Stayed here in June 2015. Renovations complete, no construction going on. Stayed in the "older" part of the hotel which was nice and cozy. Clean and comfortable, free bottle of water every night. Less than a ten minute walk to any subway line, one mile away from the National Mall. Highly recommend.
It was our first overnight stay in DC so I can't compare the hotel to any others in the area. Check in was quick and easy on a Tuesday. We didn't use the hotel parking at $45/night that's crazy so we found another hotel nearby for $30/night. The water bottles and snacks offered in the room come at a hefty price so beware before you take. It's about a 20-25 minute walk to the National Mall which we didn't mind. The rooftop pool is nice, but closes at 5:00 for happy hour. It's open to anyone not just hotel guests so one day when we got back from a long day of walking there was a wait for the elevator. The beds are not the most comfortable unless you like super firm. Overall, the room was clean, decent location, and staff was friendly.
The hotel and staff were nice. The bed was uncomfortable and had some sort of down pillow underneath to compensate for it. The TV went in and out. There were multiple times we were stuck inside without a TV to watch. The hotel staff told us there was nothing they could do about it. Great location and decent price. Parking was $45 a day which I thought was steep.
I read many reviews on this hotel and most were very favorable but a few people complained about the noise. I had no problem at all with the noise. True, there was some street noise once in awhile with sirens, etc, but this is to be expected in any big city. When I checked in I specifically asked not to be assigned a room next to the dumpsters since this was the major complaint about noise, especially at 4:00AM and they were very accommodating. My room was very clean and very large. They upgraded me to a king suite with a full kitchen even though I didn't ask for it and didn't need it. I paid for a queen suite without the FULL kitchen. I wasn't about to complain, though. I had two very minor maintenance problems in the bathroom but both were resolved very quickly while I was gone for the day sightseeing. My last day there, one elevator of the two broke down so the one remaining became very slow but this was the only time I found the elevators to be slow. The location was great! One and one half blocks to the RED metro line and two and one half blocks to the BLUE/ORANGE/SILVER line. I bought a Senior MetroTrip Card when I arrived and put $15 on it and went everywhere I needed to go. If and when I ever go back to DC, I will certainly stay at this hotel again.
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Downtown DC is awash with culture. The Smithsonian Institution museum complex flanks the National Mall. The Washington Monument bisects the Mall, just south of the White House. Federal agency headquarters house bureaucrats of varying stripes. Moneyed and powerful lobbyists help create (and quash) laws from K Street. Chinatown and the Washington Convention Center lie east of downtown.
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