Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C.
What it is
A newly revamped spa-like retreat within walking distance to D.C.’s best sights, with a 50-foot heated indoor pool.
What it isn't
Going to go hungry. For foodies, the three on-site restaurants are nothing short of divine (and don’t miss afternoon tea in the aptly-named, garden-side Empress Lounge).
What we think
If you get a little stressed visiting our nation’s capital, may we suggest a stay in this exquisite hideaway? Every single guest room feels like a de facto spa, thanks to a palette of neutrals and Tiffany blue, gleaming polished metals and sumptuous amenities, like marble-lined bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers. Architecture lovers will find upgrading to the Oriental Suite worth it for porthole windows and a Juliette balcony that peep out on the Jefferson Memorial (not to mention a full on living and dining space).
You're here because
Honestly, you’re here because you’re food-obsessed, and their restaurant Amity & Commerce is chockablock with locals (proof positive it’s delish). Their Amity Burger, made with Lancaster Amish cave aged cheddar, port shallots, and tomato aioli on a brioche bun is nothing short of transcendent.
You’re not surprised that the Mandarin Oriental spa is as zen as they get, with sycamore wood-lined walls and burnished bronze ceilings. You ARE surprised that facilities go beyond standard-issue, with vitality pools, color experience (!) showers and an amethyst crystal steam room in the mix. Exhausted from a day darting from Smithsonian to Smithsonian, you opt for a nearly two hour Oriental Harmony treatment. Translation? A four hand foot bath and massage that leaves you feeling as shiny and new as D.C. isn’t.
The beating heart of it all—a block from the Potomac on one side, and the National Mall on the other. In other words, you’re within a few minutes stroll of everything from the U.S. Capitol to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
Muse - Relaxed, all-day dining with an Asian-inspired twist
Empress Lounge - An inviting escape from the rigors of the city