We stayed here because of government business - closest hotel. As far as hotels go, this is the most luxurious I've ever stayed at. First off you are greeted by an enormous and beautiful floral centerpiece in the lobby. It is changed daily. Right off the lobby is a bar area, the Empress Lounge, which is great for relaxing or for meeting up with friends. The service is exceptional, the seating is comfortable and the view of outdoor gardens, a marina and the Potomac are unique in Washington.
We had dinner at one of the hotel's restaurants - Muze. Again, the view was the same as the lounge, very nice at dusk. You also get to watch traffic on the highway outside and feel lucky you aren't in it as you sip a cocktail. I doubt there is a bad choice on the menu. First class dining. Pricey, but perfect for a special occasion or an expense account. Service that matches the quality of the food.
The room was large and included a safe. The king-size bed was comfortable. The bathroom was huge, with a separate glass shower stall and soaking tub. Complimentary robes and slippers came in handy for relaxing after a day of sightseeing.
Our room didn't have much of a view, mostly the building next to it, but we wouldn't have spent much time looking out the windows anyways.
The only downside was the lack of affordable breakfast anywhere near. A Starbucks is across the street, with a very long line of office workers in the morning. The hotel has breakfast in the Muze restaurant, with many healthy choices, but I wanted something lighter on my wallet.
The Mandarin Oriental is close enough to walk to just about all the district attractions, if you are fairly fit. As a first-time tourist, I didn't mind, but will take the Metro subway more often next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It’s springtime in the nation’s capital and there’s no better place to celebrate the new blooms and warm weather than Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC. Now featuring dramatically refreshed luxury guestrooms, MO is located just steps from the Tidal Basin and is soon to be surrounded by millions of the famous cherry blossoms. Our honored guests also enjoy very short walks to the National Mall, museums of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington Monument and the White House. Business travelers will appreciate swift transfers between Ronald Reagan National Airport, Union Station, U.S. Capitol and House and Senate Office Buildings. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is famous for providing legendary service, excellent dining, arresting design and immersive spas that rejuvenate body and mind. Our hotel presents you with an experience that is uniquely Washington and always mindful of our oriental heritage. We welcome you to become a fan. ... more less
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