In 1881, a Scottish scientists and inventor of the telephone and other gadgets we still use today bought a property in Georgetown, Washington DC, for $8,000. Of course we are speaking of Alexander Graham Bell, who bought this carriage house and converted it into a lab called Volta Lab where he conducted experiments and research and inventions were born.
It is Alexander Graham Bell and his infamous history in Georgetown that inspired the name The Graham Georgetown, an upscale boutique hotel in the quaint historical town in Washington, D.C. The Graham is located only a few blocks away from what was once Bell’s Volta Lab.
“We honor his spirit of innovation and we like to think we channel that in this great old building,” said Christopher McRoy, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Graham.
The Graham has been a hotel in Georgetown since 1965, and is a member of the Historical Hotels of America. existing in a few different iterations. It began as a bed and breakfast owned by a husband and wife, later sold to investors who updated the building, and then purchased again six years ago and given a modern facelift to include a rooftop bar and a speakeasy.
Considered a hub for innovative leaders and elite guests, The Graham has hosted dignitaries such as Tony Blair and Frank Sinatra who was a frequent guest back in the 60s while running with the Rat Pack. Located within walking distance to six Embassies, The Graham hosts many guests from the diplomatic community.
The Victorian architecture of The Graham perfectly blends with the cobblestone streets and Federal-style architecture of Georgetown. There are 57 oversized (by D.C. standards) rooms and a rooftop bar that was the second rooftop bar to be built in Washington D.C. Today there are 30 rooftop bars in the city. The Graham Georgetown Rooftop was named by Thrillist as one of The Best Rooftop Bars in DC, and one of the The 15 Best Bars in Georgetown by Tripsavvy. “We have an elevated beverage program and the rooftop is completely open air with 360 degree views of the city,” said McRoy.
As a toast to Alexander Graham Bell, The Alex Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy is an intimate room that you reach by way of a long hallway where walls are adorned with Bell’s famous notebooks. The Speakeasy has a robust cocktail menu and live jazz Sundays. Don’t forget to retrieve your secret door code before entering!
“Georgetown existed for 100 years before the Federal District did, so there is a lot of American history here,” said McRoy. “Federal architecture permeates through streets that were built when towns were walkable.”
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