By Peizhao Sun
D.C. saw a lot of bulldozers coming in the 1970s, with most of the Southwestern area razed to create space in a huge urban renewal effort. While old facades went down in flames, a new generation of architecture and modern infrastructure blossomed, which in turn gave the area an impressive new skyline. Among the influx of modernity came Mandarin Oriental D.C., whose 2004 completion caused quite a stir for its marvelous waterfront location, its impeccable and luxurious amenities, and the consistent, top-grade Mandarin Oriental service. Delivering first class service among the nation’s elites, Mandarin Oriental D.C. is the perfect destination for travel, leisure and definitely Capital elegance.
Before even setting foot on Mandarin Oriental D.C.’s impressive, nearly 40,000 square foot property, guests are greeted by the nation’s most cherished monuments thanks to the hotel’s marvelous location. Sitting on Maryland Avenue, the hotel is situated in the center of D.C., and is within walking distance from some of the most famous Capital attractions. The hotel boasts the convenience its location provides, as the White House is only a twelve-minute walk, while a breezy twelve-minute car ride takes guests straight to Ronald Reagan National Airport.
The convenience in location is only part of the excellence that is offered at Mandarin Oriental D.C.. The beautiful hotel features a classic Mansard roof that’s punctuated by rounded or arched windows. The forrest green roof color is paired with subtle, light tan bricks, and welcomes guests against a backdrop consisting of the capital’s iconic fixtures.
Walking into M.O.D.C., the first thing guests notice is the opulence in the vast marbled lobby. The circular entrance offers a beautiful view of the waterfront, and greets guests with warm lighting. The same luxury continues at the sophisticated hotel in its 347 gorgeously adorned rooms and 53 spacious suits, all of which are accompanied by spectacular views over either the city, or the elegant waterfront. From the Premier Water View room to the Mandarin suite, all rooms are equipped with modern amenities. The rooms are decorated in a beautiful array of cream, white and taupe color palette, and flooded with warm, welcoming light. Interior design in these luxurious rooms also boasts the bridging of Asian design concepts and Western design traditions, which result in exquisite touches of Asian accents visible in each room. Bathrooms are furnished in beautiful marble, reminiscent of the gorgeous lobby, and give guests an almost spa like feeling with its large size. While some rooms feature a view that encompasses both the Washington and Jefferson Monuments, as well as the waterfront Tidal Basin, others, like the Deluxe City View room, feature a stunning view over the nation’s capital.
Many suites within the hotel also offer access to Tai Pan Club, named after the Cantonese term for high-powered executives and entrepreneurs of 19th century Hong Kong and China. The premium club offers a private environment for guests to mingle and relax in, as the club consists of a gorgeous lounge, as well as a cozy library. Guests are offered excellent beverages at the Tai Pan bar, together with the gorgeous and dramatic view of the Washington Monument seen through the outdoor terrace.
Tai Pan Club’s excellent standards and exacting details are also seen at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Muze. Crafted by Chef de Cuisine Mark McDonnell, the chic restaurant offers a menu that uses quality local produce combined with a South-East Asian twist, and dazzles with a selection of hand-crafted cocktails and deep wine list.
Mandarin Oriental’s signature spa service is also offered at M.O.D.C., and features a zen-like ambience. With attentively designed space and serene color tones, the spa is indeed, as Mandarin Oriental puts it, an oasis of holistic therapy for the body, mind and spirit.
Boasting in premium location, lavish amenities and elite service, Mandarin Oriental is much more than a stop on your journey. It is a destination for elegant relaxation, and fine-tuned, luxurious indulgence, and is without a doubt worthy of your next stay.
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