Luxury is Personal: Park Hyatt Washington, DC Anniversary Staycation

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They say some people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime, and I think the same can be true for places. Some places touch you so deeply because of those special people in your life, those moments shared, and those memories kept. For me, the Park Hyatt Washington, DC is not only a staple of beauty and luxury where amazing moments have been shared but also a place that I will cherish for a lifetime.

We’ve got history at the Park Hyatt Washington, DC…

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My godfather helped bring the Park Hyatt to DC and was the first general manager. When the Park Hyatt Washington, DC arrived, my family history at this stunning hotel had begun. Mine got a head start with ‘my’ first event being my mother’s baby shower (held in the Penthouse suite) when she was pregnant with me. From there, my Christening party, my birthdays (1-8), dinners and Summer brunches over the years, and my sweet sixteen! One of my favorite childhood memories, that some of the hotel staff still remembers, is my 3rd birthday when I was gifted a pink, Barbie convertible and drove it up and down the ballroom hallway with my friends.

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Sadly, my Uncle Paul (as I called my godfather), passed away when I was in the third grade so he didn’t get to share (in person anyway) in my Sweet Sixteen or our most notable event at the hotel yet, our wedding. Though, he was absolutely there in spirit!

Love and marriage…

When my hubby and I got engaged, we talked about where the wedding might be and once determining for sure in downtown DC, we viewed a few hotels. However, in the back of my mind, I knew the Park Hyatt Washington, DC was where I wanted to celebrate our wedding day! Every big event so far in my life had been there and given our history, it seemed only fitting. I was so glad that Bj loved the hotel and it’s stylish aesthetic so much. Because I might’ve had to make an executive decision if he hadn’t…you know what they say…happy wife, happy life…But, crisis averted – we didn’t have to go down that road. #winning

We were both certain that it would be the greatest foundation for us to build our wedding upon, between its inherent significance and it’s luxe, modern style that represented our taste so well. Throughout the wedding planning process, Park Hyatt Washington, DC was very accommodating and helped (along with our wedding planner SOCO Events) make our wedding dreams come true. Including what I later found out, the massive, and now iconic, flower wall (that served as the backdrop during our ceremony and the band during the reception) that had to come through the lobby really late the night before (with the help of many staff), because it was too big to fit through the service entry. Whatever it took to make the day special, Park Hyatt Washington, DC and our wedding team had us covered! It was a truly magical day, with details on details on details…something that our family, as well as the Park Hyatt, is known for. After all, love is in the details and ‘luxury is personal’…

Here’s a glimpse into the magic:

As published in Washingtonian Bride & GroomGrace Ormonde Wedding Style online, District WeddingsBethesda Magazine

And it doesn’t end there…

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It’s a great feeling to take a walk down memory lane, especially when those memories are from the best day of our lives so far! And that’s just what we did in honor of our 3 year anniversary. We’d talked over the years about going back to the Park Hyatt Washington, DC for an anniversary staycation and this ended up being the perfect year. We married on September 13th but our actual anniversary evening was shared with the DC Magazine Women of Style issue launch event, so we decided to celebrate later in the month. Fast forward two weeks to us checking in for a luxurious evening at the Park Hyatt Washington DC! Pulling up to the hotel, the memories started flooding back, I turned to BJ and asked, ‘Can we go back and do the wedding all over again?” Which I’ve been known to ask a time or two, but I mean, we were there, so I might as well ask again?

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Luxury is Personal…

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Upon checking into the hotel, we received our first of a few sweet surprises! We proceeded to the top floor of the hotel and our room – through black lacquer double doors. Had me right there. We were given the Ambassador Suite, complete with a lovely view of the West End neighborhood, for the night and it was absolutely divine! We were welcomed to our room by another thoughtful surprise of a framed photo from our wedding day, a bottle of wine, fruit to nibble and a lovely gift and personal note from the general manager. We’d mentioned to the hotel in advance that we would be celebrating our anniversary, but the amount of thought, hospitality and detail that went into our stay, was beyond.

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After enjoying our room a bit, we went downstairs for a drink in the bar/lounge! The site of a final ‘toast’ (with a shot of vodka I might add) to our marriage, just 3 years before with my parents, brother and hubby around 3am-ish before heading upstairs to finally sleep after the whirlwind day. This time, we chatted, we reminisced; we went walking around the hotel having flashbacks – where we had our first look, a peek into the ballroom, me wanting to ask about doing it all over…again…but I didn’t. Beautiful memories…

The mister had to a little bit of work to do so we went back upstairs and I started getting ready for dinner and a show out that night (we caught Dave Chapelle’s last night in DC at the Warner Theatre – hilarious). After primping a bit, we cuddled on the couch watching a movie (old married couple status) and were surprised by a knock at the door! I went to grab it and two sweet ladies were standing there with a gift of a bottle of champagne and a stunning top tier of cake that looked like ours – complete with fresh orchids dripping down! My heart was bursting – just so thoughtful. Even though we were about to head to dinner shortly, we had to each have a piece of cake and of course pop the champagne! It really is the little things that make the heart smile brighter.

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After the show, we came back to the hotel and had a nightcap – another piece of cake and glass of champagne lol.

All good things…

We ended our stay perfectly with brunch at the Michelin starred, Blue Duck Tavern. Absolutely phenomenal, per the usual! Blue Duck Tavern is one of our favorite restaurants in DC and it also catered our wedding – the food and service is top notch. Between the stay and being in a food coma, we really didn’t want to leave. Our stay was amazing and another one for our ever growing, Park Hyatt Washington, DC memory book! What I love most, is that our celebrations and special moments, haven’t ended with our wedding. We look forward to continuing to share one of our favorite places with our family and friends and one day our own family!

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Park Hyatt Washington, DC

www.parkhyattwashington.com

located at 1201 24th Street NW Washington, DC is in the heart of West End. Being a couple of blocks away from Georgetown, there is plenty to see and do!

Dining:

Michelin starred, Blue Duck Tavern – of course you must try the duck, but please also ask for the crab cakes – thank me later!! If you go on a pretty day, sit outside on the patio. Whether you go for brunch or dinner you will not be sorry. Also, definitely make your reservations early as they book up weeks in advance!

Tea Cellar – enjoy their diverse tea selection while enjoying a bite or two.

Blue Duck Lounge – the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail!

Amenities:

Spa, Fitness Center and Pool (I had a pool birthday party here when I was little!)

I highly recommend the Park Hyatt Washington, DC,whether just going for drinks and dinner, staycation/vacation, or planning your next celebration. Take it from me, you are sure to enjoy and the staff will ensure it is an experience that is truly memorable!

 

photos at the Park Hyatt by Anne Kim of Laura Metzler Photography

wedding photo by Moshe Zusman | wedding video by Noah Hayes

This post was sponsored by Park Hyatt Washington, DC. All views are my own.

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