My First Stay at a Tapestry Collection by Hilton Hotel — and The Verdict Is…

Disclaimer: The stay featured in this article was paid in full by Hilton. I did not pay a single penny.


As today, Friday, May 31, 2019 marks 100 years since the founding of Hilton by Conrad Hilton, not only did I want to celebrate this milestone by listing some of the firsts associated with Hilton as a company; but also a couple of my own firsts with Hilton — including my first stay at a Curio a Collection by Hilton hotel property; and my first stay at a Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel property.

My First Stay at a Tapestry Collection by Hilton Hotel — and The Verdict Is…

The reason why I used Uber for the first time is because Hilton paid for it so that I may travel around the District of Columbia area to some of the events which Hilton had in store; and I plan to write about them in future articles…

…but this Uber ride was the one in which the driver had no idea of how to get to The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel property, at which Hilton generously arranged for me to stay for three nights. After driving around aimlessly in what seemed like forever while asking me if I was absolutely sure of the hotel and its address — as if I was the crazy person who did not know any better — the driver did not realize that he took the viaduct and overshot the location instead of using the road underneath it to access Thomas Jefferson Street, on which the hotel property was located.

The ride should have taken no more than 15 minutes from Washington National Airport — perhaps 25 minutes with traffic — to the hotel.

So much for my first experience with Uber — but at least my second experience with Uber was a significant improvement.

My Arrival

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The driver finally dropped me off near the entrance to the hotel property — although that occurred at night.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

A metal plaque with embossed letters — which was mounted on the brick wall to the right of the entrance — proclaims that The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel property is listed as one of the Historic Hotels of America as part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The lobby was small — yet it was cozy — and the weather was too warm for a fire in the fireplace.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The Room

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

When I opened the door to the room, I noticed that it was a suite with a living area which was separate from the bedroom. This room is known as a King Studio Suite with a sofa bed; and up to four people can sleep in it.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The living area included a couch which could open up into a bed; a coffee table; a nightstand; and two different types of lamps.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The bed itself was rather comfortable, with two harder pillows; two softer pillows; and two decorative pillows.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Each nightstand had a lamp on top, with a telephone on one nightstand and an alarm clock on the other nightstand.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The alarm clock was equipped with a radio and two USB ports on top.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

In fact, USB ports were fairly plentiful throughout the room — but note that if you plug in an adapter for a tablet or laptop computer, you will likely not have access to the USB ports on the electrical outlet itself because the adapter may partially cover them, rendering them useless as long as the adapter is plugged into the outlet.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The furniture in the room was classic and elegant overall, as the room was nicely furnished.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

One minor issue with the room is that I could clearly see dust on the 42-inch flat-screen “smart” television and the top of the chest of drawers on which it rests — and the dust was not a thin layer, either.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Two closets are to the right of the desk and chair. A wireless telephone with a charging station rested on the desk — as did a modern lamp, a note pad, and a pen. The dust is again clearly visible on the chest of drawers.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Upon opening the doors, one closet contained an ironing board, a folding luggage rack; an umbrella; hangers; and an iron. The other closet contained two drawers for storage; a minibar; a snack and wine station as an extension of the minibar; a safe; and a coffee and tea station which included sweeteners, stirrers, powdered creamer, four cups, and a coffee pot.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

This short hallway is from the bedroom area, with a view of a chair and the door which marks the entrance to the room. The closets are on the left with the doors closed; while the bathroom is on the right, as John Fogerty would sing.

The Bathroom

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The entrance to the bathroom with marble tiles is located opposite the short hallway from the closets; and upon walking in is the sink area with vanity and the enclosed shower area.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Several towels and a glass rack — as well as a soap dish — are located in the enclosed shower area.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Two sinks were included in the vanity, with more towels stored underneath it; while the toilet is located adjacent to the door at the entrance to the bathroom…

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

…but when I opened the lid of the toilet, I noticed that it was not flushed — at least, completely, anyway. I found that odd.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Plenty of amenities by L’Occitane en Provence awaited on the middle of the vanity between the two sinks — as well as a bar of soap with verbena leaves.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The View

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Keep in mind that whenever you stay at a hotel property which is located within a neighborhood on a city block, you are likely not exactly going to have the best view which you have ever seen…

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

…as a view is not why you book a reservation at a hotel property such as The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton — but I am not sure as to whether the construction was for the hotel itself or for an adjacent building.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

A small pool filled with construction debris was part of the scenery…

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

…but the view showed what is otherwise a quaint neighborhood — and I do not recall being disturbed by noises as a result of the construction.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The Rooftop Bar and Deck

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Unfortunately, the Rooftop Bar and its deck were closed when I went to take photographs of it, as it does not open until 4:00 in the afternoon…

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

…but it seems to have comfortable outdoor furniture and a reasonably nice view of the surrounding neighborhood.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Breakfast

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Breakfast is served every morning in the Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy, which is located at the bottom of the stairs just beyond the front desk near the rear of the lobby.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Offerings included assorted cold cereals, hot oatmeal, several varieties of yogurt and toppings.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

A small selection of assorted bread products — as well as coffee — were also available.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Fresh fruit, assorted pastries, and smoked salmon rounded out the remainder of the food items offered for breakfast.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Several tables and interesting decor comprise of the small but cozy place to eat breakfast. A member of the staff checks to ensure that you either qualify for complimentary breakfast — which is basically buffet style — or that you paid for it.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The food was quite good; but there was not much of it. I especially enjoyed the orange juice which resembled that of freshly squeezed. Any food items which were depleted were not replenished immediately.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Miscellaneous

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The fancy door hanger sign had Please Do Not Disturb printed on one side; and Please Service The Room printed on the other side.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Fellow “bloggers” who also stayed at the hotel property — and are all busy on their mobile telephones while waiting in the lobby to leave — include from left to right: Rob Burgess of Head for Points; Angelina Aucello of Angelina Travels; and Jennifer Yellin of Deals We Like. The wooden front desk of the hotel is at the extreme right of the photograph.

Summary

Containing 57 rooms, this historic hotel property is located near the heart of the Georgetown neighborhood of the District of Columbia near the banks of the Potomac River — as well as the shopping of M Street and the dining options available at Washington Harbour.

I checked on what a King Studio Suite with a sofa bed would cost per night on a random date which I chose: if I checked in on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 for one night, the room rate would be $324.58 for the night plus tax — which totals $372.61 — on an advance purchase rate for members of the Hilton Honors frequent guest loyalty program. No refunds are permitted with that rate…

…and the least expensive rate I could find for that day is $280.48 for the same rate on a standard room with one king bed — which comes to a total of $321.99 after 14.8 percent in taxes is added.

The member of the housekeeping staff who was assigned to my room could have done a better job, between the dust and the unflushed toilet on the first night; and do not expect a full breakfast in the morning — although it should suffice and was delicious. Other than those minor issues, I recommend staying at this stylish yet quiet and comfortable hotel property…

…unless the room rates are too rich for your budget — and if that is the case, you might not find a rate with a better value at a different hotel property anyway unless you search outside of the District of Columbia.

The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007
United States of America
202-337-0900

All photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.


 

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8 thoughts on “My First Stay at a Tapestry Collection by Hilton Hotel — and The Verdict Is…”

  1. FlyerDad says:

    I stayed at the Skyler Hotel (part of the Tapestry Collection) in Syracuse. It used to be a synagogue. It was a really nice stay, fascinating architecture and great location. We really enjoyed it–sounds like the Tapestry Collection could be an interesting boutique brand.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I have stayed in a hotel property which was once a former grain silo, FlyerDad; but I must say that I do not recall staying in a hotel property which was a former synagogue.

      I may have to put the Skyler Hotel in Syracuse on my list of places to stay — although I have no reason to return to Syracuse anytime soon…

  2. Stephanie Woods says:

    I’ve stayed at the Fairmont in July for 4 nights twice, and paid under two hundred a night with taxes for a suite on the Gold Floor with free breakfast. The breakfast is very extensive and you have lounge privileges, which gets you snacks mid day and canapés at night. Year round you can get hotels near Reagan for$150 or less. I have 2 nights at an airport hotel July 6-8 for a total of $130. I’ve found very reasonable hotels in DC year round.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Those are reasonable prices, Stephanie Woods.

      Thank you for taking the time to offer alternatives for readers of The Gate.

    2. Pam says:

      I agree with the Fairmont recommendation. Great property & nice suites. Quiet in good location.

  3. Luke Vader says:

    We stayed at The Graham using a free night certificate three weeks ago, to make it easier to visit the nearby embassies participating in the (annual) EU Open House. We drove in on a rainy Friday afternoon from the Dulles Toll Road during rush hour, and let’s just say the traffic situation in Georgetown was extremely slow, extremely congested, and extremely aggravating. Like your Uber driver, I took the overpass instead of the underpass, which added even more time and frustration… hard lesson learned.

    The Graham itself is pretty nice, as your photos (taken/copyrighted in 2018?) show. Lots of notable restaurants nearby, including a good French one we tried.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I stayed at The Graham last year, Luke Vader; but I never got around to posting my review — until now.

      I am assuming that you are based outside of the District of Columbia; but the Uber driver should have known better.

      Thank you for posting your thoughts. I agree: The Graham is nice; and the traffic situation in Georgetown is not one to be envied…

  4. Stephanie Woods says:

    You can also stay in Alexandria, which is more moderately priced, and with the Metro, still get around very easily, especially since Reagan Airport is a Metro stop. DC is very easy to find moderate hotels as opposed to NYC.

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