More about Four Points by Sheraton Washington D.C. Downtown
If they give you the room next to the elevator...change rooms immediately!
My husband and I stayed in the Four Points Sheraton Washington D.C. Downtown in the end of March 2006. My husband was in town for a conference and I accompanied him for the weekend. The first night we paid the leisure rate and was given room 418. This was a terrible room to stay in after a 5-hour flight from the West Coast. The room is next to the elevator. The conversations from the hallway carried into our room and the fact that there is a half-inch gap beneath the door did not help. We also had the added problem of a Domino’s pizza deliveryman calling twice after midnight and then the front desk person calling to confirm that we did not order a pizza. The next night we woke up late (extremely sleep deprived) and insisted that we change our room. The bellman was supposed to come to our room after 10 minutes to show us our new room. After 30 minutes, my husband went down stairs and got the key to room 807. This room had a sickly sweet smell. But we did not care so long as it was quiet. We left the window open during the day to get rid of the smell. We paid a corporate rate for our room. It was not inexpensive. The hotel was selected due to its proximity to the Metro and the conference center. The location is convenient. Corduroy’s Restaurant is a fairly nice restaurant ($$$) on the second floor. Breakfast is ok ($12) for eggs, juice, coffee, potatoes, bacon or sausage and your choice of bread (18% gratuity included). I would not recommend the breakfast.
good hotel. but do you really want to stay downtown?
A good hotel in good condition - room was a standard US mid range hotel room. Nothing that makes your heart sing, but nothing that causes it to sink either.
Absolutely fine, and great value for money. And yes, I'd stay here again.
However, my advice is for out of town visitors who are visiting DC for a weekend of tourism....
The question to ask yourself is "Do you really want to stay downtown?".
At the weekend, downtown DC can be very dull indeed. A bit like going to stay in the financial area of the City of London for the weekend - you get the feeling that a lot is happening, but it's happening elsewhere.....
If you want the best shops, the best restaurants and the best nightlife, then stay at one of the many hotels in Georgetown. It;s still really easy to get to the sights of DC (white house, capital, monuments, memorials and museums) but you are in a much more enjoyable part of town.
So, stay in Georgetown is my advice. You'll leave with a much better impression of DC.....
Nice Hotel just completed Renovations!
We spent 1 night at the Four Points by Sheraton and we were pleasantly surprised and pleased by the service, cleanliness and helpful staff. We arrived late, 10:45 P.M., after the restaurant had closed ,but we were able to eat in the bar area and the food was wonderful as well as the service. The room was exceptionally clean and the beds very comfortable. The hotel was just renovated and everything was new and spotless. A good find for the money!!
Good choice for us
This is the 3rd year we've visited Washington DC and the second time we stayed at the Four Points Sheraton.
Our trip was a vacation, not to attend a conference.
We are a family of 4, children ages 3 and 5, and our priority was visiting the Smithsonian museums (air and space, natural history, american history), the monuments, and the National Zoo. We needed a place from which we could walk to the sites. Using the metro is a hassle with a stroller/children/bags, and our hotel was probably a 10 to 15 min. walk to the mall. We did take the metro to the zoo twice but were able to walk back from the zoo. This was a long but enjoyable walk, we stopped for dinner at Dupont Circle both times. We felt like we see more of the city this way.
Since this was a vacation, the rate of 125 to 150 a night was reasonable (AAA rate). The first year we stayed at the hotel harrington which is less but in our opinion the sheraton is worth the extra $$$. Like other hotels the weekend rate is much less so if you can book over the weekend you will save money.
Advantages: nicely furnished rooms, clean, ours had a refrigerator, comfortable beds, fairly new bathrooms. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful. We recognized one friendly doorman from last year.
Only concern which turned out to be all right:The parking garage was full when we arrived Sat: we parked on the street for the weekend: on Mon the garage was still full so we parked in a garage not affiliated with the hotel that was diagonally situated and for some reason the rate was less than the hotel garage ($28/24 hours).
Yes there aren't a lot of restaurants around the hotel:, but for breakfast we would stop at a bakery/cafe on the way to the sites,
at lunch and dinner we were out sight seeing, and would head back around 7 pm, so that wasn't an issue for us.
Would recommend this for families, we plan on staying here again.
OK for the $$
We decided to stay in this hotel because it was relatively inexpensive, had an indoor heated pool and free breakfast. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 children, ages 7 and 1. All in all, our experience was ok but could have been better.
First off, their parking garage is tiny. If you arrive before check in time, their parking garage will be full. We arrived around 2 (check in is at 3) only to be told that there were no spaces left and to come back at 4. We ended up having to pay a private lot and then we came back to the hotel and paid the $30 parking fee. Keep that in mind when booking the hotel. However, on the day you check out, you can leave your car in the lot until 3 (checkout is at 12) so that's probably why they have no spaces for the people checking in.
The doorman who helped us was very friendly. Wish I could say the same about the girl at the front desk. She not only forgot to give us our breakfast coupons but we requested a crib and a refrigerator and got neither.
The room we had was TINY, it would not have fit a crib had we gotten the one we requested. Good thing I brought the pack and play. However, the room was very clean and nicely decorated and had the most comfortable beds ever! It did not have a refrigerator.
The hotel is about a 20 minute walk to the mall. There are hotels that are closer but they are also more expensive. Indoor heated pool was a nice plus.
The breakfast was good b/c it was free with the rate we got. It consisted of a buffet of eggs, sausage and bacon, potatoes and muffins or toast. It was a little crazy on Sat morning and the food kept running out but the food was decent. I did notice that people had problems ordering different items fromn the menu as the staff expected most people to take advantage of the free American breakfast.
The only other thing that was annoying was that the ice machine on the 3rd floor was broken. This was especially annoying b/c we never got our refrigerator and had to go to other floors to get ice.
The room was decent for the $135 that we paid. It was very clean which to me, is the most important thing, but I found the parking situation and the front desk service a bit dissapointing.
We stayed at the Four Points Sheraton hotel in Washington DC in mid April 2006, just a few blocks from the Wash DC Mall and museums. The staff at this hotel were very nice, very helpful and accomodating. When we arrived the parking garage was full. The Valet found us a parking spot on the street which did not cost anything since it was the weekend. He even parked the car for us, as it was a difficult space for me to park the car. We had booked this hotel reservation on priceline.com and I think I could have gotten the room at a lesser charge, possibly as much as $40.00, if I had kept my reservation through Sheraton Reservations. I cannot verify this at this time, as there was a mix-up with our reservation. It appeared there was another guest with the same name staying there at this same time, but from a different State. We were accidently given her room rate upon our arrival. Additionally, upon arrival we were given a room on the 7th floor, but it was still occupied. We reported this to the front desk and was immediately given a larger room on the 8th floor that appeared to have been newly renovated with a huge king bed, wonderfully comfortable mattress and lots of space in this room - everything was new. It was grand. However, the bathroom was very small - I have to say - everything was at your finger tips - just turn around and it was there - again all was new except for the tub itself, but it was in good shape. Cleanliness was a 10 - 10 being the best. The only problem with this hotel room was the door to the room - it was not sound proofed - we heard noises until 3:00am in the hall. Regarding their Hotel Restaurant - "Corduroy" - their food was good, the service in the bar area is best. The Corduroy restaurant dining area is nice - we ate breakfast there - the servers act like they are new to their jobs-very unorganized and overwhelmed - the service is slow - if you are not in a hurry and want to spend a lot of time there - then this is the place for you. Their prices are reasonable. We sat next to a couple who had stayed at this hotel & ate at the Corduroy restaurant a few years ago. They said the service had not changed in the Corduroy restaurant & will not make the same mistake of eating there a third time, due to the poor service.
Excellent location, great hotel, fantastic prices...
We stayed three nights at the Four Points Sheraton April 14, 15, 16, 2006 in downtown Washington DC. All rooms renovated over the past winter. We booked online at [--], and clicked onto their specials, found one "pay 2 nights, 3rd free" (non refundable), and paid only $210 plus taxes for three nights! Ridiculous price for such a fabulous place. We also got a really nice upgrade gratis (but not a huge room- who cares) since we are SPG members (excellent guest program, worth joining and free). Location central to all, we never took a taxi or Metro other than arriving and leaving, walked everywhere (Smithsonian Museums, Chinatown, et al). Perfect place for a long weekend in DC, even had an indoor rooftop pool to unwind. Hard to beat, plus the area is up and coming, lots of construction going on all around, obvious gentrification. Unbeatable prices probably won't last for long...Highly recommend it!