A few weekends ago Greg surprised me with a stay at the Intercontinental Wharf D.C. We’d talked about staying there ever since it opened a few months ago. As part of being an IHG rewards member, we receive a complimentary night each year and the timing worked out perfectly.
Visiting The Wharf
The Wharf is a newly opened neighborhood in Washington D.C. It offers an abundance of amazing restaurants, bars, shopping and even the Anthem concert venue. We went there to see the Shins a few months ago and it’s now my favorite concert venue in the city. Walking along the boardwalk gives you a great feel for the Wharf. It’s right on the Potomac and the pedestrian friendly area makes it easy to walk around.
How To Get There
You can get to the Wharf via metro (and walk about 20 minutes from there) but I’d recommend driving or using a ride service. They have several different garages available but as we were going to stay at the hotel, we opted for valet parking. Since we live in Alexandria, it’s a quick 20 minutes from our house and makes it thus super convenient.
The Hotel Decor And Amenities
I was struck by how grand and open the hotel lobby feels. Floor to ceiling windows, gorgeous light fixtures and a contemporary design. It offers plenty of seating and simply looks luxurious. On the other side of the lobby is the in house restaurant Kith & Kin. While we didn’t manage to get dinner reservations, we did have a lovely breakfast the next morning and enjoyed the beautiful interior.
The spa was still under construction but I can’t wait to experience it when it opens later this year. The hotel is also building a rooftop pool with a second restaurant up there. How fun is that? We did visit their 24 hour fitness center and it overlooked the boardwalk with floor to ceiling windows.
Greg and I inspect each hotel room when we first enter. Our hospitality degree definitely comes out in those moments because we will look at and appreciate the most random (yet thoughtful) details. Case in point, the coffee & tea selection. Or the electrical sockets that pop out at your nightstand. We appreciate those things like no other.
The room itself was stunning. As a newly built luxury hotel, it was amazing to walk around and enjoy the different areas of the room. The desk swivel chair, the ottoman by the window and the presidential robe in the bathroom. I loved it all. Oh and the view! How could I forget. Our room came with a balcony overlooking the Wharf boardwalk. I honestly think that’s the best view I’ve ever had in a city hotel. It was so cool to stand outside, take in the fresh air and see the views of Virginia, a prime view of the Potomac and the Pentagon.
The modern bathroom both came with a tub and walk in shower. Greg was a particular fan of the supplied shower products (who isn’t?) and I enjoyed the excellent lighting for my skincare regiment.
Where To Eat And Drink
The restaurants at the Wharf are very HOT right now so you really have to book your reservation weeks in advance. But if you can’t secure a spot, there are several casual spots to make you and your appetite happy. For lunch we opted for Hanks Oyster Bar and enjoyed clam chowder on a rainy day. We didn’t want to eat too much because we knew we wanted Shake Shack for dinner. Yes ladies and gentlemen, we know how to party. A word of advice though, it is crazy busy on a concert night. It didn’t bother us because we didn’t have any plans but it’s something to keep in mind.
If you just want a little pick me up, Dolcezza has sublime coffee and ice cream. However, when we were there, Milk Bar had their opening day. They offered a promotion on their soft serve ice cream and we’d never tried it before! I’m not a general fan of cereal milk but Greg did enjoy it’s signature flavor.
I loved staying at the Intercontinental Wharf D.C. and exploring a new part of the city. It’s also a short ride from all of the museums that I mentioned in this post. I’m excited to see the Wharf grow over the years and I’m already looking forward to my next visit!