This hotel was built in 1926, just in time to run into its first big challenge...the Great Depression. This started a chain of events that led to the hotel being on the brink of financial disaster like so many other hotels in that era. The hotel when it first opened was known as the Carlton Hotel. Over the years it was sold numerous times and operated under several different names including, amazingly enough, the Sheraton. The property has been renovated partially or fully on a number of occasions with the important historic details being carefully preserved. It was finally branded the St. Regis in 1999. This property, which is located only two blocks from the White House, has hosted numerous VIPs and dignitaries over the years. The St. Regis is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
From the moment you arrive you know you are in a very special place. You are immediately escorted to a private alcove to be greeted and checkin. The lobby features a lot of sophisticated charm with its hand carved ceilings, wood inlays and comfortable furnishings. Each afternoon in the lobby they offer afternoon tea. You absolutely must try this! There is a menu of a couple dozen tea varieties to choose from which is accompanied by a three-level serving dish of specially prepared bites and sweets. You can make a meal of this offering. Our room was a reasonable size, comfortable, and nicely decorated. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary, and to recognize the event they sent a decorated cake to our room that evening.
Bar, Lounge, Restaurant
The St. Regis has a wonderful bar and lounge on the main floor. Of course the signature drink is the Bloody Mary which was invented and perfected at the St. Regis in NYC in 1934. If you are lucky enough to be there on an evening when Sam the bartender is working, order his speciality drink the "Sam I Am". I'll let him explain what is in it. The hand carved ceiling and other woodworking in the bar and lounge area has been carefully preserved. The adjoining restaurant, Alhambra, offers a nice selection of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The service you receive while dining there is impeccable!
If you are looking for a hotel to celebrate a special occasion, or just want a bit of relaxation and pampering, you should consider the St. Regis. It is in a terrific location which puts you in walking distance to many of the Washington's tourist attractions.
Bar & Lounge.
Carefully preserved hand carved ceiling in the bar & Lounge. Expand this picture and look carefully. Inside each square you will see faces.
Afternoon tea. A nice way to unwind after a busy morning.
History of the St. Regis Bloody Mary...Delicious!
The White House...Just a short two block walk from the front door of the St. Regis.