Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.
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So this first entry is kind of just to see if this whole thing works... In case some of you didn't know, my entire family drove out to DC for a meeting my dad has here. All six of us, in the suburban. Lets just say we're much bigger than a decade ago when all six of us could easily fit into the car. Joel and I cramped in the back seat didn't make …
... had spotted a burger joint just down the road from the hotel. We were so exhausted from the heat when walking around Arlington and walking around the Air and Space Museum, we took our lunch back to the hotel and watched the end of the soccer. After a quick nap (well Mike's quick nap anyway), I decided I wanted to go to Georgetown. A great decision by me... Ended getting stuck in traffic for an hour trying to leave the city because of a ...
More subways here. There has been a lot of time and money spent in digging holes in the ground, but the subways work pretty well when you know what you are doing. Helen is going OK, but turn me around once and I am lost! The subway stations here seem to be newer than in NYC, with good looking arched roofs, but not a lot of lighting on the platforms. Anyway first stop was Columbia Heights and U Street, with the iconic ...
... anniversary. The Army, Navy and Airforce were there parading the streets and there was a lot of positive atmosphere which was great to watch. After the parade we walked to the Capital Building, which was outstanding. Unfortunately it was closed for maintenance so we couldn't go in. After a brief stop at Paul's for some more soup and hot drinks, we then rushed back to the Hotel to grab our bags and go to the Bus Terminal for our LAST overnight bus journey!! ...
... Luther King, Jr. Memorial is the Mall's first memorial to an African-American. It's very impressive and pleasantly set among the famous cherry blossom trees of the Tidal Basin.
A friend recommended the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. The 7-acre park has four granite open-air rooms, one for each of Roosevelt's terms. Of course, one of my favorite statues is President Roosevelt with his dog Fala. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.
After reading the reviews here, I had very high hopes for this hotel. I live in DC, and decided to spend a night here to celebrate my birthday.
Stayed here for two nights in September. The property looks five star but the staff is not up to par. After some confusion with my reservation I was upgraded to a junior suite (I have a strong feeling that my premium water view room was sold out).
We stayed at the Mandarin Oriental for two nights this past weekend. After reading many of the reviews, we were very much looking forward to our stay here.
The only hotel you should stay at!
Forget the Ritz and the Four Seasons, the Mandarin Oriental is the place you should stay. The staff were great, and they were always making sure I had everything I needed. The rooms are amazing! Every detail is accounted for, and they spared no expense. I was even upgraded to a great view of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the tidal basin. The spa is also top notch, and it's a must for your stay. The only negative, which isn't a major one, is that there is no public parking on weekends nearby. You'll have to pay for the valet parking, or get lucky with some street parking. Overall, the Mandarin Oriental is an amazing hotel, with good food, rooms, and hotel staff. I will definitely return for future visits!!
Stayed at the DC Mandarin from July 30-August 2. Just an amazing stay.... within 10 minutes my car was unloaded (lots of baby gear) and I was in my room. Room was awesome - plasma flat panel tv, super comfortable bed, lots of special surprises, bath tub over looked Washington Monument and could watch the planes fly into Regan/Dulles. Walk to the Metro was only 3 blocks, not bad at all. Had lunch at Cafe Mozu, worth a visit! Also, ate at Jenny's Asian Fusion - within walking distance of the hotel, on the bay side - food was more on the chinese side, but the quality and price were great. Yes the Mandarin is a bit on the pricey side, but they are running a great special now. My only complaint is the $30+ valet parking. Next time back in DC, I will be at the Mandarin.
We stayed at the hotel for a mini-conference. Terrific amenities! Staff was great, a few minor problems that the manager more than made up for without us really having to complain. Soft bedding, glorious bath, attention to detail. Food excellent! A great weekend all in all! Highly recommended!!!
We didn't get time for the spa, but it looked inviting!
I have stayed at some of the best hotels in the world, and the Mandarin-Oriental Washington is definitely up there. I won't spoil your visit by revealing too many of the "little touches" that make this place sparkle. Suffice it to say that everything--from the energy-oil infused towels at the gym, to the Star-Trek programmed shower in the Spa, to the orchids and handwritten weather forecast on your pillow-is top notch and over-the-top. Food prices are also over-the-top. But, while that may deter you from room service, don't let it deter you from the café. My Kobe beef burger was sinful. The rooms are sumptuous, the beds are fantastic, and the bathrooms are as good as you can imagine in D.C. Still the real strength of this hotel is its serenity and service-two assets that make you forget you are in a city as serious and gritty as D.C. My biggest complaint has nothing to do with the hotel itself-it is just that the cab drivers in D.C. have no clue where this place is. My advice: tell them to take you to "the new one"-you'll get there a lot faster.
Will go back again...
Came here on business for a week. The restaurant is very good, but the star of the hotel is the spa. No where else in Washington (and I have stayed in the best hotels here) will you find a spa this magical. There is a pool and shower area in blue mosiac tile, the rooms are tranquil and beautifully lighted from rosy reds to deep violets. I stayed for a facial, foot treatment and massage. Excellent! The Four Seasons and Ritz don't even come close. I will certainly be back again!
What an experience!
Talk about service! The room was beautiful, and even though there was a train track nearby, I couldn't hear a thing, even when the train was going by. I had a massage in the spa, and I must say, it was THE best massage I've ever had. Beautiful hotel, excellent staff!
Asian comforts in DC
New hotel beautiful-elegant rooms and lobby-loved the restaraunt-really delicious asian influenced cuisine (another one is coming), room service very nice (even a a candle on my cart)spa not yet open....staff very eager to please. Location requires a cab (despite what I've read about walking) but overall quite happy here-