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The Check In: Hotel News Blooming in D.C.

Cherry blossoms aren't the only things popping up in the country's capital.

At this time of the year, cherry blossoms usually start making an appearance throughout the Capitol, according to the National Park Service. However, the warmer-than-usual weather has cherry blossoms already blooming, with the start of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 17) right around the corner.

Beginning sooner than later, tourists will flock to celebrate the famous flowers over the next month, and hotels around Washington, D.C. are ready to accommodate with new openings, themed packages, and exciting events.

Let’s start with the Four Seasons Washington, D.C. that  just finished its $13 million renovation. The new contemporary style of the 222 rooms is inspired by the surrounding cherry blossoms, seen through subtle motifs done in soft shades of white, coral, peach, and brown. The redesign goes along with the Four Seasons Signature Sleep initiative, which works to perfect the “Art of Sleeping” through focusing on artistic, local style that they hope creates a relaxing experience. From $495

And if you happen to be visiting on Easter, the hotel’s BOURBON STEAK restaurant is featuring a special seasonal three-course menu ($95 for adults, $50 for kids), beginning with a fresh asparagus salad and ending with a rhubarb tart and brown butter gelato. Following the brunch, kids get to participate in a traditional egg hunt while adults take part in the brand new Easter Bottle Hunt—searching the grounds to find pastel ribbon-wrapped bottles of WhistlePig Whiskey, also served at the restaurant. 

The Kimpton Hotel Palomar DC also just finished renovating their 335-room hotel, decked out in contemporary design influenced by surrounding art museums and universities. The property's interior is filled with bright, geometric patterns, creating a bold contrast against the gray wood furnishings. From $239

The Palomar—along with several other Kimpton hotels such as The Carlyle, The Donovan, and Hotel Monaco Washington D.C.—are offering a “Drink in the Blossoms” package throughout the festival's duration. In addition to accommodations, the special includes two sachets of cherry blossom rose organic tea from Capital Teas, a custom-made cherry-blossom inspired postcard from Seeing in Fabric, and two complimentary drinks for a celebratory cheers. Package from $169

Instead of viewing the cherry blossoms on foot, see them aboard the Odyssey Washington DC during a lunch cruise, included in the Mandarin Oriental’s Cherry Blossom Views & Cruise package. The offer includes a two-night room or suite stay with a view of the Tidal Basin and surrounding cherry blossoms, two tickets to the lunch cruise, and a District Survival Backpack that includes a Cherry Blossom Festival brochure and area map (plus a selfie-stick, sunscreen, and snacks for venturing). The deal is offered from March 19 until April 17 for those looking to experience the famous festive. Package from $495

Looking for something to do during festival downtime? Pop over to the Washington Hilton and view the new photo exhibit on presedential events that have occured inside the historic hotel's walls. The International Ballroom has housed the official Inaugural Ball every four years since President Nixon took office in 1969, not to mention plenty of White House Correspondents’ Association dinners, the First Lady’s lunches and National Prayer breakfasts. And now, visitors can witness these photographic moments on display at this historic Capitol hotel.

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