We have stayed at the Mandarin several times during trips to D.C., and, even though the hotel is not located conveniently located near D.C. attractions, we generally use a cab to get around D.C. and it is not any more expensive to get to theaters and restaurants from the Mandarin than from many other hotels in D.C. In some ways, we like the quiet location of the Mandarin. It is one of the few hotels in D. C. where we have actually enjoyed walking around at night. The view down to the Capitol is stunning, whether by day or night, and you have good views of several other monuments.The rooms are immaculate, the restaurant serves delicious food, and the spa is first class, although expensive, like everything else at this hotel. Check the website regularly, rates can vary quite a bit, especially on weekends. We like the rooms on the river side for their views.