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I was recommended another hotel 2 block away by my sister. But room was not available for the date so my travel. I found Courtyard superb and did not regret not staying at the other hotel.
The rooms are clean, the bed and linens were very clean and comfortable. I was very satisfied with my stay and would recommend it for anyone who is looking for a clean well service hotel that is near the sights of Washington.
This was a very nice place. It is located 1 block from the Gallery Place metro stop. It also is across the street from the National Portrait Gallery.. The rate was very good compared to other similiar hotels. The room was huge and had a nice desk and office chair. It also had a sofa.
The only downside was that the room was a little loud. You could hear water running from other rooms. Also, our room AC was a little loud. The outside noises were little to none. Most of the clubs around the hotel have closed. We were 8 floors up, and didn't hear any outside noise. The hotel pool is very small, which is nice except when there are a lot of people trying to use it.
Overall this was a great hotel. It was very clean, and the staff was great.
For quick cheap eats, there is a deli between the hotel and metro stop. Also, there is a neat waffle shop around the corner by Fords Theater. There is also lots of food around the arena...
Great Staff and Location
A last minute decision to go to D.C. with my sister and our children turned out to be one of our best vacations. The hotel staff really made us feel at home. I can not remember all their names but EVERYONE from those at the front desk to the bellman to valet parking went above and beyond their job descriptions. We also really enjoyed the attached brewery!! Thanks to the hotel staff we found out about the Circulator bus line that for $3.00 we could get on and off all day and it took us to the Mall and dropped us off at the museums. (You do have to switch buses to go around the museums but it was easy). We could have easily walked to the Mall as we did to all the monuments. We were also around the corner to Ford theatre and plenty of shopping for the teenagers. We found plenty of breakfast places on 7th Street, too. Don't forget to walk to Chinatown which is a 5 minute stroll. This hotel is in a great location. We even took the Metro to Adams Morgan for dinner one night and that was a fun place, too!
The pool is very small but does have an attached hottub. The rooms were perfect and very clean and the lobby was lovely but the staff was what made our vacation special.
Just about perfect
My 19 year old daughter and I stayed here 4 nights at the peak of tourist season. I have been to DC many times before, but the last was over 10 years ago; most of the sights haven't changed, however! I carefully considered where to stay based first on location, then price and cleanliness. This hotel is only one block from the Hotel Monaco, which while quite charming is considerably pricier. My only complaint was the small corner room we were given which overlooked the courtyard, which in this case meant all the rooms opposite. I have a feeling most of the rooms have this view; but if you don't want this view, either check out the room ahead and change or book something different up front. Perhaps it was because we got a $107 AAA (on the hotel website) rate with 2 queens, but this was a very tiny room. We managed just fine, but I'd hate to think of what 4 people would do (max. room occupancy). I didn't mind spending $24/night for parking, because we stayed put for 4 days using our legs or the metro. For those who don't know, the $6.50 per day unlimited pass is the way to go. You may make all purchases in any metro station at the machines at the entrance of each station. One tip: unless you have a built-in compass, be sure and check the next street when leaving a metro station to make sure you're walking in the right direction. It's really easy to get turned around! We even used it to go to Arlington Natl Cemetery and then on to Mt Vernon (the 101 bus takes you there from the last station on the blue line either every 1/2 hour or hour and costs $1 each way). Great tip about the Circulator; I found out too late, and it would've saved long walks along the Mall. The hotel breakfast ($10) is a great way to go--very good custom omelettes with plenty of other stuff to eat. Be frugal and grab an orange, banana, apple, etc. for the road. If you want your fruit or other items chilled, just ask for a complimentary mini-fridge at the front desk. It really came in handy, but you have to ask for it! I agree with others' staff assessments (they're genuinely friendly), and the great proximity to not only sights but also restaurants and shops. Metro Center is just blocks away, and it is loaded with both. CVS is also just a couple blocks away. THIS IS A LOT OF HOTEL FOR THE MONEY; unless you just can't be pleased or need to be in another locale (i.e. Georgetown), stay here!
Convenient, Great Value
We stayed here in August 2006 while moving our son into Georgetown Law. The location is great with convenient access to all DC attractions and the freeway. Valet parking is a bit steep at $24/night, but the service was good and usually friendly. We highly recommend McCormick and Schmick's seafood restaurant across F Street for dinner and the Spy Museum's Cafe across 9th for breakfast! The room was clean and very quiet, security was good, and we even got a late check out (3:30 p.m.) to accommodate our schedule. I do see that rates vary greatly at different times of the year - we were at around $100/night, - but I would highly recommend this hotel!
great location and hotel
Great location -- a block away from Ford's theater and the Spy Museum and also a block away from Ella's pizza (voted the 2nd best pizza place in DC and well worth it!) -- the hotel is in the middle between the White House and the Capital Building, is a few blocks away from Chinatown, and a block away from an Old Town Trolley stop -- I cannot see how a better location can be found. The Hotel itself was also very nice -- the room and pool were a bit small, however, but the pool is also one of the warmest pools I have ever been in. Would definitely recommend and will be back next time in DC!
Just the facts
A subway station was just around the corner - a straight 15-minute ride from Reagan National. The Spy Museum was across the street. Smithsonian was within a walking distance. Jogging to the White House took me 10 min. The hotel was clean, well organized. The standard room was cramped, especially with two doubles; the office chair did not fit under the desktop and therefore completely blocked the way around the bed. There was no game console or a DVD player. Air conditioning was up-to-date and worked well. Bedding was so-so: thin motel-style blankets brought back the memories of Westin heavenly beds. A lone nightstand between two beds - an unusual feature even for a budget hotel. The bathroom was also cramped but functional. The sink was in the living area, squeezed between the bathroom and the closet, with a narrow sinktop. No magnifying mirror. No minibar. Downstairs was a beer restaurant popular with the locals; on Thursday and Friday nights it was roaring. At lunch time the food was excellent. Snacks, sandwiches, milk and ice cream are available around the clock from the cupboard by the front desk. Upscale brand-name treadmills in the workout room, some weight equipment. A small but clean swimming pool, no deeper then 4 1/2 feet, suitable for children. A nice hot whirlpool. No locker room - I repeat, NONE: give your shorts some time to dry before you hit the elevator, or change in the small bathroom when no one else is using it. Hotel staff was polite and helpful; all phone requests, such as extra blankets and towels, were fulfilled without delay. Overall a good value for less then $200 a night. RECOMMENDED for an unspoiled, sightseeing-oriented visitor.
Good clean hotel with great service and great location
My husband, myself and our two boys, aged 11 and 5, started our trip along the coast in Washington D.C.. The location of the hotel is perfect. 10 minute walk to the White House and the Mall. The spy museum is across the street and indeed Ford Theatre is 2 blocks away and we thought the best venture of the entire stay!. We had a 1 bedroom suite on the 10th floor and the windows were old but since I couldn't open them, I wasn't too worried about the boys. We had two tv's and a large bathroom. The king size bed was very very comfortable and the sleepaway bed was not so comfortable but served it's purpose.
The staff at the hotel were incredibly friendly and the breakfasts downstairs were delicious and substantial for everyone, plus kids eat free!!! The pool was excellent for the both boys and while being a bit on the smallish side was warm and welcoming.
The fitness room was almost always unused and had Grade A equipment.
This is a very good hotel, especially for families who are looking for close proximity to the sites. While in Washington we took a cab to Pizza Paradiso at Dupont Circle and it !! Definitely THE way to see the monuments and get some fresh air as well. The staff was also very experienced and friendly. Highly recommended. The National Zoo was also super and free!!! We took the Metro 3 stops and walked about 10 minutes. Well worth it. The boys loved it!
Okay hotel. The good first: great location (close to the Metro, many places to eat, spy museum, national portrait gallery (highly recommend a visit), chinatown, convention center, smithsonian, etc etc). Actually the location really can't be beat if you're a tourist looking to stay near all the action. The people who work here are also very friendly and helpful. The rooms are a decent size and the shower is strong. Oh, and free internet access in rooms. Another great thing is that if you're a Marriot Rewards member, you get a key to the executive lounge where you get free breakfast and evening snacks (including soda, juice, coffee, etc, just not alcohol for free). Everyone gets free coffee and tea in the lobby. Finally, the exercise equipment is new and there is a flat screen in both gyms to watch while working out.
Okay, now for the bad: The rooms are oldish and feel a little worn. The pool is kinda worn too, but it is also warm, though small and the hot tub is actually hot and relaxing, if not totally nice. The bathtub is smallish and not comfortable to relax in. The tv's in the room are kinda small. Hmm..what else? The hallways smell strange..haha.
As I look at my list, I see that there are many more pros to cons. I just want to point out that if you're looking for a really nice place to stay, this isn't it. If you are looking for a decent place to stay close to the action and that has a lot of extras, check this place out if you can get a good deal on it.
The location is its best feature
I chose this hotel based on several reasons:
.....good reviews on TA
.....they had smoking rooms
The location has been well covered in previous posts.
The Marriott chain went totally non-smoking as from Oct. 15, the day we were due to leave. However, this particular hotel had already made the change prior to our arrival, which presented a problem for my husband. In the end the duty manager credited us a night's stay which we felt was a reasonable compromise in failing to live up to our "guaranteed" reservation.
I agree with the previous poster - the room was rather lacking in character and decor but had all we needed.
We didn't eat in the hotel but the adjoining bar is a very lively place (and you can smoke in there!) and we had an entertaining evening sampling the various beers on offer.
There are a washing machine and 2 dryers on the 10th floor for guests' use which I found very convenient.
It doesn't ring any bells as a memorable place but if you want to be in that area it's ideal.