The Washington Court Hotel

525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington DC, District of Columbia, 20001, United States
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Clean, comfortable, conveniently located.........

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 29, 2014

Central Washington hotels are certainly not cheap, but this one offered a reasonable price in an ideal location for me, just a few minutes' walk from Union Station, the Metro station and the starting point for hop-on tour buses. So I booked it.

The Washington Court is perhaps 5 minutes' walk from the Capitol and the start of the National Mall, so it really is ideally located, especially if you want to explore on foot. As a solo female I felt the immediate area was perfectly safe to walk around although I did not stay out late into the evening.

The hotel has a large and pleasant lobby area, with plenty of comfortable seating. There's a bar and restaurant, neither of which I used (the food is pricey), a fitness suite (ditto), 'ballroom' and conference rooms. It's obviously a popular business venue and there were several conferences and meetings happening during my 3 night stay.

The three large-ish elevators are the type with glass exteriors (a bit scary) but efficient and whizzy. I never had to wait more than a couple of minutes.

My room was on the seventh floor, a large and comfortable room with a large and comfortable bed and efficient air con. The large bathroom (tub and shower) was well-supplied with good quality toiletries and the coffee machine used pods which produced very decent coffee. You get a complimentary newspaper every day, although I'd have preferred complimentary water.

Some side rooms have views of the Capitol but mine was at the front. The hotel itself is fairly quiet, as is the street on which it stands, but there is a fire station nearby so sirens are not unusual.

I didn't have breakfast in the hotel....too expensive...but you can pre-order various items to be delivered to your room or eat in the lobby restaurant. I preferred to walk round the block to the Corner Cafe bakery for my coffee, pancakes, pastries or yoghurt.

The one major downside of the hotel is the cost of wifi. Although it's free in the lobby area (cutting off after 30 minutes and requiring reconnection) it costs 10.99USD per day in the rooms. And the business centre also requires payment, although checking-in and printing boarding passes is free.

Staff were all courteous and efficient. Whilst sitting on the benches outside the hotel (people-watching) I enjoyed several interesting conversations with one particular doorman.

Although the surrounding area doesn't have many restaurants there are a couple of 'Irish' pubs and a huge variety of eating places inside the enormous Union Station (they close at 9pm). A friendly corner deli next to the fire station provides cheap water, alcohol and snacks.

This hotel is a safe, comfortable and well-located choice for an exploration of central Washington, especially if you are arriving by train.

Directions: One block from Union Station/Metro station.

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Address: 525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington DC, District of Columbia, 20001, United States

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Amenities at The Washington Court Hotel

  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Services
  • Pets Allowed
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge

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