By Patricia Wersinger
If you prefer to stay slightly off the hustle and bustle of Washington D.C. but within a twenty minute walk to the White House, there is no better place than the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Spacious, quiet and minimal in everything from its decor to its efficient but discreet staff, it feels like an oasis of peace. Situated on Maryland Avenue, the hotel offers luxurious accommodations that lure the world ‘s elite as well as selective couples and families in search of tranquility.
The rooms are spacious and beautifully lit and adorned. Views vary from a lovely port in the back of the hotel to the Washington monument in the front. For an extra cost you can obtain a room with Tai Pan Club privileges. I really recommend it because it provides exclusive access to the Tai Pan Bar where you’ll find unlimited special beverages and snacks. My daughter and I arrived for Happy Hour and were amazed by the luscious food display. While I was enjoying a glass of very fine Bordeaux, my daughter snacked on Chinese dumplings and hors d’oeuvres, select cold cuts and European cheeses served with Artisan bread. This is also where you can have a free breakfast in the morning with fresh juices, salmon, charcuterie, cheeses, delicious croissants, hot American breakfast or fruit.
At any time of the day, your room card gives access to the lounge where you can treat yourself to a cappuccino, fine tea or Perrier while sitting by the window to enjoy the view on the Washington monument. “This is what President Hollande from France who visited the White House this Spring enjoyed doing when he stayed with us,” the concierge indicated with a wink, adding “He sat in that chair and quietly enjoyed his coffee.” Most of the world’s dignitaries have stayed at the Mandarin Hotel — and when you experience the hotel’s unique peacefulness you understand why.
My daughter and I headed to the spa where I experienced a Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapy. Not only is the Spa a true sanctuary of total relaxation but the body massage also set a new standard for me. It is called the Oriental Meridian Massage and is an effective therapy for the joints, muscles and blood circulation. The therapist is skilled at treating special aches in your body and working the pain away. My mind and body were in perfect synchronicity after this 90-minute treatment, heightened by the aroma of fine oils created by a master aroma therapist.
If you wish to eat a full dinner at the Mandarin Oriental, try the renowned City Zen that offers American Cuisine or Muze, which specializes in blending Western and Eastern flavors.
For more information, visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com. There you’ll find several packages including the Extra Fun Day Away which offers you a third complimentary night for a 2 night booking. There are a lot of special amenities for parents traveling with children that will render your stay easy and fun. If luxury is a way for you to reach a place of quietness within yourself, you will simply love the Mandarin Hotel where every detail is graciously attended to for a feeling of total relaxation.
1330 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024
+1 (202) 554 8588