A towering example of Asian-influenced luxe

347 Rooms / 53 Suites

A view of the water is rather unusual for a hotel in Washington, D.C. but Mandarin Oriental boasts an impressive one of the Tidal Basin, the southwest waterfront and the Jefferson Memorial. Towering nine stories above the water, the hotel’s neoclassical architecture reflects the original plans intended for Washington dating back to the 1700s, and with a limestone façade and ornate columns, it stands out against nearby government buildings. But the Mandarin Oriental’s interior is a whole different story. It follows the principles of feng shui in an East-meets-West design — the spacious lobby features massive American walnut columns, marble floors and Asian art. The sizable rooms and suites have flat-screen televisions encased in Japanese chests, custom-built furniture, deep soaking tubs and many have unbeatable views of the cherry blossoms, if you happen to be traveling at the right time to catch sight of these precious buds. The Smithsonian, Capitol Hill and many National Monuments are just a short stroll away, making this a good base for those who are lobbying on the hill as well as those who just want to do the tourist thing.