It was a gorgeous summer evening in the nation’s capital and I enjoyed a lovely soiree at the Empress Lounge of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Wasington DC. My dining partner and I, headed out al fresco onto the Riverside Terrace by the Japanese Gardens which had an ambience of it’s own. East met West in luxury, with beautiful views of the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial. A passing airplane added to the adventure.
Manager on Duty, Brian Peng shared a selection of house charcuterie, cheeses and olives were paired with top selection of California wines, all of which complimented the evening. The evening ended with gorgeous chocolate covered strawberries.
The actual Lounge is described as sunken enclave and an inviting escape from the city, Empress Lounge offers signature martinis, cocktails, wines, champagnes, sakes, cognacs and teas. On the weekends, we showcase DC's top jazz vocalists from 8pm to midnight. Visit here for a full schedule of performers.
The main focal point of the Lobby and Empress Lounge is the playful painting “Empress Dowager over DC.” Chinese Artist Zhong-Yang Huang was commissioned to do a Washington, DC interpretation of his piece “Above The Forbidden City” that depicts the Last Empress of China flying over Beijing, China
Impeccable service and courteous staff were a pleasant touch to this first visit to the Empress Lounge.
The hotel also hosts the fine CITY ZEN restaurant. Would like to try that sometime! Oh, and have an overnight stay!
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