on February 7, 2001
When I was deciding whether or not to join Rick on his business trip, I checked out this hotel on the Internet, and was so agog that I decided to take the trip then and there. The St. Regis is a classy, old-school hotel which treats their guests with style and tact. I felt like an urban prep while there. The lobby is decorated in wood, deep-pile area rugs, and smart chairs and couches. Off to one side is the hotel bar, which features bookshelves lined with fake leather-bound books (they shelves are actually only an inch deep) and up on higher, deeper shelves are postmodern artwork and ceramics which don''t quite match up with the otherwise library-ish feel of the place. I sat in there one evening with a group of folks and drank many snifters of Amaretto, and found the atmosphere congenial.
The room we had was definitely on the small side. Larger rooms and suites would cost a bit more, I imagine. The room was well-equiped with minibar, all the amenities in the bathroom including robe and slippers, a writing table/desk, and a small table with two wing chairs we could use for a room service meal. My favorite service the hotel provided was a free, overnight shoe-polish.
Room service was not terrific and overpriced. The fresh fruit and berries they brought if you asked was good, though.
On foot, the hotel is about 15 minutes from the White House, five to ten minutes from a street full of middling to fine restaurants, and two minutes from the nearest Metro stop. The staff was always friendly and helpful, especially the concierge who whipped out a city map to give us directions even to the bathroom. (I exaggerate, but you get the idea.) Over all, I recommend it if plunking down the cash is no problem for you, as the service is exceptional.
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