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Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC stands out among other hotels in D.C. because it is the only luxury hotel on the southwest waterfront. In addition to offering the area’s largest outdoor event space (the 4,000-square-foot event lawn overlooks the water), the hotel arguably has the finest spa in the city as well as in-house restaurant CityZen, a contemporary American concept from celebrated James Beard Award-winning chef Eric Ziebold, formerly of the French Laundry. Just minutes from the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, the monuments, the tidal basin, downtown business districts and just a few metro stops from prime area attractions and Capitol Hill, the hotel has hosted VIPs, heads of state and celebrities since its 2004 opening. Inside, you’ll find large rooms designed with feng shui in mind, many with ocean or monument views (a rarity in a town located on the water), spacious bathrooms with rain-head showers and separate soaking tubs, and complimentary access to a 50-foot indoor lap pool and fitness center with Technogym equipment. At 400 rooms, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is large, but manages to offer personal attention, from discreet service to clean, simple rooms that reflect the Asian philosophy of the brand without going overboard.