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Concierge Picks: The Best of Washington, DC

Need assistance in planning the vacation of a lifetime to our nation’s capital? The Hay-Adams is pleased to provide visitors of our luxury hotel an exclusive guide to the best things to do in Washington, DC, wherever your interests lie. Selected by our knowledgeable Les Clefs D'Or Concierge service and beloved by our guests, these activities, entertainment options, dining destinations, and attractions are the hidden gems of Washington, DC.

We will be happy to assist you with your travel plans, and our experienced team are here to arrange any activities and services you may wish to experience during your visit. Please contact us by email at or by telephone at (202) 662-4994 for assistance prior to your arrival.

Meet the team

Franziska Boelke

Franziska has been living in the city since 2006. Fran is originally from Dresden, Germany and speaks fluent German. She has been in the hospitality industry since she was only 17 years old and has experience in various hotels and cruise lines. Fran discovered D.C. is a city full of live music and she can direct you to the best music spots in town. While not behind the concierge desk, Franziska enjoy working out at Cut7, biking around town for great coffee, and discovering new restaurants.

Franziska’s DC’s Must-Dos

+ Take a boat ride on the Potomac
+ Visit the Lincoln Memorial at night, sit on the steps, and enjoy the view
+ Mr. Henry’s Jazz Jam on Wednesdays

Sandor Subert

Sandor Subert has been living in D.C. for several decades. Originally from Hungary, Sandor is fluent in Hungarian and English, and speaks Italian, Russian, German, and French. Languages and travel are Sandor’s lifelong passions. He is especially fond of hiking, exploring National Parks and small Virginia towns, and visiting wineries and breweries. These are often a perfect complement to his love of photography, painting, and motorcycle rides. Sandor loves good conversation and values the art of being a good listener. 

Sandor's DC’s Must-Dos

+ Take in the panoramic view from the tops of Washington Monument and Old Post Office Tower
+ Visit Arlington Cemetery
+ Bike along Chesapeake + Ohio Canal

Brian Thomasson

Brian Thomasson is in love with his native Washington, DC. From biking the city’s more than 80 miles of bike trails to hiking at Great Falls, from exploring the area’s national parks to immersing themselves into the Smithsonian Museums, Brian and his two young sons are always finding ways to actively enjoy Washington. He goes out of his way to try new restaurants and venues around the area. 

Brian's DC’s Must-Dos

+ The Library of Congress to research genealogy or patents
+ Explore Mount Vernon Estate
+ Bike from Old Town Alexandra to Mount Vernon