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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Omni needs to do better to maintain the rooms, free of bugs, mice, etc. Quality of food, including continental breakfast is very poor, not comparable to other hotels at the same standing. I travel to DC for work at least six times a year; this was one of the most undesirable places that I stayed. Hope management will take care of the problems and let the wonderful staff continue with their customer service.
I was surprised to find a room during the extremely busy "graduation" weekend in D.C. This hotel was an excellent value; no price gouging for the event period, which was quite refreshing! EXTRAORDINARILY friendly and accommodating front desk staff. Very clean room; prompt and courteous housekeeping services. Overall, a very positive and enjoyable stay. I will definitely stay at the Omni Shoreham the next time I'm in D.C.
Room was very nice, very clean with a view of a park down a hillside. overall hotel was very nice, the staff were very responsive to any inquiries and I didn't have a single concern or issue the entire stay. Quiet room with comfortable beds are a must for me and they delivered.
Older historic hotel which has maintained the original charm. Rooms are spacious except bathrooms are small. Very friendly and helpful staff at front desk and in the lobby. Elevators are a bit small and take awhile, but all in all, this is a great place to stay..
Conference hotel, was fine. Needs to be dragged into the 21st century. The place is huge and labyrinthine, there aren't enough lifts for a hotel this size, and the ones available were old and rickety and slow. Staff was polite and kind. Location's great, but really just old and needs a major overhaul. Weird/bad smell coming from the toilet -- otherwise, stay was fine.