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“HIDDEN GEM FULL OF MYSTERIES”

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The Mansion on O Street
Ranked #113 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Silver Spring, Maryland
2 reviews
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“HIDDEN GEM FULL OF MYSTERIES”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

In the heart of Washington, DC, this agglomeration of five houses looks ordinary from the outside. But step inside, and you're transported to a magical place. It's a museum, a hotel, a residence, a fine restaurant, a conference center, an antiques emporium, maybe the home of a rich and crazy uncle... but those terms don't begin to describe the experience. Every grand parlor, high-ceilinged dining room, luxurious bedroom, and every diminutive cupboard, and small-scale study is crammed with a combination of marvelous antiques and items from high-end flea markets. And everything's for sale -- except the extraordinary collection of guitars. However, things are not quite what they seem. A magificent floor-to-ceiling bookcase suddenly swings out from the wall, revealing a secret mirrored passage into another part of the Mansion. A splendid wine cellar, all stone and fitted with a large dining table and a stained glass window, hides behind a secret entranceway. Over 60 secret doors in the 100+ rooms lead to unexpected revelations. (I found five, including one in a bathroom.) Mirrors open onto mirrors. Passages stop cold. Sometimes it's difficult to find one's way back. On my self-guided tour, at times, I felt claustrophobic. Other times, I felt wildly free, exploring whatever corners my curiosity took me to. The whole experience felt like falling into a Fellini movie or a surrealistic novel by Alain Robbe-Grillet. After hours of wandering, sniffing, opening doors, admiring treasures, wondering what it's like to dust all those objects, I came back at last to the main parlor. The mansion's hosts and owners were so warm and matter-of-fact that all sensations of strangeness vaporized. I was just a guest in their wonderful home.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

We went to the Mansion for a 4th of July gathering and scavenger hunt. I could have stayed for days exploring all the art work and furnishings and hunting for secret doors. It was a blast. They have so many unique themed guest rooms, and a great 50's diner kitchen too. Take the time and visit -- maybe even stay a couple of days. There will be plenty to keep you occupied.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed the mansion on O street for a wedding. The home is full of secret passageways and full of oddities and collectables!! The food was delicious and the staff lovely. You can tour the mansion but you need to plan for several hours as the mansion is large and fascinating!!

  • Stayed June 2013
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cleveland, ohio
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Ted and H are fantastic hosts. They brought to mind simpler times when rock'n roll bands actually played guitars and wrote there own lyrics. As a lifetime member of the rock,n roll hall of fame in Cleveland I was reminded how important it is to support the arts. Mansion on O street is dedicated to supporting the arts and protecting intellectual properties through donations .

The Sunday brunch was four star with a very relaxed atmosphere. The Mansion has alot to offer . I plan on returning soon.

The Mansion has many secret doors and is a great place to get lost.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I went to a show at the Mansion. The service was excellent. The mansion has 34 hidden doors and passages. We explored many different rooms and connecting passageways. The food was delicious. Every room has a different theme and everything is for sale.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We had the good fortune of staying at The Mansion last weekend. Not your run of the mill hotel and definitely a five star experience. The staff was unbelievably accommodating. The Mansion is a real hidden treasure--- whimsical and fun. Thanks to everyone. Don't miss an opportunity to visit. We will definitely return.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

The people who worked there today were amazing- very accomidating despite the fact that we were an hour early- a full hour before you were supposed to open. We had a wonderful time wandering around the houses. I just wish there was more history available to us!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about The Mansion on O Street

Property: The Mansion on O Street
Address: 2020 O St NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-5912
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Dupont Circle
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#85 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Mansion on O Street 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With over 100 rooms and 70 secret doors, The Mansion is one of the most unique properties in the world. Conveniently located in historic Dupont Circle, within walking distance to Embassy Row and The Philips Collection - The Mansion offers short and long term lodging, world-class cuisine and an inspiring environment that will create lasting memories for everyone that visits. Our ever-changing spaces are ideal for executive lodging, meetings,retreats, private dining, receptions and more. The Mansion has 23 uniquely themed guest rooms, suites, and residences; a two story Log Cabin, John Lennon Suite, Safari room, a hidden wine cellar and more. Named a Washingtonian Magazine's Hidden Gem, The Mansion has been featured on the Travel Channel's "Mega Mansions" as well as numerous books, and magazines including National Geographic Traveler. ... more   less 
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