Who says Arlington is booooring?Â Not me.Â Well, I happen to live here and if I did say that, then shame on me for continuing to pay this high rent.Â 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.Â 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.
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.Â 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.Â Arlingtonians and Washingtonians commingled with civility.Â I spotted many a friend who crossed the bridge in order to support the Aba Agency and perhaps out of mere curiosity.Â Seriously, we are not zoo animals. We simply live across a river from you people.
in the ladies room
The night was filled with food (chefsÂ Eric and Bruce Bromberg of New Yorkâ€™s popular Blue Ribbon Restaurant Group unveiled their â€œBlue Ribbon Classicsâ€ lounge menu: white bean hummus toast,Â grilled cheese Panini,Â manchego and mexican honey toast,Â “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.
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 â€œSky Loungeâ€ 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.
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The view from the Skye Lounge
Oh and talk about service. You know that dead BlackBerry I mentioned?Â 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.Â 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 Â· Arlington, Virginia.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. 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, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.