Nayan Patel hosts Washington’s elite in a landmark celebration for the storied inn.
By Halle Kaplan-Allen
Last week, Georgetown Inn owner Nayan Patel hosted a private soiree to commemorate his hotel’s 50th anniversary. For half a century, the intimate, European-style inn has provided an alternative to the huge, swanky accommodations that are so abundant in Washington. Yet everything about the hotel perfectly conveys its significance as a historical and cultural landmark – from the Wisconsin and N Street location to its grand scale and classic architecture. It also offers world-class hospitality and full service amenities, topped off with a touch of nostalgic Georgetown glamour. It is truly one of the top places to see and be seen in Washington. Another piece of the hotel’s historical significance is its guests — over the years, the Georgetown Inn has hosted everyone from the Mercury Seven astronauts to Andy Warhol to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
Patel’s guests spent the evening June 6 celebrating with live jazz music as well as cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by Daily Grill, which has a location in the hotel’s lobby. Notable attendees included Natasha Barrett, Kris Van Cleave, and Jummy Olabanji of ABC 7, Georgetown University Administrators Linda Greenan, Charles DeSantis, Mary Anne Mahin, and Marjorie Boursiquot, Georgetown socialite Mary Bird, local philanthropists Bob and Martha Vicas, and Washington social bloggers Pamela Sorenson and Kate Michael.
Patel, who is also the C.E.O. of Your D.C. Hotels, has owned the Georgetown Inn since last November and plans to expand upon its 96-room capacity in the next few years.