Winter Wonderland

We love the holidays and checking out new places in the area, so when Fairmont Washington D.C. invited us to experience the new Winter Wonderland package at their luxurious, recently renovated West End/Georgetown location, we jumped at the chance. The package is designed specifically for families to enjoy the magic of Christmas, with special treats and of course a visit with Santa in his luxuriously designed suite.

Santa Suite

Santa Suite:

Santa is available in his special Santa Suite from 10:30 am to 1:30 p.m. for families to visit. The room is beautifully decorated and provides kids an opportunity to write letters to Santa, eat some candy, and of course, chat and pose with Santa himself (and occasionally a special elf). Twinkling trees and a gorgeous tree set the mood for a lovely Santa encounter.

The room is even available for small receptions or wedding proposals! Planning to pop the question to a holiday-loving significant other? For information on how to book the suite contact Fairmont’s Director of Catering Robert Mikolitch at

Fairmont Washington DC

Rooms & Amenities:

The 413-room Fairmont Washington, D.C. is beautifully appointed, with spacious rooms and suites. My family of five stayed in adjoining rooms — one with two queen beds for the three kids, and the other a corner King suite for my husband and me. The rooms all have Keurig coffee makers, flat-screen televisions, luxe toiletries, and if there’s something else you need, the staff will happily bring it up if it’s available.

When not in the room, we hung out in the lobby, where there’s a great bar and a special make-your-own hot chocolate bar, where my kids filled mason jars with hot cocoa, marshmallows, sprinkles, whipped cream, chocolate-covered pretzels, and more.

Hotel guests can exercise and swim at Balance Gym, which is a popular gym with locals but free to hotel guests, who can join a class or use the equipment. Our children wanted to swim. There’s a two-lane lap pool, so more for serious swimming than play time, but 20-30 minutes was enough to make my kids happy, especially since we didn’t have time to go ice skating.

Ice Skating:

Yup, there’s ice skating right in the atrium of the hotel, and it’s complimentary for families who’ve booked the Winter Wonderland package. You can skate for a while before or after visiting Santa and then settle into the lobby for a cup (well, jar) of hot cocoa.

Image courtesy Fairmont DC

Image courtesy Fairmont DC

Juniper Restaurant and Afternoon Modern Tea:

The hotel restaurant offers a hearty breakfast buffet and fine dining for dinner, but for us the real culinary standout was the modern afternoon tea, which is served in the lobby bar area. A creative pairing of savory and sweet treats as well as signature, custom blended teas you can only find at Fairmont properties, the afternoon tea is delicious and at $35 per person ($50 for the champagne pairing), worth a trip even if you’re not staying at the hotel!

fairmont afternoon tea

Book Your Winter Wonderland Visit:

  • The Winter Wonderland Weekend package is available weekends now through Saturday, December 23, 2017.
  • Rates start at $185 per night for up to two adults and children under 18 years of age:
    • Santa will respond to all letters addressed to him in his suite
    • Complimentary access to the hotel’s ice skating rink, based on availability
    • Children under 5 eat for free
  • To book the Winter Wonderland Weekend Package, visit Fairmont Washington or call 1-800-540-4545.

My family received complimentary overnight accommodations and meals from Fairmont Washington, D.C. for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.