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Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“The Mansion on O street was amazing! Totally exceeded our expectations. What a little gem. Wouldn't have even thought to go there if not for Livingsocial. Putting this on my top list of things to do with family and friends when they visit the DC area. Can't wait to try the murder mystery dinners.”


Ralph Steiniger — Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“Our group of 4 adults had a great time. We spent several hours their and never got bored. We might rent a room for a night in the future. GREAT job”


Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“Very unique fun thing to do, we really enjoyed ourselves!”


Paula Waller — Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“We loved the Mansion. Beautiful, eclectic, mysterious - and items for everyone's taste + Champagne and the staff is great. We highly recommend a visit.”


Brujita Murillo-Valdez — Treasure Hunt Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“My daughter wishes she had more time for the treasure hunt.”


Mary Sawyer — Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“Very, very cool place. We loved our visit at the Mansion and enjoyed meeting everyone there. Could have stayed all day exploring. Thanks so much for your hospitality. Can't believe I lived in the area all my life and never knew about you guys! Am looking forward to our next visit one day. : )”


Hotel Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“I love staying at your hotel. It is convenient, the decor is fascinating (an understatement), I love the pool table room, and have mentioned it to all of my friends. It is a great DC landmark.”


Hotel Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“A wonderful place, certainly! I was surprised not to find something to buy, but there was no shortage of books and dishes from which to choose. I somehow failed to find (on my own) even a single of the many hidden doors. I very much hope to return, and would love to eventually see some of my late mom's art join your extensive collection.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“The Mansion was an incredible display of eclectic design. Thank you for sharing with the public!”


Hotel Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“I've stayed with the mansion about 5 times and was very pleasantly surprised this most recent stay to stay in an upgraded room. It definitely made me feel appreciated as a customer! Thank you!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“Totally enjoyed the experience. loved the musicians on sunday afternoon.”


Razzle Dazzle Sale Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“Thanks so much for your awesome sale again this year. It was a real treat that it coincided with Jeannette's parents being here from Egypt. We have been talking about the Mansion for a year now and we were excited to be able to share it with her Mom and Dad.”


Fritzi Alwin — SRO Concert Jason Isbell on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“Great show, as always! The Mansion knows how to put on a show!!”


Morgan Johnston — Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“Super fun and interesting, can't wait to return!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“The visit was a hoot. I had no idea really what to expect. We were a jolly group of 10 and we all had fun. Thank you.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“One of the weirdest places in DC. Loved it!”


Mr. John Hatfield — Illusions Show on Jun 5, 2012 said:

“We had a really incredible time. The show was great, and I think I'm still is awe of the 100 or so rooms (no, I don't think I saw all of them). The secret doors and passageways were fun to find (no, I didn't find all of them). We'll be back, with friends, on the last Monday of the month! :) A really enjoyable evening! Thank you!”


Mrs. Susan Mankin — Italian Stallion Brunch on May 28, 2012 said:

“Food: was excellent - the italian station had fresh caprisi salad and I heard my friends say the tomatoes were lucious! And was very surprised and happy with the fresh basil on the salad. Fluffernutters were a big hit! Ambiance: dizzying! awesome! Service: our waitress was on spot on taking away our dishes and very responsive to our requests. Great! My mother-n-law is very happy with the Angel she bought and it was fun interacting with your other guests. A random little boy came up to me and gave me a 'birthday' card and a hug...it was just so sweet and it was so much fun talking to the lady who bought the 'red man statue' Just a an overall awesome experience and I was glad to share it was my friends and family. Thanks Katherine, H, Ted, and our waitress!”


Concert Guest — SRO Concert: Jason Isbell on May 28, 2012 said:

“Great show. Jason Isbell was just spectacular, and the sound was terrific.”


Natalie Orlie - SRO Concert: Jason Isbell on May 28, 2012 said:

“Jason Isbell far exceeded my expectations and was worth every penny! He was amazing.”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“We loved it. It was so fun to walk through all the different rooms - each one was so unique. We enjoyed seeing the architectural details and the various decorative styles. The numerology reports were an added bonus. We'll be back with our kids next time to find more doors. We found five on the first visit!”


Sue Brown — Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“It could not have been better. It is a fun house for adults. esp. loved searching for secret doors.”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“A fun, unique thing to do with artists in residence and an something for everyone!”


Madeline Lyon — Champagne Tour on May 28, 2012 said:

“Spent most of the time looking for the hidden doors. Found seven! Next time I'll have to check out the merchandise more carefully. Wish I could afford to spend the night in one of the bedrooms. The log cabin suite was my favorite. My friends and I had agreat time.”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“This was such a fun time and have already told many friends about our experience. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, but discreet. Will definitely come back and try to find more hidden doors and treasures.”


Sugar Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“Had a lovely time, can't wait to come back again.”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“The staff were all very helpful and friendly! The mansion was a lot of fun to explore..both looking for secret passageways and admiring the unique rooms and memorabilia! Champagne is always fun too! I forgot to ask if cabinet-type openings count too if they're hidden, or just big door-type passageways?”


Shekida Smith — Sugar Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“I had a great time, would definitely recommend it and I would definitely do it again!”


Rhiannon Barnes — Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“Great atmosphere! We had an awesome time but we were disappointed that the entire second floor was closed for a private event. We felt like we missed a lot. Wished we had known beforehand when we booked. We would definitely recommend the Mansion!”


Self-Guided Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“We need to come again! We only found a few secret doors!”


Self-Guided Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“I especially enjoyed all the hats!”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“You are AMAZING - THRILLED to 'discover' you after years of visits to DC. We will DEFINITELY be back!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“I took my mom on a self-guided tour as part of her Mother's Day celebration. We had such an amazing time! The mansion was simply beautiful and out of the 66 doors, I think we only found about 25. We are planning to take the guided tour next time to make sure we are able to see all of the hidden treasures. See you soon!”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“So much fun to explore! Enjoyed finding passageways and learning my way around the house!”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“love the secret doors and self-tour.”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“I surprised my sister with the Champagne Tour offered on Living Social and she absolutely loved it! We both did! And....better than average champagne! She is planning on returning in the near future with some out-of-town guests. A reallly fun time!”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“I loved the tour - I wish we had a map”


Kay O'Brien — Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“My husband and I had a fabulous time at the mansion. We loved the friendly feeling we got upon entering this special place. One could spend hours just wandering and taking it all in. The rooms are all so beautiful with such an eclectic collection of furniture, china, paintings, chandeliers and signed guitars! We were lucky enough to enter a secret doorway and be able to listen in on some of the musicians playing one of my favorite songs! It added an extra piece of enjoyment to our already special visit. We will be sure to return soon!”


Dr. Diane Witt — Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“We had a great time getting lost in your interesting home! Diane & Erin”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“We had such a great time on our Champagne Tour! There was not nearly enough time to see every nook and cranny ... let alone the secret doors! We only found about 5 or so before we gave up (this time around!). We can't WAIT to come back and tell all of our friends and family about this hidden treasure in DC!”


Dr. Annabelle Reitman — Champagne Tour on May 28, 2012 said:

“Really liked exploring the rooms & seeing how they were set-up & decorated. They seemed to go on forever.”


Rob Turnbull and Ron Sykes — Hotel Guests on May 28, 2012 said:

“We thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay. We will definately make reservations again. We would love to reserve your wine cellar for an intimate dinner for 8. Also to find out the name of the suite with the walls and ceiling drapped with fabric and the wooden step up jacuzzi along with the two wooden pedestal sinks. Thank you so much for your hospitality.”


M. Burgess — Self-Guided Tour on May 28, 2012 said:

“The museum was fascinating, I had to go through more than once! Loved all the art!”


Hotel Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“Loved the midshipman. It was very clean. Thank you!”


Megan — Mansion Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“I am donating my cap and gown to The Mansion. Sell it for $144,000. Its what college cost my family!”


Christie — Hotel Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“Great Place! Really enjoyed it.”


Tiffany Gray — Sugar Tour Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“I thought it was great. I never thought places like this existed in DC. I will definitly come back again and with friends.”


William — Hotel Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“Obviously, very cool! Will stay here again next time. I will bring my wife to D.C. now!”


Paula — Hotel Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“I cannot thank you and H enough for taking such wonderful care of Carl and myself this past weekend. It really was an incredible experience and Carl has told everyone it was one of his best birthdays in a long, long time. I didn't realize he had never stayed in DC proper before and we spent hours wondering around Georgetown and Dupont Circle. We have both been under a great deal of stress lately and I cannot remember the last time I was so at peace.”


Courtney Alford — Illusions Guest on May 28, 2012 said:

“Wandering through the Mansion for the first time was absolutely magical! After searching for secret doors, exploring, and giving into my childlike curiosity, I realized I'd already found the most important secret door of them all, the front door. I thank you for letting me into your Wonderland. Sincerely, Alice”


Laura Hall on May 28, 2012 said:

“What a great alternative to the usual DC museums. Great fun exploring the rooms. It would have been kind of nice to have a few clues about the secret doors as some really didn't lead anywhere but it was still fun. Prices on things for sale were generally very reasonable. Having some sort of bags or even some newspaper and grocery bags would be helpful for people since a lot of what is for sale is breakable. I probably wouldn't buy anything in there if I hadn't had a vehicle with me with something to wrap my item in, so if you want to encourage sales you should make it more accessible. Other than than it was great fun.”


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Monday Power Lunch Guest on May 15, 2012 said:

“Ahhhh, a chance to feel as if transported to another place in time where perfection really exists. The hazelnut torte straight from Viennese Konditorei, the welcoming friendliness and professionalism of staff, the objets d'art within sight and easily within pocketbook reach and... always the magical synchronicity of what happens. This time I sat next to 4 Tinkerbell plates. As an avid admirer of Tink, I would have paid a pretty penny for these golden lined plates and they were only $6. each. Now I have ethereal memories of a wonderful lunch and a keepsake as well.”


Jacqui - Mother's Day Brunch Guest on May 15, 2012 said:

“We had a great time at the mansion yesterday, and I was so pleased to introduce your home to my kids in such a warm and easy fashion. The food was superb!! ...and presentation ~ as always ~ perfection!! Seriously, you have the best champagn brunch in town! It is a very difficult trick to pull off perfectly prepared food that is bright, flavorful, and fresh, from grilled meats to asparagus. (Yes, I am a foodie.)”


Kate Clemans - Mother's Day Brunch Guest on May 15, 2012 said:

“Always fabulous, friendly and with delicious food!”


Mother's Day Brunch Guest on May 15, 2012 said:

“It was sublime and I scored points with my Mom-in-Law too!”


Kylee - Communion Brunch on May 15, 2012 said:

“Thanks for a great brunch!


Champagne Tour Guest on May 15, 2012 said:

“We had a wonderful time. The staff was extremely friendly, and the mansion itself is amazing. Didn't find more than 8 secret passages, but the place is full of amazing and amusing paraphernalia. The rooms were very tastefully decorated and the bathrooms were awesome! Our two hours passed real quickly.”


Linda Murphy, Champagne Tour Guest on May 15, 2012 said:

“We thoroughly enjoyed our champagne and tour of the mansion. The chandeliers were amazing. Each bedroom had it's own personality. The bathrooms were beautiful and unusual. There was so much to see in the mansion. We enjoyed trying on all the hats. We had a lot of fun exploring the mansion with its many secret doors.”


Jim Ryan — Happy Hours on May 10, 2012 said:

“Blown away by the turn out on a Monday for the Drag show, wish I could have stayed to see the performances! As usual my VIP's from Las Vegas were enchanted with touring the mansion”


Jim Gelber — Hotel Guest on May 10, 2012 said:

“Staying at the Mansion was such as special experience. From the moment you are greeted by the Speros to your farewell. I would say it is just like home, but my home is small and doesn't have the same level of artwork and space. This was my second visit, and I enjoyed even more. The location is ideal for enjoying all that Washington, D.C. has to offer. Look forward to staying again.”


Maggie Bibb — Medmarc Insurance Group Corporate Event on May 10, 2012 said:

“Medmarc Insurance Group recently held an event at the Mansion which included cocktails, cheese/crackers, desserts and the treasure hunt "Above & Beyond". The desserts were well presented, lovely to look at and absolutely scrumptious. Everyone loved the Mansion and what it had to offer. In fact some people requested more info from me because they plan to take friends and/or family to the Mansion. What a big hit. The staff on duty that evening were very engaging and very customer oriented. They made our visit to the Mansion even more pleasureable. They were the GREATEST!!! The contact that I worked with to schedule the event was Katherine Johnson. Katherine was a pleasure to work with and met my every need in planning the event. Big Kudos to her. Thanks for making our event a truly unforgettable experience.”


Theresa Rice - Treasure Hunt Tour on May 10, 2012 said:

“I am always complementing the Mansion on O St. and tell my friends who are coming to town looking for something interesting that it's a MUST SEE! Fantastic staff and incredible displays throughout. And a special shout out to the acoustic band! Awesome!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!”


Hotel Guest on May 10, 2012 said:

“This remains my favorite hotel in the country. Coming to DC always involves stress and your hotel relieves that stress. It is a gem and a delight for all the senses. I am and will remain a "regular".”


Hotel Guest on May 10, 2012 said:

“It was a memorable stay, I mean, experience. There is no way I could compare it to any other hotels because there are no hotels like the O Mansion. I have tried to find words to describe the place to friends, but I could not come up with anything appropriate enough. The staff was warm, helpful and very accommodating. Ted and H are simply wonderful hosts and so approachable. I felt like I was visiting friends, rather than staying in a hotel. I love everything about the place.”


Cicero Fain - Champagne Tour on May 10, 2012 said:

“A thoroughly enjoyable time! Wonderful kitsch, memorabilia, photographs, rooms, and art. We enthusiastically shared our experiences with friends that day and will definitely spread the word far and wide. And, will certainly buy gift certificates in the not too distant future. One suggestion: we would've liked a map or list upon completion of the tour to see which hidden doors we had missed!”


Natalie Orlie - SRO Concert: Tom Constanten on May 10, 2012 said:

“it was awesome!”


Self-Guided Tour Guest on May 10, 2012 said:

“The museum is a refreshing break from typical stuffy DC tourist experiences, and a nice break from the world for that matter!”


Mary Greer - Hotel Guest on May 10, 2012 said:

“Thanks TED and H! You preside over a magical place there.”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 10, 2012 said:

“I attended the self-guided champagne tour and loved it! Definitely a unique experience that I'd recommend to friends should another groupon/living social deal come along.”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 10, 2012 said:

“We had great fun this morning. We received the tour as a Christmas present. We would recommend it to anybody!”


Sugar Tour Guest on May 10, 2012 said:

“I wish I had known about this place sooner! We had so much fun and will be back again soon!”


Easter Tea Guest on May 10, 2012 said:

“Second time. This was a blast, with both an Easter/Alice in Wonderland theme...perfectly adding to the whimsy of the scavenger experience...secret doors, lurking "characters", rabbit holes, OH MY! Brought a friend for her birthday. She was overwhelmed with enchantment. Scrumptous confectionaries and great staff, too! Thank you.”


Bill Cusmano - SRO Concert: Tom Constanten on May 7, 2012 said:

“Who doesn't like to be at the Mansion? The event was not a focused theme; I gathered that the unifying element was the guy filming the event. I talked to several of the performers (Tom Constanten, Billy Hancock)and neither of them knew how the bill was assembled. But it still was a great night. Chill to the max, with an easy energy. Nicely done. I knew Billy Hancock from the early 80's, but he obviously has a range much greater than the rockabilly persona he created back then. Great singer. TC is amazingly eclectic and talented, with a quirky, assertive presence. The surprise of the night was Warner Williams. Blues to me can be overwrought, over-earnest, done and done again, but Williams brought a freshness to the material that belied both his age (82? really?!) and the age of the material. Great stuff.”


SRO Guest: Tom Constanten Concert on May 6, 2012 said:

“We had a blast!! Top notch music! Fabulous venue! Wonderful company! We look forward to doing it again soon!”


Champagne Tour Guest on May 4, 2012 said:

“The Mansion on O Street was an experience unlike any other I've had. A feast for the senses. My friends and I all enjoyed the tour. I recommend anyone see it at least once.”


Illusions Show Guest on May 2, 2012 said:

“LOVE LOVE LOVEd it! So cool to wander around the mansion, and the Illusions show was so much fun. Thanks!!!”


Illusions Show Guest on May 2, 2012 said:

“This was a great evening. The drag show was hilarious - our party (which included 1 of 2 straight men in the audience) had a fantastic time. Really awesome entertainers! Way to go girls! The mansion is so fun, and quirky - I'm so glad I got there early so I could explore. So much awesome stuff!”


Maria Clara — Sugar Tour Guest on Apr 30, 2012 said:

“our visit was wonderful. We had a lot of fun looking for the doors, exploring each corner of the house and also the books. We left the house with 9 books in our hands! :) Look forward to going back soon!”


Damon Taylor — Champagne Tour Guest on Apr 30, 2012 said:

“Energy, connection, warmth, beauty--these are the things of which we are in awe. And the Mansion on O has them in spades. BAM! Our hosts, Ted and HH, were kind, relaxed and warm. And the Mansion itself invites journey into its rooms, hallways, and the extraordinary collection of items demanding your time, attention and care. A gem in the mine that is DC, fo show! We are excited to return soon with pick, shovel and head lamp, ready to unearth more treasure, be it a book, an extraordinary hat or memories in one of the many unique spaces that make the Mansion what it is and life as full as it can be.”


Sharon Comstock — Champagne Tour Guest on Apr 30, 2012 said:

“I am telling everyone I know to visit The Mansion. I cannot believe I had never heard of it before Living Social brought it to my attention. I felt like Alice in Wonderland. I would visit again and again.”


Illusions Show Guest on Apr 30, 2012 said:

“I came to the Mansion with five friends for a fun "Girls' Night Out". We honestly had no idea what to expect. To say we were pleasantly surprised is an understatement! All six of us have very different personalities and yet we ALL agreed that this was one of the most entertaining nights any of us has ever had! The staff was exceptionally attentive and FUN, the Mansion is so eccentric that just walking through was a fantastic sensory overload, and eating dinner in our little nook wearing the Mansions fancy hats made us feel like we were having an adult tea party (or an adult "Champagne Party", as the case may be!) The show was a complete riot and we loved that they incorporated two members of our group into the act. We laughed from the second we walked into The Masion until the second we walked out the door. Diana, Barbra, and Rihanna will never be the same! The show also taught me a very valuable lesson: Be careful when posting pictures on Facebook unless you want to explain to your seventy year old mother that the lipstick marks on your chest were the result of a good "motorboating" by Rihanna!! We can't wait to grab the other six members of our "posse" and come back for another show! Thank you all for such a laugh-filled, smile inducing, memorable night! And a special thank you to Ted, Leslie, and of course our new best friend Chauncy for what will be a night none of us will forget.”


Sugar Tour Guest on Apr 29, 2012 said:

“We had a great time! The kids (10 & 12yrs old) had a wonderful time exploring and looking for secret doors. It was a perfect environment to get the imagination running wild. The staff was very helpful and accomodating. The only suggestion I could make would be to have healthier snacks in addition to the candy. Thanks for a great time.”


Self-Guided Dessert Tea Tour Guest on Apr 28, 2012 said:

“The staff was friendly, and helpful.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Apr 28, 2012 said:

“We're coming back to celebrate a 70th birthday, if you'll have us!!”


Hotel Guest on Apr 25, 2012 said:

“Great change of pace after staying at all the name brand hotels in DC. It felt more like a vacation than a business trip. Enjoyed the breakfast buffet and location. Will return!”


Sugar Tour Guest on Apr 25, 2012 said:

“It was very interesting and a fun girls night out! I've lived in this area my whole life and have never had an opportunity to see these cool old houses around Dupont Circle. Great concept!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Apr 25, 2012 said:

“Great place for a unique and fun experience. Highly recommended, do the tour or for that matter try a hotel stay. All kinds of unique things to see and explore and in a great area.”


Rose & Dan Lash on Apr 25, 2012 said:

“To Steve, our tour guide, and Ted. our sponsor, we cannot put into words our experience of such wonderment and total enjoyment! We could easily do promo work for you. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon!”


Richard Miller — Self-Guided Tour on Apr 24, 2012 said:

“A really neat and interesting tour. So much to see we will have to go back. Personel were very friendly & helpful also.”


Kevin Kennedy — SRO Filmmaker Chip Duncan on Apr 23, 2012 said:

“Thank you so much for helping me raise my awareness of global issues from multiple perspectives - both the sad and hope-filled realities. The live music was a welcomed enrichment to the experience. The staff could not have been more welcoming. Thank you, Kevin”


Deborah Prigal — SRO Filmmaker Chip Duncan on Apr 23, 2012 said:

“Very interesting presentation.”


Toni Jette — Champagne Tour on Apr 23, 2012 said:

“I had never heard of O Mansion and had not looked it up before going on the tour with a Livingsocial voucher and was very pleasantly surprised!! Four of us went and had a great time looking through doorways, rooms, and looking for secret doors. What interesting items and collections to see and wonder why and how they got there. We did find 4 secret doors and think we missed some. We are not actually sure we saw the whole place! But had fun. The lady that met us and poured our glass of champagne was very pleasant and informative about the mansion.”


Susan Chaudry - SRO Filmmaker Chip Duncan on Apr 23, 2012 said:

“Duncan captivating..stories/photos/films inspirational..mansion amazing..enjoyed evening thoroughly...Will return for sure!”


Theresa Rice on Apr 22, 2012 said:

“Thank you for another wonderful afternoon. I am glad I was able to bring my girl scout troop there to experience the fun, too.”


Tiffani St. Cloud - Champagne Tour on Apr 22, 2012 said:

“Great experience! The mansion has long been one of my favorite DC destinations.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Apr 21, 2012 said:

“I wish there were some sort of map just to make sure you've covered all ground, but it was fun and out of the ordinary.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Apr 21, 2012 said:

“The butler was really friendly and engaging. I enjoyed getting lost in the mansion and enjoyed the champagne which helped in that endeavor. Also found a really cool book amongst the hundreds available for perusal.”


Sugar Tour Guest on Apr 20, 2012 said:

“A wonderful way to enjoy an afternoon . . .interesting, creative, beautiful . . .the people and the manion!”


Hotel Guest on Apr 18, 2012 said:

“I had a great time - Monday dinner was quite tasty and very enjoyable, being entertained and part of the entertainment of the large party.”


Happy Hours Guest on Apr 16, 2012 said:

“We had a great time. Very pleased to see that you serve champagne, my favorite.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Apr 15, 2012 said:

“Loved trying to find all the secret doors- although the signs saying "this is a secret door" kind of gave some of them away...Also enjoyed that everything in the mansion was for sale. I would definitely recommend the O Mansion to friends and visiting family.”


JT Tomaskovick on Apr 14, 2012 said:

“Love - love- loved it”


Alyce Lomax - Hotel Guest on Apr 14, 2012 said:

“What a wonderful experience, everything was perfect and the Mansion is utterly unique in every way. The staff took care of our every need and there was too much magic to even take in in a short time, so that means I'm coming back. Thank you!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Apr 14, 2012 said:

“We had a great time exploring all the rooms we were able to find. There is so much to see that we will have to come back again to be able to take in more of it. The staff was very friendly and knowledgable. The Mansion is a fun treasure in the heart of DC.”


Sugar Tour Guest on Apr 13, 2012 said:

“The sugar tour at the Mansion on O was a crazy and wonderful time. We were lucky and found about 10 hidden doors. For people who like sleek, modern, sparse houses, this place may be a bit overwhelming, but it's also like sneaking around your rich, eccentric antiques collecting aunt's house. The neighborhood around the Mansion is beautiful and there are lots of great little eating spots just a street or two over. We had a wonderful time and have already suggested it to our friends who live in DC.”


Sugar Tour Guest on Apr 13, 2012 said:

“Interesting place. It felt like an adventure in a unique flea market with guests. I wasn't sure if I was in someone's guest area or not sometimes. One of the most unique places I've ever been to.”


Gina Kilian, Easter Brunch on Apr 10, 2012 said:

“Thank you for being here!”


Sherry Craighill, Easter Brunch on Apr 10, 2012 said:

“Wonderful, delicious, friendly and graciously welcoming as always. Many thanks!”


Barbara Wimbush on Apr 10, 2012 said:

“As always, my husband and I had a wonderful time. We were celebrating my husband's birthday. H, Ted and the staff made certain that everything was perfect. Thank you so much.”


Deirdre Skolfield on Apr 10, 2012 said:

“I want to THANK YOU for all you do for everyone. My husband and son, Tom and Will Patterson love, love love your mansion! I'm lucky enough to be with them this time!”


Sugar Tour Guest on Apr 10, 2012 said:

“Wonderful.......we had a magical visit. Love the Rothko we bought.......it's hanging on the dining room wall.”


Jennifer Stratto on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“We were truly were made to feel like family rather than guests. We had an incredible time exploring and creating during our stay. The mansion has such an amazing energy in every room and is an inspiring place to recharge the creative batteries. Thank you.”


Tour Guest on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“What a great experience. Thank you for sharing an adventure with us. I will definitely be back for more secret passages and a great atmosphere.”


Tour Guest on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“It was so much fun. We definetly want to come back and keep finding more doors than we found this time. Everyone was really friendly and I would love to bring others with us!”


Sara Brown on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“interesting concept... I think a map with all the secret doors marked would be a great addition to the self-guided tour. I'm not even sure how much of the museum we never saw as we never knew what the layout was. Also, if there was an option for an audio guided tour, I missed that.”


Karen Carrabba on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“We went to the Monday Happy Hour for our anniversary. What a memorable experience! The staff at the O were attentive and helpful yet unobtrusive . The hostess took pictures of us and even picked out several unique handcrafted hats for me to pose in! We plan on going back to search for more secret doors when family comes to visit next week and we are looking into spending a night in one the theme rooms.”


David B. McIntosh on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“Dear Mansion and all who sail in her, Thank you for your seasonal message. Unfortunately, I shall not be able to join y'all this Easter, but you are forever in my thoughts. All best wishes for a happy and most successful Easter 2012!!”


Hotel Guest on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“Another excellent stay at the Mansion. This time I was in the 5th Dimension -- didn't even know the room existed. Very nice. I particularly enjoyed the Jesse Winchester performance and meeting him after the show. The "jeweled" Les Paul on display was also a treat.”


Michelle Birkenstock on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“I could only find 5 secret doors, and two were given to us by the mansion...for the rest of the day, I have been thinking all doors, bookshelves and walls might lead to a secret room. I'm obsessed with find the doors, and am definitely coming back to try and find some more! Love the entire house, and all the kitchy stuff. Now I want to experience everything, brunch, tea, and even sleeping over! Can't believe I grew up in the NOVA area and never heard of the O Mansion! Will definitely bring friends and family and come back to visit!”


Tour Guest on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“I went with my daughter and we had a great time. We only found 5 doors and can not wait to come back. The young lady that treated us yesterday was very helpful and nice. Today, I told about ten other mom's about the mansion. We have already planned our next visit. What a wonderful treasure!!!”


Aref Alvandy on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“I am originally from Iran but i have lived most of my life in the US. I am a professional in the IT field and a musician/song writer. I am about to start a new career in Film Production and currently enrolled at Boston University School of film. I support, encourage and nurture unique and creative expressions in performing and visual arts including motion picture landscape. I believe in the power of these mediums to change and enrich lives on both sides of the fence, the creator and the recipient.”


Illusions Guest on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“You feel like Alice in Wonderland and never know what surprise is around the corner with all the nooks, crannies and hidden doors to explore the treasures displayed throughout the mansion. Must check out the 'hidden' wine cellar.”


Doug Dahle on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“The totally unique environment of amazing array of collectibles that provides a chance to see items of historic and just interesting value. The variety of bedrooms with varying themes is a great use of older downtown residence space. The office space is highly beneficial and the informal kitchen for guests is welcoming and nice place to meet new people. The Mansion has a great vibe, very inviting and outstanding hosts Ted and H. I would strongly encourage anyone to consider lodging at the Mansion. Also, as I travel to DC often, the Mansion will be the place to stay if space available. Look forward to trying any of the available rooms. THE PLACE TO STAY AND ENJOY IN DC.”


Doug Dahle on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“The totally unique environment of amazing array of collectibles that provides a chance to see items of historic and just interesting value. The variety of bedrooms with varying themes is a great use of older downtown residence space. The office space is highly beneficial and the informal kitchen for guests is welcoming and nice place to meet new people. The Mansion has a great vibe, very inviting and outstanding hosts Ted and H. I would strongly encourage anyone to consider lodging at the Mansion. Also, as I travel to DC often, the Mansion will be the place to stay if space available. Look forward to trying any of the available rooms. THE PLACE TO STAY AND ENJOY IN DC.”


Tour Guest on Apr 9, 2012 said:

“What a pleasant surprise! I enjoyed my visit and look forward to exploring again. The staff was friendly and helpful.”


Tour Guest on Apr 1, 2012 said:

“Mind blowing!”


Cynthia Ryan on Mar 29, 2012 said:

“Dear H, Ted, Hilary & Katherine, Well what can I say, best party I have ever had. Thank you all so much for all your hard work in creating an atmosphere that was just pure magic. I have been steadily getting emails from people who attended just raving about every detail. I also want to thank you for always making me feel so welcome and at home. You have created a special place in a city that desperately needs them and I feel blessed to have found it. Here is the link for the photos https://picasaweb.google.com/104039038587652775205/CynthiaBirthdayAtTheMansion?authkey=Gv1sRgCOKH15-X7vSIZQ”


Leo Platvoet on Mar 29, 2012 said:

“I liked it very much, the intimate concert of Jesse Winchester was wonderful, and your mansion is amazing. Sadly enough I was only one week in Washington,but next time I will sure take a look at your website to see if any events meet my wishes, and of course I noted that you are also a hotel.”


Jeff Taos on Mar 29, 2012 said:

“Food was delicious. Mocha cake was heavenly.”


Concert Guest on Mar 29, 2012 said:

“We had a great evening at the Mansion with good food, music and exploring.”


Faron on Mar 29, 2012 said:

“Thank you very much. I'm telling all my friends & associates about you. It is a truly unique and fun experience.”


Tracey Madigan on Mar 29, 2012 said:

“Jesse Winchester was mesmerizing, his voice was fabulous. Another thing to add to the things I love about O Street Mansion: everyone there is so incredibly respectful of the performer. You can feel the admiration oozing from the crowd. The sound is flawless, because everyone is so quiet, you might as well be the only one in the room. It was great to see Jesse back in action after his recent illness. He churned out a great product, and hasn't lost his touch. He should be proud: his energy, charm and talent are alive and well!”


Concert Guest on Mar 29, 2012 said:

“Jesse Winchester was terrific and the O Street Museum is a fascinating, very unique place. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and will eagerly look for opportunities to attend concerts and other events there in the future. Thanks.”


Concert Guest on Mar 29, 2012 said:

“As a first-time visitor, I was very impressed with the whole experience--cordial and efficient staff, a fun house to explore, and a great venue for acoustic music. Thanks!”


Concert Guest on Mar 29, 2012 said:

“Jesse Winchester was awesome! Thank you so much for having him (and us)!!!”


William Roach on Mar 29, 2012 said:

“The 4 of us had the best time last night. Being fans of Jesse Winchester, we knew the show would be stunning. However we thought the Mansion was amazing . We will be back to see another show, spend the night, have dinner, or just to visit. Thank you,”


Mansion Member on Mar 29, 2012 said:

“I am a legal recruiter at a local law firm and have spent the last 4 1/2 years living in DC. I grew up in Florida and when I moved here is spent the firm few months roaming the city for the next big adventure. But I didn??t discover the Mansion until about a month ago while looking for event space and let me say from the moment I entered the row house I was in awe. I felt like a child as I was given a tour the space discovering new and exciting things. I spend 8 hours a day in an office where my job is to find new ways to recruit students to our firm and to help find a work, life balance with our current employees. That day I walked into the Mansion, my heart smiled because first I was surprised that I didn't know about this hidden treasure, just a few blocks from my office, with its secret passages, themed rooms and dcor for sale, and second I felt at ease. It was a weird combination because I was so excited to see the next room but also wanted to take in the room I was currently standing in with its trinkets, books, portraits, guitars and more. I was overwhelmed in a good way! Last summer I planned the first artistic event the firm has done and a group went to a local art studio and painted portraits of the national mall, and for a person who has little to no artistic ability my canvas hangs proudly in my office. The feedback from that event was overwhelming; those who attended were so excited for a new outlet other than the mundane cocktail parties and socials. Also, people weren??t criticizing paintings but instead were giving complaints and tips to those not confident in their work, not the typical feedback in a work environment. A few weeks later we did a cupcake decorating class and the skeptics who attended reported after that there domestic and creative sides really shined thru with mixing flavors and colors and the best part was they could eat their goodies. These two events reminded us that it??s not all about working hard, it??s also about enjoying working together, giving advice outside of the office and remember there is more to thi! s life than the 9 to 5. Being a member of the Mansion would expand upon the types of events and outlets that I could plan to make our firm more fun, relaxed and creative. It would give us the opportunity step out of the box and explore a different side of ourselves, whether thru a planned event, lunch or a much needed mental break from the rigors of the corporate world. Our events help refocus what all this is really about, building a collegial environment that transcends the halls of the office and into our lives.”


Ester Turner on Mar 27, 2012 said:

“What an interesting tour! This mansion is so eclectic and fun with twists and turns. They have no shame in selling everything that you see in a room. While it was fun to venture on our own, it would have been nice if someone was taking you on a tour...at least to lead you to a central location on each floor, let you explore on your own and then regroup for questions & more of a history of that part of the house. A must see place in DC.”


Donald McGrath on Mar 25, 2012 said:

“Your hospitality from arrival to departure was just fabulous! The Mansion, rooms, staff, furnishings, and much more were just excellent. Thank you for the wonderful visit.”


Tour Guest on Mar 25, 2012 said:

“We did the self-guided tour and loved this crazy, quirky house! We were thrilled to have found 12 on our hour-plus wanderings. It was perfect for our mixed-age group of pre-teens, teens and adults - so much to see! For long-time DC residents, it's amazing we never knew about it, but we'll be telling everyone to come visit now!”


Lauren Armstrong on Mar 19, 2012 said:

“We really enjoyed wandering through the various rooms, searching for the secret doors and experiencing the different aspects of the Mansion. The staff members we met couldn't have been more helpful or pleasant. Thanks for a really wonderful afternoon!”


Lara Shainis on Mar 19, 2012 said:

“Loved everything about the mansion. Each room was so different and spectacular. It was a real treat. Glad I took the took. The champagne was a great touch.”


Janet Rodriguez on Mar 19, 2012 said:

“My middle school son and I are going through a stage where it is difficult for us to find things to do together that we both truly enjoy. We both had an absolute blast exploring your beautiful mansion and delighting in all the treasures and secret doors! Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon. We will be back and hopefully spend the night!”


Desiree Adkins on Mar 17, 2012 said:

“The O Mansion is such a clever and interesting experience. My guest and I thoroughly enjoyed traversing the mansion, through over 100 rooms and several hidden doors. Those were the most fun to find! I will definitely be visiting The O Mansion again!”


Party Guest on Mar 17, 2012 said:

“Had a really good time and recommend it to anyone. Plan to attend another event at Mansion O.”


Tour Guest on Mar 17, 2012 said:

“There were 8 of us! We enjoyed ourselves. We kept losing each other. You have some fabulous collectibles and wine!”


Tour Guest on Mar 15, 2012 said:

“We had a great time. My boyfriend and I are very competitive people so it became a personal challenge to find the hidden doors. Not that it matters, but I found 7! He claims he found one of those 7 first.... :) Overall, we had a great time just exploring and letting our inner kid come out.”


Katie Kiraly on Mar 15, 2012 said:

“My boyfriend and I came for his 21st birthday, and we had a fantastic time! We found 5 (count 'em, FIVE!) secret doors and were very proud of ourselves. We hope someday to come back as hotel guests!”


Sharon Peyus on Mar 12, 2012 said:

“Once again the Mansion on O has exceeded all expectations! teh food was fantastic! The service, as always, great. And the atmospher was more then enjoyable. Many thanks to H and Ted!”


Tour Guest on Mar 12, 2012 said:

“This mansion is truly a mysterious place to visit. The hidden doors were a fun feature but even more impressive was the variety of accommadations available. Your unique decore and the incredible baths are inspirational. I am ready to renovate my bathrooms at home. I am also very impressed with how DUST FREE and clean everything in the mansion is...NO EASY TASK to maintain the hundreds of tiny items and chandliers with such loving care.”


Nuyiri Kasbarian on Mar 12, 2012 said:

“Of all the activities and events that my friends and I have attended. WE LOVED the Illusions show at the mansion on the O, THE BEST! Not only was the show FABULOUS, but the mansion itself was so much fun. You are free to roam and explore all of the rooms and everything is for sale. You can play and dress up in the props as you please and there are secret passages and doorways. Above all, the staff is EXTREMELY friendly and helpful and the food is DELICIOUS. THANK YOU for a WONDERFUL time.”


Lynn Tolbert on Mar 12, 2012 said:

“It was Wonderful! I purchased tickets as an afternoon adventure for my mother and my son. They fell in love with the eclectic style of the mansion. They had fun exploring and looking at all the rooms available. I am going to join them next time!”


Tour Guest on Mar 12, 2012 said:

“The Mansion is one of the best kept secrets in DC, loved visiting. It is a must see while in DC! Take a camera because there are some amazing photo opps here! LOVED IT!”


Anna O'Toole on Mar 11, 2012 said:

“Thank you! I LOVED my visit!”


Jean Ing on Mar 11, 2012 said:

“Most interesting, mysterious and intriguing. The rooms and passages, stairs, etc. go on forever! Almost unbelievable!”


Pixie Windsot on Mar 11, 2012 said:

“wow! what an exciting find in the middle of conservative old washington! the dining room and the entire mansion is a total visual delight and the brunch buffet is fantastic, expansive and quirky, (mac and cheese! grilled pb sandwiches!) and the staff was very helpful in spite of being very busy. i think it a must see for everyone who lives or visits dc. the mansion itself was huge and packed to the gills with lots to see!”


Larry Frum on Mar 11, 2012 said:

“I was disappointed that I couldn't find all the secret doors! :) I will have to come back and search some more.”


Rob McCarthy on Mar 11, 2012 said:

“I had a great time exploring all of the areas of the mansion. I'm definitely going to have to go back because I was only able to find 5 secret doors so I obviously have a lot more to see. The mansion is awesome and is a ton of fun for all ages.”


Tour Guest on Mar 11, 2012 said:

“It was fun. the rooms were interesting to see.”


Brittani Berry on Mar 10, 2012 said:

“I had a wonderful visit to the O Mansion during the Sugar Tour. This tour was self-guided which allowed us to visit rooms multiple times in search of new doors. It's a fun house for adults! And children too! ;-) I will definitely be visiting again in the near future. Thank you!”


Kierstin Clay on Mar 10, 2012 said:

“My spouse and I had a marvelous time. Everything was reasonably prices and the adventure of finding doors was well worth the price of admission. The staff was friendly, the food was great, and the rooms were eccentric and fun.”


Alex on Mar 9, 2012 said:

“I wanted to write to thank you once again for the wonderful job you and everyone else at the Mansion did in preparing for my engagement this past weekend. It really was spectacular and could not have occurred as smoothly without your hard work and attention to detail!”


Frankie Pellegrino on Mar 9, 2012 said:

“"I love you all and all that you have done. You are a genius." ?Frankie Pellegrino. Owner of Rao's, Actor, Good Fellas, Sopranos.”


D. Kocen on Mar 8, 2012 said:

“I had a wonderful stay and really appreciate the hospitality. I admire your work ethic and the attention to detail. You are amazing hosts. Between the 2 of you I'm not surprised you've created such a magical kingdom. I look forward to coming back in the future and spending more time forgetting the outside world at the mansion.”


Norman R. on Mar 8, 2012 said:

“Fabulous weekend. Great hospitality in a wonderful venue.”


Colleen H. on Mar 8, 2012 said:

“Thanks, always great!”


Tom Patterson on Mar 8, 2012 said:

“H & Ted... Hope to see you soon... you two really are special, and you've created the most special place. Thanks for letting me be part of your journey!”


Tom Patterson on Mar 8, 2012 said:

“H & Ted... Hope to see you soon... you two really are special, and you've created the most special place. Thanks for letting me be part of your journey!”


L. Esen on Mar 8, 2012 said:

“Thanks again for all of the support you and your team at O Mansion provided us during the FHI 360 retreat. We felt that it was a great success.”


Eugenie Kahle on Mar 8, 2012 said:

“Loved it! Can't wait too come back and find more hidden doors”


Tour Guest on Mar 7, 2012 said:

“Loved it! Although I missed a few rooms. Will repeat”


Kathy Dennis on Mar 5, 2012 said:

“We had a wonderful afternoon and will return with our daughter when she visits from out of town! I also ended up with my 80th cocktail shaker and I LOVE it! We found it in the John Lennon room-you just never know what you're going to find when you peek around! Thanks for a fun time!”


Tour Guest on Mar 5, 2012 said:

“I flew in for the weekend to visit my daughter in DC and she recommended that we visit the Museum. My daughter and I had a fabulous time and plan on visiting again when I am back in town. Loads of fun and cannot wait to take the scavenger hunt next visit.”


Kevin Fagan on Mar 4, 2012 said:

“Yet again, a Mansion visit wowed my 'first time' guests and me, a multi-visit veteran. I get as much joy and pleasure from seeing the looks on people's faces as I get from discovering completely "new" rooms, and discovering another secret passage (I'm still far from uncovering ALL of them!). As always, the food is delicious, the selection is broad and the mix of people you bump into touring around is fascinating. Being the first of the month, I was impressed by the sizable congregation of musicians who showed up yesterday (3/4/2012) and everyone appeared to enjoy them. One of my guests went crazy after seeing all the desserts and ended up tasting quite a few, declared them the best desserts ever offered (particularly at a buffet setting) and rattled off a list of friends that would need to be introduced to The Mansion. I always tell friends that The Mansion is a great 'secret' to share with out-of-town visitors (locals as well) because, although the furnishings are always amazing, fun and changing, it's the 'spirit' of the house that never changes and is always exciting and "H" and Ted are the ultimate hosts. My only regret was that certain design 'miracles' that I had hoped to share with my guests were unavailable due to the occupancy of B&B guests. Oh well, it just means another visit!”


Jeffrey Litton on Mar 4, 2012 said:

“Awesome experience at The Mansion! It was our mothers 86th Birthday Brunch and we couldn't have picked a better place! The food was superb. Of course every square inch of the place is covered with interesting things to look at and to buy so we spent several hours going through the place. When we took items to the front to pay for them we found out that on your birthday you get a dollar credit for every year you've kept your body alive. My Mom took the 86 dollar credit and was delighted to walk out with a beautiful vase and salt and pepper shaker set! What fun to discover the hidden passages and secret doorways!”


Tour Guest on Mar 4, 2012 said:

“Great. We'll come back for brunch.”


Tour Guest on Mar 4, 2012 said:

“Loved O street Mansion. It's a ton of fun. Great place to take visitors from out of town too.”


Tour Guest on Mar 3, 2012 said:

“Most unique collection of collectables, I've ever seen. Exploring the mansion, is an experience I will always remember. Make sure you have a number of hours to go through the mansion.”


Shirley Millican on Mar 1, 2012 said:

“Could spend 20 years here and still not see everything. Wonderful! Pure sensory overload!”


Gina Ellison on Feb 27, 2012 said:

“Firstly, I'd like to thank the reservations staff who helped my friend and I get seats to the show on Monday the 27th. I'd bought the groupon deal and misunderstood the booking rules. I really appreciate that the staff was able to find us seats even though the Illusions show was booked as of Friday the 24th. Secondly, I've only moved up to DC and been living here for the past six months and I'm constantly finding that there are gem attractions all over the city-- Mansion on O is definitely one of them! The staff is amazing, the entertainers were a blast; and the decorations, rooms and architecture were stunning! I definitely did not spend enough time exploring the building before the show and I plan on returning and bringing more friends! Thanks for an amazing and memorable experience!”


Lisa Roberts on Feb 27, 2012 said:

“Everything was great, and everyone enjoyed exploring the Mansion, especially the "first-timers." The Drag Show is fantastic, it's a wonderful addition to the Monday night dinners...I kept thinking, it's a Monday night and I'm sitting in this amazing setting handing bills to Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand while they strut and sing, it was great! Of course, I will be back and look forward to it...thank you!”


Illusions Guest on Feb 27, 2012 said:

“This was such a fun place- I can't wait to go back! I already convinced 8 coworkers to check it out.”


Teresa Wood on Feb 27, 2012 said:

“The atmosphere on Monday evening (2/27) was spectacular. Dinner was great, the show was great and I will be back. Felt like home when I walked through the foyer. Thanks for a special evening.”


Illusions Guest on Feb 27, 2012 said:

“We had a great time! Excellent performance, ladies!”


Tour Guest on Feb 27, 2012 said:

“The mansion is really cool and definitely a unique place to visit in DC. There's a lot of fun kitschy things (like hats and guitars) throughout the place that make for cute props in photos. It was also fun trying to find the secret doors/passageways, though sometimes looking for them was frustrating (hence why I gave four stars instead of five). It would have been nice to have a handout with hints for finding them (my group only found about four doors). Also, the food and deserts smelled and looked REALLY yummy, but I didn't try any; I suggest you try them out!”


Illusions Guest on Feb 27, 2012 said:

“Drag show was fantastic. Had a lovely evening with my friends. Enjoyed touring the mansion before the show. Staff was very friendly. Great way to spend a Monday!”


Tour Guest on Feb 26, 2012 said:

“Awesome place, could have spent much more time there!!!”


Tour Guest on Feb 25, 2012 said:

“My mother and I had great time exploring the vast assortment of rooms--true eye candy and fascinating. Looking for the secret doors added a flair to the experience. Thanks for a great visit!”


Concert Guest on Feb 20, 2012 said:

“Great venue! Very intimate. Touring the home was an excellent way to spend time before the show.”


Mary Kirshbaum on Feb 20, 2012 said:

“a truly enjoyable afternoon tea from start to finish. Beautiful setting, amazing dessert & cheese spread, good service (pleasant & helpful with guidance for our tour of the mansion) will visit again.”


Concert Guest on Feb 20, 2012 said:

“This intimate setting is really the best place in Washington to see a show -- it's literally like sitting in someone's (incredible ornate and beautiful) living room.”


Sharon Peyus on Feb 19, 2012 said:

“A unique and delightful idea for a "nationality" brunch! the food was, as always, superb. The atmosphere is exciting, and the service very promt, courtiess, and extremely helpful. it was a great break fro mthe traditional Sunday Brunch but still with the basic amenities of eggs (almost any way), waffles, and a variety of pastries, cakes, puddings, and flan! Anoher great shift consideration to not only satisfy the pallet but pleae the eyes as well! Thank you!”


V. Simoncini on Feb 19, 2012 said:

“The entire experience at the Mansion was wonderful. We could have explored for hours, and the setting for the performance was perfect!”


Brunch Guest on Feb 19, 2012 said:

“Great brunch! Happy to see the Fiesta bunch options on the 3rd Sunday of ever month! Great taco bar and delicious deserts!”


Jennifer Ritter on Feb 19, 2012 said:

“We had a good time at the mansion today, it was an unexpected surprise! It was nice to feel like a kid again exploring the various rooms and trying to find the secret doors. The rooms were quite bizarre, but that added to the fun of exploring, you never knew what you would find next! Thank you for the fun day, we will be back!”


Tour Guest on Feb 19, 2012 said:

“I really enjoy this hidden gem of DC. Anything kooky and quirky is right up my ally. I loved all the themed rooms and the log cabin was my favorite! I would definitely like to stay here as a guest some time! Thanks for opening your doors for my tour!”


Dinner Guest on Feb 15, 2012 said:

“Ambiance and food last night was great as always. Service friendly and personable. There is not better place for any special evening especially on Valentine's Day. This has become romantic favorite for my wife and I for the 6th year now. Thanks to everyone!”


Dinner Guest on Feb 14, 2012 said:

“Enjoyed our Valentine's Day dinner and scavenger hunt. The staff were very pleasant, the food was good, and exploring the house was a lot of fun!”


Tracey Madigan on Feb 14, 2012 said:

“This was my first trip to the Mansion, but definitely not my last. It was introduced to me by a friend who is also a huge fan of JD Souther, so I got tickets for his Feb. 13 show. As for the musical portion of the evening, I was blown away by the intimate venue. It felt like JD was singing among friends in his living room. And I guess, when you think about it ... he was! Getting the opportunity to chat with the JD after the show was something I hadn't expected. Everything felt very laid back. I wanted the evening to last forever. Then I got to visit the rest of the Mansion. How had I never heard about this place? Every single room, chock full of the most interesting pieces -- it feels like the love child of a museum and a one-of-a-kind show! I could go on and on about the actual items, and their flare and their power to ignite all sorts of conversation, but what I also liked was the openness that reigned in the Mansion. I really did feel welcome there -- you don't get that feeling in many places. I cannot stop talking about it now, which is probably how I found out that my friend had his bachelor party there 21 years ago, and how my other friend has had office Christmas parties there. Thanks for all the work and love that goes into making your place what it is. It is my new dream destination.”


Jeff Dickerson on Feb 14, 2012 said:

“Fantastic intimate setting and perhaps the perfect venue for select talent. Looking around during the show, it reminded me of an old time night club. The chandeliers in the concert room were really nice and added something special to the experience.”


Fritzi Alwin on Feb 14, 2012 said:

“Great show as usual!!”


Bill Cusmano on Feb 14, 2012 said:

“Aside from everything else that is said about the Mansion and it's wonders, from the silly to the sublime, I always am reminded that it is a home -- the owners live there, some of the spaces are let to long-term residents, and it is a second home to an astounding roster of poets and troubadours. You can't buy that feeling. That kind of hospitality goes far beyond the thread-counts of the sheets.”


Rashid Zaman on Feb 14, 2012 said:

“Scintillating experience, extraordinary ambiance and an amazing host. Leave the ordinary behind, O Street is way above the normal. Allow at least 2 hours to explore the mysterious maze, artifacts and musical masterpieces.”


Tour Guest on Feb 14, 2012 said:

“We really enjoyed it! The mansion makes a perfect date night activity! Thanks!”


Bill Freedman on Feb 13, 2012 said:

“What a terrific evening. The place was remarkable to explore, the staff was attentive and courteous, and, of course, the performance was intimate and absolutely remarkable. I'll be back!”


Tour Guest on Feb 12, 2012 said:

“Fantastic experience and great service. Thanks for having us!”


Avi Galanti on Feb 12, 2012 said:

“Thank you so much, Ted, for sharing the Beatles, Queen, and Bruce Springsteen last night with us in the music room. We enjoyed our time at the mansion very much and will be sure to tell our friends about what a fantastic time we had.”


Museum Guest on Feb 11, 2012 said:

“I went with a friend and we had a lot of fun exploring. Now we are planning to go back for brunch and bring our husbands along this time!”


Museum Guest on Feb 11, 2012 said:

“WE HAD SUCH A WONDERFUL TIME --WHAT FUN! THANK YOU FOR A GREAT VISIT -- from top to bottom it was a hoot!”


Museum Guest on Feb 9, 2012 said:

“One of the most interesting afternoons I can remember! The staff was super friendly, and my entire group had a great time.”


Lillian Beckley on Feb 5, 2012 said:

“Very nice and delicious!”


Tim Telling / Carlyle Stunkard on Jan 31, 2012 said:

“It was a magical stay. Scensory overload will require that we return to see what we missed the first time. Hillary's attention to our confort was outstanding. Dinner was healthy, flavorful and timed perfectly. The room was quiet and comfortable. Would loved to have spent more time.”


K. Wade on Jan 31, 2012 said:

“Everyone had a really wonderful time - they loved the venue, and they absolutely can't wait to go back. Many of them have commented that they're planning to take their spouses to one of the public events.”


N. Desilva on Jan 31, 2012 said:

“Thank you and your team for a splendid evening we spent at the O Mansion. It was a great event, the fun activity and the food were impeccable, and our team throughly enjoyed their time there.”


S. Sanford on Jan 29, 2012 said:

“We had a wonderful time. Thank you for a great afternoon.”


Tour Guest on Jan 29, 2012 said:

“Freaky.. A different thing to do.. Interesting for all audiences”


Jerome Chapman on Jan 29, 2012 said:

“We all had a wonderful time -- expecially our grandchildren.”


Tour Guest on Jan 29, 2012 said:

“What a unique, inspirational experience. With so much eye candy there's too much to see on just one visit. I look forward to visiting again with one of my friends.”


Barbara R. Hoover on Jan 29, 2012 said:

“This was our third visit to the Mansion and, I am sure, we'll be back again. Each visit has been a different and wonderful experience for us as well as friends to whom we have introduced it. What makes it even more special is the fact that it was home to my husband for nine months when he moved to Washington in 1961 for his first job. What an experience to wander the halls fifty years later and be part of history in the makings!”


K. Collins on Jan 29, 2012 said:

“Dallas Wayne did a great concert. It was really nice to get to hear him up close in an intimate setting. This was our first time at the mansion and we loved it. What an interesting museum. The staff were very friendly also.”


Dave Hopkins on Jan 26, 2012 said:

“Having been to the mansion before I had predisposed feelings about the place. I have to say that those feelings were reinforced with last nights Champagne Tour. The mansion is a wonderfully eclectic and elegant facility, filled with fantastic kitsch and memorabilia from past & present eras. It screams DC to me, and I just love it. I've been coming here for over 18 years, and like any fine vintage, it's getting better with age. The staff is friendly, so very courteous, and simply loves the place; and that shows. When hanging around you feel very warm and welcomed. I would love to see or hear some more of the history of the facility, the story behind its inception, the original owners of the 5 houses, the legend of the sisters and more. Placards placed around like historical landmarks in a park may be one way. The only other thing I can think of at the moment is the primary signage for things like "This is not a secret door" and "Guests are staying in this room, please don't open the door". I would love to see these done in a more eccentric way, something more fitting to the house and her character. Try this. Take a brown paper shopping bag, cut it about the same size as a sheet of printer paper. Using a script or Olde English font, print the sign verbiage on to that paper. Then, tear and burn the edges of the paper to give it that aged look. Use a lighter to burn the edges, and an iron to tint the paper it self. Onion paper also works very well for this and is available at most craft shops. No matter what, please keep doing what you are doing, I just love coming here.”


Tour Guest on Jan 26, 2012 said:

“My favorite rooms were the log cabin, John Lennon, and country. I plan to return for tea and a scavnger hunt with my grandchildren! Beautiful! Oh, and I mention the wine cellar? Cool!”


Whitney Soenksen on Jan 24, 2012 said:

“My friend Jess and I loved the Mansion! It was experiential and fun... with all the 'hands off' activities in Washington it was awesome being able to touch and actually laugh out loud. I'd definitely come again. What a gem!”


Tour Guest on Jan 24, 2012 said:

“We had a lot of fun. We're looking forward to coming back for a dinner or a party.”


Tour Guest on Jan 23, 2012 said:

“A lot of fun! Perfect for anyone and basically any occassion (ie date, visiting friend, etc.)!”


Caroline Hunter on Jan 23, 2012 said:

“The girls had a ball at the birthday party. They were delighted to explore, listen to fun music and enjoy delicious desserts with their friends. Many thanks, we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Many of us plan to come back soon.”


Tour Guest on Jan 22, 2012 said:

“The self-guided tour was great as are the people at the mansion.”


Jayne Miller on Jan 22, 2012 said:

“This was the perfect activity for entertaining a friend from out of town. It's the sort of hidden gem that makes you feel like a real DC native for knowing about and exploring. We definitely wanted to know about the passageways and rooms that we missed on our exploration, so it would have been nice to have a map with a few of the big ones marked - definitely not all of them, because that takes away some of the excitement of finding one on your own. But at least a few to enjoy while we were making our way through.”


Kate Hornyan on Jan 22, 2012 said:

“I had a wonderful time at the Mansion! Having lived in DC for just about 7 years, I had always known about the Mansion but never took the time to stop in. It is a wonderfully fun way to spend an afternoon with a friend and I look forward to coming back with more friends and to try to find more hidden doors! Definitely fun for all ages.”


Holly Sapp on Jan 21, 2012 said:

“I had my daughter's 12th birthday party at The Mansion. We decided to do a scavenger hunt and numerology. We were not disappointed. The Mansion is like no other place. Unique in every way. With all the secret doors and hidden stairwells, it's a GREAT place to spend an afternoon. Eclectic collections of guitars, art, vintage hats, purses, books, albums, you name it, it's here. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and the only rooms off limits are the ones that have guests. It was really a treat and I look forward to our next visit, which will include a meal. Thank you so much for everything!”


Tour Guest on Jan 20, 2012 said:

“The house was astounding. i plan on coming back just to be there and relax. The vibe of the house is very comforting to me. I enjoyed playing pool in the billiard room the most! The band was lovely, just nice people overall :)They let me play the potato :) I enjoyed the butler/assistant who greeted us and spoke with us for a while, I cant quite remember his name. He had long brown hair. Thanks for a great Sunday.”


Hugh Huettner on Jan 19, 2012 said:

“My husband and I did the champagne tour and didn't know what to expect. It was so much fun. Nothing like it anywhere else. The champagne may have kicked my enjoyment up a notch, making me go with the flow- which is definitely something you have to do in the mansion. It's strange in a very good way, like one of those "Clue" movies, where guests get lost in the big, old house with secret doors everywhere. The eclectic assortment of do-dads, books, clothes, accessories, furniture and art of every kind made exploring so much more fun. I found a warthog tusk, a beautiful, hand knitted shawl (only $20!), a great $10 purse and an impossible-to-find record I've been looking for years. It was like a treasure hunt. The assortment of things wasn't dusty or mildewy and it didn't smell like moth balls or "old"...and it wasn't set up like a store, it was just like a really interesting person's overstuffed house and you got free-range to look through closets and drawers and everything else...how cool is that?! The fanciful hats are high-dollar fashion, and for sale (at like $100-$200 a pop for some) but you're welcome to try them on. I'll definitely be bringing my friends. Fun afternoon! We took about 2 hours to soak it in.”


Christine Wells on Jan 18, 2012 said:

“Thanks so much for letting us use the mansion for rehearsal for our upcoming concert. We all enjoyed exploring the mansion, and really appreciate your letting us use the space.”


Tour Guest on Jan 18, 2012 said:

“My friends and I had a ton of fun exploring The Mansion--an incredibly unique experience I'm sure we will definitely want to repeat! Thanks for the hospitality!”


Tour Guest on Jan 16, 2012 said:

“Definitely an interesting experience and glad that I got to experience the Mansion! Next time will have to try the scavenger hunt.”


Tour Guest on Jan 16, 2012 said:

“We can't wait to go back and have brunch or dinner!!! We may even spend the night!!! What a great secret right here in DC!!!”


Tour Guest on Jan 16, 2012 said:

“Super! Very fun to go poke around, get lost, and explore, trying to find secret doors. Staff were very nice and helpful.”


Tea Guest on Jan 15, 2012 said:

“The ambiance in the tea area is delightful. Having the hats available was so much fun, especially for the boys when they were included as well. This was my second visit in two months and I am looking forward to another in the near future.”


Tour Guest on Jan 15, 2012 said:

“great fun!”


Deborah Waggoner on Jan 14, 2012 said:

“Wish I had checked this place out sooner - such a fun place to bring those who visit me in DC! The only thing I would suggest is maybe giving a few more hints as to where some of the secret doors are. We only found 3 or 4 and that seemed to be what most others found as well...Overall, a must-do if you enjoy something out of the ordinary.”


Tour Guest on Jan 14, 2012 said:

“Staff very pleasant and helpful”


Tour Guest on Jan 12, 2012 said:

“It was fun and exciting and unusual! Yes, I will come back again and also tell my friends about it. So many things to look at and talk about and share but I only found 4 hidden doors. Oh well, maybe next time I'll be luckier.”


Dinner Guest on Jan 9, 2012 said:

“Food was fabulous as was the service! Thanks so much!”


Andi Fleming on Jan 8, 2012 said:

“So not "DC", in a really good way! We had so much fun! I will bring all my out of town guests here from now on. And can't wait to try the buffet.”


Tour Guest on Jan 8, 2012 said:

“Awesome!”


Tiara Leonard on Jan 8, 2012 said:

“Wonder of D.C.! ?it!”


Tour Guest on Jan 7, 2012 said:

“Very fun!!! Overstimulating at times, but enjoyed the maze like theme. My favorite room was the wooden log cabin--very cool!”


Joesph Ostrzyzek on Jan 7, 2012 said:

“Very interestinig with a lot of discussion on the make up of the rooms and its character. An oppurtunity that cannot be missed. Once in a life time adventure for the entire family to enjoy.”


Tour Guest on Jan 7, 2012 said:

“The O street mansion is truly a hidden gem in the heart of the city. It was such an amazing experience and I felt like Alice in wonderland. recommended to all - tourists and locals alike. It is a must see place. My personal favorite is the log cabin suite...truly authentic and unique!”


Tour Guest on Jan 7, 2012 said:

“So much fun! Beautiful home. Great shopping. And it was such a cool adventure to try and find the secret doors. My wife and I found 9. We're definitely coming back.”


Tour Guest on Jan 7, 2012 said:

“The mansion is simply amazing. I had a great time with my friends and it made me want to stay there for a night to enjoy a room!”


Rebecca Bruno on Jan 4, 2012 said:

“Lots of fun things.”


Megan Burkhart on Jan 1, 2012 said:

“we loved the mansion!! it was a perfect + very fun way to ring in the new year. i had two very hungry guys in tow and they enjoyed the abundance of delicious foods + fun tour of the mansion - - even better, we didn't have to wait for any of it, since we made the reservation online! the only thing that could have been improved was the crepe/omelet station - i heard some grumblings about waiting a long time. but for me, the coffee was delicious, there were plenty of healthy items to choose from, and i happily enjoyed a sliver of delicious tiramisu at the end of the meal. thank you!!”


Party Guest on Jan 1, 2012 said:

“I thought the New Year's Eve Party was very excellent. Beyond the obvious appeal of being at the Mansion in general and the fun of exploring the place, it was so nice to be at a party that wasn't crowded. I find the bar menu to have a wide range of great options and the service was excellent. The DJ played a nice variety and was very attentive to requests. My only constructive criticism would be to maybe have a coat check rather than having people hang their own coats, as I could see how that could get confusing at the end of the evening. Other than that, everything was great, and I would highly recommend this or any other event at the Mansion to my friends.”


Hotel Guest on Dec 31, 2011 said:

“Everything was handled perfectly! We have come to expect nothing less from the dedicated staff at the Mansion.”


Tour Guest on Dec 30, 2011 said:

“Our docent was incredible!”


Tour Guest on Dec 29, 2011 said:

“The weirdest place in town. Next time I'll spend more time wandering around.”


Michelle Moosher on Dec 29, 2011 said:

“That tour was so unique and interesting! A real treat for the eyes! I can't wait to try the brunch now”


Donna and Jeff on Dec 29, 2011 said:

“To say staying at the mansion was a pleasure is such an understatement. What an amazing place. It gives new meaning to the word, "cool." And thank you for the grand room. And the tour. Christmas Eve dinner was lovely. It was truly a wonderful birthday.”


Tour Guest on Dec 28, 2011 said:

“It was FUN! Such an interesting place and the staff was very nice. We enjoyed our visit.”


Jeremy Rhoten on Dec 28, 2011 said:

“Really cool place, will be back to find more secret doors!”


Marsha Galicia on Dec 28, 2011 said:

“We had a fun time trying to look for secret doors!”


Ellen Kalin on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“The mansion is beautiful and the food was amazing! My kids loved the whole experience, including exploring and finding the hidden doorways. It was really lovely.”


Tea Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“We loved the spread and exploring the mansion...fabulous..we will be back for sure! Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will recommend as a DC must see......”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“I purchased vouchers through Living Social as gifts for out of town guests. They loved it and totally enjoyed the different rooms and being able to buy various items. I plan to take other relatives to visit in January and hopefully my Texas crowd will like the O Mansion as much as the New Jersey folks.”


Brunch Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Great time. Enjoyed visiting as always.”


Tea Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“I loved the experience. And would come again. As a disabled woman, I found everyone. To be helpful and truly caring. I want to mention the valet and sweet young lady from, --arkansas--. She was wonderful. The -treats were tasty. The decor was unexpected, but fun!!!! Thank you for a lovely experience.”


Shenandoah Titus on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“My wife and I have a tradition of dining at The Mansion on O Street during Christmas or New Year's. We are extremely pleased with the service, food, and atmosphere at The Mansion. The staff are always professional and courteous and The Mansion is always clean and really a vibrant place to relax and have fun. Most importantly, the owners of The Mansion are down to Earth, wonderful hardworking people who exemplify the American dream of hard work, success, and goodwill to society. We give The Mansion on O Street a two-thumbs up with our strongest endorsement.”


Randy Shingler on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“We had a wonderful time! The people helping us were so friendly and nice, and the Mansion was enchanting as always. Visiting with H was a highlight too.”


Courtney Birst on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“When my sister and her husband came to town to visit, I was looking for something different to do and touring the O Street Mansion was just the thing. We wandered around the mansion with a glass of champagne, searching for secret doors (we found 6!) and marveling at the sights within the mansion. We had a great time and they loved doing something different while in DC!”


Christopher Locklear on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“This was my first time at the Mansion. Wow! What an eclectic place. I absolutely LOVED the performance. I'm a huge fan of Ru Paul's Drag Race. Those girls looked exactly the same in person as they do on TV. Amazing! I will definitely be back. Thanks!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Very intriguing and exciting. Made me feel like a kid playing hid and seek again. Highly recommend”


Patricia Branca on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“we had a ball....what a great experience”


Chelsea Jernigan on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“It was our first trip to the mansion and it was awesome!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Staff was very knowledgable and friendly. Great event, especially since it was decorated for the holidays.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“This was a fun-filled fantastic evening, we spent exploring a time-line through history. Trudging through the piles of treasures left by prior visitors was like exploring a tomb- we wore hats, acted out pieces of peoples' lives and learned about a significant part of DC!”


Toni Little on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“We were not expecting such a fun experience. The feeling of love and giving back permeates the website, personnel and decorating. Historically, we enjoyed meeting H. and learning her story and her intentions in building The Mansion at O Street into such a dynamic center. What a treat. We're looking forward to donating and to returning soon. Thanks for a lovely Saturday afternoon.”


Frank Johnathan on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Love the log cabin room!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“We had a lovely chat with the owner of the Mansion, Ted, who was charming and hospitable. The tour was a very unique experience and, while we were a bit overwhelmed by all of the trinkets and kitsch all over the place, we would definitely come back again, to do some additional shopping, and maybe for a special dinner in the wine cellar!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“This was an awesome experience!! My wife and I loved it so much that we will be coming back with friends. We highly recommend this for anyone. It truly is a hidden gem in DC. ;-)”


Jillian Scott on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Lovely staff made the experience even better! This is a hidden gem in DC.”


Hotel Guest on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“The Mansion is, far and away, my favorite hotel in the country (and I travel frequently). It is a hidden gem. I always feel as if I am visiting a friend when at the Mansion and I look forward to my next stay. Thank you for creating such wonderful environment.”


K Clemans on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Elegenat, fun, friendly, family as always with superb food and service”


The Bennetts on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“I wish we could have spent more time there! We loved it!”


Nicole Avalear on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Wish we could have found some more hidden doors, but this was definitely a fun experience and we will be coming back!! It was a great way to celebrate a 1 year anniversary.”


Kathleen on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“Everything was wonderful -- service, food and atmosphere. My guests loved it!”


J. Schlosser on Dec 27, 2011 said:

“All three of us really enjoyed the Mansion at O street experience. It was fanscinating going through all the rooms looking for treasures. (I found a few) The desserts were like none I have ever had outside of France or Austria. It was a delightful afternoon.”


Robin Crawley on Dec 25, 2011 said:

“Nice atmosphere for dining. The food was flavorful and quite delicious. The treasure hunt was a fun way to burn off a few calories after the meal. After reading several not so favorable reviews we were a little hesitant to try the Mansion. Glad we did because it was truly a great experience and worth the cost.”


Jorge? on Dec 20, 2011 said:

“Your house is beautiful”


Lauren Jennings on Dec 19, 2011 said:

“Amazing!”


Dennis Scrimo, Bend at the Knees Productions on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“With so much ease... you make this feel like home... You are both the most gracious hosts and I am blessed to be your guest.”


Corporate Event Planner on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“We had a great time yesterday and accomplished a lot!”


Hotel Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“It was a very fun experience. We will be back! Only wish I could have seen the Mansion decorated for Christmas!”


Happy Hours Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“I had a great time! So much to see! One night wasn't enough. I'll be returning for another Monday night happy hour.”


Private Event Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“The Staff at The Mansion -- THANKS for the delightful service, the conversation with our managers, your prompt delivery of food and drink....kudos to all!”


Brunch Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“Always excellent, always fun, always friendly”


T. Gaines on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“DC's best kept secret. We loved every bit of it.”


Happy Hours Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“It was a very unique and enjoyable experience. The staff went above and beyond in making us feel welcome!”


Self-Guided Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“We had a very pleasant self-led tour. Thank you! Can't wait to come back to find more of the secret doors!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“My mother and I wanted simple, yet interesting entertainment. We booked the tour through Living Social, saving it for a "rainy day". Well, we were not disappointed. We had a blast! We especially loved finding the secret passageways. We both commented that we would love to stay a night there sometime. And we're glad to know we can attend any assortment of events there. O Mansion, thank you so much for a great time!”


Dawn Webb, Executive Assistant, GPR, Inc. on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“Top notch staff, thank you for a wonderful evening! The Mansion was amazing, thank you for making our event truly beautiful and a huge success!”


Linda Graniti on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“Our visit to the Mansion was absolutely marvelous, as always, truly unique with lots of wonderful food and great service. Everyone is so friendly and it's so fun to be able to walk around and tour the amazing rooms and treasures. You can always find a treasure/gift for that special person that has everything! Thank you for a most special day and experience,”


Mr. Brooks Goldman on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“We knew absolutely nothing about the Mansion, but were given a gift certificate to try it out. It was amazing. The atmosphere was inviting and cordial. The food was out of this world. The decor was so different than any other restaurant we have visited it is hard for us to describe, but we took pictures to show others.”


Hotel Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“I love this place, . . . great place to stay, . . . not your classic stuffy, sterile hotel. I enjoy the creative people that work and stay there, as well as the fun decor. The place is very self service and informal . . . just the way I like it.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“The house itself is amazing. A real escape from the ordinariness of your day. The docents were delightful and available to answer all of our questions. Overall, a wonderful experience that I've already recommended to a number of friends.”


Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“Good tour guide. She didn't rush us and she answered our many questions.”


V Singletary on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“Thanks so much for your amazing handling of our event! All guests enjoyed their time at the mansion and we look forward to hosting more events there in the future. Keep up the great work!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“This was an awesome adventure. I will definitely come back. I'm on a mission to find all the doors!”


Champagne Tour Guest on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“It was a very cool place that I enjoyed because of the "exclusive" feel. It was very fun to go hunting, but frustrating b/c we knew we were missing secret doors! Will definitely be coming back. The hunt is on.”


Sharon Peyus on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“At first when we heard of the new serving philosophy I was a bit concern. A change came! And we all "love" change! it turned out to be a delightful and enjoyable experience with fantastic food, eager adn enjoyable servers, and more time to enjoy the company. I think both H nd Ted have found a new new and perfect means to further assist the diner in enjoying the Mansion, its atmosphere, fantastic eclectic delights, and simply wonderful food! Another great change and a very big hit! Thank you!”


Lindsey Burrows on Dec 13, 2011 said:

“An experience like no other! Had a great time at happy hour with friends. My only complaint is that it's not open to the public on weekends!”


Tour Guest on Dec 10, 2011 said:

“A fun, unique way to spend a night on the town learning about history, laughing with new people you meet throughout the house and tunneling through to find secret passages. A great night and we plan to return again!”


Hotel Guest on Nov 30, 2011 said:

“I arrived early without advanced notice, needing to get to a meeting downtown in 40 minutes. Ted got me checked in very quickly, and I got to my meeting on-time. It was exciting to see the vibe of the Mansion as it prepared for Holiday events.”


Scott H. on Nov 15, 2011 said:

“Julie and I want to thank you and the staff for doing a fantastic job last Friday. Everyone had a wonderful time. We have received so many nice comments about how attentive and friendly the staff was. Richard was a particular hit with everyone as he entertained them while cooking the stir-fry. He made each person feel like they were getting a special meal. Folks loved the food -- especially the deserts! Kudos to you and all the staff who made our wedding celebration such a memorable event. Of course, the Mansion itself was the star of the show and people will be talking about it for years.”


Hans Erdenberger on Nov 15, 2011 said:

“Our overall experience was very nice. We enjoyed the historic aspects of the buildings themselved and were very ammused with the interior decor. My wife, who is a photographer, could have spent an additional month shooting photos of the interiors and still not have captured all of the varied images and themes that make this such a wonderful place. Christmas in the mansion must be glorious.”


Elizabeth Sutherland on Nov 15, 2011 said:

“I'll be back for afternoon tea, the desserts were the best!! Loved the atmosphere and especially the decor. Thanks, it was great. Unique.”


K.Torres on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“This is something else!”


Dr. Ronnie L. on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“Love the experience!”


Matilda on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“The Mansion is amazing :) It's like stepping into our imagination and letting it go wild :)”


Rob on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“Thank you for your kind hospitality this afternoon in allowing me to show an out of town guest the splendor of the Mansion. It gives me great pleasure to see the faces of people light up in awe when they see for themselves what I have never heard anyone be able to describe in ways that capture the spectacle of it all.”


Warren on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“I'm not sure how to say a proper Thank You for everything you did for me and Steve. Like any creative project, there are great realizations, incredible and happy accidents, and tense moments that are all part of the process. I'm not sure how you do what you do: manage the details, stay open to the options, nail down the specifics, and deliver everything seamlessly. I sincerely appreciate all that you did for us, for our wedding, and for our friends and family. THANK YOU.”


hotel guest on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“Loved it! Everyone so helpful and enthusiastic. Welcomed our daughters in for a tour. Fabulous experience and will be back! Thank you”


Museum Guest on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“I brought 6 kids for an 11-year old birthday party, and they had a blast on the treasure hunt.”


Hotel Guest on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“Loved the Country Room! Loved brunch and the wedding dinner. Loved your people. They were all wonderful. I cannot wait to return. Thank you for a great experience, oh and the linens are lovely.”


Laurel S. on Nov 10, 2011 said:

“Thanks again for all your help on Saturday night. We had a fabulous evening! All our guests loved The Mansion.”


mansioneditor on Nov 5, 2011 said:

thanks to eveyone who participated.
your heartfelt memories are spectacular!



Tea Guest on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“The Sunday tea was lovvely with delicious paries and cakes. Very friendly service also. The Mansion of course is amazing. Truly enjoyed it, thank you.”


Tea Guest on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“It was truly a relaxing experience and the variety of music was great and also contributed to the relaxing atomosphere. We truly appreciated the variety of cheeses, sandwiches, and desserts. They were all just delightful. Also, we really appreciate the accommodation you made for us regarding the sandwiches. You can tell the chef that I added the apple/cheese selection to the beef (with one bread) and it was scrumptious. He might want to try it. The champagne was good, too. So, as you can see, we really had a delightful afternoon. To the chef and Dan, we extend many, many kudos.”


Brunch Guest on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“The food is always delicious, the service was wonderful, and the staff even recognized me and called me by name when I came in! After brunch we went to the jam session, and it was more fun than I could have imagined. We will definitely be coming back for more!”


Party Guest on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“I had so much fun and felt very comfortable. NIce mix of people.”


Concert Goer on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“Wonderful evening! I was very impressed with the performance by Hotels and Highways/Mia Dyson - great music by a group of musicians who obviously enjoy their work and just as obviously enjoy working with each other and who, moreover, easily established a great rapport with the audience. And I loved the intimacy of the venue - it made for a very special evening. Outstanding!”


Fritzi Alwin on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“Great show!! Thank you very much for having us!!”


Party Guest on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“I really enjoyed seeing this estate. The shear size was very impressive.”


Mark Pulaski on Nov 3, 2011 said:

“What a magical evening at the Mansion! Mia Dyson and Hotels and Highways blew everyone away. Their music is fresh and totally authentic. In the setting that the Mansion provides it was a night I'll always remember as one of my favorite concert experiences. Hats off to Ted and H.”


admin on Nov 1, 2011 said:


thanks to eveyone who participated.
your heartfelt memories are spectacular!



Anna Schultz on Oct 25, 2011 said:

“I treated my sister to a birthday tea at the Mansion yesterday. It was my second time there and I found it as enjoyable and whimsical as the first time I went last year. After the tea we rooted around the wonderful cacophany of rooms and I found some great baskets to use in an upcoming fundraising event. Thank you for a fun-filled afternoon and I look forward to returning again soon.”


Tour Guest on Oct 25, 2011 said:

“What a great place. It's quite fun.”


Tour Guest on Oct 25, 2011 said:

“i came by for the first time today (monday) and was blown away. my girlfriend is visiting this weekend for our two year anniversary and i'm bringing her on sunday to show her this amazing place! can't wait to visit!”


Sarah Goldman on Oct 25, 2011 said:

“It was totally loco!”


Hotel Guest on Oct 25, 2011 said:

“I loved my stay. I can't wait to come back by for a few days and write some music. Lots of character in every room and a VERY creative space.”


Private Corporate Retreat Guest on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“Thank you very much for a fantastic event yesterday! The service and overall experience the Mansion provided exceeded our expectations.”


Champagne Tour Guest on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“A group of five of us went on the self guided champagne tour. We had a lot of fun wandering through the mansion. We enjoyed trying to find the secret passages. Our favorite one led to the wine cellar off the kitchen. We would definitely recommend it to someone who's looking for something unique to do in DC.”


James on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“Your hospitality to my family was amazing. I am forever grateful to both of you and will tell everyone in San Diego where to stay.”


Kathryn Herty on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“This was a very cool tour, something unique to explore- especially cool when one finds secret doors! I look forward to returning!”


Mark and Teri M. on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“We enjoyed our visit very much. All the staff members were extremely friendly and helpful; we even had the pleasure of meeting "H". Wandering through the mansion was utterly fascinating: some highlights were Bob Dylan's Guitar and John Lennon's note to this laundry, but our absolute favorites were the Wine Cellar hidden behind the spice rack, and the "Lion and Lamb" mirror in the elevator. Another charming aspect was the fun of preparing breakfast in the well-stocked kitchen, and sharing experiences with our fellow guests. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom expansive. We look forward to future visits - thanks for a wonderful memory.”


Sumita on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“We loved the mansion! My son is still talking about all the secret doors! Thank you so much for the experience.”


Patricia Fowler on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“Another wonderful enjoyable evening at the Mansion. The snacks were good and a nice added attraction.”


Fritzi Alwin on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“There's never a bad shOw at the O!!”


Happy Hour Guest on Oct 18, 2011 said:

“Amazing museum/hotel/happy hour. I'll definitely be back again.”


Jennifer Stratton on Oct 15, 2011 said:

“On any day you can make an impromptu detour to the O mansion and visit a bunch of old friends you haven't met yet. Most of my visits have been unplanned outings -- I went out to buy stamps and ended up at the mansion on O street. No matter how I got there, one tradition I indulge in each time I visit is to flip to a random page of a random book off a random shelf in a random room. Its the same trick they teach when you as a child -- letting a verse in the bible or quote instinctively find you. On a recent visit my page flip landed on the poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" by Wallace Stevens. This wasn't my first time reading this poem-I'd come across it before through friends, school and even in song. However, at that moment it completely embodied the spirit of the place I was standing. Every verse describing a different way to look at a bird in much the same way 100 rooms, 32 secret doors each unlock different perspectives from which to look at ourselves a! nd each other. The O mansion reminds me that there are so many ways of looking at everything and as a result there will always be more in life to explore, discover and dream. This magical trajectory the O mansion's philosophy very much inspires has lead me here. Since the first time I visited the mansion, I've had a strong desire to share this unique place with my whole family. Before learning about this contest I made a short documentary of a friend taking their first journey through the mansion. I showed the film to my family and it was suggested that I send a copy to a staff member. While searching the website for contact information to do so I serendipitously stumbled upon this contest, which potentially may allow me to actually bring my entire family to the mansion. Either way I am happy to have a conduit for sharing my thoughts and feelings about the O mansion with the people that make it special. (please wait for video to load - it is amazing!) O Journey from Jennifer Stratton on Vimeo. Je t'embrasse, Jennifer”


E. Coffey on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“Having just left the Coffey/Smith wedding on 10/8 I want to express how much I enjoyed your site. The mansion is obviously amazing and your staff were delightful. Highlights included the beautiful wooden bath tubs and sinks,the adventure of looking for secret passages to kiss my husband in and the attentive service of Eric and Zoe.”


C. Jones on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“Our friends from Florence Italy were delighted with their visit to the mansion. We spent 2 hours trying to find secret doors and only found 4! The 12 yr old's sheer joy could hardly be contained as he ran around frantically searching. His father was amazed at the collection of beautiful things. At times he was shaking his head, but he was smiling for the entire 2 hours. It was a great beginning of their trip to America. A complete blast for all of us.”


Peggy on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“I can't tell you how magical the weekend was for all of us, but especially for Jennifer! It was definitely a birthday too be remembered, and a memory that will be cherished by everyone. The entire Mansion group was wonderful, but you (Hilary) are a true gem in the Mansion crown. Your bosses are very lucky to have such an exceptional person heading the staff. Thank you again for all of your dedication to making the weekend flawless. . .”


Kelvin on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“1,001 Thank Yous!”


Mansion Hotel Guest on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“Really enjoyed our stay; appreciated the privacy and feeling like we were away from the city. We love this little area around Ost & Hopkins!”


J. Cox on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“The museum is great. One could spend hours looking through the museum if one wanted to do so.”


James on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“I can't thank you all enough and I really appreciate the courtesy you have shown me during my stay! I won't forget it.”


K. Gelsey on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“My friend and I spent a full two hours at the Mansion and enjoyed checking out every detail! Being a music lover, I especially appreciated the Rock n Roll memorabiliia--most impressive was the great John Lennon collection! Special experience--THANK YOU!”


Pam on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“We all enjoyed our stay and the unique fun environment.”


B-J Thompson Powell on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“As usual, my guest--this time, La'Tonya (niece with whom I celebrated her birthday)--and I had a delightful time at O Mansion! We so...o love the quiet dignity, humility, and, projected spirituality of the Owner-Manager who, present for brunch, was so kind in personally greeting and graciously welcoming us into her home! Everything was par excellent! We really appreciate the consistent quality of the OMansion experience. I find myself renewed with each visit. My niece, a first-timer at the OMansion, commented, that, despite all of the myriad of things, she felt a pervasive sense of peace and tranquility; some might find that paradoxical but I find it "just right". It's great bringing someone who's never enjoyed the OMansion milieu to its brunch because, for me, it results in a vicarious repetition of aspects of my own maiden voyage there. In this instance, my niece-ing?nue was enthralled by OMansion and her fervor triggered a fresh perspective and reaction from me.”


Marie Soveroski on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“What can I say? It's always an incredible pleasure to come to the Mansion, particularly when I am bringing a newbie (someone who hasn't been before). The food was great, the atmosphere wonderful, and the place itself is, as you know, magical...”


Museum Guest on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“I came with a friend visiting from out of town. We both thought it was a really fun experience,a very pleasant change from the usual DC tourist sites.”


Raili Maultsby on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“It was a unique experience and we 5 ladies were fascinated about all the beautiful objects and art work you had in the Mansion.”


J. Sullivan on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“In bad times, it's more important to have a place like the Mansion than in good times, I think. It's kind of a fantasy that you can live for a while.”


The Tuel Family on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“Welcome Hudson Tuel to the Mansion family!”


Mansion Hotel Guest on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“The O Mansion is a wonderful experience, a delight to the senses. As always, the brunch was beyond delicious! I appreciated the personal feel of the staff, from the reservation process to the room selection. I also liked that I could wander around to pick a book at night. I especially appreciated when Ted brought me bandages at 11 at night. I highly recommend the hotel for everyone that is looking for privacy at a great rate in a centrally located, extremely unique hotel.”


Mansion Hotel Guest on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“Always enjoy my time at The Mansion! A wonderful place to get away from the "swirl" of the real world.”


MIke on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“This was a fantastic experience!!! I will and have recommend this place to many people!!”


Stephen on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“What a magical place you have here. I will remember it for a special occasion in D.C. when the need arrives again.”


Jackie on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“So incredible! Will be back!”


Marylin Bradley on Oct 10, 2011 said:

“Awesomely wonderful!!!”


S Cob on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“Great experience! Makes me want to know more about the mansion's history. Loved the decorations. I wonder why I didn't know about the mansion before this. Easy to find with the directions on the website.”


Linda & Tony Bucci on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“Tony and I have been visiting the Mansion for the last 14 years - each year it gets better. Out first visit was for our 25th Anniversary - next year will be our 40th.”


Mansion Corporate Guest on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“Really enjoyed the surroundings and the hospitality. Will recommend to friends.”


Private Event Guest on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“The event was wonderful! Everything was nicely arranged, there was plenty of space for me and all my guests, and everyone had a great time and said the service and facilities were incredibly accommodating! Eric the Bartender was especially pleasant, and helped keep the party rolling. Thank you to everyone!!”


Brunch Guest on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“Brunch at the Mansion is always a delight! There are so many wonderful foods to sample, and EVERYTHING is delicious! Even though we tried to pace ourselves, we couldn't sample everything. But we very much enjoyed it, and we'll definitely be back again soon!!”


Carol Wyman on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“The O Street Mansion is one of my favorite places in DC -- eclectic, interesting and friendly. My elementary school aged kids had a great time finding and opening the secret doors and designing their dream bathrooms. The music lovers in our tour group loved all the signed guitars and the joining in the jam session in the music room.”


Rick Lore on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“The Tuesday night event was spectacular, almost as amazing as your have-to-see-it-to-believe establishment.”


Pallen on Sep 30, 2011 said:

“Not knowing what to expect, I was pleased with the seriousness and intensity of Duncan's mission, the luminosity of his eminently humane photography, the sad charm of the ruined castle, and Salman's humor.”


Eowana Jordan on Aug 19, 2011 said:

“I have been to THE Mansion several times: for tea, brunch, Christmas and Thanksgiving! It is the most unique place in Washington, D.C. and probably the entire east coast! Do not miss touring the upstairs rooms after your meal. Delightful, clever, charming, fun, yummy and more! I keep my wonderful black velvet hat with the curved feather I bought at the O on display in the guest bedroom. Oh, don't worry about parking, they have valet service. My dream is to go and spend the night. Maybe for my birthday? Oh, oh, O!”


mansioneditor on Aug 17, 2011 said:

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Becky Hill. — Louisville, Ky on Aug 8, 2011 said:

“This was my very first stop while visiting Washington DC! I had the most wonderful afternoon exploring every nook and cranny of this unbelievable house/museum. I was greeted warmly and whisked through a series of mazes that enabled me to forget about the outside world and "check out" from the craziness of life in exchange for the craziness of this house. What a fun experience! I was encouraged several times to sit down, relax, kick my shoes off and read a book (which there were thousands of scattered all throughout the house!) I signed up for a scavenger hunt, but honestly I was busier "scavenging" through all the items, shopping, to really pay that much attention to what was on my sheet. Lol. After finding my way through several secret passageways, I would forget what floor I was even on! I made several trips down to the first floor where my pile of items to be purchased was being amassed on a couch. When they say everything is for sell, they mean EVERYTHING! I opened closets, armoires, trunks, desks, etc and "H" politely sold me anything I wanted (sometimes asking me where in the world I had found it!) All in all I ended up buying several old, obscure, and delightful books, a family board game from the 70's, CDs I hadn't seen in decades, several pieces of china, a lazy Susan, a beautiful handcarved sandstone nightlight, and several other items I couldn't live without. The only thing that makes me happier than finding great treasures is knowing that all the proceeds go back to charity. I spent 6 hours exploring all that the mansion on the o had to offer for a mere $20 donation. That was the best $20 I spent my entire time in DC. I will definitely be coming back very soon, and bringing my friends with me! Thank you "H"”


Maggie LeDuc on Aug 7, 2011 said:

“Hillary was a fun and energetic tour guide. She had a lot of knowledge and was very approachable both during and after the tour! We plan on coming back to the Mansion as often as possible!”


Ray & Georgene Ammon on Aug 1, 2011 said:

“WE took our two older grandchildren and it was most interesting to see them go from room to room excited when the found one of the items on the list. Great place to enjoy one of the best kept secretes in Washington.”


Caryn Kuebler on Jul 29, 2011 said:

“This place is amazing. A treasure at every turn.”


Lisa Carter on Jul 28, 2011 said:

“I came to The Mansion Champagne Tour once. It was so great I have been back three times, and once by myself! I have been truly blessed and enchanted by your vision, peace and Harmony. Simply a Breathtaking Experience!”


Self- Guided Tour Guest on Jul 27, 2011 said:

“Loved it!!! Wish we would've taken the guided tour instead of doing it on our own. Had the feeling that we missed some stuff. Over all my family loved it from my husband to my 17 year old son!”


Tom on Jul 25, 2011 said:

“Thanks...it truly was a wonderful stay. (I am looking forward to the next time already--and even got a note from friends of mine who are trying out your Monday night dinner on my recommendation, so the fan club is expanding.)”


Mina Panetti on Jul 25, 2011 said:

“I love staying at the O Mansion. The beds and bedding are awesome. I sleep better than I sleep at home. Its very relaxed and comfortable and also quite fascinating...love the books and the art. Looking forward to next month's visits.”


Steve Lehmann, NOAA on Jul 22, 2011 said:

“Last night I stayed at the Mansion (Octagon) on the advise of a good friend and work colleague, Debbie Payton (she is a current long term resident there). Speaking as a frequent government traveler for the past 25 years, I can easily say that your establishment is my favorite among all the places I've stayed throughout the world. It was as if I became privy to this secret in the middle of Washington, DC, this magical place that few have seen and fewer know well. I can't thank you enough for creating your hotel and permitting me a glimpse. At the end of August, we drop our only child off at the University of Delaware to begin his freshman year, thus ushering in a new era in our lives. I can think of no place better to spend our first night as "empty nesters" than at the Mansion. My wife, in particular, will require the fine distraction offered by such a hotel as she contemplates life without her son each day. Thank you again for your creativity and hospitality. The Mansion is an adventure through the looking glass for those lucky enough to find it.”


Scott Buckley on Jul 19, 2011 said:

“Thank you so much for allowing me to stay in such a beautiful suite. The AC was perfect. It was great seeing you again.”


Jeffrey Parrillo on Jul 18, 2011 said:

“The entire staff was accomodating and friendly. I had recently had surgery and I had specific dietary needs which Chef Antoine did a fantastic job of helping me with. Hilary and Katherine were very helpful and patiently answered my questions whenever I had a concern. I am already planning my next stay!”


Tonya Fox on Jul 18, 2011 said:

“Our group had a wonderful time celebrating my 40th Birthday and listening to some great music from Bonnie Montgomery. It was an absolutely enjoyable evening.”


Champagne Tour on Jul 10, 2011 said:

“We had a fantastic time visiting the museum! It felt like there was so much to see and we all want to go back to try and find more secret doors and see more of the rooms. This has definitely become something I will recommend to DC visitors--so unique and fun.”


judith stover on Jul 8, 2011 said:

“I am the older generation therefore, subject to only the limitation of my mind. The Mansion provides a place of elegance while opening minds to possiblities of endless beauty whether through my eyes, my nose or mouth. I am humbled by your belief and walk with miracles.”


Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion Concert Guest on Jul 8, 2011 said:

“Amazing night, loved it!!”


Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion Concert Guest on Jul 8, 2011 said:

“It was a magical evening!! Looking forward to another evening at the Mansion.”


Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion Concert Guest on Jul 8, 2011 said:

“An amazingly intimate acoustic performance experience!”


Hotel Guest on Jul 8, 2011 said:

“It was awesome as always! thanks for being there and sharing your home and wonderful treasures. The concert with Sarah Lee & Johnny was an extra wonderful treat as well.”


Felicia on Jul 7, 2011 said:

“My mom and I had a fabulous time at the Mansion on Saturday! Thank you so much for making that happen. My mom loves the place now and sees why I call it my favorite place in the world. She's telling everyone she knows about it, she was that impressed.”


Nicole Isaac on Jul 6, 2011 said:

“The Mansion is a place where individuals can come together from all walks of life, share stories, experiences, a brief glance, or a lifetime connection. It's an outlet for the creative and an inspiration for the innovative.”


Bonnie Montgomery Gives The Mansion 5 Stars! on Jul 5, 2011 said:

“My stay at the Mansion was inspiration enough to fuel the next few operas. The staff felt like family and the facilities are downright ethereal, other-worldy, grand. I only wish I could have stayed longer, like maybe for a lifetime. I acquired a life-changing bejeweled dress and the memory of a place that will keep my imagination spinning infinitely. Thank you!!”


The Mansion on O Street on Jul 5, 2011 said:

“Fun with hats! Annie, Hilary, Sandy & H (click to enlarge)”


Self Guided Tour Guest on Jul 5, 2011 said:

“I took my boyfriend to the Mansion as a surprise date. Our visit was unique and worthwhile over all - the self-guided tour made it easy to explore on our own terms and take our time discovering hidden doors.”


Debra and Gerard on Jul 2, 2011 said:

“<3 you! Sorry we missed you!!! Hope you had a fabulous trip and a wonderful 4th of July. Your peeps were amazing as always! We love love love staying here.”


McCowan on Jul 2, 2011 said:

“Marvelous-best stay yet!”


5 Stars for Walt Wilkins &amp; the Mystiqueros on Jun 30, 2011 said:

“I attended Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros. It was a wonderful evening. Fantastic music & lovely space.”


Jac Shipp on Jun 29, 2011 said:

“Very much enjoyed The Mansion. Found 8 doors. Will look forward to finding more during future visits.”


Janet Emma Garbe Gives Walt Wilkins &amp; the Mystiqueros 5 Stars! on Jun 27, 2011 said:

“You are all so gracious and welcoming! How could anyone not feel like royalty as a guest in your humble, most curious, most gracious, most interestingly "recycled", save the planet, artful, soulful, full of LOVE abode. Always the greatest fun, and always the greatest pleasure. I brought new friends to see our beautiful friends WW & the MQs, and they were blown away by all...by you..the music, the rooms. What a treat. Thank you.”


Hotel Guest on Jun 26, 2011 said:

“I love staying at the Mansion, and this was my best stay yet. The room was magnificent. I really appreciated management's willingness to accomodate a reservation change that arose urgently. I happened by chance into the Walt Wilkins concert, which was marvelous, and I returned the next day to see them jam with Bonnie Montgomerie, which was beyond marvelous. Thank you so much for the unforgettable stay-- I can't wait to return!”


Sandi B - Ridgewood, NJ on Jun 25, 2011 said:

“We were guests in the Rosa Parks Safe House and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our room(s) were charming and comfortable. The location of the Mansion was very convenient, too. We will definitely come again!”


Jamie Brandon on Jun 25, 2011 said:

“For me the Mansion is an explosion of sensory delights. Coming to the Mansion means that I'm on joy overload between the tastes of the food and the visual appeal of all there is to take in. I'm always astonished at the loving care that goes into all the special details you provide for each of your guests and frankly, it feels very comfortable. No one any where else has provided such a fun and unique atmosphere for the rest of us to relax and enjoy. Thank you for thinking of.....everything. :)”


Jessica Stokke on Jun 23, 2011 said:

“very funky-will tell everyone I know about it!”


Barbara Allen on Jun 23, 2011 said:

“Thank you so very much for our awesome event at the O Mansion! It was all Ben had hoped for and more. Tom and I can't say enough about how welcome our guests felt and the food.... oh, my, it just kept coming! Thank you for putting the extras in like the California Pizza for appetizers; there were others but the mind blurs! You and the staff were always gracious, helpful and so very accommodating. And, punctual! I really appreciate how you helped keep things moving on your end. He had so wanted everyone attending to enjoy the crazy uniqueness that the O Mansion provides. His wishes were exceeded as guest after guest gushed about it all - especially the food. One of my brother-in-laws from Texas pulled me aside. Mark's a big eater, loves his beer/wine and more. He said that never before had he ever felt satiated with dessert. Mark finally knows what it takes to make him feel he's had a "real" dessert feast! Many other guests echoed these sentiments. It set the bar high for the actual wedding day. Tom and I were thrilled that our evening at the O Mansion set a tone of fun, quirkiness and great food in a unique DC setting. With the granduer of the Cathedral of St. Matthew's for the wedding and The Washington Club for reception, it was a fabulous destination wedding weekend for all. Please express our great appreciation to the others who helped make this possible.”


5 Stars for The Captain's Suite &amp; Hotel Staff on Jun 21, 2011 said:

“The stay was excellent! The staff was very helpfull and went out of their way to help me. I had forgotten my cell phone charger and the staff went out of their way to try to help me find a replacenment. Thank You!”


Charla Sizemore Pearson on Jun 17, 2011 said:

“My pictures "tell it all" (I usually have a flute in my hand)! Champagne is the nectar of life. I have a nickname, "Champagne Charla" that a friend gave me six years ago. Whenever I came to her "seaside grill", she would bring out a bottle for me automatically! Every restaurant I visit gives me a different "taste of champagne", whether it be cava, prosecco, sparkling or French: it's all mine. I tell people that I am celebrating "another day of life above the ground" everyday - and I'm into celebrating life. So here's to you, The Mansion on O Street, celebrate life - let's "toast it up" !


Stephen Pereira on Jun 16, 2011 said:

“I felt like I was at home away from home. Thank you!!! Breakfast was especially tasty.”


Julia Karpeisky on Jun 16, 2011 said:

“About a month ago I took my daughter Rachel and her friends Joyce, Jane, Caitlin, and Noor to visit O Street Mansion. They are all forth-graders at Churchill Road elementary school in McLean, VA. O Mansion is such an inspiration for what's possible if you ignore the fear, do what your inner voice tells you, do what you enjoy, do it well, and have fun. I've been there a number of times, and thought it would be a great place ot bring the kids. The had SO MUCH fun, that on the way back they wrote a song! They've also put together a power point (click link to download) with pictures from their trip, where they each say what the O Mansion means to them.


Anthony and Alex on Jun 13, 2011 said:

“Terrific stay, Thank you so much.”


Lennon Van Sickle on Jun 13, 2011 said:

I want to be a winner! I am a winner! Guess who I am?


Pastushonak — Gives the Self Guided Tour 5 Stars! on Jun 11, 2011 said:

“I went to Mansion on a 3rd date with my boyfriend and it was an unforgettable adventurous experience. its a perfect place for a date, as you can look for secret doors together, get lost and all of a sudden find a way and be fascinated by interesting unique things. I have a friend visiting from Canada this weekend and am taking her to this amazing mysterious place!”


Liz deGraffenreid on Jun 11, 2011 said:

“The mansion is the most romantic place for my husband and me. ? The Mansion's creativity, mystery, ?passion and music has beckoned our souls since we first stumbled into it's heavy front doors. ?On 7.7.7., my lucky day, Scott surprised me with a weekend in the city. ?We checked into the mansion, took a walk around the hot city, and after 7 years of being in love, he asked me to marry him. ? Oh happy day! ?The mansion had congratulations and our check in cards (the future mr. & mrs. .....) waiting for us and popped open a bottle of champagne to celebrate. ?The next day we awoke to fifteen of our best friends waiting downstairs at brunch to celebrate! ?We ate, drank and danced merrily! ?It was the happiest day of my life...until our wedding day. ?Thank you mansion!”


Luanne Stevenson on Jun 10, 2011 said:

“The mansion is a fabulous place life happens there at a slower pace So much to see at every turn You may even find a wonderful urn Signed guitars are everywhere From the great musicians that have visited there They serve you food from salad to quail And everything you see is also for sale The secret doors are very cool Stop and enjoy a game of pool It is the most unique place I have ever been And I cannot wait to go back again!”


Sue Bumpous on Jun 10, 2011 said:

“I love exploring all the rooms, secret passages, seeing the eclectic collection of "stuff." But the thing I return to over and over is the "Beatles jukebox". It reminds me of the first time I heard the Beatles on the radio, the nights watching them on the Ed Sullivan show, the first time I saw "A Hard Day's Night", singing "Yellow Submarine" with my daughter and teaching her the rest of the Beatles song catalogue. I would love to have this in my condo - I'd find room somewhere!”


Brianna Bates on Jun 10, 2011 said:

Date: December 3, 2010 Time: 6:30PM This date and time is the first time I stepped foot in O Street Mansion. I was working with Things To Do DC and staffing an event. I was in complete shock and awe at the beauty that the mansion held, in everything from the wall paper to the inlaid wood throughout. New things and old things were scattered about, $20,000 things and $20 things sat right next to one another for sale. All that glittered felt like gold. I felt like a small child exploring a hidden wonder for the first time. It was a monumental evening and I felt welcomed by all and right at home. I immediately wanted to bring every person in my life there to share with them this experience. I walked out that night with an $18 wooden carving of a hand flashing the middle finger and on my desk it sits. "Is it a ring holder they ask?" with a perplexed look on their face. My response is, "No, it just is?it is a carving?of a hand?flicking you off". We both usually burst out laughing and I love the smile it brings to the face of everyone who sees it. Malcom Gladwell is my favorite author, and I think if anyone could appreciate the splendor of the mansion, it would be him (although I've never met him?but through reading his works, I seem to feel like I know him?funny how that happens). The way Mr. Gladwell writes reminds me a lot of how I think. He writes in statistics and about beating the odds. He ties psychology into every crevice that he explores. One of my favorite chapters explores the business and bookkeeping necessary to be a "good" or successful drug dealer. I remember reading it and thinking, I like this guy and the way he thinks. You see? I used to live in Friendship Heights and every time I came up the metro, the same homeless man was asking, "Can I get a little change to help me get back to the shelter?" After passing him several times, I finally stopped to converse with the gentleman. I kindly asked him why he asked everyday for change to get back to the shelter, if he had to leave there to get here to begin with? He explained to me (the rather obvious): people in Friendship Heights had more money than people by the shelter so he could "make more" here than he could there. I took this information in and made a marketing suggestion. I suggested that instead of asking for change to "get back to the shelter" he should just ask for change?.for food, clothing, etc. I told him that by asking for change to get back to the shelter, people would be less likely to give to him - because they would question why he left to begin with. The next day I saw him and he had revamped his strategy and informed me that his "income" had increased. From that day forward, we would always nod heads in a somewhat special way when passing. The encounter warmed my heart. I can tell you how I look on paper. I am a William and Mary graduate who majored in Psychology and Biology. I was held a leadership role in every organization I was member to (student government, sorority, internships, culture clubs, etc). I currently serve as an Information and Accounts Specialist for the Distance Education and Training Council, aiding with accreditation of universities. Mostly, I work with the controversial private, for-profit sector. I am working on my master's degree through UMUC. But when I list these things, I don't feel it's "who" I am and I also don't feel it differentiates me in any way, shape or form from the rest of the young, seemingly accomplished DC population. Who is Brianna Lee Bates? I've never been a fan of down time, so when I'm not working or studying I pick up lots of different things. I work part time with Things To Do DC, which has been an amazing way to explore the city and make new friends. I also am a temporary nanny with White House Nannies. I love children and am not ready to have my own so I like to play with other people and give them back at the end of the day! While being a nanny is great money, it brings a joy to be that I cannot explain. I was reading H.H. Leonards-Spero's "About Us" section of the website and I realized that I feel a lot like she does. Seeing things through the eyes of a child is totally different. It's pure and simple and just seems somehow, more special. I had to laugh when I read H.H. Leonards-Spero's section about how she would go about the day around the mansion without letting people who she was. I am enrolling in a course with the New York Institute of Photography (a school that my company accredits but am just dropping into the class as a regular student. I don't want to let them know I work for their accreditation agency and get any special treatment. I'm generally interested in the art of photography and want the same experience that all of the other students get from the help desk and professors. There is something about anonymity that allows the real person and situation being encountered to truly come to the surface, and its more beautiful and real that way. I would never be the person who lived in NYC for eleven years and never visited the statue of liberty. My mind is always on and I'm often described as bubbly and carious. I prefer to come back from a vacation somewhat exhausted so that I know I wasted no time in exploring whatever location I just returned from. I'm always looking for the best deal. If I see something I like?I will tell myself to wait until it goes on sale or try to find it cheaper online (although I'll admit that I have my indulgences?don't we all?!). I don't consider myself a feminist but I come from a family of strong women, and I will do anything I can to support people when they are down and have a special place in my heart for single Mom's. I always tend to see the glass as half full. I've been mugged and attacked and at the height of my reaction to it, I thought it meant that people were inherently "bad", though I quickly altered my view and saw it as an opportunity to be more aware of my surroundings or start to attend counseling and address things that needed to be addressed outside of the attack. I sympathize with people who get depressed and don't have a lot of resilience, but I can't say that I personally understand it. I believe that who we are is made up on a combination of nature and nurture and everyone comes from a different nature and nurturing environment and is beautiful in their own way. I would never dye my hair hot pink but I admire a person who can and does. I like to bake my brownies shaped like hearts year round, why save it for just Valentine's Day. My zumba instructor had a holiday mix around Christmas and it had music from Christmas, Hanukah, Diwali, The Day of Enlightenment, etc. She said it was because she liked to celebrate ALL of the holidays, not just Christmas - I thought this was the best thing I had heard all year. I like to walk through Meridian Hill Park and imagine a time when women strolled with parasols and! were read books by their suitors while sitting by the fountains. I love to go on Sundays and listen to the drum circle and pretend that I'm in an African country watching tribal dancers. I believe we should celebrate our differences and learn from each other and find joy in the little things. I would like to help anyone who asks me for help in any way I can. Even if I can't do anything directly, I like to try my hardest to put you in touch with someone who can. I see the world as a place waiting to be explored, full of things waiting to be discovered and people waiting to be met. I would like to be a member so that I can go beyond just telling people how much I adore the O Street Mansion. I want to be able to have lunch with them and see the expression on their face when they walk in and see the wonder that it is. I want them to get the feeling that I felt on December 3, 2010 at 6:30pm?and selfishly, I want to experience that feeling over and over again ?”


Angela O'Brien on Jun 6, 2011 said:

Behind Secret Door #1 A Bachorette's Delight: A Story Told in Pictures - The Story begins as we all head downtown to Dupont Circle! On our way to The Mansion! - We arrive at the Mansion on O St! - Greeted by champagne, we check-in and explore! Champagne! - Each party member wrote a letter to the bride-to-be, Katie. We all found our favorite room in the mansion where we read our sentimental letters. sentimental letters - We had fun sorting through the fun hats, dresses and eclectic items around the mansion. sorting through hats and more! - Our tour lead us to the secret Champagne Room, where the Maid of Honor reads her special toast to her sister. The bridal party toasts! secret champagne room! - Onto a limo tour around the Monuments downtown! Limo around town! - The Limo drops us off at the Dirty Martini in Dupont for dinner. - Out to drinking and Dancing at Local 16! Dinner & Dancing! - Thankfully, the wedding party woke up to a wonderful Breakfast Buffet waiting for us! YUM! What a marvelous weekend we all had - the O St Mansion kept the secrets of an amazing Bachlorette Party. We love O St.!


Lisa Dugal on Jun 6, 2011 said:

“Terrific multi-generational experience! Thanks.”


Georgina Feigen on Jun 6, 2011 said:

“Great fun for my 75 year old father-in-law down to my 10 year old daughter! A great treasure.”


Rayan Dichover on Jun 6, 2011 said:

“Beautiful!”


V Chanthaphone on Jun 6, 2011 said:

“Absolutely Beautiful, exciting and mysterious place. We have enjoyed our tour! Thank you!”


Barbara J. Schreiber - Executive Director, Starlight Children's Foundation MidAtlantic on May 30, 2011 said:

“Thank you for an incredible event last Sunday with Starlight Children's Foundation MidAtlantic. The event wasn't just a party; it was a cherished family memory. It meant that Sophie's dad could play pool for 15 minutes, knowing that the joy of his life is safe and happy and forgetting that she was ever sick with Neruoblastoma, it meant that Quinn, who has Spina Bifida and Vocal Cord Paralysis could help the musicians keep their beat with the maracas, it meant that families could share a happy day together. Between the incredibly accommodating staff, delicious breakfast, exciting treasure hunt, and wonderful musicians, the Mansion on O Street was instrumental in helping our families take a break from their stress of child's illness. Thank you again for hosting Treasures and Treats at the Mansion on O Street Great Escape. The real treasure was giving the children a day to just be kids and the families a chance to enjoy it.”


Rhonda Hendershot on May 29, 2011 said:

“The O Street Mansion needs to be on everyone's Bucket List! I got all dolled up for a Red Hat brunch and tea there one afternoon, and was totally unprepared for EXTREME sensory input! As an artist, I absolutely "got" the eclectic atmosphere - everywhere I turned there were unique artifacts, and ALL with sale tags, right down to the hand-made jewelry featured on every dining area table! I am plotting a return trip with my young adult daughters, who will be just as excited about this experience as I was. The exceptional brunch is as memorable as the tour through the startling suites filled with trinkets and objects d'art on every flat surface! The word "Dining" in this fabulous museum/shop/Victorian home does not begin to describe this fabulous experience. When we couldn't eat another bite, we toured the museum - up and down stairways, in and out of unexpected doorways, peeking in nooks and crannies to find surprizes at every turn! We vicariously shared the dream of a young bride as she posed with her family, creating memorable pictures while a lovely string trio playing softly in the background. You can not help but fall in love with the O Street Mansion. I drooled over every inch, wondering how I can stay there, not just in my dreams! I am crossing my fingers that I win the Grand Prize for me and my family!”


Rebecca Hendershot on May 28, 2011 said:

“It's a mystery to me! I cant wait to see, what it has in store for me! My mother talks about this place all the time, and soon I'm sure I will see why. She says it's like nowhere else & I am looking forward to the experience myself!”


William Schuler on May 26, 2011 said:

“I was provided with everything and deprived of nothing I could ask for. I am stunned and amazed!”


Farrah Pasdar on May 25, 2011 said:

“Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! For giving the children and families of Starlight MidAtlantic a morning to remember! Your hospitality and generosity were so very much appreciated, and gave these families an experience they will never forget. Thank you for brightening their day :)”


Nicole Kennedy on May 23, 2011 said:

“I LOVE this place! Thanks for making our starlight kids smile!”


Evon Banks on May 23, 2011 said:

“The first time I have every been or new about the Mansion on O street was Sunday. I'm a volunteer with Starlight Mid Atlantic. I was touched by the staff, and place was out standing. Everyone went out of there way to make sure the Kid's and their families enjoyed every detail of the mansion for that I thank you. I was not able to go around to see everything you had to offer but from what the kid's and their parents said, you out did yourself. What really got be was the fact that owners of the mansion went out their way to help and do anything that was ask, as if they were part of the staff now that in my book means the WORLD to me. Thanks again for making your home our home, what I wonderful feeling. ( I hope to get the chance to see it all through my own eyes.)”


Evon Banks on May 23, 2011 said:

“The first time I have every been or new about the Mansion on O street was Sunday. I'm a volunteer with Starlight Mid Atlantic. I was touched by the staff, and place was out standing. Everyone went out of there way to make sure the Kid's and their families enjoyed every detail of the mansion for that I thank you. I was not able to go around to see everything you had to offer but from what the kid's and their parents said, you out did yourself. What really got be was the fact that owners of the mansion went out their way to help and do anything that was ask, as if they were part of the staff now that in my book means the WORLD to me. Thanks again for making your home our home, what I wonderful feeling. ( I hope to get the chance to see it all through my own eyes.)”


P. Mundy on May 23, 2011 said:

“Comfy bed & bedding, peaceful atmosphere. I like getting my own breakfast! I like the place and recommend it to my colleagues and friends.”


Martin Sinozich on May 23, 2011 said:

“This was our third visit. We loved being in The Penthouse! Thank you again! Its always a genuinely and magical restorative experience here. Our dinners were fantabulous!”


Sharon Borntrager on May 23, 2011 said:

“We don't have this in Ohio! What a trip! Lovely experience!”


Louie Gohert, Member of Congress on May 23, 2011 said:

“Thank you for your superb kindness and hospitality.”


Lindsey Tayler on May 23, 2011 said:

“Better than any Smithsonian!”


Starlight Children's Foundation MidAtlantic Guest on May 23, 2011 said:

“I LOVE this place! Thanks for making our Starlight kids smile!”


Mark Harrison on May 17, 2011 said:

“I stayed here with co-workers for a whole week. The Mansion has been the greatest lodging experience that I have had and I travel over 30 weeks a year. The rooms are so cool and the staff is, well, so cool. Let's just say, that I am bringing my new bride here to share the fun. We hope to make The Mansion one of those "Special" places. Hopefully sincerity makes up for a lack of creativity.”


Mark Harrison on May 17, 2011 said:

“I stayed here with co-workers for a whole week. The Mansion has been the greatest lodging experience that I have had and I travel over 30 weeks a year. The rooms are so cool and the staff is, well, so cool. Let's just say, that I am bringing my new bride here to share the fun. We hope to make The Mansion one of those "Special" places. Hopefully sincerity makes up for a lack of creativity.”


Mark Harrison on May 17, 2011 said:

“I stayed here with co-workers for a whole week. The Mansion has been the greatest lodging experience that I have had and I travel over 30 weeks a year. The rooms are so cool and the staff is, well, so cool. Let's just say, that I am bringing my new bride here to share the fun. We hope to make The Mansion one of those "Special" places. Hopefully sincerity makes up for a lack of creativity.”


Starlight Children's Foundation MidAtlantic on May 16, 2011 said:

“Starlight Children's Foundation MidAtlantic is thrilled to be returning to the Mansion on O Street! Starlight MidAtlantic is a nonprofit that brightens the lives of seriously ill children and their families through entertainment, education, and family activities. The children we serve have life-altering illnesses that keep them in the hospital anywhere from 5 visits to 260 days each year. Helping children heal through laughter, Starlight MidAtlantic creates fun in the hospital and in the community. Every month, Starlight MidAtlantic has a Great Escape?, a fun-filled family outing. In May, Starlight MidAtlantic is returning to the Mansion on O Street for a Treasures and Treats on O Street Great Escape! Seriously ill children, their siblings, and parents alike can't wait for this wondrous event!”


Marisa Flores Lee on May 14, 2011 said:

“Happy Easter! Brunch was great as always and it is always good to see you! ?”


Debbie Payton on May 13, 2011 said:

“What a fabulous, warm, inviting and magical place. I found the Mansion almost by accident, I was googling for a unique place to stay in Washington DC and stumbled upon the Mansion. What a lucky find! The Mansion is not a place to stay, it's a place to experience. I was in town for work and stayed at the Mansion for my first time - wow! The people were so incredibly welcoming. Ted and staff went out of their way to make me feel "at home." I was there for almost two weeks and my family came and stayed with me over the weekend. It's unanimous, our family has never stayed anyplace quite so magical. The "kids" (ages 24, 21 and 19 - so not really kids any more) were in love with exploring - finding new rooms around every corner, testing out the guitars, playing the grand piano, looking at all the diverse artwork and reading all the fascinating framed pictures and letters. We have found a place in Washington DC that we hope to come back to again and again. We were able to enjoy mothers day brunch. Again - wow! So much fun to sample so many different kinds of food. Breakfast could easily turn into almost an all day affair! Thank you for the experience.”


Arthur DeFelice on May 9, 2011 said:

“(click on photo to enlarge) What is the O Street Mansion to me? In chaos, it is tranquility. When trouble manages to find me The Mansion can always remind me Of what is important, what is dear, What to push away, what to hold near. In all that clutter, a master plan; Those mirrors reflect the life of man. I enter worn down, exit renewed Restored by friends, family and food. As I leave, my angst withers and dies Again I see life through children's eyes.”


Leslie Guerin — The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation on May 5, 2011 said:

“Thank YOU... and Ted... and Katherine... and the rest of the Mansion family for another wonderful event. Special thanks to "The Docent Family"... great name tags!!!! No one can ever again say they did not know there were docents at the event. :-) People were stopping to say what a great time they had, the Mansion is beautiful, the food was outstanding, the staff is so nice. I think the presentation of the dinner buffet, the 4th Floor kitchen, the Sushi room, the dessert table and all stations are are visions guests will never forget... it was amazing. And speaking of the food, thank you! I felt very bad, and I was worried about having to make cuts. But I noticed last night that some of the foods I cut were there. And this morning, someone was commenting that the caviar and lamb chops were wonderful... so it sounds like everything was there! Thank you so much for providing our guests with the full Mansion experience! The guests who had readings loved Dezia. Many talked about their readings at the event, on the van ride back to the hotel, and one guest told me she went to sleep feeling very hopeful and woke up feeling the same. (That is a really nice takeaway!) DC's Finest was a huge hit as always. Both new guests and guests who have seen them for years thoroughly enjoyed their performance. It was an exceptional evening, as always.”


Colleen McIntosh on May 5, 2011 said:

“It's Better Than Vegas!!!”


Kent on May 3, 2011 said:

“We enjoyed ourselves and the space was perfect for our meeting! We appreciate everything you did to make it a great experience.”


Kent on May 3, 2011 said:

“We enjoyed ourselves and the space was perfect for our meeting! We appreciate everything you did to make it a great experience.”


Thomas S. on May 2, 2011 said:

“Thank you. Love the place. Wish I could be there more often.”


Jeff Meier on Apr 20, 2011 said:

“I'm still going through fun withdrawals. Thanks again for a great experience and a very memorable weekend. Now I just have to count the days until I'm back at the "House"”


Lee Canossa on Apr 20, 2011 said:

“The Mansion is the ultimate, glorious expression of more is more.”


B-j Thompson Powell on Apr 15, 2011 said:

“It was Djani's 14th birthday and the breakfast celebration with my grandson and his Dad went off swimmingly; the repartee, in combination with wonderful food was delightful. I did have some initial speculation as to whether the planned "treasure hunt" would, in fact, be one that would be a hit with "all ages", especially since my grandson who reminded me, he was "?no longer a child?", once or twice was enamoured with video games whose sophistication had been proven to exceed my skill set. Nevertheless, we launched into the hunt: Everybody loved it! So much so that I ended up being the "voice of reason"-along with a bit of urging from my near stiletto-height heels-and convinced all in our small company of 3 that 1PM was a suitable time to graciously depart the mansion in order to give others quarter and access to space that we had occupied since the first stragglers for breakfast had appeared. My suggestion received reluctant acquiescence: Clearly, we loved the Mansion experience and will return! [P.S. I was the one who kept insisting that the secret door locations not be given away to inquiring newcomers; after all, half the fun was their discovery!] ”


(Ms.) B-j Thompson Powell on Apr 15, 2011 said:

“A boy swimming grabs the edge of the pool; Ooops?Carefully, I traverse the edge-almost falling- Into the well-stocked wine cellar. Then, transported, quickly, I glide through a universe of kitch To catch hold of a balloon ride with promises of knowledge gained. I stare into real art and ponder its deeper meaning Until I laugh back at a rabbit, bunny, or gathering of Victorian ladies and wonder what they are contemplating. Over-stimulated by all I'm taking in, I still savour what has been received and leave wanting more?.O Mansion!”


(Ms.) B-j Thompson Powell on Apr 15, 2011 said:

“A boy swimming grabs the edge of the pool; Ooops...Carefully, I traverse the edge--almost falling-- Into the well-stocked wine cellar. Then, transported, quickly, I glide through a universe of kitch To catch hold of a balloon ride with promises of knowledge gained. I stare into real art and ponder its deeper meaning Until I laugh back at a rabbit, bunny, or gathering of Victorian ladies and wonder what they are contemplating. Over-stimulated by all I'm taking in, I still savour what has been received and leave wanting more....O Mansion!”


Chelsia on Apr 13, 2011 said:

“Wow! That's a relaly neat answer!”


Shelly and Matt on Apr 13, 2011 said:

“Wow...I'd heard about The Mansion from a few friends but never had the chance to stay with you -- until earlier this week -- you did not disappoint! I was enchanted by the atmosphere and I can't even begin to say I saw enough -- we'll be back!”


Kate Baillie on Apr 13, 2011 said:

“It was wonderful to stay in a "home away from home" I live in a regency town house in the UK with period furniture so this was so relaxing and comforting, especially while working!!”


Officer Wives, Fort Bouvier on Apr 11, 2011 said:

“We had a lovely morning at the Mansion on Tuesday. I heard many wonderful comments about the place, but the word that sums up the Mansion's experience was whimsical.”


Officer Wives, Fort Bouvier on Apr 11, 2011 said:

“We had a lovely morning at the Mansion on Tuesday. I heard many wonderful comments about the place, but the word that sums up the Mansion's experience was whimsical.”


CityStream Story! on Apr 11, 2011 said:

“Great Story in Citystream ? http://www.citystream.com/2011/04/the-best-museum-you-never-heard-of-history-of-the-mansion-on-o.html”


Randy on Apr 11, 2011 said:

“Thanks for the stay, I had a great time!”


Sarah on Apr 4, 2011 said:

“I loved staying here!”


Frances Garfinkle on Apr 4, 2011 said:

“Lots of Fun.”


Sarah Thurman on Apr 4, 2011 said:

“This is AMAZING”


Greg Shapiro on Apr 4, 2011 said:

“How Cool.”


Judith DuBowy on Apr 4, 2011 said:

“We have enjoyed a delightful afternoon tea and treasure hunt!”


Kathryn Howell Dalton on Apr 4, 2011 said:

“Love it! genius and playful!”


Brittany &amp; Karen Marchant on Mar 28, 2011 said:

“roses are red violets are blue we sure did love the mansion and all that you do! thanks!”


Ellen Koh on Mar 25, 2011 said:

“O The mansion is a mystery! Lots of rooms and places to explore First, Darjeeling for two? And perhaps some scones? Yes, please. Now we're ready to find our treasure 100 rooms and 32 secret doors awaits O The mansion is full of history!”


admin on Mar 22, 2011 said:

“Thanks everyone! We were awarded the 2011 Talk of the Town Excellence in Customer Satisfaction Winner for Hotels and Travel in DC!”


admin on Mar 22, 2011 said:

“Thanks everyone! We were awarded the 2011 Talk of the Town Excellence in Customer Satisfaction Winner for Hotels and Travel in DC!”


Keisha Streeter-Clark on Mar 22, 2011 said:

“Coming into the Mansion is like being transformed into another world. The experience touches all my senses. The smells, visionary delights, and sounds always bring me joy.”


Phillis Castillo on Mar 15, 2011 said:

“Love old houses”


Vivian on Mar 14, 2011 said:

“Spending time at the Mansion on O street means having time to turn off the pressures of life and to get drawn into a place that allows one to dream, relax and feel the creative vibe of the Mansion. This hidden treasure near DuPont Circle has even more surprises and treasure inside. It just takes one away to enjoy time with loved ones. I wish I were creative and catchy to write a song, poem or piece of art?All I can offer is my praise and my thanks for having a place to get away with friends and family.”


Vivian on Mar 14, 2011 said:

“Spending time at the Mansion on O street means having time to turn off the pressures of life and to get drawn into a place that allows one to dream, relax and feel the creative vibe of the Mansion. This hidden treasure near DuPont Circle has even more surprises and treasure inside. It just takes one away to enjoy time with loved ones. I wish I were creative and catchy to write a song, poem or piece of art...All I can offer is my praise and my thanks for having a place to get away with friends and family. ”


Karen on Mar 11, 2011 said:

“I've loved being here. Its been really refreshing - I love the concept from start to finish....”


Angela O'Brien on Mar 10, 2011 said:

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Martha Batruny on Mar 9, 2011 said:

“Saucers, tea, I dance with thee. I wonder what we'll find in there. Scones, cream, a hidden door? We'll open it up, happy we'll be. A rainy sunday, you and me. Tea for two in The Mansion.”


Martha Batruny on Mar 9, 2011 said:

“Saucers, tea, I dance with thee. I wonder what we'll find in there. Scones, cream, a hidden door? We'll open it up, happy we'll be. A rainy sunday, you and me. Tea for two in The Mansion.”


J. Schneider on Mar 8, 2011 said:

“Everyone had a wonderful time (and talk of the Mansion's magic percolated through the night - and perhaps whilst the attendees dreamed later that night). The Mansion staff were very helpful and polite (particular kudos to Steve the bartender!). A special thank you goes to Ted for providing a spontaneous Raw music demonstration. All were enthralled with this musically feast.”


Patricia Talbert on Mar 7, 2011 said:

“Amazing Place! I want to come back with my family!”


Daniel Drell on Mar 7, 2011 said:

“Love this place!”


Victoria McLean on Mar 3, 2011 said:

“Along a secluded, dark street lies a secret door to paradise; A world of beauty, imagination, and magic lies within the mansion ; Come enjoy friendship, share love, and experience the charm; Get lost behind false doors and moving mirrors and feel the passion; With fancy jewels and glamorous hats, Timeless decor and famous memorabilia gleam; Delicious food and succulent drinks, The Mansion on O street is like a dream.”


Molly Anapolsky on Feb 28, 2011 said:

“M-Many diffrent rooms! A- A lot to choose from! N- Not Boring! S- Suprises in every room! I- It's sad to leave! O- Outstanding Employees! N- Never Ending FUN!”


Gwendolyn Hancock on Feb 28, 2011 said:

“A wide-eyed expression of pure joy Radiating from the face of my darling boy Experiencing the thrill of discovery first-hand As each secret door leads us to a new land The house's magic keeps worries of the outside world at bay At the mansion we are children together, if only for a day.”


Gwendolyn Hancock on Feb 28, 2011 said:

“A wide-eyed expression of pure joy Radiating from the face of my darling boy Experiencing the thrill of discovery first-hand As each secret door leads us to a new land The house's magic keeps worries of the outside world at bay At the mansion we are children together, if only for a day.”


Molly Anapolsky on Feb 28, 2011 said:

“M-Many diffrent rooms! A- A lot to choose from! N- Not Boring! S- Suprises in every room! I- It's sad to leave! O- Outstanding Employees! N- Never Ending FUN!”


Dan on Feb 28, 2011 said:

“Everything worked out wonderfully today. Our guests got married not quite a year ago, this was our wedding present to them and they loved it. They also gained some weight, sadly so did we, but that usually happens when we visit.”


Tom Wilhelm on Feb 27, 2011 said:

“The Bob Dylan guitar in the Garden Room is famously cool. But the bathroom with its own secret staircase and phone-booth shower is no less a marvel. And all this with the private dinner: well, it was the best stay in DC ever.”


Tom on Feb 27, 2011 said:

“Thanks for everything: the room, the dinner, the hospitality. Heather and Katherine were superb; Antoine and his dinner were magnificent!”


EPA Meeting Attendee on Feb 25, 2011 said:

“"This is a great place to have meetings. It is totally magical! It takes you out of context"”


Thomas Wilhelm on Feb 24, 2011 said:

“Absolutely Wonderful! Dinner and arrangements were perfect. Can't wait to come back!”

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