We stayed at the hotel and conference center at Gallaudet University, which is a school for deaf students and which was founded by Abraham Lincoln.
The hotel was extremely nice, very clean and spacious. Neither the colleague I was traveling with nor myself knew sign language, but we had no trouble communicating with the staff since most could hear. And for those that couldn't, learning to interact and use universal sign language (pointing at things for the most part) was a great experience in and of itself. They had a small continental breakfast in the morning that was very cheap and had excellent fruit, but not much else.
The only bad part about staying at the University is that it was about 3 to 4 blocks from the nearest Metro (subway) station. We walked a couple times, but the neighborhoods looked a little rough. We didn't have any trouble, but you never know. The University has 2 different types of shuttles, one that runs to various Metro stations around town and another that will drop you off at whatever point you want to travel to, within reason. We really didn't have any trouble with transportation at all, except one evening we were downtown and missed the last shuttle back to the University at about 9:30pm. We had to take the Metro and then walk the 3 blocks to the University through some questionable neighborhoods. I wouldn't want to repeat that.
Unique Quality: The Nation's oldest (I believe) college for deaf students. A beautiful campus also. It was also pretty cheap in price for DC.
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