Earlier this month, friends and family of the stately destination Park Hyatt Washington DC gathered to celebrate, eat, drink and be merry in the newly renovated Gallery ballroom space which is located on the lower level of the property. If you are familiar with the history of the hotel, years ago, the “traditional” looking lodge was closed and renovated for a “wow” opening designed by Americana mastermind Tony Chi. With its vast open spaces of glass and wood, it was a bit of a again, may I use the word “wow” for a more staid Washington. Now we are used to it, we love it and we enjoy to surround ourselves with it.
The ballroom floor hadn’t had the opportunity to catch up with its sister sleep, dine and drink levels and last year it finally did, opening quietly with a name of The Gallery. I, like many, have been privy to attending a gala-type (or wedding) function since it began booking events and I, like many, have been raving about the area’s exceptional uniqueness. The natural flow, the colored lighting, the sense that you are NOT wandering through a hotel’s basement level makes it special. And yes, it matches the contemporary Americana decor found on the upper levels.
Upon the grand entrance for our dinner, the “ooooh’s and ahhh’s” and Instagram photos were immediate. The ability for the talented staff to transform an otherwise blank canvas space is not only obvious, but the awe striking. In fact, it’s rather enjoyable to see the before and after – the magic, if you will.
This particular Monday evening, many who are involved in and influencers of the event and media world came together for a multi-course meal, wine and music, conversation and appreciation complete with pink lighting, paying homage to the Cherry Blossom Festival, candles, varying levels of floral arrangements, place cards grandly presented in calligraphy, and linen napkins folded like mini tux shirts.
They say details are everything and the Park Hyatt Washington staff left nothing to miss, even if you tried to search for a tiny trivial wrong. Soft live background music added to the ambiance, and GM Andrew Davidson thanked all and spent time with each guest as did Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault and his team. The meal was delectable with fish and meat served and a puff of exquisite dessert. Guests left with a silver wine stopper, a mini apple pie tart, for which the Blue Duck Tavern is quite famous, and a $250 gift card for those aggressive hungry folks who desire to refer events to The Gallery.
Check out the space yourself and always come by The Lounge, where you can find the seasonal Pamela’s Punch on the menu. 24th & M Streets, NW.
All photos by Paul Morigi
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene, which she founded in November of 2006. In 2012 she launched Pacific Punch, based in Los Angeles. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and when she’s not out on the town, she’s reading or writing while sipping fine wine, or traveling the country and the world ISO adventures, beauty, fun, food, style, libations, music, and the good life. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.