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
Arrival was good. Got help with suitcases right away. Lobby is glamourous and huge. Check in fast, professional and Not very cordial/personal. Our room was big But Not very reasonable designed. Two separees which are spacious. The bathroom was very small and all the Equipment Not very suitable for tall guests. Bed very cosy and high to climb in.
Only one elevator working what caused Long wating lines. No help of hotel staff offered.
The parking price for vallet parking is outragous (55 US-Dollars per night) . No other parking space available! Leave your car at Home when travelling to Washington DC.
Staff very friendly and accommodating. As with an older hotel, it took a long time for the water to get hot. The water pressure was low so you had to flush the toilet a couple of times, a waste of water especially waiting for the water to get hot.
Over 2 days saw 4 college campuses with tour of monuments using both the local metro stop (easy walking distance from hotel) plus use of rental car. Loved location of Omni in pretty Woodland Park (knew this hotel from my college formal), enjoyed a buffet breakfast, a few stops at the lounge for drinks/food, and use of the pool. Very friendly staff. Pretty hotel but showing it's age (esp. for high cost) thus a mixed but still positive value.