This post was sponsored by Marriott as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Looking for fun things to do this summer? Why not visit a city to explore for a mini-vacation! DC’s a great choice because there’s so much to do, and a lot of locals leave town during the weekends so it’s less congested. I live in Maryland but work in DC quite a bit!
I’m there like 4-5 times a week, but I’m usually in and out because I want to avoid traffic, and I have to get back to my furbaby. Suffice it to say, it was nice to stay in the Capitol and just relax for once.
Marriott brands have some of the most convenient hotels in the city, especially in regards to location and attractions. The Mayflower’s one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever visited, and I love that they’re dog-friendly. Both Daisy and I felt so welcome. They had the cutest setup waiting for us when we got to our room: treats from Baked & Wired and a giant bottle of Evian. Was it a little extra? Absolutely not.
They had some human treats waiting for me as well! Sidebar: I don’t know where they got these macarons, but they were absolutely delicious. I enjoyed them with complimentary coffee I got from their ground floor restaurant, Edgar.
For those of you looking to save money, Bonvoy members get awesome perks, like free wifi, mobile check-in and the lowest rates possible at all times. They also receive extra discounts when booking direct on Marriott.com, saving an extra 2% on weekdays and 5% on weekends. They have over 20 hotels across 12 brands in DC so there’s a lot to choose from. I’m a huge fan of the Mayflower though so I highly recommend their property.
Mel and her boyfriend booked their room with me so we got an adjoining suite on the 10th floor, which was nice. As you can see, our rooms were basically identical. The bed was really comfortable so I spent a good majority of my trip enjoying Netflix in a fluffy oversized robe. I had plans to explore with my friends, but I got sick so I decided to keep things low key. I ended up watching movies while scarfing down Halal Guys, and it was exactly what I needed.
The next day, I got up bright and early to meet with Mel and Tony. We had reservations at POV for brunch so we carpooled there. It’s a ten minute walk from the Mayflower, but we decided to drive because it was already ridiculously hot. Located inside the W hotel on 15th street, the view can’t be beat. Brunch with a panoramic view of DC? Yes please.
We ordered a ton of food and shared family style. My favorite dishes were the lobster grilled cheese ($25) and the Hong Kong style lobster fried rice ($38). Prices are steep, but you’re paying for the view on top of food so keep that in mind.
The grilled cheese was everything it was supposed to be. The bread was nice and buttery, and the sandwich had huge chunks of lobster inside. It had just the right amount of cheese, and it came with a cup of lobster bisque. The fried rice contained tons of seafood, and you could really taste the garlic and ginger, which I loved.
After brunch, we drove to Rosslyn to check out The View of DC. Located at 1201 Wilson Blvd, you can see monuments, landmarks and more with their floor-to-ceiling windows. Tickets are $22 and well worth the money if you’re visiting from out of town! FYI, admission is free for Arlington residents.
So, who here’s been to DC or wants to vacation in the Capitol? Let me know by leaving a comment below. On another note, I need to write a comprehensive travel guide for y’all at some point. That’s definitely on my list of things to do so keep an eye out, friends. Until then, browse more travel content here.
Photography by me and Melanie Yu.