The proposal is a story that the bride and groom will tell again and again for the rest of their lives – why not make the venue as memorable as the proposal itself? Washington, DC is a city known for its rich history and plethora of luxury hotels. Utilize the public and (semi public) spaces of these great venues to mark the start of your lives together. Who knows, maybe you’ll want to continue the story by holding your wedding at the hotel as well!
This 99-room Relais and Chateaux hotel in the heart of downtown is one of the city’s most romantic properties, full of historic charm and luxe, five-star service. We can easily see popping the question in Plume, the hotel’s fine dining French restaurant (ask for the circular booth in the back), but our go-to location would be the hotel’s intimate library, called the “Book Room”. Just off the main lobby, this intimate room has a large fireplace and several romantic nooks, perfect for a tete-a-tete before popping the question. And of course, the hotel’s staff is totally discreet – they’d make sure you were totally alone during the big moment.
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown’s Smokestack
We can’t help but love this hotel, an 82-room boutique property on Georgetown’s waterfront. Once the Georgetown incinerator, this hotel has a fabulous “fire” theme, including sexy red accents, brick walls, and dark woods throughout the property. Our favorite space is the intimate smokestack, perfect for a romantic dinner a deux. The 130’ high stack is a circular room with a gorgeous skylight that can easily be set up for a special event with candles, rose petals and more. The hotel staff tells us they’ve hosted numerous proposals in this beautiful room – and, since it’s technically on the hotel’s meeting level, you won’t be disturbed by any guests who happen to walk by.
The Top of the Hay, Hay Adams Hotel
What better place to propose than the top of one of DC’s most historic luxury hotels? The ninth floor event space, “Top of the Hay,” is a glassed-in room that offers massive balconies overlooking The White House and St. John’s church. Often used as a wedding venue, we can see staging a quintessentially “Washington” proposal at sunset, sunrise, or anytime. Just one key – you’d have to ask the hotel’s staff for access as the room isn’t typically open to the public.
Boasting one of DC’s best views of the White House and monuments, the sexy POV rooftop at the W hotel is a place to see and be seen at any time of year. Cozy up in a corner banquette (we like the one overlooking the Washington monument) and drop to one knee in this “room with a view.” Not a fan of public affairs? Ask about the hotel’s “secret space” downstairs. Publicist Barbara Martin tells us that the hotel is always happy to arrange proposals. Candles, rose petals, serenading … they’ve done it all.
Written by McLean Robbins
POV photo via Starwoodhotels.com