From the top-floor Executive Club of this opulent D.C. property, we marvelled at the stupendous view – the property is perfectly nestled between the Potomac river and the National Mall, with the grand museums and sights just a wander away – including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, National Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian (who are at time of press had just opened the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in a glitzy, gold contemporary building). The Mandarin Oriental really positions you in the nation’s capital, plus it offers a level of unparalleled service and attention to detail that the luxury brand has become known for. There were however, moments when we felt the front-of-house team were a little over-drilled; military precision can de-personalise an experience sometimes, but perhaps this would be expected by those on business or those part of the ‘corridors of power’. However, in total contrast, the team and service at the hotel’s sublime spa ensured that us vacationers really relaxed after a long day’s sightseeing – spread over 10,000 square feet, it is the city’s ultimate shrine to tranquility and serenity.