Hotel Review: InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf

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The author's room

The author’s room

The king-size mattress was supremely comfortable, with soft bed linens.  I woke up refreshed each morning and ready for the challenges the day would bring.

The bath area featured a single sink with ample counter space for my toiletries, and a large walk-in shower with a two showerheads and a separate soaking tub. Water pressure was good although clearly throttled but water temperature remained constant.


The room featured a large marble-topped writing desk paired with a comfortable but non-ergonomic chair.  Power outlets were built into the front of the desk.  The hotel’s designers clearly recognized the dwindling importance of the in-room phone and only placed one next to the bed, leaving the desk surface free of extraneous matter.

L'Occitane Spa treatment room

L’Occitane Spa treatment room

The setup was more than sufficient for brief stints of work and the hotel’s complimentary Wi-Fi was more than sufficient for e-mail, surfing, and music streaming.

The hotel has 11 meeting rooms with 17,000 square feet (1,579 square meters) of space including several ballrooms.  All meeting spaces have natural light and many feature waterfront views.


To recover from the hardships Amtrak inflicted, I found a true sanctuary at TheWharfSpa by l’Occitane.  The spa uses my favorite l’Occitane ingredients such as shea butter from Burkina Fasso to provide a relaxing treatment.  I opted for a deep-tissue massage and my masseur, Jose, who comes from Cuba, offered one of the best in-hotel experiences I’ve had to date.

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