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
The St Regis DC is an excellent hotel, well located for all the main attractions, just two blocks north of the White House. The hotel has been open for around 100 years and you really get a feel for the history of the hotel as soon as you pull up, with the architecture and the decor bringing you the vibe and glamour of old DC, of the three hotels we stayed on our trip, this had the most history, you could just tell.
Our arrival was managed well and we were well looked after by the bellman and the receptionist who made good conversation and checked us in with ease.
Our bags were sent to the room and upon finding our room, we were met by a traditionally styled but luxurious room. This is not a modern hotel, however the modern luxuries you expect such as flat screen TV, charging points next to the bed and fast WiFI were all present - we had everything we would need.
The bathroom was on the cosy side, with only a double shower. However everything was functional with good water pressure and toiletries. Nothing was missing.
Housekeeping service was also attentive, with a good evening turndown service and the added touch of classical music playing on your return to the room, helping you wind down for sleep.
I visited the gym, however did not use this. It was well appointed with modern equipment, however in a small windowless room in the basement. Not the best, but certainly practical.
We did not dine in the hotel, however did visit the bar before dinner one evening. Service was excellent with fantastic mixology behind the bar to create some unique cocktails. The oak panelled walls and jazz, gave you a feel for a time gone by but in a good way! We thoroughly enjoyed our pre-dinner drinks and also got to witness the St Regis ritual of champagne sabreing at 6pm - well worth a watch and a quick glass of champers after!
This was my first visit to a St Regis and I was thoughtful as to whether it would feel part of a global chain, or whether it would have the more personalised service and individuality of Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental and the like and it certainly did.
If you want a 5*, luxury retreat that is small, cosy and a little traditional then I would certainly encourage a stay at St Regis DC.
Competent and helpful staff, quick welcome and elegant and comfortable rooms like the whole hotel. Excellent restaurant; close to the best attractions of the town: Capitol, White House, Vietnam and Corean Memorial etc.
Stayed here for a long weekend. I have to say it is a very central location for many other neighborhoods to explore in DC. The room was very nice, the Sunday brunch with live jazz band was fantastic.
I was able to use the bikes on location to ride around the area which was great time. This is my second time here and look forward to coming back in 2020.