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“Nice hotel, but watch out for extra fees” 3 of 5 stars
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Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1001 14th St. NW, 14th and K Street, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Downtown / Chinatown)   |  
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“Nice hotel, but watch out for extra fees”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2011

We recently stayed at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza in DC and overall we were pleased with our stay. We chose the hotel because it is one of the few pet friendly hotels in DC that was convenient to the Verizon Center and in our price range.

While they are pet friendly, they charge a $250 fee which is refunded at the end of your stay provided there was no damage. This was fine with me as I knew our dog wouldn't do any damage. I also found it interesting that they just asked us at the end of the stay if she did. Perhaps because we inquired about the fee, otherwise, I assume they figure if they don't hear about damage from the housekeeping staff then there must not be any.
We booked the "Weekend with Parking" deal online for $154 per night. A few days before we left we saw that is was advertising for $114 per night. We called and asked if they would honor that price and they did (though we had to remind them at check in). Doing the weekend with parking deal made sense because they charge $35 for valet parking per night. So booking with the deal at the original price made parking $19 a night instead, then with the final price - it ended up being a steal! Being informed pays - this is the first place the extra fees could have bitten us - I heard our room neighbor cursing when he found out how much they were charging for parking.

The room was nice - a little small, but nice overall with updated features and a large bed. Our room had the park view, but because of the way the desk was situated, you couldn't easily look out the window on to the park. Not only that, but the park was filled with homeless people during the day (not so much at night). When walking our dog several of them yelled at me and then another group called my boyfriend a "white motherf***er!" and screamed at him asking him how he would feel if he was on a leash like our dog. That was not so pleasant, but the hotel can't control who is in the park. Just something to know about if you bring a pet since this is the only area really to walk them.

One major downer, and clearly something I missed the fine print on, was that there was no free Internet at the hotel. You had to pay $12.95 per 24 hours to get online. Such a rip-off! I can't believe they do that, it just seems ridiculous that in 2011 we would have to pay for Internet on top of the room charge. If it was something like $5 a day, that would be more understandable. Unfortunately, we planned to use the Internet to figure out where to eat and directions and all that, so we had to pay $26 just to use the Internet during our stay. I found this very annoying.

Our room was quaint, but not very sound proof, you could hear everything in the hallway, the elevator dinging, people talking, doors slamming, etc. This bothered me as I am a very light sleeper, and also it worried me that it might cause our dog to bark or cry while we were not in the room. There was also no refrigerator and the coffee maker was stored in the bathroom - I thought that was gross and we didn't end up using it.

Every person from the staff was very friendly, that was a definite plus of our stay! There is a restaurant on the grounds, 14K, but we did not ever eat there.

All in all, I would stay here again as the rates are competitive, it's pet friendly, and we could walk to everywhere we wanted to. (It was a bit of a trek to some areas of the city, the McPherson metro stop looks close to the hotel - so that is an option for people who don't want to walk). There is also a CVS right up the road that is open 24 hours. Buy your water and drinks there (don't accidentally drink the $2.95 bottle of water they leave in the room or buy something from the vending machine - our soda was warm).

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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54 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2011

I stayed at The Hamilton for two nights on business. While the location is great, there are plenty of hotels in this area, so find the one that's right for you. Although it's only a 15 minute walk from the Washington Convention Center where my conference took place, there are other hotels closer to that site. The neighborhood is definitely a hot night spot with packed bars and clubs.

I paid $184/night with AAA and stayed in a "king executive" I signed up for the hotel's reward card (Priority Club) and was given a choice of free wifi or two other perks (maybe free valet?) that I couldn't use. I took the free wifi. I wish I had known about the women's floor - I would have taken advantage of that.

Bottom line: check out the other local hotel deals, but there's no reason not to stay here.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2011

Close to pretty much everything. Nice park view. Free Internet and breakfast. Room is not super clean though but the beds are comfy

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2011

The Hotel will bend over backwards to make sure your stay is a pleasant one. The Staff at the front desk and the staff in the Restaurant/bar were very cordial. I did not feel as a customer, but a guest.

The location is across from a park, two blocks from the Metro and has a drug store, shoe repair and bakery within a block. Plus, many restaurants within walking distance.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hertfordshire
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2011

We spent three nights here. The room was on a corner and a bit cramped by US standards, but OK. Breakfast was good and we had dinner one evening which was fine. We felt comfortable and enjoyed our stay. It's a fair walk to the subway, but there are also plenty of buses including a cross town one that goes by the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, TX
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2011

The Hamilton is an older, but updated hotel, in a great location. The beginning of our trip was business which kept us in National Harbor, which there is not much to see there. So to enjoy the DC area we booked the hotel by naming our price on Priceline. We ended up booking a $100 rate! Trying to book on the Crowne Plaza website, they are demanding $280+, which all value is lost for that amount.

It is older, which means everything is smaller, but still it is a beautiful hotel. The service was top notch through out minus the belle service. They seemed more bothered by there job than wanting to help. The front desk was always friendly and eager to help. The front desk agent upgraded our room view to look over the park and Washington Monument. He also told us a little bit about the area. The concierge was very friendly and graciously helped us out on dinner reservations one night.

The rooms is somewhat tight but not too bad. The rooms are well appointed with iPod dock, safe and black out curtains. The bathroom is extremely tight. It's not possible for two to get ready in their bathrooms, even thought it is smartly designed, still too small.

The Hamilton has a great bar just off the lobby with a few TVs to catch the games. There is also a Starbucks attached for those that need their daily fix. This location is a busy one on weekdays.

Overall, the Hamilton is a great location for the sight seers. It is within walking distance to all the major sites. It's two blocks from the sub station and across the street from the Georgetown Circulator bus line. Book this hotel anywhere but the hotels website for the best deal.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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20 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

Hotel is above average with a few rough edges.
Room was comfortable and clean. Weekend price was great $89 a night from Travelzoo. Even AAA rate was about $120. Not bad for DC.
All the staff were pleasant. And generally said hior smiled when you passed.

Had dinner one night in their restaurant 14K. Very tasty food and attentive service from Jean.

Now the gotchas: The neighborhood is noisy on Friday and Saturday night. Lots of late night clubs so beware if you are light sleeper because sirens and noise are frequent late in the evening (1 to 4 AM). If that is the case don't get a Park View room.

If you want to go clubing this is your place. They did provide ear plugs and a sleep mask. Not sure if everyone gets them or just Priority Club Members.

The room had a safe but "the last guest had accidentally taken the key" so it was useless. Their solution was put my laptop in the safety deposit boxes behind the desk. If a hotel is going to have a safe in the room then make it easy for the guest to use. Apparently most of the safes are missing keys is the impression I got because I was warned key may be missing when I checked in. The front desk staff either have heard this complaint one too many times or they really weren't interested. Not sure which.

The valet service to get out the car took normally at least 15 minutes so plan ahead and also the rate was $36 per night. So that put a bit of a damper on the room bargain. Moral of story don't bring your car to DC. Take the train or fly and use cabs.

Overall an above average older hotel for DC.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1001 14th St. NW, 14th and K Street, Washington DC, DC 20005
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Downtown / Chinatown , Penn Quarter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#44 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#46 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#66 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 318
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A restored 1920's architectural gem, the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel offers refined accommodations and modern meeting facilities in the heart of the nation's capitol. Gracing the corner of 14th & K Streets, NW, this Washington, DC hotel places you in the ideal location whether you're traveling for business or pleasure. Just 5 blocks from the White House, 7 blocks to the Washington, DC Convention Center, 1 block to the McPherson Square Metro Station, minutes from the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, and local dining and entertainment, the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel is perfectly situated to make your visit a productive and memorable experience. The Hamilton's own 14K Restaurant and Lounge offers a contemporary American dining experience to guests and local DC residents alike. Perfect for people watching, entertaining, or unwinding after a day of meetings, 14K Restaurant and Lounge is the choice for casual meals or private gatherings. ... more   less 
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