Features: Top Concierges — Clyde Eads

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Extolling D.C.’s farming roots among top recommendations from Mandarin Oriental’s concierge.
By Anna Storm

Mandarin Oriental's Clyde Eads (Photo by Joseph Allen)

It’s easy to overlook modern concierges in the age of the iPhone: you can’t carry one in your pocket, or stick one on your dashboard as you navigate Georgetown traffic. But as the only professionals trained to know the city better than anyone else, their encyclopedia-meets-personal approach is far from outdated. In our series, Top Concierges, we offer up the city’s top hits — and misses — from D.C.’s very own human Googles.


Clyde Eads


Tampa, Fl.

How long have you lived in D.C.?

26 years

How long have you been working as a concierge?

10 years

Most bizarre question you’ve ever been asked by a guest:

Can you get me a size 6 catheter? The question was asked at 10 p.m. on a Sunday night. The second most bizarre question is: Do you have a bathroom?

What’s one place tourists should ask about, but never do:

Lincoln’s cottage on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home

Best off-the-beaten-path site:

Hillwood Museum and Gardens

Most overrated D.C. attraction:

The Washington Monument

Which one place/region/go-to destination is most worth the hype?

Old Town Alexandria

If the District wasn’t known for politics, what would be its claim-to-fame?


What’s your number-one pick for families?

Old Ebbitt Grill

For twenty-somethings?


Most frequently asked question:

Do you have a map?

A couple is only here for one day, and they’re looking for an experience they can’t get anywhere but D.C. Where would you suggest they go?

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Best job perk:

Talking to interesting people from around the world

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