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“Good value, modern and clean” 4 of 5 stars
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington, DC / Downtown
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   500 H St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20001 (Formerly Red Roof Inn Washington DC Downtown) (Downtown / Chinatown)   |  
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Ranked #52 of 133 Hotels in Washington DC
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“Good value, modern and clean”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

I stayed here for one evening, its a new addition to the Fairfield inn, many DC maps indicate it as the Red Roof inn, but its hard to tell anything else was ever here. The hotel is bright, very modern, and clean. My room was a good size and very comfortable. Breakfast was the standard fare for a hotel like this, generic pre-made hot foods, plenty of continental options. Go elsewhere if you want something more than basic filler in the am.
The hotel has a small cardio fintess center in the basement, very modern equipment, just fine for a stay to get rid of some calories unless you want to go running in DC.
The area is fine, its in Chinatown so there is a little more grit but its very much in proximity to many of the cities attractions and metro stops in NorthWest.

My only complaints: I heard a fare amount of noise from outside, even being on the tenth floor, there hotel faces a fairly busy city street with buses and trucks and car traffic. Its not terrible but if your noise sensitive you should ponder requesting a room not facing the street.
Second- the cleaning person came into my room while I was still asleep before nine am, I didn't have the sign but they are too aggressive since I didn't even check out yet or pick up the bill that was still half way between my door and the hall. She did the same thing to the next room and abruptly exited after a brief knock with a second delay as she opens the door. So they have refining to do on that end of things. Good service from the front desk, hotel is secure as well.

Room Tip: request a room not facing H if your noise averse, you'll have no view but less noise
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

We stayed here for seven nights in September 2011. The hotel had been recently refurbished and was well maintained and very clean. The decor tried to reflect the fact that the hotel was in Chinatown, but is fairly garish and probably not to everyone's taste (see photographs).

Our room had a King Bed plus sofa, and there was a fair amount of room. However, the wardrobe was extremely small, with very limited hanging room. There was good drawer space, though. The room was very clean, the daily cleaning was excellent and the bed was very comfortable. The aircon was effective and not too noisy. The bathroom was fine, with a small bath/shower unit.

Our room faced west and overlooked a car parking area. This was OK, but we were woken between 4 and 5 am most mornings by the trash collection. The room walls were not very soundproof, but our neighbours were pretty quiet. It's a shame that there was no fridge in the room, and I pity anyone whose room was close to the noisy ice machines which were located on some floors!

Breakfast was included, served from 6.30am Monday to Friday and 7am on Saturdays and Sundays. The breakfast room got pretty crowded later on in the morning, so it's worth getting there fairly early! There was a choice of cereals, fruit juice, fruit, yogurts, bagels, muffins, waffles and some strange looking meat muffins which (being English) we did not try. There was unlimited free coffee, tea and iced water in the hotel lobby 24 hours a day. One thing that did bother us was the tremendous amount of waste plastic and paper produced at each breakfast - although this also happened at many food outlets in the city.

Service was very good at the hotel; all desk staff were friendly and helpful. We checked out a few hours before we were due to leave for the airport, and they were happy to securely store our luggage.

The hotel was located on the edge of Chinatown, a slightly scruffy area, but within easy walking distance of most of the main sights and close to a number of good restaurants (check out Matchbox - great food).

All in all, we enjoyed our stay here and found the hotel to be very good value for money.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

I needed a hotel close to a green or yellow line Metro stop, and this one fit the bill. The area was dingy and did not seem all that safe at night.

I stayed in Room 620, which was right by the elevator and ice maker. The elevator dinged all night and the ice maker crunched and roared all night. In the morning, the traffic noise was complemented by bells ringing from the church right across the road. If you stay here, ask for an inside room away from the elevator and ice maker.

The rooms looked clean and newly decorated, with stiff furnishings in bizarre color combinations. There was no information in the room on the DC area. The towels were thin. There were interesting misspellings on the room service menu; my favorite was "fish and chips with beef batter."

The second night I stayed in this room, I woke up with bites all over my right knee. The hotel claims to have investigated for bedbugs, finding "no insects" in the room.

On the plus side, the staff was friendly, I could use a computer and print off boarding passes for free, and breakfast was free.

At $709 (booked through hotels.com) this 2 or 2 1/2 star hotel was way, way overpriced.

Room Tip: Ask for an inside room away from elevators and ice makers
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011 via mobile

Stayed in Sept for 3 night. remodel of hotel makes this place shiny modern. Started in suite but moved to queen room. You do notice differences between the two categories even though it's only 20 dollars difference. suites have a fridge, microwave, good views, double TV, automatic window shade open/close mechanism, roomy bathroom. Queen room seems cheaper all around.

other pluses:
- proximity to everything. can walk to metro station. lots of asian food options
- good breakfast although wish there were hot items instead of microwaving a sausage biscuit
- water available all day
- can sit in breakfast area at any time and watch the flat screen TVs

minuses:
- no room safes
- no fridge in lower category room
- sitting area for breakfast gets really crowded

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newport News, Virginia
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We traveled to DC by Amtrak for Labor Day weekend. The hotel was centrally located with an easy walk to the mall, subways and restaurants. This hotel is just outside of China town but two blocks over is every type of restaurant from fast food to the most elegant. The rooms were clean, spacious and the staff excellent! We look forward to going back whenever we visit Washington!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

This hotel was clean and affordable. Not as close to National Mall and main attractions as other reviewers make it sound. We walked at least 6 miles in one day. The rooms are clean and quiet; never heard housekeeping staff rolling carts down hall or other patrons entering/exiting rooms as in some paper thin walled hotels. Staff was very, very friendly. Breakfast was great. Hot and cold items, as well as hard boiled eggs and microwaveable egg sandwiches. Would highly recommend this hotel if you don't mind walking through a slighly seedy neighborhood with pan handlers and a few homeless looking individuals.

Room Tip: We only paid $100 a night for room, however, parking is $33 for the car. OUCH.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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columbus, ohio
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

We stayed at the Fairfield Inn, 500 H Street in Downtown D.C. from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, 2011. Here are the highlights:
The hotel is located in Chinatown, which is northwest D.C. near the Verizon Center. Chinatown isn't big, but it's loaded with very affordable restaurants, mostly Asian (Try Full Kee, across H Street from the hotel. Very good.)
The closest Metro stop is a block away. If you prefer to walk, the National Mall is 10 to 15 minutes away through safe neighborhoods.
Chinatown itself is gentrifying rapidly. You will see some panhandlers -- one engaged us in conversation in an effort, successful I might add, to make a buck. But the neighborhood felt safe if a little raggedy at the edges.
The hotel staff was very friendly. The continental breakfast is the usual for a Fairfield -- make-your-own waffles, hot oatmeal, cold cereal, muffins, yogurt, bagels, bananas etc. The breakfast area does get crowded during the morning rush.
The rooms are done in understated Chinese motifs. We had a view of an alley, which wasn't a big deal to us, but if it matters, you might want to specify that you'd like a view of something else.
We paid $170 a night, although I know from other reviewers that there are times when better deals can be had. On top of the room rate, the parking fee is $33 a day, and includes valet service. We decided to park the car ourselves at the nearby Gallery Place garage and hoof it. The 24-hour charge there is $22, so we saved $11 a day.
The attractions closest to the hotel include the Verizon Center (where the NBA team plays and they have concerts and so forth), the National Portrait gallery (terrific art museum) and the National Building Musem (we didn't make it there.)
Considering the convenient location, the renovated rooms and the accommodating staff, I'd say the Fairfield is a good choice for someone looking to stay in central D.C. for under $200 a night.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 500 H St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20001 (Formerly Red Roof Inn Washington DC Downtown)
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Downtown / Chinatown , Penn Quarter , Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#41 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#46 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#67 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington, DC / Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 198
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our recently opened & completely renovated hotel offers comfort & convenience to the busy business traveler looking for quality & value while visiting our National’s Capital. As the only Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott located in the Washington DC city center, our hotel features a custom design package with upgraded services & amenities designed specifically with the business traveler in mind. 198 elegant & functional guestrooms offering plush bedding, LCD flat screen TVs with premium channels, spacious work desk with plug-in-panel and complimentary Wi-Fi & hard wired internet access • Complimentary expanded continental breakfast • 24 hour access fitness room and business center • The Irish Channel, on-site restaurant open for lunch & dinner & offering room service from 11am-11pm • Concierge service • Valet parking • Same-day dry cleaning service. Located in the bustling Chinatown neighborhood & in close proximity to: Gallery Place/Chinatown metro (2 blocks) • Walter E. Washington Convention Center (6 blocks) • Verizon Center (2 blocks) • U.S. Capitol (1 mile) • Union Station (1 mile) • Government & association offices nearby • Airports: Reagan National (DCA) - 6.5 miles, Dulles Int'l (IAD) - 25 miles, Baltimore/Washington (BWI) - 35 miles. ... more   less 
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