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).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Hamilton
- Crowne Plaza Washington Dc