It was a Friday night after a long first week of a new job and I knew that I wanted to treat myself to a staycation. I already had a hotel booked for the night but I came across some problems with my reservation, so I decided to turn things up a notch and splurge on an overnight stay at the Eaton DC hotel located in downtown DC.
There are two parking garages right down the street from the hotel, about a 2-3 minute walk from either one. I paid less than $30 for an overnight parking ticket. Eaton also offers valet parking for around $50, and I’ve heard from numerous people that it is worth the extra money.
You walk inside the hotel and are greeted with beautiful decor. The lobby gives off a cozy and welcoming vibe, and you can see pieces of art in the back. There is a radio station and a restaurant to the right, and another restaurant to the left. In the back, they have a beautiful speakeasy and even an art gallery.
I got the basic room, but it didn’t lack in amenities. The bathroom was nice and had an organic line of body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and hand soap. There was an adjustable lamp on each side of the bed, and a salt lamp on one of the dressers. The TV came with Netflix, but you do have to log into your own account.
To my delight, I found a real record player on the shelf! They offered a small collection of vinyls to use, and trust me, I listened to them all.
Eaton offers around 4 places that you can visit for food or drinks. The main restaurant is Michele’s, which serves a mix of French and American food. Michele’s is also home to one of the BEST fried chicken sandwiches I’ve ever had, the bread was perfectly soft, the chicken was seasoned, it was so yummy. I wish I would’ve taken a better picture but I was too busy trying to eat it, lol.
They also have a spot called Baker’s Daughter, its setup is like a coffee shop mixed with a market. They have various seating options and plenty of to go food if you want to just chill in the room all night. They also sell coffee and cocktails, wine, and beer to-go.
Eaton has its own speakeasy inside the hotel, called Allegory. The theme is something I’ve never seen before, think Alice in Wonderland meets Ruby Bridges, if you don’t know who Ruby Bridges is, time for a quick history lesson. Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to desegregate her school in Louisiana, William Frantz Elementary School to be specific. The bar is filled with gorgeous artwork of the creative mix, and to be honest, I was more focused on the paintings than anything else, it truly is a gorgeous bar. Even the menu is filled with stories about Ruby Bridges, a new chapter on every other page.
I visited Allegory on a Friday night, so as you can imagine, it was packed. But there is a lovely seating area right outside of the bar entrance that looks like a library study. People can sit there and order from a limited menu while they wait for seats to open up in Allegory. And if THAT space is full, then there’s MORE seating right outside of the waiting area.
The last place at Eaton is Wild Days, which is a rooftop bar and lounge. I wasn’t able to stop by that night, but I plan on doing so in the future.
On the second floor, there is a spa, a yoga studio, and meeting rooms. They hold different yoga classes throughout the week. I didn’t have time to go to the Saturday morning one, but they were nice enough to let me in before the class started. The spa is in the back and they offer a number of relaxing wellness services, they even have a sauna!
Eaton is also home to a co-working space called Eaton House, and it is open to hotel guests for use, even when it was closed! You can walk to Eaton House through the hotel. The walk takes you through the art gallery in the back, which was very interesting to see.
All in all, Eaton is a hotel where you can socialize, relax, work, and have a good time. It’s a bit more on the pricier side, but I think it was worth the cost. And even if you can’t spend the night, you can still visit the restaurants and bars!