Vacations are the best. Staycations are the next best.
Over Father’s Day weekend, I stay-cationed over at National Harbor at the newly opened AC Hotel and without sounding like a “blogger”, I really loved it! Upon arrival, the entrance lobby is very well decorated with more modern metallic sculptures and neutral tones. Think birch and tan colored wood and impressive metallic sculptures with a very minimalist color theme.
To get to the guest registration desk, you must take the elevator to the 2nd floor where you are greeted by the warmest of smiles, at least Clay, the night manager on duty and Kiara the guest services associate offered that! Along with most well lit room I have ever seen in a hotel! If you love light as I do, you will be just as impressed as I was- maybe more! The “photographer” in me, instantly thought, indoor photoshoot with NATURAL LIGHT! Score!!!!!!!!!!!!
Once I stopped being such a shutterthug and the sun went down just a bit, I took a quick shower in the glass enclosed stall not the tiled shower- remember there were 2- and decided to wear my new French Connection Colorblock dress that was in my Le Tote package! It took me far longer to get ready than usual because I loved primping in the large dressing area side of the bathroom. I turned slightly into Narcissus! How can you not with the skin perfecting natural light from all those windows! My makeup never looked so blended and perfect!
I eventually got dressed, snapped MORE pictures in the room and on the balcony overlooking the main quarter of National Harbor, and headed down to the 2nd floor to enjoy a cocktail or 3 at the bar. And that I did- I enjoyed…… 3!
In keeping with the already amazing customer service provided by the manager Clay and associate Kiara, I was not shocked that our bartender was equally welcoming and customer service savvy! Just like I always preach “inhale fashion, exhale style, Abdullah, our bartender creates his cocktails with that thought in mind. Why have a cosmo the typical way when you can add a little something to liven it up. Why make JUST a regular whiskey drink without adding an aromatic bitter in the blend. I absolutely love this way of being and I certainly felt like he was the bartending ying to my personal style yang!
After drinks, it was all about oysters, seafood and catching the first half of Game 7 of the NBA Finals and that we did. Ate at The Walrus where I was pretty underwhelmed by Curry Mussels pot. I had to add some spices to it as it was pretty bland for a curry style broth. The oysters however were tasty and paired well with our server recommended Horseradish Oyster Sauce from the Pepper Palace. The service was again impeccable and I am starting to see a phenomenal customer service trend at the National Harbor!
The plan was to watch the 2nd half of the game in the massive AC Hotel National Harbor suite but once seeing the fun atmosphere of those watching at the hotel, it couldn’t be resisted to watch along with other fellow sports lovers! Although the better team lost- yes I am bitter, solely because of my lack of like for CryBaby James, it was a blast watching with others in the lobby of the hotel! And before anyone comes for me, I do agree he is the current best player to play the James Naismith invented game but I still am not a fan (lol). Guess that classifies me as a H-A-T-E-R!
While watching the game, there was an elephant in the room. That elephant being the Capital Wheel. With the darn near floor to ceiling windows of the hotel, I kept making eye contact with the infamous ferris wheel and it was beckoning me to ride. So that I did….. at 11:30pm, I hopped in the climate controlled gondola and saw all of National Harbor from a different view!
Eventually it was time to sleep and I face planted right into the king size bed! But of course before dozing off, I had to check a few emails, post an IG pic and watch others’ snapchats so I am thankful that the nightstands had outlets with actual USB ports! I was able to not only charge my phone but also my external charger for my phone! Ingenius!
Thank you to the folks at the National Harbor and of course the AC Hotel for making it to the top of my Best Places to Staycation list! See you soon!!!!