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Mandarin Oriental Hotel



Mandarin Oriental Hotel
1330 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.; (202) 554-8588, mandarinoriental.com


The scoop: Celebrate the 95th anniversary of the famed National Cherry Blossom Festival in style at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which offers an exclusive “Cherry Blossoms Bloom” overnight package through April 29, with rooms ranging from $379 to $979. As the only hotel in D.C. overlooking the Tidal Basin, it’s a prime cherry blossom viewing spot. A footbridge from the hotel leads directly to 3,000 cherry trees, a gift from the city of Tokyo in 1912. Drive time: About three hours. Amenities: Package includes overnight accommodations, valet parking, delicious cherry treats—including pastries and cherry-flavored chocolates and candies—and breakfast for two. Don’t Miss: Indulge in a two-and-a-half-hour “Cherry Blossom Bliss” spa treatment, which includes a cherry sugar scrub, hydrating body wrap and an 80-minute aromatherapy massage. Then visit the hotel’s Arise Gallery to tour the impressive exhibit Gold and Kimono: Opulent Reflections of Japanese Culture, showcasing gold in precious fabrics.

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