5 Reasons to Love the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

by Erica Moody

Why the newly renovated luxury property should be your next staycation destination.

Inside one of two presidential suites (Courtesy Photo)

Looking to get out of town? You don’t have to go far for a luxurious respite. The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, giving us plenty of reasons to cross over to Virginia and pay the place a visit.

New rooms were designed by Wimberley Interiors (Courtesy Photo)

The Location
For those residing in the District, it’s just far enough away to feel like you’ve escaped town, just a short walk from the Tysons Corner metro stop. It’s also connected to the most high-end shopping mall in the DMV, Tysons Galleria. You can literally walk through the hotel lobby and into three levels of shops that are made for treating yourself: Cartier, Gucci, Burberry, Chanel, Hugo Boss, the works. What’s better than a day spent brunching, getting spa treatments and shopping all in one convenient spot? (Shopaholics, don’t miss the “Retail Therapy” room package). For live music lovers, it’s less than four miles from the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, a one-of-a-kind outdoor music space where you can catch acts like Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Kenny Loggins and the National Symphony Orchestra this summer. Virginia wineries like Paradise Springs Winery are also in close proximity.

Newly renovated bathrooms have marble floors (Courtesy Photo)

The Updated Decor
A recent multi-million dollar renovation has the property feeling ultra modern, with high-tech amenities and chic, fashionable decor, a departure from the ornate interiors the Ritz-Carlton has traditionally been known for. This lends a feeling of comfort to the place, a “home away from home” ambiance. Wimberley Interiors developed the new design; influenced by elegant boutique hotels in Europe, particularly France, they chose a deep charcoal palette mixed with blues, greens and purples. Plush armchairs in rooms add comfort, and artwork from local artists is featured throughout the hotel. USB ports, Nespresso machines and smart TVs with streaming options add convenience to the 398 guest rooms and suites.

Don’t miss dessert at Entyse Wine Bar & Lounge (Photo by Erica Moody)

The Food & Wine
Whether you’re looking for an afternoon tea of cucumber sandwiches and scones, a dinner of filet mignon and lobster or a breakfast featuring eggs benedict and mimosas, the dining options at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner are superb. The newly renovated Entyse Bistro is a modern, stylish spot for that aforementioned pre-shopping brunch. It features a raw bar, locally sourced ingredients and $2 prosecco and mimosas. The afternoon teas are a time-honored tradition that the Ritz has perfected (if you’re not into tea, a glass of French Sparkling Rose Wine is a tasty treat) and for dinner, you can’t go wrong with Entyse Wine Bar & Lounge, where you can find small plates and charcuterie along with standard main courses and, of course, an extensive wine list. The popular themed nights include Sushi Thursdays and Wine’d Down Wednesdays.

Entyse Bistro (Courtesy Photo)

The Live Jazz
Speaking of themed nights, Jazz Fridays are reason enough to visit the Ritz. The relaxed, yet sophisticated, environment of the Entyse Wine Bar & Lounge and tunes of The Christopher Linman Jazz Ensemble make for an unforgettable, romantic date night. Guests can sit at the bar and mingle with locals or share an intimate dinner with live jazz in the background. The music extends to Saturday nights as well, where a variety of artists come to play a range of genres from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

The spa includes an indoor pool and lounge chairs (Courtesy Photo)

The Spa Treatments
Lastly, a luxury property wouldn’t be complete without a spa. The nature-inspired spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner uses natural ingredients like avocado, berries, seaweed, Dead Sea salts and brown sugar in its treatments tailored to both men and women. To complete a wellness-focused getaway, guests can also book personal trainers at the 24-hour fitness center to stay in shape while on vacation.

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