I recently spent 3 nights in Washington D.C. I stayed at the St. Regis, which is a member of the Starwood Group, and therefore redeemable for points. Very helpful in the world of fading family fortunes.
The lobby is just gorgeous. Wood paneling, gilt, and flower arrangements. I would have brought my bedding down and slept on the sofa but I suspected the staff might look askance. Not that they weren’t terribly helpful, otherwise. The front desk, the bellmen, the maids, and especially the concierge, all gave wonderfully friendly and dignified service.
I do love a good chandelier. But I suppose this one might have kept me up all night. And besides, I had no complaints about the room or its appointments. They said this was a bed but I was prepared to nominate it to the Oblivion Hall Of Fame.
Just for good measure, another chandelier.
In fact, the only issues I had with the St. Regis were all of the genus Breakfast. Too small teacups. Too long a wait for said teacups. Uninspired omelettes. On the other hand, the space was wonderful for the meeting of people. And there I met Maggie from The Freckled Citizen. She had seen on Twitter that I’d be in D.C. and said, “Let’s get together!” I wasn’t sure it would work out, as I had to see what my friend’s schedule looked like, and that depended in large part on the whims of teenage boys. But as it turned out, I was free Thursday morning and Maggie made the superhuman effort to get up early and come say hello. She works in public policy, and very nicely let me natter on about my D.C. euphoria.
She’s a good cook too, but we didn’t have time to talk food Another day. I am waiting impatiently for the right moment to try her Egg Pasta with Chestnuts, Pancetta, and Sage.
Finally, the St. Regis is blessed with a location, on 16th and K Street, that makes it the perfect starting point for 2 days touring central D.C. Which is, of course, what we did next. Forgive my coyness. It’s a lot easier to play at being Fodor’s and Andrew Harper than M. De Toqueville. Additional thoughts, once sorted, to follow.