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.
- 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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