I accompanied my wife to DC on a business trip and she decided to stay at the Mansion on O St. A very nice young man let us in the basement door and led us to a room filled with all sorts of stuff; a player piano, board games, books, furniture, a stack of scratched 42rpm records, etc. all for sale. We sat down and waited listening to Jimi Hendrix. And waited. And waited. Finally I wandered upstairs and found someone who was very apologetic and who showed us around the hotel and allowed us to pick out a room we liked which was a very nice touch! We settled on the Fireplace Suite which had a bedroom a small kitchenette and a rather large lounge area, all packed with the places trademark knickknacks plus hundreds of books. I must not forget to mention that we also got a free drink at the bar yay!
All in all we had a very nice time and Hillary is worth her weight in gold. Anytime we needed anything she was right on top of it and she really helped make our stay a very nice one. Now for the cons: Their site promises a FULL English Breakfast Mon-Fri. Maybe they were serving it behind one of the many hidden doors but I never saw it. In fact when we arrived at the 4th floor dining room at 7 am there was no coffee, milk or juice. Coffee we could manage on our own but we had to call down for milk etc. A sleepy woman appeared with everything soon enough and commented "You're up early!" Err, yes, work and stuff. Plenty of cereal but it seemed to have been there for ages and the ones I took were never replaced.
Our awesome suite was behind one of the famous secret doors and had no lock. To secure it from the outside you were supposed to put a giant bolt through the door and frame and trust in the "This room is occupied stay out" signs. I couldn't help but imagine everytime we were out however strangers rummaging through our stuff and wondering "how much is this?". There is a bolt on the inside but once I forgot to engage it and some woman came bursting through the door. I was in the middle of some nude gymnastics at the time so I don't know who was more suprised! I am kidding of course, but it was strange to find some stranger in my hotel room. "Oh, Hello!" Proper room locks with keys on all doors sounds reasonable.
On Sat-Mon they have tours so be prepared for people tramping up and down the stairs and possible trying to open your door at these times. On Monday they had a big party so there many drunk people up and down the stairs giggling and trying our door. The hallways are narrow with lots of pig pictures hung low. Navigating with a large suit case in very challenging. I mentioned our kitchnette with a four burner stove but did I mention no pots or pans? Great pool table on 4th floor but so covered with stuff for sale never got to play on it. Our room was so cluttered with stuff it was impossible for any one person to clean so very dusty and the microwave in the room was dirty.
So to some up' a great place for those who are in DC to have fun etc and who don't want a vanilla Marriott room. Business travelers, I would look elsewhere because as vanilla as the Marriott maybe they are going to have all the mod cons you are counting on to make your business trip go smoothly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With over 100 rooms and 70 secret doors, The Mansion is one of the most unique properties in the world. Conveniently located in historic Dupont Circle, within walking distance to Embassy Row and The Philips Collection - The Mansion offers short and long term lodging, world-class cuisine and an inspiring environment that will create lasting memories for everyone that visits. Our ever-changing spaces are ideal for executive lodging, meetings,retreats, private dining, receptions and more. The Mansion has 23 uniquely themed guest rooms, suites, and residences; a two story Log Cabin, John Lennon Suite, Safari room, a hidden wine cellar and more. Named a Washingtonian Magazine's Hidden Gem, The Mansion has been featured on the Travel Channel's "Mega Mansions" as well as numerous books, and magazines including National Geographic Traveler. ... more less
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