WASHINGTON: Celebrating National Rosé Day, The Willard InterContinental in partnership with Château d’Esclans, a winery in Provence, France, will host the annual Rosé Romp today from 12 – 4 p.m. The Rosé Romp toasts the hotel’s unique history while celebrating the winery’s most exemplary rosé wines and coincides with National Rosé Day.
Kicking off the summer social season, the event takes place on the hotel’s outside terrace and feature all you can eat and drink, live music, entertainment and rose tastings with Château d’Esclans’s winemaker, Paul Chevalier.
Guests are invited to dress in their most festive springtime attire as they sip delicious wines including the ever-popular Whispering Angel Rosé. This is a ticketed event for those 21 years and older.
“Residence of Presidents”
In anticipation of their upcoming 200th Anniversary, The Willard has just finished an $18 million-dollar renovation of all 335 guest rooms and suites, including the hotel’s corridors. The newly designed rooms and shared spaces blend the traditional with contemporary while retaining the historic charm of centuries old.
The guest rooms at The Willard will set a distinct standard for the ultimate luxury experience in Washington, D.C. Rooms will feature gold leaf embroidered custom designed headboards and bespoke drapery, to textured wallpaper and crystal lighting fixtures.
Marble coffee tables and décor accent pieces reflect the hotel’s history that will be visible in historic pieces refurbished for the new environments. The redesigned rooms will include 115 reupholstered antique furniture pieces.
Redesigned guest rooms incorporate hues of blue, ivory and cool grey accented with gold. Suites will showcase a neutral palette of cream, beige, tan, silver, and gold accented with regal red.
Growing with Washington politics
One of Washington’s most historic addresses, the Willard opened in 1818 as a two-story row-house. At the time, Washington, DC was only twenty-eight years old at the time and traveler accommodations were few. Today the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
With the capital city, the Willard grew, in part thanks to its location, literally next door to the White House and down the street from most of DC’s most important buildings – including the Capitol and the burgeoning U.S. Treasury. In 1862, famed writer Nathaniel Hawthorne observed that the
“Willard Hotel more justly could be called the center of Washington than either the Capitol or the White House or the State Department.”
Head to the bar for real U.S. history trivia and tales
Guest rooms and suites are not the only areas at The Willard to undergo a recent refresh. The Round Robin Bar, the oldest bar operating in its original location in Washington and Café du Parc are also freshened in the upgrade.
Café du Parc also opened the Pershing Room, a new private dining room offering diners a bird’s eye view of the legendary lobby and Peacock Alley, this spring.