The old-fashioned Marquee Lounge shakes up a mean martini
Family-friendly vibe (kids gift bags, milk and cookies at bed time, lawn games)
Large, heated outdoor pool and spectacular views of Rock Creek Park
Robert’s restaurant lists the area farms from which it gets its ingredients
Bird books and binoculars are available to use at the hotel’s wildlife observation point
What To Know
Great for both business travelers and families
The spa and 24-hour fitness center are well equipped
The heated outdoor pool is open from April through October
Pets up to 25 pounds are allowed for a $50 fee
Parking on site
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Storied DC hotel near Rock Creek Park, with presidential traditions, an American restaurant, an outdoor pool and a spa
The 836-room Omni Shoreham has played host to celebrities and dignitaries and thrown lavish balls for nearly every presidential inauguration since it opened its Art Moderne doors in 1930. Chief among the amenities are stately decor and a glamorous cocktail bar for rubbing shoulders with political bigwigs, plus it has the dense greenery of Rock Creek Park at its doorstep. The richly appointed hotel features vaulted ceilings, sea foam–green and ochre armchairs in the lobby, and vintage telephones on wood-top tables in the corridors, as well as the original shoeshine station, with its antique chairs and gleaming brass footrests, buffed by decades of use. This elegant look carries through to the guestrooms and suites, which are very spacious and decorated in a palette designed to soothe, with pale yellows, creams and dark woods. When hunger strikes, Robert’s restaurant serves American comfort food with a twist (think fried chicken and waffles with truffle honey butter). Afterward, work off all the gluttony in the fitness center or head to the spa or the leafy outdoor pool to detox.
In the Area
Check out DC’s fascinating Newseum, the Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, the National Zoo or, for a fun take on espionage through the ages, the International Spy Museum. After you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Nora’s. Originally a 19th-century grocery store, the space was transformed into one of America’s first organic restaurants. Today the operation is still going strong, churning out dishes such as Maryland rockfish with wheatberry and fennel salad. Tip: Make reservations well in advance. Founded in 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl was one of the few businesses to stay open during the 1968 riots, and it has become a DC landmark, serving its signature half-smoked dogs and chili to the likes of President Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy, to name just two.
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St Nw
Washington, Washington, DC 20008
How to Get There
Flights are available to Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airport (IAD) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from DCA, about eight miles away, or IAD are not available. Shuttle service to/from DCA is available for $14 per person, and an additional $10 for each additional person, and to/from IAD for $39 per person, and an additional $10 for each additional person. Shuttle service can be arranged through the hotel. Taxis to/from DCA are approximately $22, each way. Taxis to/from IAD are approximately $60, each way.