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WASHINGTON DC's HOTEL CONCIERGE

Meet Dannyboy

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Hailing from the Philippines, Mason & Rook’s Concierge Dannyboy is no stranger to hospitality. With a background as an international tourist guide, Dannyboy ended up settling down in DC and joined the Kimpton ranks at Kimpton Hotel Madera. There he held various roles in housekeeping and guest services, where the DC Association of Hotels recognized him as “2015's Best Employee.” Now, as our concierge at Mason & Rook, Dannyboy has the opportunity to share his wealth of DC knowledge that he has gained over the years so you can experience the best of DC and all it has to offer. Check out some of Dannyboy’s most frequently asked questions in preparation for your visit.

What is the best way to see all of Washington DC?

Several tour buses take you through the must-see attractions in the city. Although a lot of them have similar routes, each offer something a little different. Big Bus has the most available stops and offers a nighttime tour. Old Trolley Tour Bus has a convenient pickup location in Union Station. See DC Tours provides personalized and private tour guides for up to 14 people in a private van.

During the summer months, walking tours, bike tours, and Segway tours are most popular.

What are some nearby recommended restaurants?

Just a stroll away is Dupont Circle, home to a ton of restaurants and bars. Two local favorites are Pesce, which serves seafood, and Al Tiramisu, a cozy Italian gem. Be sure to pass by Kramers Books & Afterwards Café for an enjoyable read with a slice of their fabulous pie; during the summer months they even have an outdoor patio worth staying for. Brunch at Firefly at Kimpton Hotel Madera is also a must, followed by cocktails at our very own Radiator bar adjacent to the lobby.

A few blocks away is Commissary, a great neighborhood spot for a casual bite to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you are looking for quality French fare, concierge can assist with reservations at Le Diplomate, a renowned spot to see (and be seen) in DC.

If making your way to Georgetown, enjoy a fine seafood meal at Fiola Mare or a lively atmosphere with your family or big group of friends at Farmers Fishers Bakers.

What are some good places to experience DC nightlife?

Depending on what your preferred vibe is, there are a few options around town. If you enjoy live music paired with dining, I would suggest Mastros.   Adams Morgan appeals a very lively, young crowd, along with U Street. If you prefer live jazz music, Georgetown is the go-to neighborhood.

What are nearby shopping options?

There are quite a few nearby shops that are walking distance, but bigger outlet malls are a little farther out. I usually suggest a private ride service for those locations.

If I am traveling with a pet, are there options for places to take them or suggested things to do?

DC is very pet-friendly, you’ll see people walking dogs all over the city and right outside our hotel. There is Logan Circle, just a few blocks down that many locals bring their dogs to. As well as Rock Creek Park, which is a little further out towards Georgetown, but great for trails and longer walks.

I also have a list of recommended dog walking services and suggest the WAG dog-walking app for those that are tech-savvy.

Are there any running paths near the hotel?

Rock Creek Park, it offers a long trail and it connects to the monuments! We are also a short way away from National Mall if you wanted to directly run by all the museums and monuments.

What are some day trip options outside of DC?

Old Town Alexandria  is located across the Potomac River — on the Virginia side. The destination’s easily accessible by Metro, and a free shuttle picks passengers up from the King Street station. (Or, you can enjoy a 25-minute stroll toward the waterfront.)

President George Washington’s Mt. Vernon home is also a popular spot during the summer. You can travel by boat, which also now goes to The Wharf and Georgetown Waterfront.

I’m coming to town for a special occasion. Is there anything you can do to assist in this celebration?

Of course! We will always try to accommodate celebrations with an in-room amenity. Please call us at (202) 742-3100 or email me at Dannyboy.DeAsis@masonandrookhotel.com to let us know before your stay!

Have any further questions or needs for an upcoming stay? Don’t hesitate to call Dannyboy at (202) 742-3100 or via  email at Dannyboy.DeAsis@masonandrookhotel.com