Downtown D.C.’s hub for power players

157 Rooms / 25 Suites

A historic hotel in the heart of the nation’s capital, The St. Regis Washington, D.C. has hosted most of the U.S. presidents as well as an assortment of royalty and prime ministers. In fact, President Coolidge cut the grand-opening ceremony ribbon at the hotel in 1926. Today, Old World architecture (think original Palladian windows and Italian Renaissance chandeliers) meets modern comforts (Bose sound systems) and a convenient location near many of the city’s top law offices, lobbying firms and of course, the White House. 

The Look

You’ll see The St. Regis Washington, D.C.’s historic heritage throughout the hotel. The lobby retains much of its Gilded Age glamour, with Palladian windows, an ornately gilded coffered ceiling and lush velvet armchairs. The hotel’s signature Astor Ballroom is equally luxurious, evoking an earlier age with its 18-foot ceiling, 2,000-square-foot terrace and oversized Renaissance chandeliers. The sole modern feature is the D.C. hotel’s signature restaurant, Decanter at St. Regis, which stands in sleek contrast with its cream carpets, pearl leather chairs and open-concept glass wine wall.

The Location

There’s hardly a better power spot in Washington than the corner of 16th and K streets, Northwest. Just two blocks north of the White House, The St. Regis Washington, D.C. is one of the few hotels in the world that can claim to have hosted every American president since Coolidge. And aside from its proximity to the president, the hotel puts you minutes from Metro transportation, fine dining, nightlife, culture and more.

The Special Perks

During your stay, be sure to take advantage of the St. Regis’ luxe perks. Enjoy a daily 6 p.m. champagne sabering ceremony and toast, where the hotel’s sommelier or bartender opens a bottle of bubbly using a sword and grand flourish. Book a suite and you’ll feel even more VIP — you’ll get access to the Suites St. Regis Butler Service, which includes daily tea or coffee delivery, unpacking and packing services, and 24/7 access to your butler via email. 

The Food and Drinks

We’re huge fans of Decanter, the hotel’s signature restaurant. The hotel snagged its chef, Sébastien Rondier, from his previous post under Alain Ducasse. At Decanter, he’s crafted a Mediterranean-inspired menu that touches on cuisine from the South of France, Spain, Turkey and Italy. Seasonal and farm-to-table dishes include personal notes about the recipe came about. For example, a tomato jam on a recent lunch flatbread was inspired by Rondier’s grandmother.

Perhaps even more exciting is the grand bar, which serves pre-Prohibition and classic cocktails like the charcoal-aged boulevardier, a special blend of Knob Creek bourbon made exclusively for St. Regis that has been barrel aged with organic charcoal, vermouth, Campari and orange. If you can, grab the “General’s Booth,” a prime perch that gives you a view of the entire bar along with the restaurant and the hotel.