We stayed Dec 29 &30 at this historic Inn in Dupont Circle. I had always heard from friends how very much they loved dining there and were particularly fond of brunch on Sunday. So, as we were on our way to NYC, it seemed a half way point and we naturally decided to stay there.
Well, perhaps we stayed one (or even 2) nights too many. Parking was easily managed with the valet service but pricey (this is DC and we were informed by the Inn of the cost). The reception was covered by a "new" staff member who was unsure of some issues but was prompt in managing our check-in. Here is where things start to get difficult. Our room, #41, was on the fourth floor. We are by no means spring chickens and had a variety of bags and hanging clothing to carry as our trip extended beyond DC. When I asked for help, we were accommodated quickly by the general hotel maintenance staff (1 man). He was most helpful and fast. The climb up the stairs is daunting. Please do not book a room on the 4th fl unless you are fit and/or young and buff. That's the point where I should have asked for a room on a lower floor. I do believe we would have been accommodated. My error. The room--cold, no heat on. This is an old Inn with steam heat and the heat had been turned off. It took a good part of the night to warm up. Next day we needed a space heater-quickly delivered by the same general maintenance man who helped with our luggage the day before. The bathroom--well, not for anyone with limited mobility or balance issues. The design is slightly askew-desert sand tiles with a gold claw foot tub very difficult to get in and out. The design of the faucets and shower are completely without thought and the plug for the tub is a screw in metal plug located exactly in the middle of the tub. Suffice it to say, not safe and no hand rails for entry or exit. I must say, they need to replace the toilet seat. Enough on that. The entire sink faucet swings from right to left onto the sink itself allowing water to flow onto the floor. Tricky to manage but once you get water all under the sink, you figure it out.
The beds, the worst I have ever experienced in the USA. Slats that stick out from under the mattress. Mattresses that make you sleep on one side of the bed because the other is so uneven, you roll back to the overused side. I love old hotels and unique overnight settings. Some of my favorites include the New Oriental Hotel in Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka and tented camps in the African bush. The former were old but well kept with excellent service. The Tabard Inn in not well kept but does have good service. It is not shabby chic or chic or cute or unique or eclectic at all. It is old and run down and needs a makeover in order to make it shabby chic. No, I would not consider staying overnight there again.
The restaurant-very good. My husband had Brunch on Sunday and enjoyed it very much. I had the continental breakfast on the day we left and had lovely scones. Dinner the night before was so-so.
Sitting in the lounge near the fireplace was pleasant, but the sofa is so low, it is difficult for non-spring chickens to get up when leaving--then to the 4 flights up. Lighting is a problem in both the rooms, stairwells and the lounge. I could not read a book sitting near the fireplace. It was difficult to read in the rooms as well. The lighting is a problem. I think, had I brought these issues to the attention of the management, there would have been some change. But, I guessed, 2 nights and nevermore, I would rough it. Research your room thoroughly before booking. It is a great location in DC and so close to tourist attractions, it is too bad it did not offer the comfort we sought. I think it is a great gathering place for DCers for a drink, brunch or to listen to the occasional live music with friends. Overnight, not so much.
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