As you read from last Friday's FAB Friday post, I am a huge fan of The Embassy Row Hotel here in Washington DC. I participated in a video with the hotel back in May, promoting the hotel and tourism to DC. After my best friend, Erin, saw the video, she was so eager to come to DC and see the hotel for herself, that she booked a trip to come visit for a much needed girls weekend. Erin has been my best friend for over 25 years and although we grew up together in Richmond, we haven't lived in the same city since we were both living at home during college summer breaks! Its always a treat when we are able to see each other once a year (we really need to work on this!), and we like to go all out for our yearly meet ups.
For our annual meet up we stayed at The Embassy Row Hotel for the weekend, and let me tell you- we had a freaking blast. The hotel is the perfect place to spend a weekend with your bestie and today, I'm telling you why in a recap of the top things we did during our weekend stay at The Embassy Row Hotel.
One of the best things about the hotel, other than its awesome atmosphere, comfortable rooms, amazing rooftop, and friendly staff, is its location. When we weren't at the hotel, we were able to walk to almost every spot we went, or if we couldn't walk it was a quick Uber ride. This made things so easy for us and was the perfect central hub for our stay.
Between events at The Embassy Row Hotel and all of the fun things to do in DC, we seriously partied as if it were going out of style! This weekend was the ultimate fun weekend and it reminded me that time with our best friends is important and much needed. Whether you and/or your best friend is from out of town, or even if you are in town, I urge you to take a vacation or staycation to DC and choose The Embassy Row Hotel for your BFF weekend. Here's why.....
1. The hotel vibe is awesome
The decor of The Embassy Row Hotel is amazing and it looks like designs on Pinterest that you use for #homegoals. The lobby is unique and airy and has the coolest furniture. The rooms are the same with modern accents that remind me of Jonathan Adler and tranquil, teal and blue accents. My favorite thing in the room were the DC pillows- what a fun touch! Our stay was great- room view was on point with views of Rosslyn and the Monument, beds were comfortable, and the room amenities were just what we needed.
2. Illusions of Georgetown
After we dropped our bags at the hotel, we hit Illusions of Georgetown first to get the weekend started right. Illusions is my favorite salon and I had to take Erin there to experience it for herself. Not only did we get BFF Hair Slay from Yvette and stylists Josh and Elizabeth, for a fun photo, but we got hair styles to last through the weekend (Minus Erin's wig on Saturday for the Drag Brunch). Erin opted for an updo since it was pouring down rain, and I opted for a blow out that I could touch up with dry shampoo and simple waves if I needed a day or 2 in. When I have a blowout at Illusions it normally lasts me a solid 3 days, so I wanted to take advantage of saving time on my hair during the weekend. A plus about a hair style at Illusions? They serve wine! Cheers, Illusions!
3. Mission Dupont
Right around the corner from The Embassy Row Hotel is one of my fave Mexican spots in DC, Mission. Their margarita pitchers are my favorite in the city and their chips and salsa are legit. I haven't once had a bad meal here and when Erin said she wanted Mexican, I knew this had to be the place. Although the crowd tends be on the younger side, their margaritas and chips keep me coming back!
4. Silent Disco at Embassy Row
The Silent Disco was probably one of the most fun things I have ever done in DC. This was one of the highlights of the weekend and we had the best time jamming out to the tunes of 3 different DJs through the course of the night. Even though you have on headphones for the disco, all 3 DJs are there live spinning their different styles and you can flip to whichever station when you want directly on your headphones. The event is normally held on The Embassy Row Rooftop, but was moved into the lobby due to inclement weather. It was still so much fun and I 100% recommend attending this Friday night event if you like to dance, like music, and are looking for something different to do in DC.
5. Saturday Drag Brunch DC
Where do I even start with this one? This drag brunch was incredible and is up there on my list of best drag brunches I've ever been to. For $40 you are given a full brunch buffet, 2 drinks, and a fabulous amount of entertainment. FABULOUS, I tell you. The queens were hilarious and the MC made jokes that made me laugh so hard I almost cried. They danced their butts off, had jaw-dropping costumes, and kept my full attention the entire time. The brunch was upbeat and we left with our hearts full of fabulous vibes. We even got to talk with the queens after and one of them let us try on her amazing red feather cape!
6. Dupont Circle Entertainment and Nightlife
As I said above, staying at The Embassy Row Hotel gives you access to tons of entertainment, restaurants, nightlife, and more within just steps. On Saturday night after enjoying the hotel rooftop night views, we hopped around the circle, to show Erin the range of fun bars and clubs we have here in DC.
7. The Embassy Row Rooftop / Sunday Funday
After this past Sunday, I now know where all the fun people hang for Sunday Funday - The Embassy Row Rooftop. The Recovery Sunday pool scene was such a blast and made for the perfect end to our BFF weekend. We sipped rosé, sun bathed, and danced in the pool when the DJ played our favorite songs. The atmosphere was chic and cool, with a mix of hotel guests and locals who purchased day passes. If you are looking for somewhere to be this Sunday, I suggest you check out The Embassy Row Rooftop.
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