Host to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential inaugural balls and the Beatles, the city’s largest AAA four-diamond hotel has been a premiere event space and living space since the 1930s and continues today.
In 2007, Brennan Beer Gorman Monk renovated all 836 rooms, ballroom and lobby of the Omni Shoreham Hotel providing high polish to Harry Bralove’s (1891-1961) vision.
French traditional furniture provided by California-based Westwood Interiors is positioned symmetrically throughout the lobby providing open areas to encourage friendly conversations.
Rose patterns, flower arrangements and Persian rugs lead to you the mirrored Robert’s Restaurant taking you outside in their large and well-manicured garden and pool area.
In the lobby, there is the quiet Marquee Bar and Lounge, offering simple drinks like a pomegranate martini and standard beers on tap, and food offerings like Maryland based cheddar on rye or warm pretzels with cheese. I suggest a hot toddy.
The Shoreham property provides that refined elegance and charm of the 20th century. This was a hotel built on innovations, like efficient elevators and running ice water, and set the bar high in the 1930s. I would say that it continues to offer innovation and provides an inspirational foundation through its rich history to Washington, DC.
Not a lot of locals will venture into this lobby, but if you are tired of hearing elevator speeches and political conversation, then stop in the Omni Shoreham Hotel and exchange stories with visitors from places like Kalamazoo or Bologne. The takeaway can be refreshing.
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008