Top 5 Things To Do This Spring In Washington, D.C.

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I absolutely love D.C. I’ve discovered that alongside the magnetic energetic buzz, there are countless recreational activities to partake in. I’m glad it’s finally time to put away the snow gear and to start enjoying everything D.C. has to offer! Here are five activities I am looking forward to this spring in Washington, D.C.

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Standup Paddleboarding (SUP)
I’m always looking for new ways to make fitness fun and this popular sport has taken a form of surfing to a new level! You’ll find yourself enjoying the waters all while working out your core mastering your balancing skills. With the warmer weather approaching, now is the perfect time to try out this fun activity.  You can learn more about here.

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The Billy Goat Trail In Great Falls
If you’re anything like me, you’ve never met a view you didn’t like. It’s hard to believe such a beautiful natural view exists just minutes from D.C., you will find yourself engulfed by the Great Falls. Pack a picnic and set off for a leisurely walk along the Billy Goat Trail. You definitely don’t want to forget your camera for a photo op in front of the waterfalls!

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Join A Kickball League
Hands down one of the easiest and fun ways to meet new people in D.C. is to join a kickball league. Join hundreds of young professionals to participate in an amusing game of kickball. This is something that is for everyone and it doesn’t hurt that you’re playing on one of the historical landmarks in D.C, the National Mall.

Visit The National Zoo And Meet Bao Bao
Tigers, lions, and bears, oh my! The Asia Trail exhibit is designed to imitate the pandas natural habitat in China and you can find yourself being just inches away from the bears to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience!

Freshfarm Farmers’ Markets
There are many benefits to supporting local farmers markets, from savoring produce at the peak of freshness, knowing where your food comes from, and enjoying plenty of breakfast and lunch options. No matter where in D.C. you are located, you may find a farmers market close to you!

Of course no visit to Washington, D.C. is complete without making a trip to Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown as your home away from home. Let the team of Personal Assistants make your stay an unforgettable experience by setting up all these fun activities for you and your family.

 

 

Standup Paddleboarding Image via Boating in D.C.
Kickball Image via D.C. Kickball

A Little Tennis In Dusseldorf

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For the Breidenbacher Hof Personal Assitants, their absolute passion is to create unforgettable memories for our guests.  And quite often, this implies making the unexpected a reality, as was true recently for our Personal Assistant Malte.

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During a last minute visit , a guest expressed the desire to play a little tennis in Dusseldorf.  Malte, a former pro tennis player himself, immediately set out to find a court and a trainer for the guest.

Fortunately, due to his own experience, Malte knew the best courts in town and was able to leverage his connections to secure a prime location for the guest.  With the court booked and all other arrangements made, the only challenge remaining was finding a suitable hitting partner.  Again, Malte had the answer.

When the guest arrived in the Capella Living Room set to leave for some tennis, he found his Personal Assistant Malte waiting for him — tennis racket in hand!  Of course, Malte himself made the perfect tennis opponent with his experience on the world stage.  The guest was thrilled and the two set off for their match.

It probably came as no surprise that the guest had a fantastic match and a memorable experience from the visit.  In fact, he had such a great time that the next morning he even challenged Malte to another round!  They now have plans to play whenever the guest is back in Dusseldorf.

I am always amazed by the passionate and creative approach of our Personal Assistants team and the story of Malte the tennis player is just another example.  If you want to create your own Personal Assistant experience, then please feel free to contact them directly via pa.bbh@capellahotels.com or via telephone at +49- 211 160 900.

 

Eine Partie Tennis im Breidenbacher Hof

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Die Passion der Persönlichen Assistenten im Breidenbacher Hof ist es, unseren Gästen unvergessliche Erinnerungen zu kreieren. Oft bedeutet dies das unmögliche möglich zu machen, was auch Malte vor kurzem im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes „am eigenen Leib“ erfahren durfte.

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Während eines Spontanbesuches nach Düsseldorf, äußerte ein Gast den Wunsch nach einer Partie Tennis. Malte, der selber einmal Profi-Spieler war, hat sich sofort an die Arbeit gemacht, einen entsprechenden Ort und Partner für das Tennisspiel des Gastes zu organisieren.

Glücklicherweise kennt sich Malte auf dem Gebiet hervorragend aus und konnte schnell eine erstklassige Location für den Gast ausfindig machen. Schnell war alles organisiert, bis auf die Herausforderung den richtigen Gegner für den Gast zu finden. Und wieder fand Malte die perfekte Lösung.

Als der Gast den Capella Living Room betrat, bereit für eine Partie Tennis, fand er seinen Persönlichen Assistenten Malte vor – mit seinem eigenen Tennisschläger in der Hand! Natürlich war Malte als Gegner wunderbar geeignet, mit seiner internationalen Tenniserfahrung. Der Gast war begeistert und sofort machten sich die beiden auf zu ihrem Spiel.

Es war natürlich keine Überraschung, dass der Gast ein fantastisches Spiel und somit ein unvergessliches Erlebnis von seinem Aufenthalt in Düsseldorf mit nach Hause nehmen konnte. Es hat ihm sogar so gut gefallen, dass er am nächsten Morgen Malte zu einer weiteren Partie Tennis herausgefordert hat! Seit dem verabreden sich die beiden immer zum Tennis, wenn der Gast wieder in Düsseldorf ist.

Ich bin immer wieder von der Leidenschaft und Kreativität unserer Persönlichen Assistenten beeindruckt. Die Geschichte von Malte und seiner Partie Tennis ist auch nur ein Beispiel von vielen. Wenn ihr auch Euer persönliches Capella-Erlebnis haben möchtet, dann kontaktiert doch einfach unsere Persönlichen Assistenten vor Eurer nächsten Anreise via pa.bbh@capellahotels.com oder Telefon unter +49- 211 160 900.

 

Valentine’s Day at Breidenbacher Hof

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I love our Personal Assistants here at Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel.  There is nothing they can’t do!  If you need help with shopping, they can be your shopping assistants,  if you are looking for some action,  they will be your event managers and create unforgettable exciting experiences.  And if you are in Düsseldorf for romance then our PA’s will be your Cupid!  Need proof?  Then allow me to share a real romantic story of a couple that has spent the last four Valentine’s with us.

The story begins four years ago.  As is customary, our Personal Assistant team contacted the guests before arrival to check if there was anything they could arrange for them.  The husband assured the Personal Assistant that there was nothing special needed as he and his wife “were just planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day.”  Well, there is no “just” in our Personal Assistants vocabulary and immediately they began planning how to create a memorable Valentine’s Day at Breidenbacher Hof.

Valentine's Day At Breidenbacher Hof

The plan was perfect:  The Personal Assistants decided to create the perfect romantic retreat in the couple’s room.  Rose petals were spread throughout the room—from the floor to the bathtub.  Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and cake were set up for the couple. And romantic music played on the room’s sound system.  It was the perfect set up for a romantic Valentine’s Day.

Needless to say the couple was amazed upon arrival.  So much so that they now return every year to celebrate Valentine’s Day at Breidenbacher Hof.  And each year, the Personal Assistants look for a new way to surprise and delight them.

Shopping In Dusseldorf

Shopping In Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf has a lot to offer: It is famous for its beer and breweries, for being the traditional stronghold of Japan in Germany, for its beautiful Rhine promenade, some great traditional meals – and of course, shopping!  I am always impressed with how many different kinds of shops and boutiques can be found in Dusseldorf.  I am always excited to find a new haunt for my shopping adventures.

What I like most about shopping in Dusseldorf, is the variety of different shopping places and possibilities: You find shopping malls like the Schadow Arcades, the Sevens and the Kö-Gallery.  There is also the Old Town (a great source for trendy stores), the Wehrhahn (a long street with shops and department stores) and of course the famous Königsallee, which I would like to present to you in a bit more detail.

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The Königsallee is not just the most luxurious but also the most beautiful street in Dusseldorf. Imagine not rushing from shop to shop but rather doing a wonderful idyllic walk between the nicest shops and cafés.  It is not just shopping, it is more, it is a must have experience you will never forget. The boutiques of the world’s most famous brands can be found here and offer both individualized and private service.  Although most people walk the Königsallee to go shopping, it is not just about shopping.  This street is the place to see and be seen in Düsseldorf.  Honestly, I really like having a coffee in one of the pretty cafés at the Königsallee, relaxing and watching the bustling activity.  It is great for people watching—especially if you are fond of fashion!

Because the shops are very exclusive and selective, the Personal Assistant at Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel, have developed special relationships with the Königsallee community.  They can organize special shopping experiences for you with the stores.  Private late night shopping? An in-room fashion show or a tour with your personal shopping consultant? Whatever your heart desires, our Personal Assistants and their cooperative neighbors at the Königsalle would love to fulfill your shopping dreams.

So the next time you are in Dusseldorf be sure to do some window-shopping along Königsallee.  And if you are ready for the real thing, allow our Personal Assistants to create a memorable experience for you!

Capella DC’s Luis Colmenares

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Mr. Colmenares, how do I even begin?  Luis Colmenares is the most whimsical, funny, friendly and caring friends I’ve ever met.  His smile, contagious laughter and personality instantly brighten your day.  As the Lead Personal Assistant and Chief Concierge at Capella Washington D.C., Luis heads the hotel’s team of personal assistants and is charged with ensuring that guests’ individual tastes and expectations are fully satisfied.

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Anytime any of our team members or guests needs a suggestion for activities, hot new places to eat/drink, or a new happening event in town, Luis never hesitates and has the best suggestions!   I remember going out to dinner together at one of his favorite restaurants in D.C. and every single server, bartender and manager knew Luis and treated him like he was family.  Having served as concierge at the Capital Hilton Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the Mandarin Oriental and the Hotel Monaco, Colmenares’ knowledge of how Washington works in unparalleled.

I felt so honored to be able to sit down and interview Luis.  He is a legend in the industry and was recognized as “Concierge of the Year” in the 2012 Where Magazine Silver Plume Awards, one of the highest awards in the industry!  Working together the past seven months has been amazing and I wanted to share some insider details with you about our favorite D.C. Concierge!

Luis Colemenares

How long have you lived in D.C.?

I’ve been in D.C. for 26 years. I consider myself a native, and love the European flair of D.C. and how and easy and accessible it is to get around!

What is your favorite hobby?

I LOVE to cook everything and anything! I am not picky but when I do get homesick I like to eat black beans, rice, fried plantains, pulled beef and the lovely Arepas that my mom used to make me growing up in Venezuela.

What is one of the most unique experiences you’ve had with a guest in your career?

I will never forget when I had a guest request a live violinist playing when they walked into their room for the first time- taking “setting the mood” to the next level!

What are the top two requests you get most often from guests?

Touring the White House & The Bureau Of Printing and Engraving.

What is your favorite newspaper?

The Sunday New York Times- the arts, travel, and book review sections are fabulous! This is one of my ultimate favorite things to do, especially with a cup of tea!