Nestled among small embassies on picturesque N Street, the Inn is ideally located near Dupont Circle, providing easy access to the Metro, shopping and eating. (In fact, the restaurant on the premises is a huge draw for locals and tourists, too). The furnishings in the rooms and throughout the structure are an eclectic assortment of antiques, or in the shabby chic style. Interesting posters, paintings, and old photos adorn the walls of the two lounges, the hallways and the rooms, giving the whole environment a well-worn and welcoming feel (like an old, favorite leather coat).
The complimentary breakfast is excellent.
Four floors (around 50 stairs from lobby to the top) with no ability to designate the exact room you want. According to the website, you choose the category of room and they'll choose the room number. We got room #44, with two windows giving a view of the alley behind the Inn and the parking lots for associations, committees, embassies, etc.
The bathroom had two features worth mentioning: First, the shower head that came directly out of the ceiling and the only thing to keep the water from splashing all over the bathroom was a curtain that did not reach to the floor. The result was a watery mess that necessitated the use of a squeegee to help the floor dry if you later needed to use the sink or the toilet; second, if you do need to use the toilet and are particular about privacy, then it might be uncomfortable since the bathroom walls do not reach the ceiling, and so the space is more of a small, fancy stall rather than a room (see pics).
After 5pm, this Inn is constantly packed with locals and the meeting rooms are filled with groups who have reserved private parties. The lounges and the restaurant are big draws working hours, so if you want dessert in one of the lounges or dinner, get there early or make a reservation (dinner service begins at 6pm). The food is worth the trouble. If you love constant company, then the crowd is not a bad thing, but if you are looking for solitude, this ain't the place.
Our location at the back of the Inn meant that we heard the occasional garbage truck come to empty the dumpsters constantly being filled with bottles and trash from the very popular restaurant. Also, either very late Friday night or very early Saturday, we were awakened by an impromptu and premature Mardis Gras celebration in one of the lots below. I thought they might scream, shout and dance until Fat Tuesday, but after an hour or so they broke up and dissolved into the night.
No television or coffee maker in the room.
All in all, the Inn is enjoyable and would be perfect if you can pick your room (I heard that the rooms over the small lounge are best for privacy).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on quiet side street only five blocks from the White House and steps away from Dupont Circle, Tabard Inn is an old and charming hotel for anyone seeking a European-style oasis on American soil. Our eclectic yet refined atmosphere is the perfect compliment to our award-winning restaurant and bar, weekend jazz sessions, and beautiful, intimate special events. ... more less