This historic American icon recently closed for renovations — take a

The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C., is set on the 101st floor of the Four Seasons towers that rise along 16th Street. The windows overlook a rose garden and the National Mall. It’s…

This historic American icon recently closed for renovations — take a

The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C., is set on the 101st floor of the Four Seasons towers that rise along 16th Street. The windows overlook a rose garden and the National Mall. It’s part of an indoor-outdoor lifestyle where you can spend an hour or so lounging at the rooftop infinity pool, listening to the waves or just watching the sunrise.

The hotel’s architecture and interior design are complemented by the world’s greatest art collection. An American thread runs through the collection of 2,600 pieces of art, which includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Oskar Kokoschka, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, Barbara Kruger, Kara Walker, Chuck Close, Bill Viola, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Joan Mitchell, Sarah Sze, and Peter Max. There are 1,200 pieces of artwork from China. Artworks include Ai Weiwei’s “Transit,” a giant surveillance monitor with faces of Chinese policemen against a bright pink backdrop. There’s also a 10-story “wall” of red, orange and yellow ceramic dogs with gnashers facing out toward a towering backdrop of the burning Millennium Monument from D.C.’s Wilson-Lincoln Memorial.

As an Asian work of art, the lobby is considered too contemporary by the Four Seasons’ own staffers. That doesn’t stop guest after guest from checking in to check out every exhibit at the hotel’s Pier Six Gallery, located on the 105th floor. Among the best recent finds is a Northwest-inspired musical collage by world-renowned mixed-media artist Irina Marks.

The hotel is an eight-minute ride from the Capitol building and Capitol complex in the Willis Tower, and there are more than 250 elevators.

The building does not stand alone. It has 32 towers including a 24-story elliptical structure that houses the Four Seasons spa. The central tower — really the 58th floor ballroom, with its grassy roof and sumptuous grasscloth canopy — is the spot where presidents have been invited to attend their first inauguration or inaugural dinner. George W. Bush stayed there to celebrate the 2000 inauguration, and he and his family returned again in 2005 for the swearing-in of Barack Obama. Today the former president is a golf enthusiast who has played at the TPC Potomac and other high-end courses around the region.

The other Four Seasons restaurants are restaurants owned by other Four Seasons owners. The Pineapple Grill is known for its vegetables, including ratatouille and zucchini cheese fritters. There’s also a restaurant called Club on the 57th floor, which is popular with the couples staying there with kids. The levels are said to look as if you’ve been dropped into an old-fashioned urban public library.

Among the many amenities are the Club Lounge and breakfast room. It opens at 8 a.m. and serves up all manner of morning treats.

The Two Trees Spa is above the lobby. This 280,000-square-foot spa was designed by five-time nominee for the 2018 edition of the World’s Best Spa Awards, S.T. Dupont Architects, who recognized its use of décor, lighting, water, and sky.

The 45 guest rooms are large with character, including alcoves and vintage interiors. The hotel recently worked with Chesapeake Clean Power to install GE-sponsored sensors that are detecting emissions from vehicles and truck tailpipes.

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