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
The hotel staff were most friendly and courteous. The room was very comfortable. The meals provided as part of the meeting generally were delicious. We would have greatly appreciated free breakfast and a microwave in the room.
We spent 5 days here and enjoyed everything from the pool, our room and the location. It was easy to catch the metro from here (a block away) or a cab if need be. The staff is attentive and accommodating. The concierge was very helpful. The dinner in the restaurant was very good; but a bit pricy. It was a special night for us so we didn't mind. The breakfast was delicious but a bit pricy we ate one time here for breakfast. LOVE the coffee to the room in the AM - best ever. Join the loyalty club so you get the free wifi. The Loyalty Ambassador contacted us in advance and was very helpful. We really enjoyed our stay.
Stayed for a conference and brought my husband and baby. The hotel is beautiful, and I wish we had more time to enjoy more of it. A warning for thsoe with small children...thin walls! Our baby had a particularly bad night, and someone called security on us fearing we had left him alone!
My biggest disappointment was that no effort was put into accommodating us for our room not being ready several hours after check-in time. Reservations were made weeks in advance and the only offer after much insistence with your staff member was to downgrade our room. That really was hard to overcome for the rest of the stay event though it is a beautiful hotel. A rude and unhelpful server at the restaurant didn't help either. Don't know that I will visit this hotel again.
week long business trip at this hotel full of history and full of rich character. well trained staff, comfortable guest rooms ( homey...not your average hotel room), one block from Metro and walking distance too so much ( Zoo, Cathedral, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle). Highly recommend.