Inside the New Courtyard Garden at Renovated Fairmont Washington D.C.

(Fairmont Washington DC)

There’s a new spot for happy hour cocktails in Georgetown. Located at 2401 M Street, the Fairmont Washington unveiled the fruits of a $27 million renovation project earlier this year. And just in time for spring, the hotel has opened its newly remodeled courtyard garden with a lush canopy of trees, lounge furniture, fire pits, and a new water feature—a prime spot for drinks, lunch and dinner. Stop by for the Shaken & Stirred happy hour, Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., to taste specially priced beers and wines, rotating cocktails on tap, and a trio menu sampler and Fairmont’s signature rooftop honey bread.

As recently reported by USA Today, the hotel’s two-phase renovation was extensive. Each of the 413 guest rooms got a makeover by New York-based Wimberly Interiors. Forget typical in-room work desks. “Instead, the king-bedded rooms have a chaise and a round table that doubles as a dining spot or a flexible working space.” The top digs are the seven specialty suites, and the rooms on the Gold Floor also got swanky new amenities (49-inch TVs, marble bathrooms with walk-in showers).

The second phase of the project, touching the lobby, Loggia and courtyard garden, was overseen by Amanda Jackson of Dallas-based Forrest Perkins.

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A note for business travelers: the executive forum amphitheater has been converted to the Kennedy Ballroom, now measuring 2,900 square feet and able to accommodate 300 people.

Fairmont’s hospitality collection numbers more than 70 hotels globally including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, and Fairmont San Francisco.

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