W Hotel Invasion by awesomize.me members Last Night

I headed to W Rooftop Hotel last night to hang out with a few friends. As I always, I ordered my red wine and started cruising aroun to check out the place and the people.

The place is just Awesome! What’s even more awesome is the view. From the 11th-floor balcony at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, you can see  Washington is spread out right in front of you. You will also be able to see all the monuments – the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, the White House’s East Wing which is only a block away, and more.  You can also watch planes taking off from Reagan National Airport or see the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery and Old Town Alexandria. It’s just beautiful! Read more of this post

Europeans To Revive Watergate Hotel


The 251-room Watergate Hotel where our president Nixon made himself famous, was acquired by Euro Capital Properties for $45 million from the bank that had foreclosed on it last year, according to The Washington Post.

The seller was German bank PB Capital. The bank had seized the property last year after former owner Monument Realty, which had intended to convert the hotel to condominiums, defaulted on its $40 million loan.

Euro Capital Properties intends to spend several dozen million dollars renovating and updating the hotel into an upper-upscale hotel with rates of roughly $300 per night. However, it could take up to two years before the renovation is complete and the hotel reopened. Read more of this post

Renovation complete at Willard Hotel DC


by
Kamran Abdi
HVScompass Design and Jonathan Nehmer + Associates completed the first phase of the guestroom and suite renovation at the historic Willard Hotel Interior Design and Architecture services were provided by HVScompass and JN+A respectively. Read more of this post

Awesome New Resort Holiday In Washington, DC – National Washington Harbor


by
Elias Shams
Finally, I visited our National Harbor yesterday in freezing temperature. I usually don’t visit places like this in Winter time, because of persistence from a few close non-DC friends, as a patriot DCian, I found it my duty to make the trip there so I can share my personal experience about the resort. You asked for it, here it is…. 🙂

I don’t mean to sound like a snob, if you have already traveled outside of the US (and, I mean the other side of Atlantic Ocean, not Canada nor Mexico), you might get bored with the area. You will enjoy the awesome view of the Potomac River though.. Otherwise, it a great place to visit. I might have a better experience during the summer. It is only 5 miles from where I live in DC

National Harbor is a new 300-acre waterfront destination in the Washington, DC area that opened over a year and half ago. It is set along side of the Potomac River. The area includes hotels, restaurants, retail stores, condominiums, a full-service marina, a convention center, and commercial office space. The cornerstone of the development of National Harbor is the new Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center which was beautifully decorated for the holiday. Their great atrium is adorned with holiday lights, sculptures and a great hanging Christmas tree made of glass. I was told the place is the largest non-gaming hotel and convention center on the East Coast. The resort hotel features 2,000 guestrooms, flexible meeting and banquet facilities, 6 restaurants, a nightclub, retail shopping, a full service spa and fitness center, indoor/outdoor swimming pool and outdoor event space. The area covers 41.7 acres and has spectacular views of the Potomac River and Old Town Alexandria.

Good News for families with kids, there are plans underway to build the National Children’s Museum there.
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Free Holiday Concerts At The Willard Hotel In The Heart Of DC


Starting the first day of this month, the Willard has been presenting a free holiday music concert series called Holiday Lobbying and it will end Dec 31th. So, you still have about nine more days.

These free concerts take place Monday-Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Top choral and musical ensembles from around the Washington Metro area will perform in the elegant grandeur of the hotel’s famous lobby.

The Hotel is in the heart of downtown DC and just two blocks from the White House. The Willard is one of the city’s most famous landmarks.

• When:Tue 12/1 – Thu 12/31 (5:30PM)
• Where: The Willard
• Location: 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC Map
• Cost: Free!

The 2009 Holiday Concert that you still have time to see:
• December 22 Cantate Chamber Singers
• December 23The City Singers
• December 29Potomac Harmony
• December 30Suspicious Cheese Lords
• December 31 Philomela

Here is the ones you already missed:

• December 1 – Alexandria Choral Society Children’s Chorus
• December 2 – The McLean Symphony Festival Singers
• December 3 – 18th Street Singers
• December 4 – Carmina & Illuminare
• December 5 – Barrington Madrigals
• December 6 – Capital Accord Chorus
• December 7 – Voce
• December 8 – Children’s Chorus of Washington
• December 9 – The Colonial Singers
• December 10 – Washington Chorus Outreach Singers
• December 11 – Washington Women’s Chorus
• December 12 – Capitol Hill Chorale
• December 13 – Washington Chorus Outreach Singers
• December 14 – Annandale Singers
• December 15 – Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
• December 16 – The Thomas Circle Singers
• December 17 – Vienna-Falls Chorus
• December 18 – Sound Advice
• December 19 – Counter Top Quartet
• December 20 – The Colonial Singers
• December 21 – Musica Oriana

Here is inside the Willard

And, here is around the Willard

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Washingtonian Tease – I Am Sureeee, Your Hand Just Happened To Land Right There


Not sure what to write about this one,  but to say even Washingtonian women are awesome!  Unfortunately, I didn’t have the pleasure to be there to take this artistic photo. A friend who had attended his corporate Christmas party in Mayflower hotel in Downtown DC last night, sent this to me. Apparently, these sexy ladies knew exactly how to drive us morons, men crazy.

I just wish I was there to offer them a cup of coffee in my place 😉 Damn! How could I miss such a party!!!

Anyway, aside from the politics, corruptions, and scandals, Washington is just soooooo pure and Awwwwwwwesome! Can’t you just see that?

Speaking of Mayflower Hotel, It is the one the New York governor, Eliot Spitzer shagged his high-priced call girl and lost his job over it.

I recall my company’s Christmas party in the same Hotel while with Yurie Systems back in 1997. Great memories from that party 🙂 Our company went public that year and was sold to Lucent for $1.23 B in March of 1998.  It was very rewarding to all employees.

The Hotel is right in Connecticut Ave and L Street just south of Dupont Circle.  Interested in staying in the Hotel, here is where you can learn more about it. I mean what more do you need to know. The NY governor had a blast there for years 🙂

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel – A Historic Washington DC Hotel

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Hi, My Name is Elias, I am a Dupont Circleholic!


by Elias Shams
And, NO! I am not gay 🙂

Considering my first boy was born in Dupont Circle area, how could I be so stupid not to start my blog with covering this great area, one of my favorite places in the Washington, D.C?

Those of you not familiar with the D.C, Dupont Circle is known for its gay & lesbian community. Well, correction – it used to be known as the main hub for gays & lesbians till 2002 or 2003. Something changed. After four years of goofing around in Europe, ever since, I moved back to D.C in summer of 2006, It looks like most of the gay and lesbian community have moved to the U street – a few blocks further to the East. Even one of their old hangout clubs, the Circle is now a hang out club for straights. It is called Cazuza. Hey, don’t get me wrong. I got nothing against them. In fact, I have four gay friends – one from Madrid, one from D.C, and two from Tehran. Did you hear that Mr. Ahmadinejad? Gays from Tehran. Yes, there are tons of them in Iran and other part of the world.

Anyway, enough of gay, lesbian, and straight stuff. Back to the Dupont Circle:

Dupont Circle is also known for its funky shops and trendy restaurants and bars. This neighborhood is the heart of Washington, D.C’s nightlife. The area is one of the hippest neighborhoods in town. I’d say over 80% of Dupont Circle is a cosmopolitan neighborhood with some of historic homes and foreign embassies as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants, bookstores, and other private art galleries. Its cosmopolitan air draws visitors both young and old. You can easily notice seven girls for a guy in the area which is right along the poll the Washington Post conducted a few years ago. Great news for the us. 🙂

It used to be a neighborhood of old money. Dupont Circle today is home to artists, intellectuals, young professionals, many recent college graduates, and me. There are many high-rise apartment buildings and many rowhouses have been converted into apartments. The Circle itself is a gathering place with park benches, grass and a unique fountain in the center. The neighborhood, today is the house of art museums, restaurants, embassies and fun shops. Dupont Circle is also home to the Phillips Collection, one of the city’s foremost art museums with paintings by Renoir, Degas and Cezanne. In fact, it was the first museums I took my first date back in 1989 when I was still going to school. I just wanted to pretend I was cultured. Not that I am not. You know, it was one of those classic stupid guy thing. I just wish I had done my homework about the museum prior the date, cuz she ended up being my first and last date once she found out I didn’t know jack about Renoir, Degas and Cezanne.

Here are two great clips of Dupont Circle I found on Youtube. No, I am not in any of the videos:

We were also mentioned in The American President movie Michael Douglas played as the U.S. President:-) not in a positive tone though 😦

Check out a picture gallery of Dupont Circle and the surrounding area.

The area is located North of Downtown, East of Rock Creek Park, South of Adams Morgan and Kalorama, and West of Logan Circle. Map of Dupont Circle .

Public Transportation is very easy, but parking might be bitch – especially over the weekend.
Metro station: Dupont Circle

Nightlife in Dupont Circle is great. This neighborhood is one of the most popular destinations in the city for nightlife. See a guide to Dupont Circle Bars and Nightclubs.
Major Attractions Near Dupont Circle:

The Textile Museum
National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall
Woman’s National Democratic Club Museum
Embassy Row
Woodrow Wilson House
The Phillips Collection
National Museum of American Jewish Military History
The Brewmaster’s Castle
Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle

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