My wife and I enjoyed a night at The St. Regis in DC last night, thanks to the free weekends promotion Starwood ran this summer.
Due to the promo and a bunch of travel, I ended up using my free rooms at:
Sheraton Commander (Boston), 2 rooms
Sheraton Hershey, 3 rooms, 2 nights
St. Regis DC
Le Parker Meridien (New York), 2 rooms
We dropped Catherine off for a sleepover at her grandparents house, and headed downtown. Probably one of the only people to valet park a minivan at the St. Regis.
The front desk informed me they had upgraded us to a Grand Luxe room. The room was nicely appointed, with a separate seating area with a couch and coffee table, along with a king-sized bed, a sizable bathroom, and a view of an alley.
We dropped our stuff and headed to Fogo de Chao, one of our favorite restaurants. We had called and couldn’t get a reservation, so we asked the concierge at the St. Regis. Surely, they could get us a table. Uh, no.
We had a backup choice, but I figured I would see if the $20 bill trick would work. So, we walked into Fogo, which was hopping busy. At least 15 or 20 people waiting for tables. My wife sat in the corner, as she said, “Embarrassed that we were trying to get in when it was obvious they were packed.”
I said, “It looks like you’re slammed, but I was hoping you could squeeze in 2 people.” The hostess said, “Stand over there. We’ll take care of you.”
We were on our way back, my wife shaking her head. We enjoyed a half bottle of Taittinger champagne, and a bottle of Malbec (Luca). Satisfied, and a bit tipsy, we headed back to the hotel for a comfortable night’s sleep.
We didn’t get a chance to take pictures of the room before we went to bed, but we did snap some shots of the bathroom. Note the TV in the mirror. Nice feature!