More about The Washington Court Hotel
My wife and I just returned from a 4 day stay in Washington DC and have nothing but great things to say. The Washington Court Hotel was located on New Jersey St. which runs right into the Capital Building, about 3 blocks away (5 minute walk). It was about 2 blocks from Union Station which is where the subway comes into from the airports. It was about a 12-15 minute ride from Reagan International. We paid an extra $25 a night and had a view of the Capital Building, well worth it. The rooms are a great size and the bathrooms are spectacular. Very happy with the whole stay. The only downside was there was no real place to eat at night around the hotel except back at Union Station which ended up being our choice all 4 nights, it was great. Definitely would stay there again.
Great hotel value in DC
We had been planning a quick DC trip over spring break while visiting family in Maryland. We actually ended up leaving home with no hotel reservations (the DC portion was to be at the end of our stay, so not a pressing problem). While with our families, we started doing more detailed web searches for a place to stay and could find practically nothing in DC for less than $250/night that looked (1) clean and decent and (2) close enough to a metro stop that we could travel efficiently with the kids. We were almost ready to give in and pay nearly $300/night for two nights in the downtown area (a Monday and Tuesday night - so no weekend rates here) when we found the Washington Court Hotel website. I called to ask a few questions and we made the reservations.
When we arrived, the desk staff was great, got us all of our materials (we got a package deal that included buffet breakfast for 2, two metro passes, a stuffed panda bear) and we were off to the room.
The room was very nice, and, although we'd joked with each other about how some of the reviews we'd read really played up the bathrooms, they *ARE* very nice. Our room didn't have much of a view, per se, but we were essentially there to rest and get cleaned up, so the view wasn't really a high priority on this trip. Overall, the room was very nice, clean, and sufficiently large to allow our family of 4, with a 10 year-old and a 1 year-old, function without any problems
The metro station nearby made getting around town very easy. Even with a baby in a stroller and his big brother in tow, we had no problems going where ever we wanted to go.
On the second night, as we were coming back from a long day of sight-seeing, the desk clerk who'd only dealt with me for a couple of minutes during check-in the prior evening said "hello" and remembered my name, which I thought was nice.
The breakfast buffet was very good, albeit somewhat limited in choices - but none of us had any trouble getting things we liked, despite our varying tastes.
I liked the fact that you needed to use your room key to get the elevator to function - nobody was going to easily enter the room floors without actually belonging there.
Overall, our impression with the Washington Court Hotel was very favorable. We'll definitely stay there the next time we visit Washington, and I will certainly recommend it to friends and family as well. A great place in a great location for a reasonable price - a rare find in Washington D.C.
Beware the Valet!!
Hotel itself is fine - large lobby, run-of-the-mill rooms, etc. However, be careful of the valet! My wife & I stayed here in the middle of November '05, and decided to use the valet parking ($26/night), since there weren't any alternatives over the weekend. As we were dropping it off, being the paranoid people that we are, we took note of the odometer. When we picked up the car 3 days later, the odometer had increased by almost 10 miles!!
Of course we wrote a letter, etc., but they claim to see nothing, probably to protect themselves more than anything else. So if you stay at this hotel, please take note of your odometer, and if this happens to you as well, please e-mail me!
When you book on-line, it is very difficult to know what the hotel will actually be like. Reading the other reviews helped a lot but everyone has different tastes as well as differing opinions. However, I can't write enough good things about this hotel! I booked early (Thanksgiving weekend for a mid-January stay)and the rate was incredible. We also received the two vouchers for the buffet breakfast each morning and the two children were half-price. Truly, everything, from check-in to room service to cleanliness to a great central location, made our stay at the WCH a memorable one. We look forward to next year when we can hopefully get the same fantastic deal! The hotel was truly 5-star with a budget rate! We loved everything about it!!!
Good value in DC
Got a great deal on Hotwire for $99. Pleasant, modern hotel. Comfortable rooms and furnishings, large bathroom with amenities, even a small TV. Helpful staff. Good location, 2 blocks from Union Sq metro. Only complaint was the lack of WiFi in the lobby (hotel staff was surprised it didn't work) and unreliability of the wired internet in the rooms. (worked fine in some rooms, not mine)
Great location, very comfortable
Boo Boo and I stayed here the weekend of Feb 24-26, 2006. Excellent location, 5 min walk to Union Station. Liquor store across the street if that's of interest, but not a lot of eating options nearby (Union Station fast food is closest). Rooms are nice, and lobby/atrium is wide open and classy. We had some great meals in Dupont Circle: I Ricci for excellent Italian, and Boo Boo really liked her pizza at Pizza Paradiso. Also a nice Thai dinner at Sula Thai.
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Avoid This Hotel
We were very disappointed with our stay here in Jan. 2006. The sheets and linens in the rooms are worn and of very poor quality, like you would find in the cheapest motels. All the fixtures seem beaten up and worn out. The restaurant is very bad - avoid it at all costs. The location is also isolated, with no shops or restaurants within easy walking distance. There are so many other nice hotels in DC for the same or lower prices, so I don't understand why anyone would want to stay here. We certainly will never stay here again.
Washington Court has the best staff!!
I've stayed at the Washington Court several times. It's located near Union Station. I have had excellent service every single time I've stayed there. They are extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are some of the best I've stayed. I highly recommend staying here.
We stayed at this hotel for two consecutive weekends during our trip to DC (quick to trip to NYC in between) and could not have been more pleased. We got a great deal on this hotel through Hotwire.
The room was large and comfortable, the bedding and bed itself very nice and comfortable. The marble bathrooms, as indicated in other reviews, are roomy and beautiful.
The location is great as far as we were concerned. Just two short blocks from Union Station...with the Metro very convenient to pretty much anywhere else you want to go. Also just a few blocks from the Capitol (some rooms have great views!)
The only drawback in terms of the location is the lack of restaurants. The food at the hotel is pretty darn expensive and we only saw 1 or 2 restaurants nearby. However, if you aren't picky and are on the run Union Station has a wide variety of fast food options (long live Mamma Ilardo's Pizza!)
Overall we were very pleased with our stay here. With all of the walking you do in DC it was like a home away from home for our weary bodies. We would definitely stay here again when we return to DC.
OK, not great
Hotel itself was very nice and posh looking. Had a not so exciting view from the 16th floor of the inside of the hotel. Wished it had been better. Room itself was nice. Clean. Pillows were terrible and there was a lot of noise while trying to sleep (doors shutting and a lot of loud slamming that sounded like someone slamming a door over and over--not sure what it was??) Probably would not stay there again because of that alone. The hotel was not too far from Union Station and several restaurants, so that was OK. Will shop around more next time.
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