I stayed pin this hotel for three days under an AMEX special. The hotel is located near the National Mall, close by the Department of Agriculture, and the tidal basin marina. The museums at the Smithsonian and the other attractions by the mall are only a short walk away, which is a real plus. On the other side, the hotel is not close to shopping or other restaurants in kind of an out of the way corner. I think for families the hotel might not be the right place. The hotel itself is marvelous, with a super spa and fitness center/pool facility. The restaurants are very good, particularly if you like an Asian lean. I stayed on the club floor, which was great. I think that this was the best club lounge that I have experienced in any hotel. The staff in this hotel is also the best that i have experienced. they are just great at every turn. The rooms are what you would expect from Mandarin Oriental-perfect in every way, with great housekeeping and turndown service. I would like to have taken the bathroom with me but it wouldn't fit in my luggage. Overall, for a couple on a sightseeing trip, a visit to museums or the national mall or for a luxury business stay, this place is great. If you are looking for shopping and a walk to a diversity of restaurants, there are other luxury hotels in DC that are better.