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
Had an awful experience at this hotel. After meeting a colleague for a drink as I was staying here. I stopped in the lobby to make a few phone calls prior to dinner and to charge my phone. Did not go up to my room as I had only 15 minute prior to leaving for dinner. A security person from the hotel approached me and stood over me and rudely asked if I was staying at the hotel and what my room number was. It was intimidating and frankly terrifying as a woman traveling alone. I thought certainly that he did not work in the hotel so I walked up to the front desk and he truly was with security. I immediately asked for the GM. I was told he was not in. So an alternate on duty manager came out. I was seated and I could see him looking at me talking to his security person. I asked him to come talk to me. He says he was trying to get the facts from the security guard. I could not believe it. I’m a platinum guest. I’ve never had anything remotely happen like this. The on duty manager was so rude and discounted the entire situation. No one should ever go up to a woman alone especially a man and ask her for her room number. The security guard said I was loitering. I was dressed in business attire and was seated for less than 10 minutes. The on duty manager was awful. He said he’d email me. I had to go to a business dinner. I got back 2.5 hours later , no email no follow up. I had to call Marriott concierge desk and the front desk to issue a formal compliant. I told them I did not feel safe at their hotel
And the incident was terrifying. I don’t feel safe and now I can’t sleep. Horrible experience! I will not go away quietly. I was promised that staff would email me or call me. Nothing. This is not ok. Plenty of other hotels in DC!
Overall, a great hotel, just three blocks from the White House. The building's architecture is amazing, rooms are nice, and customer service is excellent. I had no major issue whatsoever during my stay.
This is a classic hotel in a very good location. But the decor is tired. Our curtains did not close. Fabrics were old - both in the room and in the lobby. Did have a good lunch with delicious lentil soup. Gnocchi was disappointing though. Lovely staff.
There is nothing like the St. Regis experience. They think about all the details and it's wonderful. I was here for one night right before the Christmas holiday, and the entire hotel looked like a winter wonderland from the lobby to even the small tokens in the room. The room and bathroom were wonderful, as you expect with the St. Regis. They went out of their way to make sure that I had everything I needed. The gym was a little small, but usable. And the room service was delicious (if you care to partake).
I stayed at this beautiful luxury hotel. I had family with me and needed us to be together in a corner. I called in advance and Gerardo Campos--from the front office took care of my request. He was also there to greet us when we arrived. The entire staff is very friendly.