Posted 02/19/09

Capital Hilton: Washington D.C.

Capital Hilton: Washington D.C.
Hilton Hotels

The Capital Hilton is located just two short blocks from the White House, and everything else downtown Washington DC has to offer. However, a Capital Hilton guest may prefer to take advantage of the Capital City Club & Spa, an exclusive fitness center and day spa, with "a full array of exercise equipment and group exercise classes, and the accompanying full-service day spa features five treatment rooms for rejuvenating massages, facials and manicures," or enjoy a signature cocktail at the Statler Lounge. Opened in 1943, this historic property has begun a "$26 million guest room renovation project, set for completion by Fall 2010, with minimal anticipate disruption for guests."

Shujaat Khan is the Capital Hilton’s Chief Concierge. Mr. Khan is a concierge service leader; he has served on the Board of Directors for Les Clefs d’Or for over a decade and conducts “The Art of the Concierge,” a class for excellence in concierge service.

The Concierge Questionnaire: Shujaat Khan,  Chief Concierge

What is your favorite word to describe Washington D.C.? Beautiful and powerful.

What word best reflects the people of Washington D.C.? Diversified.

What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Washington D.C.? The Vietnam Wall and The Mall.

Dedicated on November 13, 1982, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, or The Wall, honors those who died in the Vietnam War. There are 58,260 names currently listed. The emblematic design of the Wall was chosen by contest; the winner was Maya Ying Lin of Yale University.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is located between The Washington Monument and The Lincoln Memorial, along Constitution Avenue between 21st and 23rd Streets.

In 1965, the National Mall was officially established and includes such monuments as The Washington Monument, The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial, The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Washington D.C.? Walking on the Mall from Lincoln Memorial to FDR.

What is your favorite indoor activity in Washington D.C.? Visiting The Smithsonian Museums.

The Smithsonian Institution is “the world's largest museum complex and research organization, composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo.”

The Smithsonian Museums include: the African Art Museum, American History Museum, American Indian Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Please visit The Smithsonian Museums for additional information.

What is your favorite sound or noise in Washington D.C.? The Bells of National Cathedral.

In 1907, construction began on the Washington National Cathedral. Washington National Cathedral has played an import role United States’ history. Both President Theodore Roosevelt and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Cathedral, and President Ronald Reagan’s State Funeral was held behind its doors.

Washington National Cathedral:
3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW

What is your favorite smell or taste in Washington D.C.? The Smells of Cherry Blossoms in the Tidal Basin.

Tidal Basin is part of West Potomac Park, between The Thomas Jefferson Memorial and The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

What drink best reflects Washington D.C.? The Bourbon on the Rock and a Cosmopolitan.

A Cosmopolitan is a cocktail made from vodka, Cointreau or Triple Sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Also known as a “Cosmo”, the cocktail is served in a chilled Martini glass.

What song or type of music best reflects Washington D.C.? Local Jazz and United States Marine Band - Hail to the Chief“Hail to the Chief.”

Julia Tyler, wife of the tenth President of the United States John Tyler, suggested that “Hail to the Chief” be played when the president made an appearance.

If Heaven were Washington D.C., what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? Are you a Republican or a Democrat?

Capital Hilton: Washington D.C. • 1001 16th Street NW, Washington D.C. • Phone: 202-393-1000 or 800-HILTONS

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