I have passed by this hotel many times, even been to an event or two, but never stayed there until last month. Despite a hurricane, earthquake and fire, the 3 weeks I spent there on business were very nice. The staff were courteous and efficient -- especially during the evacuations. I was even allowed to bring my cats for overnight during the hurricane (but when I took them home the next day the $50.00 pet fee was reimbursed). My room was very comfortable and large enough not to get claustrophobic after 3 weeks. I had a balcony that I could squeeze out onto -- the cornice from the curtains prevented the door from opening all the way -- and take my folding chair (the kind you put over your shoulder and take to the park) to sit and read my work. Unfortunately, because of the cornice, no other chairs would fit out there and if you were much bigger than me, you probably couldn't squeeze your body out either. The service and staff went out of their way to be helpful. The lady Marie (I was on the 8th floor) who cleaned my room took great care of me, most days I wouldn't need her, but if I asked for anything, she addressed it immediately and took a couple of extra minutes to straightening up my room because she knew I would only be gone a couple of hours at most. The day I left, I had called down for a bellman, twice because my ride was downstairs, when no one showed up, I was trying to struggle my bags downstairs and a painter who worked for the hotel saw me and offered to/helped me all the way down to the car. The food was pretty good. The grounds of the hotel were absolutely beautiful. If you go out the back around the pool and the "outdoor" library you truly wouldn't know you were in the city. The spa and 24 hour fitness center were immaculate and well attended. The hotel is close to restaurants, the metro (DC's rail system), and the zoo. I would really recommend it for vacationer's and a business travelers. After all these years, the hotel remains a Grand Dame -- with out the musty/dusty attributes and tiny rooms that usually go along with really old hotels. Be sure to ask about the ghost room, and to see the presidential suite -- the one with the gold fixtures. Ohh la la
Small annoyances: The restrictive pet policy -- be sure you read it before you bring your pet -- is more tailored for dogs than other pets; the air conditioners were kind of loud; the elevators were slow and parking was very expensive As the commercial used to say.... Try it, you'll like it!!!
- 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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