Literally steps from the Capitol building, the 343-room Liaison Capitol Hill, An Affinia Hotel in Washington, D.C. is a well-priced, design-conscious hotel for mid-market groups with a creative mindset. For example, plan 15-minute meeting breaks to music, led by a Vida Fitness trainer. Vida trainers also lead groups on morning runs, pointing out sights for a quick-paced city tour. For events, the 17,000 sf of meeting space includes a 4,400-sf ballroom.
“Our location makes us a great value to meeting planners and groups,” says Ray Benoit, director of conference services. “We are within walking distance of Union Station, four miles from Reagan National Airport and two blocks from the metro.”
Sample value packages include a “Pick 3 in 2013” deal for groups booking at least 10 rooms peak, with a selection of three of the following: 13% off the master, three room upgrades for every 13 rooms, complimentary WiFi, a 1-hour hosted reception or complimentary meeting room rental.
Among the more creative group experiences, Chef Wes Morton escorts groups to a farm where he sources ingredients. In between meetings at the farm, the group tours the gardens while Morton discusses his use-everything-from-head-to-tail approach to cooking. Afterwards, everyone enjoys a dinner created with products from the farm.
Other fun group activities include the hotel’s 1-hour mixology classes. “Introduction to Mixology” focuses on preparing classic and modern cocktails. “Skinny Cocktails” teaches attendees how to make healthy versions of high-calorie classics, and “Tequila & Mezcal” covers the history and classifications of Mexican fire water.