Omni Shoreham Hotel
What We Love
- The old-fashioned Marquee Lounge shakes up a mean martini
- Family-friendly vibe (kids gift bags, milk and cookies at bed time, lawn games)
- Large, heated outdoor pool and spectacular views of Rock Creek Park
- Robert’s restaurant lists the area farms from which it gets its ingredients
- Bird books and binoculars are available to use at the hotel’s wildlife observation point
What To Know
- Great for both business travelers and families
- The spa and 24-hour fitness center are well equipped
- The heated outdoor pool is open from April through October
- Pets up to 25 pounds are allowed for a $50 fee
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The 836-room Omni Shoreham has played host to celebrities and dignitaries and thrown lavish balls for nearly every presidential inauguration since it opened its Art Moderne doors in 1930. Chief among the amenities are stately decor and a glamorous cocktail bar for rubbing shoulders with political bigwigs, plus it has the dense greenery of Rock Creek Park at its doorstep. The richly appointed hotel features vaulted ceilings, sea foam–green and ochre armchairs in the lobby, and vintage telephones on wood-top tables in the corridors, as well as the original shoeshine station, with its antique chairs and gleaming brass footrests, buffed by decades of use. This elegant look carries through to the guestrooms and suites, which are very spacious and decorated in a palette designed to soothe, with pale yellows, creams and dark woods. When hunger strikes, Robert’s restaurant serves American comfort food with a twist (think fried chicken and waffles with truffle honey butter). Afterward, work off all the gluttony in the fitness center or head to the spa or the leafy outdoor pool to detox.
In the Area
Check out DC’s fascinating Newseum, the Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, the National Zoo or, for a fun take on espionage through the ages, the International Spy Museum. After you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Nora’s. Originally a 19th-century grocery store, the space was transformed into one of America’s first organic restaurants. Today the operation is still going strong, churning out dishes such as Maryland rockfish with wheatberry and fennel salad. Tip: Make reservations well in advance. Founded in 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl was one of the few businesses to stay open during the 1968 riots, and it has become a DC landmark, serving its signature half-smoked dogs and chili to the likes of President Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy, to name just two.
How to Get There
Arrival at the Omni was fantastic. We were greeted and permitted an early check in to our room. Every staff member we encountered was helpful and kind. During our departure, the staff went above and beyond to assist with luggage and valet services. During both arrival and departure times, they were extremely busy because we were there for a large business conference with over 3000 attendees. I know the hotel was packed! The Omni staff still went above and beyond. Will definitely stay again!
I certainly enjoy any opportunity I have to stay at the Omni Shoreham. The Omni brand has some of the finest hotels in which I have stayed. Their loyalty program is outstanding. The Shoreham is rich with history and the public spaces reflect the opulence and grandeur of D.C. The room in which I stayed was recently renovated and still smelled of new carpeting! The bathroom amenities are not overly perfumed and the bath towels are soft and lux. The bed was very comfortable and the pillows and lines were excellent. Both feather and foam pillows were provided.
This hotel is a must see place even if you do not stay. The legendary performs who have graced the Blue Room and the history of the Beatles stay after appearing on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 is worth a visit. A most spectacular property. Says 4 on social media. That is a conservative rating.
This was a great place to stay. The service was excellent! Restaurants were right around the corner and the National Zoo was a nice 10 minute walk away. It was also nice to have a CVS across the street even though the little store in the hotel seemed to have all necessary items one would need.
Staff is friendly and helpful. Rooms are nice. Conference center is large and well laid-out. The only reason that I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is that the some customer service in the bar/lounge can be lacking.