Washington hotels are pricey, once you add the W chain - and one which is opposite the White House (complete with rooftop bar looking onto the same) - you know that you're going to have to dig deep. That said, I love W hotels. The OTT decor, the minimalist bedrooms, bliss spa toiletries, modern sleek look and feel, the effortlessly obsequious staff. All of this is captured in this W hotel. Oddly the decor on the floors made me think they ran out of budget as each floor is brown. Very brown. Monotone brown. I felt like an Umpalumpa sent by Mr Wonka himself to clean the lines. By hand. The lobby is the usual understated W with massive chandeliers, table service and perennially chipper reception staff.
The location is great within moments of the White House and the Washington Monument. You can walk to the Reflecting Pool in 15 mins, the Lincoln Memorial in 20. Jefferson memorial in 20ish. You can make the smithsonian and Holocaust museums in 15. It's all very central. There's a few stores around like CVS, Starbucks, Borders etc. There's little by way of shopping. If you are on business travel, the location is ideal too as the law firms, think tanks etc are all in the area.
The rooftop view is great looking into Washington at night and the drinks are good too.
If you're a big W fan, you may find this one lacking. Just something about it doesn't "pop" as I'm sure the W creative team would put it. There are a lot of hotels in this City but is suspect this one feels a lot less corporate, stuffy and old fashioned as the others. It's the usually W trendy which makes for a break in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to W Washington DC, a hotel beyond expectations. Next to the White House, the most powerful suits - pinstripes and black lace-rendezvous at W Washington DC, where Italian Renaissance meets modern cool. With commanding rooftop views of major landmarks, W-Gate is all about stately indulgence. ... more less
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