Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.’s CityZen Receives Prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award for 2013

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CityZen, the acclaimed signature restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C., has been awarded the coveted American Automobile Association’s (AAA) Five Diamond Award for 2013 for the seventh year in a row. According to its official press release, “the restaurant remains the only establishment to have earned this symbol of excellence in Washington, D.C.”

The AAA Five Diamond Award is given to selected restaurants that demonstrate the highest level of excellence in every aspect of operation. To be considered, the restaurants must undergo a thorough inspection by one of AAA’s professional evaluators. AAA Diamond ratings reflect the overall food, service, décor and ambiance offered by the restaurant. Only 53 (out of 26,000) restaurants reviewed by the AAA in the United States have achieved the prestigious Five Diamond distinction.

Since its opening in 2004, CityZen has delighted guests with its modern American cuisine, under the guidance of critically acclaimed Executive Chef Eric Ziebold. “This level of recognition is truly appreciated, and we are thrilled to be recognized once again by AAA with this distinction for 2013,” he said. “We strive to provide an exceptional dining experience dining experience for our patrons, so to have AAA reward us for our efforts, it is a great accomplishment that is shared equally among our team members. We are honored to be part of an exclusive group of acclaimed restaurants across the country.”

Congratulations, CityZen and Mandarin Oriental, D.C.!

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The hotel’s unique location on the southwest waterfront makes Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. the only hotel offering views of the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument, Tidal Basin and Washington Marina.  In addition to exceptional accommodations and gracious service, the hotel features the Forbes Four-Star Spa at Mandarin Oriental, the Southern-style restaurant Sou’Wester, and the AAA Five Diamond CityZen. 


Give Back to Your Community This Weekend and Earn Yourself a Badge…on Foursquare!

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Here at McConnell Marketing, we are always looking for different ways to volunteer and give back to the community. This Saturday, January 19th is the National Day of Service, and “there are thousands of events across the country where you can honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering,” those at Foursquare said.

The social network partnered with the Presidential Inaugural Committee to recognize (smart-phone owning) Americans who are taking part in the National Day of Service this Saturday by awarding their first-ever volunteer service badge.

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1. Find a volunteer event near you.
2. Volunteer at the event on Saturday, January 19th.
3. Check in at the event on your Foursquare app!

Heading to Washington, D.C. on Monday, January 21st for the Inauguration celebration? You will also unlock the volunteer service badge when you check in at the National Mall!

Leave this world a bit better than it was when you got here—give back. And we would like to give big thank you to all the volunteers participating in the National Day of Service this weekend!

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” –Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Get a Social Media Butler with Your Stay at the Madison Hotel—for $47,000

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Heading to Washington, D.C. to watch President Obama get sworn in for his second term? Want a luxurious hotel experience while you’re there? With all the excitement of witnessing a moment of history and living in the lap of luxury, how will you have time to live-tweet, Facebook and Instagram your experience?

Well, worry no more. According to the Daily Dot (via Mashable), the Madison Hotel is now offering an “Inaugural Town and Country” package. For a mere $47,000 (a four-night stay), the package includes a private Lincoln Town Car and driver, a couple’s massage, a $5,000 gift certificate for clothes, a night in a different hotel and the exclusive services of a dedicated “social media butler.”

What is a social media butler, you ask? According to the Madison Hotel’s press release, digital marketer Victoria Devine will “chronicle you Inaugural experience so your friends and family can follow your adventures on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.”

Devine will “post on all of your accounts so you don’t have to fumble for your phone to catch that perfect Facebook profile picture!”

When interviewing with the Daily Dot, Devine said she had never been a social media butler before, but has experience live-tweeting conferences for previous clients.

She and the hotel haven’t exactly worked out what her services would be—like if she’ll have to work 24 hours a day. “We haven’t really figured out the details,” she said. “I guess we’re waiting to see if anyone buys it.”

Regardless of the money, would you want a social media butler? Or would you prefer to just post yourself? Comment and let us know!

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