As much as I love traveling, since I put together pretty comprehensive travel guides for you all, often times I’m not actually relaxing when I’m on vacation. I’m bouncing from appointment to appointment, have a jam-packed itinerary and all I can manage to do when I get back to my hotel is pass out!
Well, last week, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner gave us the opportunity to properly take a staycation in my hometown. And boy oh boy, I loved every single minute of it. Truth be told, we didn’t venture outside of a 1-mile radius our entire stay, and we were able to soak up every amazing minute of the experience. I came to The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner a little flustered; I had missed my original flight and was stuck at the airport for 4 hours waiting for the next plane. I was exhausted and a bit cranky before I got to the hotel — but my mood immediately improved when I saw champagne, macaroons and chocolate covered strawberries as soon as I entered my suite.
If you can’t travel very far but want an amazing staycation experience, here’s why The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner should be at the top of your list!
The Renovated Rooms
I got the opportunity to stay in one of the newly renovated suites, and I pretty much never wanted to leave. The decor was incredibly chic and modern, while still maintaining a 5-star feel. Their redesign was inspired by boutique hotels in Europe, and I definitely felt that the room had a bit of Parisian flair. We were put up on the 21st floor, and had a great view of the Tysons skyline — which is something you don’t see too often! Our suite had a king-sized bed, a gorgeous marble bathroom with a double vanity (I didn’t end up arguing with my boyfriend over sink space!), and our room was a quick elevator ride away from the Club Lounge.
I had to control myself and not put up a million photos of all of the delicious food we ate during our stay! We rotated between four dining options during our stay: In-Room Dining, the Entyse Bistro, Entyse Wine Bar & Lounge, and the Club Lounge. Even though there are a lot of amazing restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood, we really didn’t need to leave the property to get a top notch meal.
Since I was a little jet-lagged the first night, I opted for the in-room dining for a late night snack and for breakfast the next morning (honestly thankful that I could order mac and cheese at 1am!) You can also enjoy breakfast and lunch at the Entyse Bistro if you’re quicker to get out of bed than I am. Side note: for locals, the Entyse Bistro serves a pretty incredible Sunday brunch as well!
For dinner on our second night, we headed to the Entyse Wine Bar and Lounge. They offer more than 60 wines by the glass, and they regularly host some pretty amazing dining events, including Wine’d Down Wednesdays, Sushi Thursdays, Jazz Fridays and Live Music Saturdays. We sampled both their wines and some of their martinis, their cheese and charcuterie board, filet mignon and NY strip steak — all of which I would highly, highly recommend!
One of the reasons why we didn’t really leave the hotel? There was plenty to do! I started off my mornings at their gym (you have to do a little work on a vacation, right? they also offer a personal trainer on-site if you need it!) and I was also able to make a trip to the spa. I’ve been to spas before, but there was nothing that compared to my experience at The Ritz. The amount of different treatments they offered was incredible — they offered 11 different types of massages alone! I opted for Therapeutic Rescue Massage which was a happy medium between a regular and deep tissue treatment.
There’s also an indoor pool attached to the spa, and the property is connected to Tysons Galleria, one of my favorite malls in the country!
Things To Do in the Area
There really isn’t much of a reason to leave The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, but if you insist, there are plenty of things to do within the area! The mall is attached to Tysons Galleria, and Tysons Corner Center, so you can get your shopping fix in. Northern Virginia Wine Country isn’t too far away either, and you’re a short walk away from the Silver Line if you want to take the Metro to D.C. or Arlington. Wolf Trap is also a short Uber ride away from the property if you want to see any outdoor concerts and performances.
Photos by Tom McGovern
Thank you to The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner for providing me with a complimentary stay! All thoughts and opinions are my own.