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Washington D.C.Sustainability


Naturally Better

One of our guiding principles at Mandarin Oriental is ‘Acting with responsibility’, which we strive to achieve through our Naturally Better plan. We’re on a journey to make things Naturally Better for the planet, for communities, and for you. As well as embracing and putting into practice our global sustainability initiatives, such as eliminating single-use plastic by March 2021, here at Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. we also have our own local initiatives to make sure we play our part in making your stay more sustainable.

For the planet


We have implemented a number of measures across our hotel which align with our group-wide policy of eliminating single-use plastic by March 2021. This includes switching to compostable To Go containers, removing plastic straws, and replacing the consumption of over 40,000 plus plastic bottles a year with sustainable aluminum bottles. Complimentary aluminum water bottles from locally sourced Virginia Artesian will be available in all guest rooms, further reducing our carbon footprint.

Using the ORCA food digester system, we are able to sustainably break down food waste on property.  By doing so, not only is it removed from landfills, the heavy, wet waste does not have to be transported.

We are proud to be the first luxury hotel in Washington, D.C. to partner with Washington Gas Energy Services and their “Clean Steps Wind Power”, which has greatly reduced the hotel’s carbon footprint. The hotel became 100% powered by Wind Energy in March of 2012.

The hotel has a second treatment system to ensure the highest quality of water in compliance with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standards making our water the safest in Washington D.C. Such water treatment also allow us to further control our water consumption and better control and reduce our water waste. All mineral bottles water are now being source locally eliminating our dependance to foreign water and therefore reducing substantially our carbon footprint.

Fans of M.O. members can select their sustainability preferences in their member profile and guests can opt to reuse towels and refresh bed linens on the second night of their stay, or easily indicate if they prefer their linens changed daily.

As part of our commitment to reduce, reuse, and recycle we’ve partnered with Clean the World to give discarded soap bars a second life. Clean the World redistributes soaps and other hotel amenities to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.

For communities


Every year colleagues, guests, friends, family, and community members gather for the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. annual FANtastic 5K fundraiser. This fun run/walk supports a different local charity each year as decided upon by the hotel’s colleagues. The 5k takes participants on a scenic route to the National Mall passing monuments and museums, finishing back at the hotel with breakfast and a silent auction. The FANtastic 5K is the main event in a year-long endeavor to raise both financial and volunteer assistance for the year’s recipient.

We are proud to announce that as of 2020, we have raised over USD 339,000 for education, medical, and development efforts in Southwest Washington, D.C.

Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. partners with the Anacostia Riverkeepers, a non-profit organization working to protect and restore the Anacostia River, which flows in front of the hotel.  The colleagues of Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. are committed to investing in our community’s watershed development to ensure its lasting enjoyment for generations to come.

Hotel colleagues participate in educational boat tours, volunteer clean up days, and the hotel has sponsored a section of the Anacostia waterway that runs in front of the hotel with a monetary donation.

On March 20, 2022, 10 colleagues volunteer for two hours in a litter-clean up with Anacostia Riverkeepers. Over 70 volunteers collected approximately 400 pounds of trash.

Guests are able to schedule an educational boat tour in season by contacting the hotel’s Guest Relations Manager at +1 (202) 787 6189.

Feb 14, 2022 - 14 colleagues joined Bread for the City in a grocery-bagging volunteer event for 3 hours and bagged over 850 grocery bags.

Mar 24, 2022 - 5 colleagues volunteered for 3 hours in a grocery-bagging volunteer event at Martha's Table.

For you


We believe in holistic wellness, which is why we offer a range of treatments and facilities to help guests nurture body and mind. Our expert therapists will provide a private consultation in order to tailor make your treatment based on your individual needs.