From riverfront D.C. to poolside in Nashville, top- notch dining awaits at those scene-stealing hotels.
For its debut in the nation’s capital, Thompson Hotels has settled very well into a sleek 11-story property from the historic Navy Yard, a glitzy waterfront development on the banks of the Anacostia River. Sitting under a mile from Capitol Hill along with other iconic attractions, Thompson Washington D.C. functions as a splendid base for exploring the city’s greatest sites in addition to its exquisite culinary arena. With several restaurant and bar concepts from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, this luxury lifestyle hotel can easily be regarded as a dining location in its own right. While both are inspired by the lively trattorias of Rome, Maialino Mare spotlights fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and fishmongers, deliciously translated into dishes such as fettuccine with ruby red shrimp and entire salt-baked sea bass. Beyond the menu, the restaurant boasts elegantly styled insides by New York studio Parts and Labor Design, together with blue colour tones and dark wood accents recalling D.C.’s maritime past.
You’ll spot a similar nautical motif at Anchovy Social, the hotel’s chic rooftop bar that provides sweeping 360-degree views–from the skyline to the riverfront. Anchovy Social captures the capital’s world-class sophistication with its extensive beer and wine list, and cocktails such as the Frozen”Hot” Chocolate, made with mezcal, fernet, cacao, coconut milk, mole bitters. Do not sleep on the decadent bites from the food menu as you’re perched up high, such as the Maryland crab deviled eggs, clams casino, or, for the ultimate splurge, a celestial seafood tower.
THE DIVE MOTEL & SWIM CLUB, NASHVILLE
The Dive Motel & Swim Club is a refabbed 1950s motor lodge that completely embraces its past for a roadside diamond in the rough. Lyon Porter and Jersey Banks made The Dive with equal components Americana kitsch and downtown cool. The 23 guest rooms are individually appointed with an array of vintage décor, such as a disco ball that matches to the groovy tunes of Dive Radio when a”Party Switch” is reversed on. In this adult playground, fun requires no permission slip.
Come summer, the party pulses from With retro design accents and an Insta- renowned”No Diving” mural, the pool’s stylish perimeter may be the most attractive location in town to cool off. The indoor Dive Bar is also a hotspot for cocktails, conversation, and relaxation food by chef Jake Howell from East Nashville’s Peninsula restaurant.
Howell comes to The Dive with his interpretation of unfussy boardwalk principles eaten by hand. There’s a four- snack, five dollar cheeseburger made of high-quality Bear Creek beef, caramelized onions, and a drizzle of”special sauce” A tater tot sandwich with ranch powder and Cheez Whiz; also for a sweet ending, vanilla soft serve with rainbow sprinkles.
Like the remainder of The Dive, Howell’s snack shack is not about forgetting the past, but cherishing it together with all five senses.
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