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 live in Houston and I have been to st Regis afternoon tea many times. I took my best friend for afternoon tea for her birthday in Washington DC. The experience was very different compared to the one in Houston .
1. DC- only one type of tea served . Houston - upto 3 tea selection per person.
2. DC- everything served at once . Houston - served one at a time
3. DC - scones , not that great . Houston - best kind.
4. DC- served at the lobby 😩 you can see the employees and including valet going in and out of the lobby. Not as pleasant as you would love it to be. Houston - has its own separate cosy place
5. DC - served by waiter/ waitress. Houston - servers are elegantly dressed . 2-3 servers are constantly taking care of guests
6. DC- no harps playing . Houston- Harps playing while enjoying tea . Can also request to be close to the harpest .
Overall, 5/10. Not impressed at all.
It’s time to go down to Houston for training !!!
An old school luxury hotel in Washington DC, yes if you want a contemporary luxury experience you won't find it here. Visually the rooms are rather 'classic' in look and it isn't my preference but I still enjoyed my stay here. The standard rooms definitely need a remodel soon. Comments about the room design aside, the lobby is absolutely beautiful and the rose scent stays with you the entire day.
The location is spot-on of course even though I generally stay closer to Georgetown. Service was fantastic as you would expect at most St. Regis properties. I do think the hotel needs a bit of an remodel to update the rooms while still keeping the gilded design. Think the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, they kept the luxury high and that old school charm while modernizing the furnishings and technology.
Yes it is old. Yes it is supposed to be elegant . However the lobby smells like grandmas lotion. They do not change sheets during your stay. We had a room over looking the courtyard. The HVAC is all in the courtyard so our noise level was constant. To me you can be old and have class or like this hotel. Over priced smelly and not worth the 65 a night to park your car.
This hotel goes beyond excellent customer service. Check in with VICTORIA FILENKO AND FRANCISCO COTS was an easy and pleasant experience! They did their best to accommodate my early arrival for my guests. Two out of three rooms were available and a temporary room was provided for, in order to freshen up
while waiting for the third room. Of course the location is the best in the city, only blocks away from the White House and in walking distance to the Smithsonian Museums. As a Lifetime Platinum Member with over 1,000 stays, this hotel is high on my list of all time favorite properties worldwide.
St Regis Hotel help us a lot to spend one of the best family vacations. It is so well located the rooms are so full of light and big enough for my family of 4. and the service....is excellent, Breakfast was really good and the Concierge gave us the best help to get good tables at fancy Restaurants. They also lend us some bikes....the best experience to see monuments and take pictures. i absolutely recommend this Hotel.