The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. Celebrates the 2014 Celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

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Commemorate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with inspired hotel packages, cuisine, cocktails and more.

Cherry blossom-inspired cocktail at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. is offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the most beautiful season in the Nation’s Capital with cherry-themed overnight packages, cuisine, cocktails and amenities.

The Hotel’s Custom Signature Scent: Sakura
Custom made for The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.; the hotel’s signature scent Sakura, meaning cherry blossom in Japanese, is inspired by the ambiance of the hotel and the historic cherry blossoms of Washington, D.C. Built on fresh notes of bergamot and black currant, Sakura’s lush floral notes of cherry blossom, jasmine and lily-of-the-valley are complemented with soft vanilla and white musk. The scent can be found throughout the hotel in the form of candles, oil diffusers, and room sprays and is available for purchase upon request.

Cherry Desserts in The Lobby Lounge
Guests can enjoy Executive Pastry Chef Arnaud Chavigny’s decadent Cherry Jubilee dessert in the Lobby Lounge. The indulgent dessert features brandy-black cherry coulis, vanilla whipped cream, brownie bites, amarena cherries and is topped with homemade cherry beer sorbet and a chocolate cherry blossom branch for garnish.

Sakura Tea in The Lobby Lounge
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. brings guests a unique and luxurious tea experience in the elegant setting of the hotel’s Lobby Lounge. In honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the hotel’s barista has selected the finest teas to create a Sakura Tea for guests to enjoy this spring. The custom tea blend is built on fresh notes of bergamot and black currant, lush floral notes of cherry blossom, jasmine and lily-of-the-valley and complemented by soft vanilla and white musk.

Westend Bistro
Westend Bistro will offer a “cherry inspired” menu created by the restaurant’s award-winning culinary team. The three-course $70 per person dinner includes: Cherry Bellini Bubble Tea; Hamachi Crudo with Kirsch-lemon Grass Foam, Sakura Tea Granite and Pan Roasted Crispy Skin Duck Breast with Hand-made Cherry Bow Tie Pasta and Heering Cherry Liqueur Sauce; A Roll of Vanilla Bavaroise with Candied Amarena Cherry, Sake Gelé, and Macha Green Tea Ice Cream.

The restaurant’s seasoned bar team has also crafted a “Sakura” cocktail in honor of the occasion. The cocktail is a twist on the D.C. original cocktail, The Rickey, which was created in the 1880’s for D.C. lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey at Shoomaker’s Bar. Westend Bistro’s refreshing twist on this classic cocktail features a house-made Sakura tea infused with G’Vine Gin, fresh lime juice, club soda and Sakura simple syrup.

Cherry Blossom Give-A-Tree Package
Valid March 20, 2014 to May 31, 2014
Starting at $399 USD per night

  •     Overnight accommodations in a deluxe guestroom
  •     Gourmet Pocky – prepared by the hotel’s award-winning pastry team, this traditional Japanese treat is paired with cherry macaroons and a decadent cherry dipping sauce
  •     Welcome Cherry Blossom Amenity: The National Cherry Blossom Give-A-Tree Card which features the official artwork of the Cherry Blossom Festival. The National Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree in a National Forest for every card that is given
  •     Breakfast for two in restaurant
  •     Overnight valet parking

For more information or reservations for The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., please call the hotel directly at (202) 835-0500 or visit

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 85 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

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