I recently participated in a conference held at the Omni Shoreham. I had visited this hotel during another conference in which it was used as the "spill-over" hotel for the Marriot across the street. It is an older hotel, built in the 1930s. Much of the original charm is intact; including, unfortunately slow and small elevators. None-the-less, by joining their guest program I was able to check in online, skip the registration desk and proceed directly to my room. This is a huge hotel and I think my room was just about as far away from the desk as possible. Not a problem since I definitely need the exercise!
The room was very large. There was a walk in closet, a vanity room off the bathroom, and a balcony (not available in very many rooms). My view from the balcony was the swimming pool and hot tubs as well as the Washington Monument in the distance. Lovely; especially with the light of the setting sun shining upon the white bricks. I only wish there had been a simple chair or two so that I could sit and enjoy.
The bathroom was small but well-stocked with amenities. There was a window in the bathtub/shower that provided beautiful light to the small space. In the evening we could fill out a card that allowed us to order complimentary (members only) beverages to be delivered at the time we specified. This was such a treat. There were also coffees and teas in the room but this was really a nice touch.
Unlike the Marriot, I slept like a baby at the Omni. The walls did not allow any racket from nearby rooms to filter in. There was no adjoining door. The beds were very comfortable and the ability to regulate the temperate was accurate and easy to use. We did splurge one morning and enjoyed the breakfast brunch at Robert’s restaurant. It was pricey; around $23.00. There were ample choices and no way should anyone walk away from there hungry. The waiter did let slip that if folks left the table without paying, the waiters were responsible for their bills. That did not sit well with me since we almost did the same exact thing! People get to talking and before you know it, it’s time to go and you mosey out. I am hoping that the restaurant is run by a group independent of the hotel. There are also plenty of eating options within easy walking distance.
As a presenter at this conference I can testify that the event technology professionals were right on top of things. I presented at several sessions tended to by a fellow named Jeffrey. He was friendly, attentive, and a true professional. He clearly wanted to make sure that any pre-presentation jitters were not due to his lack of commitment (and they were not).
Lastly, the grounds of this hotel were absolutely beautiful. There's a very pleasant and large pool area and also a lovely park (for lack of better words) with many places to relax; including on one of the several hammocks in the area. How sweet is that?
In the future, if ever I attend a conference at either of these hotels again, I will be sure to stay at the Omni Shoreham. If you can get past the fact that this is an old hotel (mostly elevator problems) it is lovely, they will treat you royally, and I’d not stay anywhere else!
- Also Known As:
- Omni Hotel Washington Dc
- Omni Washington Dc
- Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington Dc
- Washington Dc Omni
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come home to the Omni Shoreham Hotel, a true Washington landmark. Located in one of the most sought after DC neighborhoods, this luxury property fuses modern comforts with distinguished service. This urban oasis is located on 11 plush acres just steps from the metro and the National Zoo. Sip a cocktail in the Marquee Bar or, during the warmer months, guests can lounge poolside at one of the "South's Best Pools" as rated by Southern Living Magazine. ... more less
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