The Jet Set Fly High at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Opening

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

Who says Arlington is booooring?  Not me.  Well, I happen to live here and if I did say that, then shame on me for continuing to pay this high rent.  Last week, the jet set community of the Commonwealth’s 8th District was invited to behold the sexy new hotel in Crystal City: Renaissance Arlington Capital View.  The property which falls under Marriott’s Renaissance brand (distinctive and stylish) has won 8 design awards, is LEED Certified and is the first hotel to open doors in the Crystal City area in over 20 years. That’s why when I received the invitation, I could not figure out for the life of me where the heck this building was. Alas, my brilliant cab driver called a few friends as I was panicking in the back seat with a dead BlackBerry (more to come on that) and found the tall contemporary high-rise glass building with ease.

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

DJ Adrian Loving in serious mode

Retro-attired “airline stewardesses” (this was before they were called “flight attendants”, so it’s P.C.) both male and female, checked us in and continued their service inside the packed party by serving a variety of special cocktails around on a silver pushcart.  Ah, the old days. I was waiting for someone to light up a ciggie while inside, you know, like they did on the planes in those days.  Arlingtonians and Washingtonians commingled with civility.  I spotted many a friend who crossed the bridge in order to support the Aba Agency and perhaps out of mere curiosity.  Seriously, we are not zoo animals. We simply live across a river from you people.

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

in the ladies room

The night was filled with food (chefs Eric and Bruce Bromberg of New York’s popular Blue Ribbon Restaurant Group unveiled their “Blue Ribbon Classics” lounge menu: white bean hummus toast, grilled cheese Panini, manchego and mexican honey toast, ”northern fried’ chicken wings…), sounds (DJ Adrian Loving and the celebrity performers DJ Mia Moretti and Electric Violinist Caitlin Moe), sights (the sleek sexy whimsical design had sensuous movement, interest, and texture-even in the ladies room) and notables, including my very own Congressman Jim Moran and David Marriott.

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

David Marriott

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

Congressman Jim Moran and David Marriott

The guests were treated to a whole ambiance of being in flight by having an interactive passport photobooth, personal RLife LIVE listening stations, and a winged pin token allowing you access to the spectacular view of planes leaving and arriving Reagan National from the top floor “Sky Lounge” complete with Swarovski crystal encrusted binoculars.

There was even a chocolate room somewhere on the 2nd floor which I chose to miss.

This event was all in part of the brand’s newest hotel openings in exotic locales like Doha, Qatar, St. Pancreas, London, Sanya, China.

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

Daniel Swartz of REVAMP.com

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

Renaissance Arlington Capital View opening

The view from the Skye Lounge

DJ Mia Moretti and Electric Violinist Caitlin Moe

DJ Mia Moretti and Electric Violinist Caitlin Moe

Jim Moran and me at the opening of the Renaissance Arlington Capital View by Neshan H. Naltchayan

Oh and talk about service. You know that dead BlackBerry I mentioned?  Without a blink and with ease and professionalism, the front desk folks took my zonked out device, went into the back, found a matching charger and handed it to me, while walking me to an outlet that just happened to be found on the floor by the front entrance.  In no time, I was all charged up and had the best spot in the house for the main performance.

Be jet set yourself at 2800 South Potomac Ave · Arlington, Virginia.

DJ Mia Moretti and Electric Violinist Caitlin Moe

About Pamela Sorensen:
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.
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