This is a DC landmark with all the things you need in a hotel.
The room and service were great. The staff friendly and helpful. The business center n the basement has 24 hour access with room key. The showers are big but no bath in my room.
if you are on lobby level, the toilets are downstairs ... getting there and back in a side trip in itself.
I had an interesting experience in the bar. I arrived late from the Westcoast and needed to relax and have a small meal. On check in they told me that the bar and restaurant closed at 11pm - 20 minutes. I deposited my belongings and headed downstairs to an ornate bar area. I asked the bar tender to recommend a glass of red - Stags Leap Cabernet - this was fine but the most expensive glass on the list at $26 (always a little test I think). I took it. The wine by the glass list of well thought out with a about ten varieties: Malbec, Pinot, Bordeaux, CdRh, Cabernet, Merlot etc.
I asked for the bar menu and was told the kitchen closed soon. It a truncated menu with no soup. I asked whether the soup from the restaurant was available - without asking the kitchen the answer was no. Ok, I selected the Nicoise salad ($17). it arrived in reasonable time. The salad itself was well done, however, the fish was extremely salty and dense. I ate the salad and left the most of the fish.
I had ordered a glass of CdRh (bargain at $13) and sat engaging the scene. In that regard DC has its own people watching stuff. There's always an older guy with a young possibly enhanced debutant, people just doing business and guys getting plastered alone or better in a group trying to become ugly Americans. One such group organized itself along the bar sequentially as I was settling and managed to re-arrange the seating under the lubrication of something Veuve Cliquotesque. I moved twice, in the spirit of conviviality and to be a good chap. Their conversation was trending vernacular - hoops, Obama, Osama, Spitzer, DC call girls ... food. It was after 11pm ... they were offered food, no problem (the bar menu often approximates the room service menu for the graveyard shift). They asked for soup and were provided with it from the restaurant menu by the master of service. This somewhat embarrassed the bar tender who gave me a gratis extra half serve from the dregs of the CdRh and several water refills. One of the group also had the Nicoise salad and complained about the salty fish ... another tripped over a lounge on the way back from the toilet and partially landed on the possibly enhanced debutante.
Meanwhile at the bar, Tennessee Williams introduced Thomas Hardy and they contemplated Soup and Salad. I went to bed.
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