|Omni Shoreham Lobby - Photo by L. Rivera|
We stepped into the cream colored lobby, taking in the pillars supporting vaulted ceilings and chandeliers dripping in crystal throwing soft light down upon the gargantuan floral arrangements resting on gleaming tables.
“Wow,” my son said softly. Yes, the Omni Shoreham Hotel has that “wow” factor.
Opened in the 1930s, the Omni Shoreham has become a fixture on the Washingon D.C. political scene, hosting an inaugural ball for each president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, including one where then-new President Bill Clinton played the saxophone.
The hotel was in a fabulous location near embassy row, near plenty of restaurants, situated about a block away from a subway station and an easy walk to the National Zoo.
Our room was spacious and tastefully decorated in shades of cream, chocolate and green. We enjoyed amenities like in-room tea and coffee and a flat-screen television, and as members of the Select Guest loyalty program, which was free to join, we had free wi-fi in our room – a savings of $9.95 a day.
Hotel amenities included a large outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, a sauna and fitness room. There was a coffee shop serving snacks and goodies and a gift shop. We savored several delicious dinners and buffet breakfasts at the elegant restaurant just off the lobby.
It was the luxurious little details that made the the Omni Shoreham shine: the shirred drapes, the crystal chandeliers. Our first night room service brought complimentary milk and cookies to our room for the kids. In fact, a few weeks ago my husband was lamenting that you don't see shoeshine men anymore and my daughter piped up, “There was one at the Omni Shoreham!”
There was also the panache of wondering who we might be rubbing elbows with as important-looking people trooped towards the conference rooms and dining room. In the parking lot my daughter opened the car door too quickly and tapped the car next to ours – then we noticed the secret service sign on its dashboard. The rest of the day we teased her that an angry looking guy in a dark suit and sunglasses was looking for her.
|Omni Shoreham Restaurant - Photo by L. Rivera|
Sometimes your hotel is just the place you sleep at night, but for us, the Omni Shoreham was an integral part of our Washington D.C. adventure.
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
Phone: (202) 234-0700