During a recent trip by train from Maine to Florida, I spent a day sightseeing in Washington, D.C. I was surprised to discover a wee bit of old Ireland and authentic Irish hospitality in the center of our nation’s Capitol:
Located only one block from Union Station and two blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building, the historic Phoenix Park Hotel provides Irish hospitality in the heart of Washington, D.C.. Previously known as the Commodore Hotel, this D.C. landmark has been a favorite of many famous politicians and diplomats since it was built in 1922. The hotel was renamed the Phoenix Park Hotel in 1982 by Irish-American hotelier Daniel J. Coleman.
The hotel combines warm Celtic charm and the elegance of an 18th century country estate, with its European ambience, intimate lobby, gleaming woods, brilliant carpets, original oil paintings and graceful marble staircase. The hotel has 149 luxurious rooms, including three unique penthouse suites and three contemporary loft-like bi-level suites, accented with authentic Irish linens, custom-tailored carpets, and crystal chandeliers.
The hotel’s world famous Dubliner Restaurant and Pub is a favorite for Washingtonians and visitors alike, and is known for its free-flowing spirits as well as its very own Old Dubliner Amber Ale. The Dubliner also offers traditional pub food and live Irish entertainment seven nights a week.
Room rates at the Phoenix Park Hotel start at only $99 per night for a single room.
Visit their website: http://www.phoenixparkhotel.com/index.html