Pros: Very friendly staff, gorgeous hotel (built in 1930), with beautiful lobby and gardens, and great deals to be had on hotel rates (which I was lucky to find about a month or so before making this reservation). Very comfortable room, nice size (king-bed), with a small marble bathroom, walk-in closet, and a connecting door to a neighboring room (not that we used or needed it during our stay). Only 1 block from the Metro, which we ended up not using after all. Nice choice of restaurants close by - ate at Open City right across the street for dinner, and went to Woodley Cafe around the corner on Connecticut Avenue for brunch the following morning for brunch. Enjoyed the National Zoo for the afternoon, which is only about a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel. Located right by Rock Creek Park, which is a bonus.
Was glad to have found the coffee-maker, which I initially thought the room didn't have, and found strange for such an upscale hotel, but found it in the dresser cabinet under the TV. Nice options of Wolfgang Puck coffees and Tazo teas.
Cons: Valet parking was expensive ($35 plus tax = $41+), and the only option - it took hours to get something left behind in the car in error after it was moved to the parking lot. Would be ideal to have the option of self-parking, and only valet parking if/when self-parking section is full. The bathroom was bordering on too small, as you have to stand to the side behind the door to be able to close it.
Also, the hallways were noisy, due to inconsiderate hotel guests not keeping quiet in the early hours of the morning (some were coming from the wedding that happened that night, which finished up at 2am) - not the fault of the hotel for noisy guests, but would/could be an improvement if there were ways to soundproof the rooms.
Didn't eat at the hotel, or use the pool or gym, so cannot vouch for that side of the hotel.
Overall, would definitely stay here again, if I'm lucky enough to find the excellent price I was able to get for this trip.
- 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:
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