Since its opening in 1925, The Mayflower Hotel has been a prime spot for presidents and visiting dignitaries. Among the who's who on the historic guest list are Franklin Delano Roosevelt and J. Edgar Hoover. The rooms look like they were designed for the elite of nations (although for a price anyone can enjoy the luxury of one of DC's finest hotels). The hotel is on the list of Historic Hotels of America, and is located near the White House and some of the Smithsonian museums. Many government offices and businesses are close by and several of the city's finest restaurants and shops are also within walking distance.