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At the beginning of this month, I had the chance to go on the first photo tour of the White House with about 75 reporters and several Instagrammers in celebration of the fact that photos are now allowed on White House tours. During my stay in Washington, DC, I stayed at the Mayflower Hotel.
It’s the largest and longest-running hotel in the District, having opened its doors in 1925. They call it the “Hotel of Presidents,” as a lot of high-ranking guests stay there. President Truman called it the “second-best address” in Washington, with 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue obviously being the first — and within walking distance of the hotel. Set just two blocks from the notorious lobbyists of K Street, you can be sure that some deals have been made over power breakfasts or drinks at this historic property.
After being a Renaissance Hotel for more than 70 years, the Mayflower joined Marriott’s Autograph Collection on July 1. I think it’s more fitting as an Autograph Collection hotel, since the brand features a number of unique properties with lots of character. I recently stayed in the AC Santo Mauro in Madrid (another Autograph Collection property), and it was phenomenal. (More on that hotel in a separate review!)
A guest room at The Mayflower starts at $349 per night during the week (weekend rates start around $179) or 30,000 Marriott Rewards points. My Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card gives me Ritz-Carlton Gold status, so I was upgraded to a suite.
Overall, this is a stunning property. What I liked best is that even though it was old and had that classic DC feel you’d expect, the rooms were contemporary, with new furniture.
My suite in particular was nicely appointed. The only problem I experienced was with the air-conditioning wall unit, which made the temperature in my room either really cold or really hot, but never just right.
The shower setup was a bit claustrophobic; the door opened into the shower and there wasn’t a whole lot of wiggle room.
I loved the Aveda toiletries, though — they always smell so fresh and clean.
Breakfast was served in the lobby bar; they had a full buffet, and it was a solid win. I was impressed that every area of the hotel was beautiful and grand, and above all, well-maintained. Nothing looked as if it had been neglected over the decades.
When I posted on Instagram, many readers said they’d stayed there before and received great upgrades and service, which is always good to hear. Unfortunately, I didn’t spend enough time at the property to be able to take advantage of its amenities, but I would definitely recommend the Mayflower Hotel during your next visit to Washington, DC.
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