My Birthday Staycation

D.C. blogger Alicia Tenise recaps her staycation at the Capital Hilton

Capital Hilton Suite

Breakfast at The North Gate Grill at Capital Hilton

Veluxe on demand beauty in Washington D.C.

Capital Hilton King Size Bedroom

Capital Hilton King Suite, Top D.C. Travel Blogger

Appetizers at The Statler Lounge at the Capital Hilton

Capital Hilton Lobby, Milly Off The Shoulder Stripe Top

Kate Spade Forever Clutch
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Cocktail Lounge at the Capital Hilton

Top: Milly (Rent or Buy) | Jeans: Madewell (Similar) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Earrings: ℅ Baublebar | Clutch: Kate Spade (Rent or Buy)

As some of you know, my birthday was a couple of weeks ago. Since I recently moved to the ‘burbs and I now have a 45-minute commute in D.C., I wanted to team up with the folks over at the Capital Hilton for a super fun staycation! Long story short, if you’re going to do a staycation, your birthday is the perfect time to do so. It was super relaxing to be able to get ready in my suite, head downstairs for cocktails, and to only be steps away from The White House.

Checking in to the Capital Hilton was the coolest experience: by downloading the Hilton Honors app, I was able to actually check in from my phone, and completely bypass the front desk. My phone acted as a key to let me in, which was so convenient! I hung up all of my garments, made myself at home, and had some amazing ladies from Veluxe, which is an on-demand beauty and wellness app, do my hair and makeup for my big night out on the town.

After getting my hair and makeup done, I went downstairs to The Statler Lounge and met the Capital Hilton’s mixologist, and he walked me through some amazing whiskey drinks that are unique to their spring menu. You know me — I’m obsessed with all things whiskey! After that, I hit the town for a night of drinks and dancing with friends to celebrate the big 2-7. 

The best thing about the Capital Hilton is that it’s made for people who want to explore the city. It truly is a luxurious hotel, and if you want to have a lazy day — you can definitely do so! But if you want to explore the town and all that it has to offer, it’s in the best location and the staff can help you get around the city with ease.

Since I live right outside of the city now, I definitely will need to plan a lot more staycations — and I can’t wait to have my next one at the Capital Hilton!

Photos by Slodak Photography

Thank you to the Capital Hilton for hosting me on my birthday! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. Lisa Ann wrote:

    You look darling and it looked like the perfect birthday! So fun!

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  2. Sarah Jean wrote:

    Oh hey neighbor! I live too close to the Hilton to make it a staycation now but my husband and I hope to move outside the city soon 🙂

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  3. Dana Mannarino wrote:

    1. I’m the worst. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY. (Feel free to disown me.)
    2. This looked like a fun little staycation!
    3. Can we talk about your brows in that make up photo? #onfleek

    Pink Champagne Problems

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  4. First off, happy belated birthday! Love that you decided to treat yourself to a little pampering! Love your blog girl, your photos are stunning!

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  5. the songbird joey wrote:

    Love that blouse!! Looks like you had a very relaxing day and the food looks divine!!!

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  6. What a fun birthday idea!

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  7. Whimsy wrote:

    Ooh, a “staycation”! I like the sound of that!

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  8. Court Hill ? ☀️ wrote:

    such great photos! Lovely place I could use a staycation right about now

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  9. This sounds like so much fun!!!


    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  10. Rachel wrote:

    What an amazing birthday!! Love your OTS top!

    Rachel /

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  11. Patricia Conte wrote:

    Wonderful! I love DC and how great that you did this for your birthday! I especially love the on-demand hair & makeup — that would make my dreams come true 🙂

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  12. Jenny wrote:

    It sounds like you had a really good birthday!

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  13. Bea Alvarado wrote:

    Love how you celebrated! Happy Belated Birthday! Cheers to being the fabulous YOU!

    Posted 3.16.17 Reply
  14. Mary Gui wrote:

    looks like such a perfect staycation for a birthday!

    Posted 3.16.17 Reply
  15. Hannah Palamara wrote:

    Sometimes a staycation is even better than a vacation- less stress! Looks like you had a great time.

    Posted 3.16.17 Reply
  16. Shaylyn Rae wrote:

    This place looks glorious! I hope you had a wonderful staycation 🙂

    Posted 3.19.17 Reply