The Mayflower Ho­tel, Adding Yet An­other Story

The Washington Post - - Style -

New stop on D.C.’s sex scan­dal tour: Room 871 at the Mayflower!

The 83-year-old ho­tel has a long and sto­ried his­tory of fat-cat par­ty­ing and other Wash­ing­ton ex­cesses, but it never made head­lines for hor­i­zon­tal high jinks un­til “Client 9” — iden­ti­fied in a fed­eral pros­ti­tu­tion sting as New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer —booked a room last month at the el­e­gant Con­necti­cut Av­enue inn.

There hasn’t been this much ex­cite­ment since 1999, when Mon­ica Lewin­sky fought her way through throngs to (ap­pro­pri­ately enough) the pres­i­den­tial suite, where she re­counted her af­fair with Bill Clin­ton to con­gres­sional im­peach­ment man­agers. The Mayflower was also Ju­dith Camp­bell Exner’s home away from home when she trysted with John F. Kennedy at the White House. And yes, his­tory buffs, it was the ho­tel’s Town & Coun­try lounge where FBI Di­rec­tor J. Edgar Hoover lunched daily for 20 years along­side his live-in aide, Clyde Tol­son.

The Mayflower now joins the list of Wash­ing­ton’s great­est bed-and-break­fasts: The Jef­fer­son, where Clin­ton con­fi­dant Dick Mor­ris sucked the toes of $200-an-hour call girl Sherry Row­lands; the for­mer Vista (now Westin Wash­ing­ton) where Mar­ion Barry was caught smok­ing crack as gal-pal Rasheeda Moore looked on; and the Ritz-Carl­ton, Pen­tagon City, where Marv Al­bert bit the back of a fe­male com­pan­ion, Linda Tripp se­cretly taped Lewin­sky talk­ing about her af­fair, and Deb­o­rah Jeane Pal­frey (a.k.a. the D.C. Madam) sent es­corts for what she calls le­gal, non-sex­ual “dates.”

LEFT: BY JA­MAL WIL­SON — REUTERS; RIGHT: BY MARK WIL­SON — REUTERS

Mon­ica Lewin­sky re­counted her af­fair to im­peach­ment man­agers at the Mayflower.

J. Edgar Hoover, left, and Clyde Tol­son din­ing a deux at the ho­tel.

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