I feel like something of a hotel aficionado after spending six weeks in hotels during my radiation treatments at Duke. We stayed in a super sketchy Homestead Suites for the first two weeks and switched to a La Quinta that was awesome, but still, you’d think after over a month of hotel, I’d be all stayed-out.
When we received and invitation to come and enjoy a night at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, we rallied. A “staycation” can be a really fun change from your regular date-night routine, and we were excited to check it out!
We hear that the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner has fantastic suites for families, as well as children’s teas, too, but we opted to go child-free and enjoy a date night/hotel stay that didn’t involve children OR doctors.
While the Ritz-Carlton isn’t the most modern of hotels, its reputation for elegance holds true. Classically decorated, the details are what makes the Ritz-Carlton a destination hotel. The staff are professional, courteous, and attentive. The hotel is attached to the Tysons Galleria, which is known for its upscale and designer shopping, and the restaurant is delicious. Little touches like being able to text the valet staff and have your car waiting make a big difference.
Okay, fine, and there are phones in the bathrooms, which my husband yelled out to me, and totally made me laugh about Pretty Woman all night.
We started our evening with dinner at the Entyse Bar and Lounge which offers an extensive wine list as well as a varied menu for all tastes. Case in point, I had Pad Thai (which typically comes with shrimp but I ordered vegetarian) while hubby enjoyed Filet Mignon with whipped potatoes and asparagus.
For an appetizer, he ordered clam chowder and I had a mezze platter with hummus, tabbouleh, and baba ghanoush. I have no clue how middle eastern food and pad thai go together, but I really love eggplant, so I was happy 🙂
Again, the little touches are so enjoyable- our dinner was followed with a plate of small, sweet bites, which we enjoyed before our creme brûlée. The meal was quite good, and the service was excellent- our waiter Luis was friendly and attentive. Friday nights also feature live jazz, which we enjoyed quite a bit! Entyse has two dining areas, which allows for large groups (there was one in the bar area celebrating a birthday and having a great time), as well as more intimate dining, including the area we were in, which had several tables as well as stuffed-chairs/sofas with tables, as well.
The hotel offers many amenities, including a business room, spa, pool, lounge, and more. We decided, however, to walk off some of our dinner in the attached Galleria mall. Austin (my husband) wound us right through to the mall thanks to his years working at Booz Allen, which frequently rents space for larger hiring events, meeting and off-sites at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Their wedding room looked lovely, as well. I notice these things since my baby brother is getting married in September.
We had a lovely evening at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Having a quick “staycation” was a great way to switch up our date night routine, and being in the heart of Tysons allowed for plenty of options for fun, with shopping, movies, and more all located either within walking or courtesy shuttle distance of the hotel. To plan your own staycation at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, or to enjoy one of their many events, including pumpkin carving, Nutcracker Teas, Princess Teas, and more, check out their events calendar, located here.
Disclaimer: We were offered a free night’s accommodations and meals at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. All opinions, however, remain my own, and only links to the calendar and the requirement I include pictures were dictated by the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. All writing is my own.