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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
"Go for just the ceilings", words I've never written to start a review. The hotel is castle-like in it's stately manner and old world charm. Heavily staffed to make sure you don't have to do anything more taxing than press an elevator button or swipe a room key.
The rooms are LARGE and kingly. The amenities modern, yet classic. They have shoe-horns. I like shoe-horns. Shoe-horns are good.
The lobby is warm and inviting and not so deep you're walking the length of a football field to say hello to anyone. The elevator banks are close by.
The bar and restaurant are A+. High quality, warm touch.
DC is a better place to visit when you stay at this hotel.
We enjoyed having some tea from Palais des Thés in the spectacular lobby of the St Regis. The hotel could be refreshed a little.
Our waiter was attentive and very nice. Top service there.
However, we were not impressed with the quality and freshness of the food.
Unlike the delicious scones, the mini sandwiches didn't seem to have been made on that very day.
We won't return.
There is a reason why St Regis is rated by TA as one of the very top hotels in DC. Understated elegance, outstanding service staff, personalized attention and great location in downtown DC. The rooms are most comfortable and well appointed. The bar and restaurant are outstanding (albeit, a bit pricey). A most relaxing and comfortable stay in one of the iconic hotels in Washington as well as the country. If you have a choice and desire to be in that area of DC, St Regis is the choice! Thanks for the great stay!