My wife and I stayed at this hotel while on holiday. I would absolutely recommend this hotel to SPG members. I do believe that the hotel caters more to foreign dignitaries and business travelers than to the average tourist. The hotel is located among embassies. As we were on holiday we "stuck out" a bit in our walking clothes amid the hordes of businessmen. We were very impressed with the rooms: a blend of beautiful and ornate with new amenities. Because of its proximity to embassies the hotel is very safe and gated. We entered through a security screener. It was not a hassle and I wouldn't even really call it a minor inconvenience. The butler assigned to our room was wonderfully kind and hospitable and attended to any of our wishes (fresh fruit, pressed clothes, etc). In addition to Starwood's Le Meridien group of hotels the St. Regis properties are among Starwood's highest-end properties. As an SPG Platinum member they accommodated an early check-in for us which we were tremendously thankful for as it allowed us an opportunity to get situated after arriving on an early morning flight. The breakfast buffet was delicious and vast and the evening happy hours in the bar lounge were a great way to wind down the day.