I first visited the Mandarin Oriental over a year ago while eating at MoZU and fell in love. It is easily one of the top hotels in DC as far as the general ambiance is concerned although I haven’t stayed there so can’t vouch for how it ranks as far as a place to stay. From the moment you step into the place you are transported into a very slick, very modern space that doesn’t feel like downtown DC.
Cost – $$$
Service – A
They did a fantastic job staffing the hotel throughout – from the Empress Lounge, to MoZU and CityZen, to the valet outside, the staff is first-rate.
Decor – A
Very modern and chic although the different areas all have their own appeal and aesthetic tinge. The Empress Lounge and foyer have a more classical feel while CityZen is definitely more contemporary. The one gripe I have is probably the view from the back patio.
Feel – A-
The Mandarin is one of my favorite spots in DC. In fact, it has been on our list of best places to take a date in DC since we started the list. It is a sexy place that attracts a mature, sophisticated crowd.
The Mandarin Oriental is located at 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW. They can be reached at (202) 554-8588.