Harrington Hotel

436 11th St NW & E St, Washington DC, District of Columbia, 20004-4389, United States
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By Far the Worst Hotel I Have Ever Stayed In

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 4, 2015

The Hotel Harrington is unlike any hotel I have stayed in. For starters, the building is very old and has not been renovated, so it is as if you are staying in a hotel probably around 100 years ago. There were absolutely no amenities; no shampoo, conditioner, extra toilet paper, microwave, coffee maker, iron, ironing board, just to name a few. The TV was old and the remote didn’t work. The hotel rooms were loud and had a disgusting smell in all three rooms (we had to keep switching rooms due to the unbearable smell), with all of them smelling badly. There was no heat (it didn’t work) and the AC unit was not digital and was controlled by a metal rod that opens a vent on the ceiling (very early 1900’s style) and because the building was old, it wasn’t insulated well, so it was freezing. Most of the outlets did not work, and some were not even strong enough to charge my iPhone to full percentage overnight. The door for the bathroom in two out of the three hotel rooms wouldn’t close no matter how hard I pressed or fiddled with the door handle. Inside the bathroom, the shower temperature control did not work. One minute, it would be ice cold, and then one minute later, it would be scolding hot and constantly, I had to step out of the shower in order for my safety; to avoid being burnt by the temperature of water. Overall, the hotel room was dirty; the rug was dirty and so was the floor and the sink. Outside the room was also very loud. You could hear the buzz of the lights turned on in the room, the loud traffic of the city outside, and the water moving through the pipes in the walls. Lastly, and most importantly, the wifi did not work, and in all three rooms, there was no wifi on my phone, but on my laptop it picked it up, but could not connect. In all, the wifi did not work so I was forced to use data the entire stay, which ended up causing me to go over the months data limit; something I have never done before.

In all, I stayed two nights at this location, and considering that I paid around $220 a night, I am very unhappy. This hotel claimed to be a 4 star hotel, but my opinion, it was a 1 star or less. I have never seen a hotel as unsatisfactory and absurd as this and I do not recommend staying here. Pay a little more money to stay at a Hilton or something else so that you can actually have a decent stay while vacationing in Washington, D.C.

Here is a list of Pros and Cons of the Hotel Harrington.

Pros:
- Very friendly and accommodating staff
- Great location; it was walking distance to the National Mall
- The parking was considerably low compared to adjacent hotels ($17 a night was fair)

Cons:
- No wifi. Where there was wifi, the password was wrong or the wifi was extremely slow or didn’t work
- No shampoo
- No conditioner
- No toilet paper
- No outlets in convenient spots and many did not work
- No information was given regarding the destinations; no information in the room
- No pen and pad of paper
- No ironing board
- No iron
- No coffee maker
- No microwave
- Old, rotting smell in all rooms
- Doors for the bathrooms didn’t close all the way
- Old, outdated TV
- AC unit is controlled by a metal rod; it is not digital
- Windows can be clearly seen through; there is little to no privacy when curtains are open
- Overpriced, especially for condition of hotel
- Vending machines were not on every floor
- Carpet and floor was dirty
- Loud rooms from outside traffic
- Loud lights in rooms that buzz
- Loud noise coming from water moving through pipes in room
- Remote did not work, had to take the batteries out and put them back in
- Outlets were not powerful enough to charge phone
- Vending machines were broken and didn’t except dollar bills
- Heat did not work
- Old building, not insulated well, so it was really cold
- The shower had no temperature control
- The shower’s temperature was ice cold, or scolding hot; on and off

Ideal Location

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 28, 2011

Basic Hotel...Clean & Comfortable, excellent location We stayed at the Harrington for a short family vacation and were very pleased with the accommodations. We reserved a deluxe family suite which consisted of two adjoining rooms providing our family of four with two bathrooms, two tv's a medium sized fridge and provisions for coffee & tea. Check-in was seamless and the staff was friendly. The rooms were clean, the beds were comfortable and everything worked (heat, hot water, tv's). The location of the Hotel is ideal, a short walk (~10 minutes) to the White House and the National Mall including all of the museums -or- going in the other direction, at the Verizon Center in Chinatown. If walking is not your cup of tea, there is a Metrobus stop in front of the hotel and the Metrorail is just steps away. If you are looking for basic no frills lodging when visiting the DC area, the Hotel Harrington is a great choice

Great Deal!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 28, 2011

Just the basics, but Great deal for the location For $113/per night (just for a single person) for a last minute reservation, this place really was a great deal. The room and accommodations were slightly better than, say, an inexpensive Best Western. But it was clean, comfortable and had a plethora of information for tourists. The only con I guess was that the room was a little small but hey, I didn't mind. I can't stress enough that it was downtown near tons of sites and metro stations. Concierge staff were so friendly and helpful. Oh and even though their parking garage was 4 blocks away, it was worth it! You can take your car in and out as many times as you want (just make sure you get the ticket validated at the hotel) for just $15/day!

Great Choice

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 26, 2011

Basic Hotel...Clean & Comfortable, excellent location W1e stayed at the Harrington for a short family vacation and were very pleased with the accommodations. We reserved a deluxe family suite which consisted of two adjoining rooms providing our family of four with two bathrooms, two tv's a medium sized fridge and provisions for coffee & tea. Check-in was seamless and the staff was friendly. The rooms were clean, the beds were comfortable and everything worked (heat, hot water, tv's). The location of the Hotel is ideal, a short walk (~10 minutes) to the White House and the National Mall including all of the museums -or- going in the other direction, at the Verizon Center in Chinatown. If walking is not your cup of tea, there is a Metrobus stop in front of the hotel and the Metrorail is just steps away. If you are looking for basic no frills lodging when visiting the DC area, the Hotel Harrington is a great choice.

Perfect Location

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 25, 2011

The best location one can get (5 minutes walk from the mall, 2 mins from FBI Edgar Hoover building, 10 minutes from the white house) for this price in Washington. Rooms have old world charm (and some of the bathroom walls and bathtubs show that!). Air con was good, rooms large with tv (no fridge or tea-coffee... ;-( )

They serve a very good and filling buffet continental breakfast at the restaurant below for 11 dollars. There is also a 24 hour Mc Donalds closeby - but why would you want to poison yourselves with that, huh?

The wireless internet is not so good - signal is poor in many rooms.

Also, some single rooms are really tiny. The reception is very helpful. The rooms are all well decorated - the colours adn tapestries give you a feel of living in a historical place (it IS hundred years old!)

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Old Harrington Hotel, DC

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 6, 2011

The hotel is strategically located but it ain't the nicest around. It is old and relatively cheap considering the location. However, it's a little bit dirty too. It can be noisy too since it's located at a busy intersection and a block away from Pennsylvania Avenue and also not too far from the White House. There is a bar and restaurant. Rooms with windows opening into the courtyard is boring.

Unique Quality: easily accesible to any location and subway is not too far away.

Directions: 11th street.

Convenient No Frills accomodation

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 14, 2010

I stayed at the Harrington Hotel for a couple of nights during Aug 2010. It is conveniently located, near Metro Center, Federal Triangle, White House... The lobby is kinda shabby, the staff was correct and there´s a little shop (bit seedy) with souvenirs and much needed water. Room was clean, dated and quite shabby, but enough to rest comfortably. AC worked fine, the toilet was clean, i can't recall it but think it had free wifi, and in the end the price was quite right.

Probably not the best hotel in town, but a good choice that did the job in our short stay.

(Days later we returned to DC during the day for our flights connections, they were very friendly enough and after checking we really had stayed there two weeks before, they kept our luggage in the reception while we walked around the city, gave them a good tip.)

Unique Quality: You can enter Harry´s Restaurant just by the main lobby.
Ice Machine.
Free Wifi.

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Cheap in the Center?

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 2, 2006

No room service or anything, but it's an absolutely full-fledged hotel within a couple of blocks of the White House, for less than $100 per night. I don't think you're often going to find a deal like that. (I'm not entirely sure this one is going to be like that year-round.) A cafe and a couple of restaurants on the first floor, but no free breakfast or anything.

If you're on a floor between 1 and 6 and there's too much of a crowd at those elevators, go around to the elevator for floors 6-11. It's a well-kept secret that that one goes to the lower floors too.

Directions: It's a grid. Just get to 11th and get to E.

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Looking for budget accommodation

by written on December 22, 2005

Thanks to my VT-friends I wasn't obliged to look for any accommodation in Washington, DC, but anyway, I was looking for my possible accommodation before my arrival. I had great hotels in Arlington, Virginia. Details here.

WITH DISCOUNT COUPONS
I took 3 leaflets, discount guides with hotel coupons in DC when I stopped at Fredericksburg Virginia Welcome Center located by I-95 (between exit 126 and 118) on my way from Dulles Airport to Richmond. These books (on my picture) were available in all Virginia Welcome Centers (map: here) and official Virginia tourist information offices. Even at night they were usually put in a box in front of closed doors of the Welcome Center.

WITHOUT COUPONS AND IN ADVANCE
Are you looking for an accommodation in advance and want to book it?
1. Look at VT page on accommodations and hotels in DC here.
Read reviews (esp. the latest) of others VT-ers and use Find Hotel Deals tool.
2. use Priceline.com to find a good deal (it's blind, last minute hotel search engine and booking online page with unbilevable good discounts).

Keep in mind that when you book a room by phone you must give your credit card number by phone (security?). When you do it online you use secure internet connection. Usually you are allowed to cancell your reservation till 6.00 pm.

TO BOOK OR NOT TO BOOK?
Well, I recommend to book a room in DC in advance especially in some busy weekends (like around Thanksgiving Day at the end of November).

Unique Quality: For 2-3 nights I would choose Hotel Harrington located downtown. Why?
1. good price as for DC (with a coupon though): 1-4 people and double bed(s) for $85.00 (add tax)
2. convenient location for sightseeing and parking... hmm... 5 min. from hotel, paid $10 per day;
3. no breakfast but hotel restaurant.

My other option from the book was Best Western at 724 3rd Street NW for $89 per room (free continental breakfast but "limited parking" - what's that?).

Directions: Downtown. Map and directions here

The best VFM (value for money) in DC.

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 5, 2005

We really enjoyed our stay in this hotel and would definitely come here again if were in the city. The staff was always friendly, helpful and cordial. My husband was attending a symposium in the DC Convention center and it was just a short walk. In fact, the location is really nice with everything being withing walking distance. Its also very close to the metro station. The Blue plate restaurant has free internet service which is very convenient.

Unique Quality: Free internet
Long distance calls are also very reasonably priced unlike most of the other hotels in the US.

Directions: Near ESPN zone and Ford Theatre. One block away from the Old Post Office Pavilion.

One Great Place Great Price and Staff

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 14, 2005

The Harrington Hotel was a delight; while its appearance may not make you think so at first; it does appear quite old. I stayed at the Harrington Hotel in January 2003; during the Iraqi War Protest. The hotel was full during my stay; but you would never have known; the staff was always friendlily and available to help. Room service was efficient and accommodating.

I was very impressed with the level of service and hotel staff; they were very skilled and helpful; their knowledge of the city was very useful. The price was very reasonable and well worth every penny; my trip would have been much shorter had the accommodation not been as reasonably priced.

Its central location was convenient; transportation options were readily at hand.

I would stay at the Harrington Hotel again on my next rip to Washington, DC.

Unique Quality: Fantastic Price; great Location; wonderful Staff!!!

The Hotel restaurant serves delicious, moderately priced food for breakfast, lunch and dinner; well worth every penny!

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Harrington Hotel

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 8, 2004

This hotel is a little on the "old" side - it definitely needs a facelift. When I stayed there in 2000, the prices were too high for what they had to offer.

Unique Quality: Decent central location, and close to the Metro.

Directions: Within walking distance of most of the Smithsonian museums.

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D.C.'s most convenient hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 6, 2004

Its a very lovely hotel. Nothing spectacular, but its not dirty or anything, actually the contrary. It had a place to eat beakfast and lunch. I forget the name, but you cant miss it because its right in the lobby. It served the usual, eggs, bacon, bagels, crossonts (sorry for the spelling), coffee and the like. There was also a restaurant that served hanburgurs, sloppy Joe's, fries, hotdogs, things like that. I particulary didnt enjoy it, but everyone else in the reastaurant including my family seemed to like it. It was in expensive, and right in the middle of everywhere we wanted to be. The capitol building was a few blocks walk, the ford theater was right around the corner, the smithsonian was also not far. I would deffinetly recommend it to anyone traveling in the area.

Unique Quality: They didnt have anything extra except for those places to eat, and a souveniour shop.

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Heart of the City

by written on April 26, 2003

This was a great hotel. It had everything we needed. It's right in the heart of D.C. and almost everything is in walking distance. We only took the car out about 2-3 times. It was a restaurant called Harry's as I said before, and also a place to eat breakfast and lunch. The food was very good at the "Ollie's Trolly" I believe it was called.

Unique Quality: They had cabel TV in every room, and HBO.There also a laundromat, but we didn't use it. Also there's heating and air conditioning.
They also have a souvenior shop. I actually started a few collections in there.
They have things like spoons, mugs, keychains, stamps, etc.. There is tons of things to choose from.

Directions: 1/2 a block from Pennsylvania Ave. between the Capitol and the White House.

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Hotel Harrington

by written on August 24, 2002

We had what they called a 'Deluxe family room' which consited of two adjoining rooms - two tv's, two bathrooms, twin beds in one room and a queen in the other.

All of this for $125.00/night USD

I think that their cheapest room is around $85.00 USD

Unique Quality: An old family owned hotel. While the price was very reasonable, it was not the best hotel we have stayed in. The rooms were clean but the towels were thin, the shower was an adventure, and the elevator was very slow. However, this hotel is only two blocks from the Mall, Ford's Theater, museums, Metro Center, etc. Very convenient location with a very low price.

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Address: 436 11th St NW & E St, Washington DC, District of Columbia, 20004-4389, United States

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Amenities at Harrington Hotel

  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Business Services
  • Pets Allowed
  • Kids Activities
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  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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