I recently spent three nights at the Omni Shoreham while attending a large conference. I booked here since participants received a decent convention rate but did so with some trepidation, as a prior experience with an Omni in NYC was disastrous. However, this property was a truly pleasant surprise. My room was unexpectedly large and included a mini-fridge (in lieu of minibar) and all the usual amenities (ironing board and iron, hair dryer, bath toiletries); there was also a cozy bathrobe. Because my room was the very last one on the corridor I had a long walk to the elevator but the remote location meant I experienced virtually no noise from elevators, ice machines, or other guests. The hotel was attentive to special requests: they honored my preference for a traditional pillow top mattress instead of a Sleep Number bed. Excellent lighting in the bedroom (all fixtures had three-way bulbs) as well as in the bathroom. Kudos to Omni for the bathroom design, in fact. While on the compact side, it was well thought out. There was a rain shower head with excellent water pressure, neutral colored marble walls and floor, a dark granite sink mounted on a surprisingly tall wooden pedestal (terrific for tall guests like me), bright lights over the mirror, and--surprise!--a window. Towels were plentiful and the bath towels were super-sized compared to most hotels I've stayed at recently. Lots of hangers in the closet, which also housed an in-room safe. My room was spotless and the furniture was in generally very good condition, without too much wear and tear. The lobby boasts formal decor (huge chandeliers, etc.) and there's a gift shop, a small takeout snackbar/Starbucks, and a high-end jewelry store. I didn't patronize the on-site restaurants since there are plentiful options for dining within a two or three block radius of the hotel, which is also close to a Metro station and a 20-min. walk from Dupont Circle. (Check out the diner across the street, Open City, for great breakfast and lunch options; for terrific Indian fare try Rajaji just up the street on Connecticut Ave.). Not least of all, the hotel is close to Reagan-Washington National airport and there are reasonably priced shuttle options to get you there and back. All in all, despite the hectic conference swirling around me I enjoyed a restful and comfortable stay in very attractive surroundings. I would definitely stay here again, either for business or leisure travel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Omni Hotel Washington Dc
- Omni Washington Dc
- Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington Dc
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