Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington

2500 Calvert St NW Washington

Must visit historic hotels in Washington, D.C./Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington
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Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington

Located in one of the city's premier residential neighborhoods, this elegant urban retreat boasts a resort atmosphere and a personal taste of politics, culture, art, and music. Since 1930, the Omni Shoreham has hosted presidents, world leaders, and inaugural balls. Today, the hotel fuses modern comforts with distinguished service to create an unforgettable experience. The concept for the hotel was first thought up by Harry Bralov, who planned to build a combination of temporary and residential living. He hired architect Joseph Abel to build the place and on October 30th, 1930, the Shoreham Hotel opened its doors. Legendary bandleader and entertainer Rudy Vallee was flown out to perform for the grand opening. The stately elegance of the hotel quickly caught the attention of presidents, dignitaries, and world travelers since the 1930s. The basement of the historic Washington hotel also housed a furniture factory started by C.V. Harlan, a master woodcarver who was responsible for much of the handmade furnishings and embellishments in the hotel's interiors.

Since the doors of the Omni Shoreham opened in 1930, many presidents have graced the hotel. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inaugural ball was held at the hotel, and a special ramp and elevator were installed to accommodate him. President Harry Truman was prone to playing poker with Speaker of the House John McCormack, Congressman William “Fishbait” Miller and Senator Warren G. Magnuson in room 406D. The hotel's lounge, known as the Blue Room, was a magnet for Hollywood glitz. Many entertainers graced the room with performances, including Aretha Franklin, Peggy Lee, Bob Newhart, Tony Bennet, and Judy Garland. The Beatles played their first-ever American show at the Omni in February 1964. On November 18, 1943, Jack Taylor led the demonstration of the Lambertsen Amphibious Respiratory Unit, the original underwater headwear that allowed breathing underwater. The success of this demonstration led to the creation of the elite military unit, the Navy SEALS.

An urban retreat.

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