Old World architecture meets modern comforts and a convenient location close to many of the city’s top law offices, lobbying firms and, the White House. The St. Regis Washington, D.C. has hosted most of the U.S. presidents as well as an assortment of royalty and prime ministers. The grand-opening ceremony ribbon was cut by President Coolidge in 1926, and since then every president has graced the hotel.
In 1948, the Truman administration discovered that the White House was in dire need of structural repairs. While the renovations took place, the First Family moved into the Blair House, and the St. Regis became the hosting site of nearly all of President Truman's official functions. Franklin Roosevelt’s Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, was known to host most of his dinners, including State dinners, in the hotel's private dining hall. Hollywood legends Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Cher frequented the hotel, and Gene Autry even broadcast his radio show from the St. Regis. Howard Hughes maintained a suite during World War II and allowed service members to use the room when he wasn't staying in it. The hotel's historic heritage is evident throughout. The lobby retains much of its Gilded Age glamor, with Palladian windows, an ornately gilded coffered ceiling, and lush velvet armchairs. The St. Regis was built by local developer Harry Wardman and designed by architect Mihran Mesrobian with the goal of surpassing European luxury of the time.
The on-site restaurant, Alhambra, features a European and Mediterranean menu from executive chef Javier Cuesta. It also hosts the famed St. Regis Afternoon Tea. The St. Regis Washington D.C. has partnered with Harney & Sons Tea Company to provide a bespoke and unique tea experience, which includes a wide variety of brews paired with sweet and savory bites.
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