great place to stay
The Carlyle Suites were great. located fairly close to the metro in a nice nieghborhood. The hotel staff was great! They were friendly and very helpful. The rooms were very clean and very well decorated. We stayed in a suite and it had great kitchen facilities. The beds were all posturpedic mattresses. The hotel is located very close to a thousand great restaurants and grocery stores. The cost of the room was OK.
Perfect for Families - Great Location
I had the challenge of finding an affordable hotel that could accomodate a family of 5 in one room/suite. We wanted to be near Dupont Circle and a Metro. Carlyle Suites fit the bill. The suite wasn't huge, but it had two double beds and a pullout sofa. Also a kitchenette with a stove, microwave, sink, pots, plates and utensils and a coffeepot (though no filters).
The best rate was on their website. We stayed Wed-Sat, and the rates were 199, 169, 149.
You need to ask for shampoo and things like that, but they're very nice there.
Also, if you're using the kitchen for breakfast or whatever, bring basket-type cofffee filters and paper towels.
It's 3 blocks from Dupont Circle, on a residential block. Parking is first-come, and is very limited, with small spots. Bring your smaller car.
Great place, Great Area
Stayed at the Carlyle Suites for 5 nights and thought the accomodation was great. The room itself was very roomy & well set out. There was a sitting area with a sofa & a small table & chairs. The kitchen was small but well equipped. Although we did not cook the utensils etc appeared in good condition and the fridge was a good size for storing our wine & breakfast stuff!. The bathroom was very small but the shower was good & there was a separate vanity area with a mirror & hairdryer etc. Plenty of space to unpack & store suitcases. The room throughout was spotless and very light & airy. The laundry room was great with washers & dryers & also had snack & drinks machines. We found the staff on the front desk to be very helpful & knowledgeable with things such as directions, cashing travellers cheques etc. We loved the area. The surrounding streets were mainly residential but there were plenty of restaurants & shops nearby (would recommend the Italian restaurant round the corner from the hotel and the Front page Bar & Grill at Dupont Circle!). Felt very safe walking back from metro around midnight! If you enjoy walking you will not need to use the metro every day. We walked to the White House in about half an hour. Will definately stay here on our next trip to DC!! :0)
I have stayed here in late September with a friend, unfortunately only for a couple of nights...I loved this place! The people at the reception desk were very friendly and helpful, they gave us all kind of information on restaurants and shopping areas in Washington and at the end of our stay they've booked a car for us for Dulles Airport (beware! it's not cheap, but we wanted to be comfy...nice Lincoln with Cartier leather seats, friendly driver for a 30 minutes trip...$ 60!). There is a small bar and a restaurant that we did not try, complementary internet access (although there is only one pc!) and two vending machines full of snacks and soft drinks. But the best things about the Carlyle are the rooms, or better, the suites! Ours was really really big...we had two big queen sized beds, a very big TV set and a dresser with a big mirror in the sleeping area and a sofa with a small table and a couple of chairs in the "dining" area and a small kitchen fully equipped (that unfortunately we never used!).I loved the room, it was very warm with its dark red curtains and blue carpeting and felt very "homelike"!. Before the bathroom there a was a smaller room with a big mirror, a hairdryer, a chair and a space to put all of your make up and beauty stuff. The bathroom itself was quite small, but with a very big shower and it was always spotless clean with fresh towels every day. It's true though that there is no hanging space, the WC had no cover and the sink was very small so there was really nowhere to put any items of clothing on!
The position was really quite good, only 5 minutes walk from Dupont Circle subway stop and shops, bars and restaurants, many of which were very very nice but not that expensive. We found a lovely Mexican restaurant a few minutes walk from the Carlyle, but unfortunately I cannot recall the name. I've never eaten Mexican that good (except in Mexico!)...get out of the Carlyle and turn left, take the first street on your left and when you arrive at the end of that street, cross the road and the restaurant is the second on the right!
The Capitol and the National Mall (please,prepare yourself for a long long walk all around it - don't forget the Tidal Basin with the lovely Jefferson Memorial- it's worth it!) are quite distant if you are walking from the Carlyle but they are only a few subway stops away, and I think the subway in Washington is one of the best I've seen! Clean, easy to get around and with very quick trains!So, even if the Carlyle is not in the city centre I would recommend to stay there because the area around the Capitol is not very safe at night. And lovely Georgetown is not that far away, you can get there in about 20 minutes if you're walking or 5 minutes with a taxy (about $10). You can also take the subway to Foggy Bottom but from there there are still about 10 minutes walk, but they're defintely worth it, Georgetown is really beautiful (full of shops and restaurants!). And if you want more shops you can go one subway stops from Dupont Circle to Farragut North, or three more stops to Gallery Pl./Chinatown, where there also many good restaurants.
I will surely go back to the Carlyle Suites next time I'm in Washington!
The Carlyle Suites Hotel…
This hotel is located in a beautiful neighborhood, a cross of New York’s Gramercy Park and Greenwich Village with beautiful buildings and tree-lined streets.
To summarize, I found this hotel to be more than adequate. The rooms were very clean, spacious, well equipped kitchenette, generally quiet and comfortable.
If you are serious about obtaining a free parking spot, don’t even check in first, check the parking lot located on the left side of the building and obtain a spot. Be advised however, these spots are very small, so if you have a large vehicle don’t even considering checking because first you won’t fit and you will have very difficult time maneuvering and exiting if you aren’t great in reverse. Be careful as there is a handicapped parking spot that is painted in yellow lines. Also, the D.C. parking authority strictly enforces parking regulations, 2 hours means 2 hours and failure to observe street cleaning regulations will get you towed.
Check-In: Check in was very smooth, there was no line and I was taken care of quickly. You have to sign a paper acknowledging that the hotel has the final authority in deposing of room damage issues and that there is a $50 penalty for departing before your scheduled departure date. I never heard of anything like this before, but beware of this before you book and I consider that to be a minus. There is a bellhop, but he has to be called down, though he is a nice gentleman.
Hotel: There is no room service, pool, game-room or pay-per-view television. If people are talking loudly, babies crying, loud children, or loud televisions, it is possible to notice it.
Room: The room furnishings appear to be exactly the same as in the pictures. My room ending in -01 was spacious and clean. It had the basics, television, sofa, table and well furnished kitchenette. Note however, any room ending in 01 faces the elevator which can be noticeable.
Washroom: There was no bath tub, just a shower, toilet, heat lamp and sink. I enjoyed the shower as they don’t use the low-flow showerheads. As previously mentioned in other reviews there isn’t a place in the washroom to hang up towels.
Internet: The hotel provides you with free high-speed internet service. Bring your own Ethernet cable because the hotel does not provide you with one, but they are available for purchase at $5 at the front desk.
Staff: I found the staff at the front desk to be professional, but not as outgoing that I encounter at most hotels. The housekeeping staff, bellhop and bartender were very nice, so it is about half-and-half.
Check-Out: Since I had my car with me and I wanted to stay in D.C. for a little longer, the front-desk was accommodating in letting me park longer. However, I found it a little strange that they asked me if I had an available balance on my credit card.
Overall, if you want a full service hotel with an abundant staff, this hotel is not for you. It is for those who want a clean, comfortable place to sleep at night. I would say this hotel is slightly above average since all I wanted was the above at a relatively affordable price (compared to the rest of DC). I probably would stay here again and would recommend it.
Clean, good location and good price
I stayed here for four nights in January. I had stayed here for a week in 1999 and the place was a bit run down and dirty. I still came back because of the great price and convenient location, and had a nice surprise as it has been refurbished.
The staff are friendly, the rooms are clean and the place looks great, lovely art deco decorations.
It comes with a kitchen (microwave, fridge, electric cooking rings etc), and a Safeway supermarket is just round the corner, so you can save money instead of eating out if you need to, and have breakfast in bed.
It about 20 minutes walk to the centre - white house etc. A cab to the centre is just $6.50. The area is nice, with good places to eat out around Dupont Circle.
I'll be back every time I'm in Washington.
Great hotel in a great area
This hotel is situated in a great area for the Metro. Very safe and clean area.
The hotel is very good with the staff very helpful. The room was a very good size and the kitchen area great for cooking your own food, especially from Safeway on the next block. The two cooker rings, microwave and toaster were more than adequate.
The only slight critisism would be the lack of anywhere to hang clothes and towels in the bathroom, you could not even put clean clothes on the toilet and there was no lid to the seat ( a couple of hooks on the door would not go amiss. But this was a very minor problem in an otherwise top class room.
Help with hotel selection.
Hi, I've narrowed down my hotel choices to Radisson Barcelo ($99 a night), Carlyle Suites ($129) , and Doubletree on New Hampshire. If anyone is familiar with these, how is the area after dark, is it safe? Are restaurants nearby? Is the metro nearby? Which would you choose?
Re: Help with hotel selection.
I can't answer your questions about those 3 hotels, but usually if you go to their website they'll let you know how close they are to the metro... Or call them.
Have you tried using Priceline?? I got our hotel reservations through www.biddingfortravel.com. They help you develop a bidding strategy to use on Priceline. I got a steal for our hotel room! And the metro is in the lobby! If you use biddingfortravel.com, make sure you read the FAQ *thoroughly* before you post. Lots to learn there but oh, you sure reap the benefits!