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Thoughts on Mandarin Oriental

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Thoughts on Mandarin Oriental


I'm coming to DC with my better half and celebrating a round-number birthday while I'm over.

We really wanted to treat ourselves by staying at the Mandarin Oriental specifically, but we met some DC residents in London who said, if we are being tourists, it's not really in the best location. Just wondered if any other locals reading this had thoughts too - not on alternatives, but on where this hotel is situated. Thanks

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1. Re: Thoughts on Mandarin Oriental

True. Great hotel, not a great spot for normal tourist activities. It's not terrible though. No one hotel is central to everything.

Edited: 24 November 2021, 15:56
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2. Re: Thoughts on Mandarin Oriental

It’s in a good location for tourist sites on the west end of the National Mall. Provided there are no mobility issues.

It gets a bad rap because it’s not in a central downtown area with lots of restaurants, bars or other amenities nearby. You have to taxi or take a ride share for a night out. The nearest Metro ( subway) station is about 10 minutes walk.

The opening of The Wharf development a couple years ago has added some dining options that are fairly close.


Edited: 24 November 2021, 16:51
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3. Re: Thoughts on Mandarin Oriental

Just look on Google maps, you can see where it is, and that it is south of the Mall (which has the Smithsonian museums, memorials are to the west of that and the Capitol building to the east). And then there are some other things, and restaurants, etc to the north of the Mall. But that hotel is kind of by itself, and even not that great a walk to the wharf area. It's close to some Federal buildings but not a lot else. It is about a half mile walk to the Mall (or .80 km) which isn't too bad but there aren't things around it, either.

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4. Re: Thoughts on Mandarin Oriental

MO's location is somewhat isolated. If you are willing to take a taxi or Uber every time you leave the hotel or return to the hotel, it is actually not far from the major attractions. It is just a pain to walk those 15 minutes to the Mall. I would call it a not so scenic walk.

The best way to understand it is to do a Google Map walk virtually. Start from MO and "walk" to nearest attraction, and see how you like the scenery along the way, then picture yourself doing it after the sun goes down when you return to the hotel.

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