The St. Regis Washington, D.C.
What We Love
- Restaurant Decanter, a Rockwell Group-designed institution of Mediterranean cuisine and fine wines
- The St. Regis Bar, a comfortably chic hangout serving pre-Prohibition cocktails
- The lobby’s intricate architectural details, showcasing plenty of gilded style
What To Know
- The corporate-minded neighborhood lacks nightlife and shopping
- A small gym and no spa or pool, but the nearby Mint Spa offers plenty of organic treatments
- Overnight valet parking is a pricey $45/day
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1926 by architect Mihran Mesrobian, the Italian-Renaissance design has attracted U.S. Presidents and their families as well as celebs such as Joan Crawford, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. The hotel’s glamorous past is evident upon entering the lobby where a wall of palladium windows cast light onto the hotel’s showpiece, an ornate coffered ceiling. The classic, muted design by Sils Huniford is an ideal stage for plotting political moves or leisurely people-watching. In the Decanter restaurant, styles collide with silver-chrome and ivory-white tables and chairs neatly arranged beneath the rustic, beamed ceiling.
Bed and Bath
Four types of guest rooms are distinguished by location, size and color, featuring schemes in hues of lush gold or warm sienna. Beds are outfitted with crisp Pratesi linens, down duvets and pillows. Modern technology, TVs, safes, and minibars are artfully framed in carved-wood consoles flanked by white columns. The bathrooms are comfortable cocoons with Italian marble vanities, earth-tone mosaic tiles, large mirrors with LCD TVs, Reméde bath produces and plush robes.
Decanter, the hotel’s main restaurant, reflects the culinary passions of its chef, Sébastien Rondier, born in France’s Basque country. At the adjacent St. Regis bar, you can sip proper pre-Prohibition cocktails and nibble on lamb shank flatbread. While the hotel gym is adequately equipped, the nearby access to Mint Spa is a welcome alternative. Guests can also access (for a $15 fee) the posh University Club, which holds an Olympic-sized pool and Sage Spa.
In the Area
The St. Regis is just two blocks from the White House and close to many museums, including the International Spy Museum, the National Geographic Museum and the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. For lunch, grab a blue-cheese burger at the Old Ebbitt Grill, a popular stop for power-lunching politicians. For dinner, reserve a table in the Atrium room at the elegantly chic Equinox, a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama. The endless shopping and energetic vibe of Georgetown is just a two-mile cab ride away.
How to Get There
I had a fairly good experience at the St. Regis DC - the staff were very friendly and professional. A big shout-out to Karley at reception, who sent up a desert plate for my wife and I (we were on a baby-moon) - it was much appreciated and really thoughtful.
The building itself has a beautiful exterior and lobby. The rooms themselves, however, were slightly above average - I actually think that many of the other hotels in that price range nearby have nicer rooms. I'd suggest that it's time to consider upgrades; it's hard to justify the price point otherwise.
Beyond that general feedback, my only complaint was that the rooms were really dry and humid - and caused us both to have allergy issues. To be fair, it is winter - a time with dry air - but the air quality in the room was really poor.
Stayed for a week in a Deluxe King. Check-in was professional but not warm or welcoming, which proved to be the general rule: staff manning the lobby greeted me first maybe twice during my weeklong stay, and would have ignored me unless I spoke first. Not what I expected in a St Regis or any 5-star hotel. Restaurant staff were generally better and always attentive. Housekeeping staff were the friendliest and service was good too. The room was nice but starting to show its age. The bed was very comfortable. The most consistently positive experience was the food: breakfasts were excellent and dinner was delicious - kudos to the chef and team!
We are local to the DMV and like spending a night in the city from time to time. This was our first visit to the St Regis in DC and I was beyond I. From the moment we walked in, the customer service and attention was incredible. I enjoyed the cozy check-in area, the glass of champagne and the friendly staff. Our room was beautiful and we were pleasantly surprised by the little birthday dessert left by the staff.
Every staff member we passed in the hall or lobby were all smiling and greeted us kindly.
We will come back!!
Coming the first time to Washington I choose the luxury of a top hotel.
Actually already before arriving I was contacted by the concierge in order to make my stay remarkable.
I got perfect tips for restaurants, sight seeing and of course the airport pick-up did work as promised.
I loved the traditional style of the Hotel immediately when I entered the lobby.
The personal was more than friendly and I have to especially name Francis the head concierge. All i wanted was fullfilled as soon as the wish has left my mouth.
The Bar is cosy and the room was of course stae of the art.
If you leave the Hotel when its dark the White House is shining brightly.
If you love traditional hotels like I do you have to come to this place.
Always difficult to create any sort of community at a hotel. The 'champagne opening' ritual in the lobby each evening was a great way to meet other guests and staff. Wonderful to see the GM in the lobby interacting with guests and making them feel very valued!
Great service, the Concierge JF was simply outstanding. Great location, impressive lobby, good menu and thoughtful service. Highly recommended.