WASHINGTON—At Rosewood Washington, D.C., the newest offering is a real page-turner. In collaboration with a local independent bookstore, Politics and Prose, the hotel is providing a curated library of books—and cocktails to match.
Among the curated book titles are The Identicals by Erin Hilderbrand, Camino Island by John Grisham, The Hopefuls by local author Jennifer Close and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
“There is no denying that technology is becoming increasingly embedded into every facet of our lives. At Rosewood, we try to find the best ways to integrate technology into the guest experience in a way that enhances the luxury experience, rather than distracting from it,” said Pascal Forotti, managing director, Rosewood Washington, D.C. “However, we recognize that there are some experiences that technology cannot replace and that, at times, the greatest luxury of all comes from an opportunity to unplug. Our partnership with Politics and Prose Bookstore encourages our guests to do just that by encouraging them to engage with a carefully curated selection of summer reads in one of Washington’s most relaxing settings.”
The hotel’s on-property Rye Bar is also getting in on the literary action, offering refreshing summer cocktails designed for sipping slowly while reading a good book. Cocktails include Berry Night, a mix of vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, lemon bitters and maraschino liquor, and the Lemongrass Spritzer, a vodka- or brandy-based cocktail with lemongrass syrup, club soda and lemongrass stem.
“Our summer programming was developed to provide guests with ample opportunities to relax and unwind, and our summer cocktail menu is no exception,” he said. “The cocktails were crafted utilizing some of summer’s freshest ingredients to be enjoyed amongst friends or with a book in hand.”
Last year on International Literacy Day, which was held on Sept. 8, 2016, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts signed an agreement with Room to Read to provide funds and develop initiatives to support Room to Read in its mission to enhance literacy and education in children worldwide.
“The organization has already benefitted 10 million children across 18,000 communities in Africa and Asia and aims to reach 15 million children by 2020, and we are honored to aid Room to Read in facilitating learning opportunities for the next generation of today’s world,” he said. “The partnership with Politics and Prose, which allows guests to take their books home with them in return for a donation to the organization, is just one of several initiatives that Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has implemented to support Room to Read and to bring awareness to the organization.”
Rosewood’s guiding philosophy is “A Sense of Place,” and Forotti noted that the brand’s focus is on incorporating the local culture of Rosewood destinations into the properties themselves.
“By partnering with a local institution like Politics and Prose, we hope that our guests will get a sense of what it truly means to live like a local in the nation’s capital,” he concluded.