Archive for April, 2009

Take me out to the ball game

April 21, 2009

There’s no better way to spend a summer afternoon or evening than at a game cheering on your team. In Washington, you have two major league choices – baseball and soccer.

Baseball returned to Washington in 2005 when the Expos moved from Montreal and became the Washington Nationals. After several seasons at RFK (the former home of the Redskins), they have now relocated to the new Nationals Park on the Capitol Riverfront, anchoring a revitalization of the waterfront neighborhood.

Local favorites offering food inside the new park include Washington institution Ben’s Chili Bowl, local hamburger chain Five Guys, local ice cream favorite Giffords, and a new addition this year – open pit barbeque at the Red Loft.

Still playing back at RFK are the DC United, DC’s major league soccer franchise.  The United has a strong fan base with several clubs representing at every game including the famed Barra Brava. The United have won the MLS Championship 4 times and won the US Open Cup in 2008.

The easiest way to either stadium is on the Metro – RFK is closest to the Stadium / Armory station on the Orange and Blue lines and Nationals Park is near the Navy Yard station on the Green line. Or consider starting at Eastern Market and enjoying the restaurants and shopping in the neighborhood before walking to either stadium (it’s about a mile).

Tickets are generally available but if you need assistance, just ask. We’re happy to help.


Help us celebrate Earth Day – April 19, 2009

April 1, 2009

Washington, DC is a wonderful place to celebrate Earth Day whether you’ll be taking part in the events on the Mall or want to help with the cleanup at the National Zoo.  The Zoo will also be collecting cell phones and rechargeable batteries that you don’t use anymore so they don’t end up in landfills.

Over the past year at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, we’ve taken several steps to make our staff and guests more environmentally aware and reduce our energy usage.

Let there be light

Since our hallway lights have to be on all the time, we’ve replaced those with more energy efficient bulbs. This helps in several ways:

  • The new bulbs take less energy to light the hallways,
  • They emit less heat, meaning there’s less impact on the environmental systems,
  • And since the new bulbs last longer, they have to be changed less frequently which means less waste in landfills.

Water, water everywhere

Because of all the towels, sheets, napkins, and linens used in hotel rooms, room service, etc., the average hotel uses about 150 gallons of water (and usually hot water) per room per day. To help reduce that, we’ve instituted a linen re-use program for guests who would prefer that we not change their sheets or replace clean towels every day.

Waste not!

In our restaurants and offices we’ve instituted a recycling program for paper, glass and cans. If you’re hosting a meeting at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza and would like us to provide paper recycling containers for meeting materials, we are happy to do so.

We’re not done

We’re always evaluating what we can do to make our hotel more green. Right now we’re looking at our appliances, fixtures, HVAC systems and evaluating what we can do to be more energy efficient. If you see anything that will help, leave us a comment here or on a comment card at the hotel.

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