts’ iconic Breidenbacher Hof in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The Grill Room. Photo by Lisa Shapiro

The Grill Room. Photo by Lisa Shapiro

Capella will soon unveil two new concepts; The Grill Room and The Rye Bar, to open this month. Helmed by Swedish Chef Jakob Esko, The Grill Room and The Rye Bar will feature a picturesque canal-front patio, creative menus and a well-designed interior. The Grill Room will specialize in the preparation of hand-cut, bone-in, artisanal meats, bracingly fresh seafood and memorable tableside preparations. The Rye Bar will feature rare rye whiskeys, carefully composed cocktails and a specialty menu of creative bar fare. From plate to glass and ambiance to service, the experience at The Grill Room and The Rye Bar will appeal to all senses.

Capella prides itself on offering unique benefits of the finest boutique hotels, including superb architecture and interior design, privacy, individualized service and attention to detail. Mr. Schulze warmly told guests, “I want this to be where everyone comes to be with friends.” I have to admit, the service is impeccable and I find myself anxious to return.

Capella Washington, D.C. is superbly located alongside the historic C&O Canal and cobblestone sidewalks of Georgetown, poised for elegance and top-tier travelers and affluent residential property owners. Inside the hotel, guests can enjoy an elegant restaurant and lounge, The Grill Room, showcasing organic, seasonal dining with a charming outdoor patio overlooking the Canal, the Rye Bar which features rare rye whiskeys and craft cocktails, an executive boardroom, and a rooftop ‘infinity’ pool and bar, semi-private fitness room, all offering sweeping views of the D.C. skyline.

“Washington D.C. is a remarkable destination with incredible experiences – rich in culture and also a vibrant dining, retail and entertainment scene. With the Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown, our intention is to make all that D.C. offers easily and effortlessly accessible to our guests,” said Horst Schulze, Chairman and CEO, Capella Hotels and Resorts.

Living Room in Presidential Suite. Photo by Lisa Shapiro

Living Room in Presidential Suite. Photo by Lisa Shapiro

In addition to great food, guests of the new property will have around-the-clock access to attentive Capella Personal Assistants, such as Luis Colmenares, Chef Concierge and former President of the Washington Area Concierge Association (WACA); complimentary refreshment center; complimentary laundry pressing service of up to five pieces; complimentary Wi-Fi and innovative programming to ensure guests are fully immersed in D.C. culture and way of life. Special guest services include private after-hours shopping in the city’s most exclusive stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, and access to Washington’s newest and hottest attractions, including the Washington Ballet Company. 

Office in Presidential Suite. Photo by Lisa Shapiro

Office in Presidential Suite. Photo by Lisa Shapiro

The acclaimed hospitality interior design firm, Peter Silling and Associates, which also designed the Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel in Dusseldorf, Germany, is behind the design concept of this D.C. property.  The overall design of the hotel is inspired by the history of American architecture and Silling brought the hotel to life by depicting the evolution of this genre through the use of original contemporary art and furniture design blended with the more classic feel of the brownstone building’s industrial exterior. Timeless pewter and gold tones are carried throughout the hotel and into the individually designed guest rooms, which have been crafted to resemble elegant private residences.

In the next two years, the company will open new properties in Sochi, Russia (2013), Riviera Maya in Mexico (2014), and Bangkok, Thailand (opening date to be announced soon) along with the new Washington D.C. property.

Stay tuned for more about the unveiling of  The Grill Room and The Rye Bar!

Grill Room/Rye Bar
Capella Washington, DC

1050 31st St., NW
Washington, DC 20007


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