I just returned from my third stay at the Shoreham. This time I was fortunate to be upgraded to a suite. Rooms in this classic hotel are large for a big city business/convention hotels, and my suite was positively spacious. The suites at the Shoreham are true, traditional suites, with separate living and bed rooms, with a door between them. The large living room included a (convertible) couch, coffee table, and two upholstered arm-chairs; a unit holding that room's large flat-screen TV, a coffee maker, and a small refrigerator, glass-fronted and lit (no freezer compartment, but ice available down the hall,); a dining/conference table with four comfortable chairs; and a good-sized work desk. The closet held a small safe, large enough for a laptop, a camera, and some other valuables, with user-settable combination. The bedroom was not as very large, although it comfortably held a bureau with a large flat-screen atop it, a king bed with two night tables, and comfortable space to spare.
Both living and bed rooms had their own independent thermostats which could be set to heat, a/c , fan or off positions, and the fans could be set to constant running, auto on/off, or off. (Note: Had the previous reviewer who complained about the fan cycling on and off checked, he or she could have learned it was possible to have the fan run constantly or not at all. In pleasant weather this would be reasonable as the windows in both rooms open; a real luxury these days, IMO.)
The bathroom was quite large and traditional; no glass walls for exhibitionists, just plenty of room, good storage space, good amenities and plumbing fixtures that work.
Both bed and living rooms had large windows and were quite bright, and also were supplied with plenty of lights, so they were bright and attractive both during the day and after dark.
(If I had to nit-pick, I'd note that the bathroom is off the bedroom, so guests must pass through the bedroom to use the toilet, and that the closet is near the door, in the living room; I'd also note that the Shoreham has only WiFi, no wired broadband access. Also, the clock radio did not get good reception, though it was easy to use as an alarm.)
The tip, your reward for plowing through this long review, is: Join (free) Omni's "Select Guest" program; at the Shoreham, Select Guests get free internet access, (charged for at $10-15/day at most D.C. business/convention hotels,) as well as two free morning room-service (hot or cold) beverages per person. (To these may be added, for $2-$3 dollars,) a toasted bagel, English muffin, croissant, or bran or blueberry muffin; choosing juice and coffee and adding a toasted English muffin, I was able to have a room service "breakfast", helpful when rushing to get out to an early-morning meeting, that totalled $3.25!
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- 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. Enjoy a cocktail and light fares by the pool from our seasonal Splash! Bar (open Memorial Day Weekend until the week following Labor Day). ... more less
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