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
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
What is the best way to reach IAD from Hotel Harrington by 6:00AM? We have a 7:00AM flight to San Francisco.
We have checked www.wmata.com and the earliest we can arrive at IAD is 6:22AM on Bus 5A, leaving L'Enfant Plaza at 5:30AM.
I realise that there is an earlier schedule, leaving at 4:50AM but can we get a taxi ride from Hotel to L'Enfant Plaza at such hours?
Can anyone confirm the earlier schedule at 4:30AM?
Thank you for any suggestions too.
Taxis are available all night in DC. I suggest you check with the Bell Captain before you go to bed. He'll be able to give you the best advice as to when to leave. He'll probably have you call the front desk from your room when you get up and ask them to have a cab ready by 5AM or so. I don't know about Dulles these days, but 1 hour is cutting it a bit tight at most airports. You may want to get there a bit earlier.
You didn't say which day, but there is a 4:50am 5A bus Monday-Fri and the earliest on the weekend is 5:30 from your location. As the other poster has said, you will be cutting it really close using the the 5:30 bus. I live by Dulles and go out there regularly. You have to also figure in checking in your bags and getting to your gate in your timing and if there are a lot of people at your airline counter. Depending on airline gate location, you may be running through the terminal. Alternative is to take a taxi or arrange a limo service from your hotel. With the distance being traveled, both are going to cost about the same.
Check out the Washington Flyer for more options too. http://www.washfly.com/
OK, we'll take in the advise.
It's a week day. Looks like we'll have to either:
a) Take a short taxi ride from hotel to L'Enfant Plaza, for the 5A bus leaving 4:30AM for IAD.
b) Take a taxi from hotel to IAD directly.
1. Is option A do-able? Will the taxi driver know the pickup point of 5A bus?
2. How much does option B cost?
I don't think you'll have a hard time getting a taxi to take you to L'Enfant. Have the doorman call one for you. The driver should know where the buses are at L'Enfant. There are other buses that go there too. There is a small bus sign too that you can look for. And there aren't too many places around L'Enfant to drop you off at. On the map it looks like its on D St between 6th and 7th in SW DC. I went to Google maps and looked at the "Satellite" view and you can see the buses sitting there.
As far as taking a taxi to Dulles I'm not sure how much it is, but it should be a standard fare (ie the doorman would know or you could call a DC taxi company and they can tell you).
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Address: 436 11th St NW & E St, Washington DC, District of Columbia, 20004-4389, United States