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“Fabulous location ... spectacular rooftop bar” 4 of 5 stars
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W Washington DC
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   515 15th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)   |  
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 654 helpful votes
“Fabulous location ... spectacular rooftop bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

In many respects the W Washington is like most other W properties - a "cool" lobby with chic decor with piped in new-age music, a spectacular rooftop bar, helpful staff and small rooms.

You certainly can't beat the location. The W is right across from the Department of Treasury building and one block from the White House. Whether you're in D.C. on business or holidays it's hard to beat the location.

We found the staff to be most helpful if not a little over the top at times. There were always two people on the front doors and someone available to hold the doors open on the elevator for you. The lady at the concierge desk was more than willing to help you plan out your days.

The rooms are on the small side. I stayed in 515 which over looked the Treasury Building. It was quite narrow with virtually no extra room apart from the beds and desk. You certainly wouldn't want to spend a lot of time hanging out in the room.

There's no doubt the rooftop bar is the star attraction of the hotel. It faces south over top of the Treasury Building with a great view of the White House. During inclement weather the retractable awning and drop down clear plastic siding keeps you warm. In the summer months with the terrace wide open it would even be more spectacular.

The W can be quite expensive. If you can get a deal it's definitely worth staying at the property. The small rooms is the only thing that keeps it from getting a five star review.

Room Tip: The rooms on higher floors facing 15th St. NW are your best bet for views. They are quiet as well.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WHotelDC, Manager at W Washington DC, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Hello John B,

Thank you for your review. We are so happy you stayed with us and provided your feedback. We do have amazing views from our rooftop bar of many of the major landmarks. We take pride in our service and will be sending your feedback to our General Manager to share with our hotel staff. We hope to welcome you back again soon and please let us know Whatever/Whenever you may need.

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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Sometimes "best" gets thrown around willy nilly... but the staff at the W bring a professional familiarity that is so refreshing in an American hotel. I feel at home here and the staff and the view from POV is simply the "best"

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WHotelDC, Manager at W Washington DC, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Hello relee96,

Thank you for your review. We are so happy you love our hotel as much as we do. We do have amazing views of Washington DC from our rooftop bar and The White House. We love offering our signature Whatever/Whenever service to make each of your stays unique. Please let us know when you plan your next escape with Whatever/Whenever you may need.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Gorgeous hotel. great, sleek rooms. POV is the best bar/lounge in DC! JG Steakhouse was a hit as well. I'll definitely stay here again, and recommend staying here to anyone traveling to our Nations Capital. Well done W DC!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WHotelDC, Manager at W Washington DC, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Hello Lucas C,

Thank you for your review. We are so happy you stayed with us and looking forward to welcoming you back. We do have amazing views from our rooftop and special creations in J&G Steakhouse. Please email when you plan your next trip with Whatever/Whenever you may need, wdcsocial@whotels.com.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Let's just get this out of the way: YES, the W has perhaps the best location in all of DC, and the POV rooftop bar has an unparalleled view. We know this. It's absolutely a luxury hotel. The rooms and beds are comfortable, and the customer service is of the "bend over backwards" variety. It's all good.

However, the look and vibe of this ultra-modern, "clubby" hotel is all just a little too...weird. For me, at least. I felt like I was too old to be staying there, or something. The rooms are very dark, and the hallways are even darker. It feels a bit like a gothic horror film. I was excited to be given a room on on the top floor, until I realized it was an interior room, which means you look straight into many other rooms and straight down into the crater of the center of the hotel. They don't give you a coffee maker unless you specifically ask for it, and the room service menu is BEYOND expensive. Most aggravating of all is the extra charge for in-room wireless, which will lose a hotel major points from me EVERY time. Considering what they're charging for a room each night, to be charged an additional $15 for internet seems outrageous, especially since the internet was unreliable and I had to keep reconnecting constantly, sometimes every five minutes. Definitely not worth the price of admission.

All of this is almost made up for by the truly outstanding frosted glass "rain shower" which was one of the best hotel showers I've ever experienced.

Almost. In spite of the shower and the stellar location, I probably wouldn't stay here again.

Room Tip: EXTERIOR. Otherwise you're looking into the pit of the center of the building.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WHotelDC, Manager at W Washington DC, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Hello JP19,

Thank you for your feedback. We do have a great location with walking distance to many major sites in the District. We would like to apologize for the experience you had. We take pride in the service we provide our guests and will be sending your feedback to our General Manager to address. We do offer our guests complimentary fresh coffee in the lobby to help start your day. We hope you will consider our hotel on your next trip to Washington DC. Please email with when you make future plans and Whatever/Whenever you may need, wdcsocial@whotels.com.

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Richardson, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

W hotels are expensive, eclectic and the DC property fits right in. The location near the White House and the view from the rooftop bar are great. The hotel has some very comfortable rooms and some rooms that are far too small for the price. Be careful to request a room that has the sink inside the bathroom. The lobby bar is noisy but ok except when they have a loud live band or singer playing there. For the price there are several other excellent hotels in the same general area that are more comfortable and with better dining and drinking arrangements.

Room Tip: Ask for a corner suite as an upgrade. They are worth it.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WHotelDC, Manager at W Washington DC, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Hello DLLinDalles,

Thank you for your review. We do have the best location in the District with amazing views of many major landmarks. Because of the historic nature of our hotel we were not able to change the structure of our rooms. But this is what inspired our designers in the styling of our rooms and lobby. We hope you will consider our hotel on your next escape and please let us know Whatever/Whenever you may need.

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San Pedro, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I know W Hotels are supposed to be kind of funky & cool, but we expected the one across the street from the White House to have comfortable rooms with a nice & normal layout. Or maybe, it's just too funky for our taste. the furniture is white plastic or maybe laquer. The sink portion of the bath room is in the bedroom, not the bathroom. It had minimal counter space and was right next to the luggage stand, so I was constantly worried about getting everything wet. Who puts the sink in the bedroom in a "high" end property?? The actual bathroom is also poorly laid out. It contains the toilet and shower. They give you a robe and it hangs right next to the shower. But you can't open the shower door unless you move the robe hanger. And there is no place in the bathroom for the bath towels. You have to get them from the bedroom and put them on the bathroom floor or throw them over the shower door. The entire layout is so poor that it makes you very uncomfortable.

On the positive side, the service is pretty good. The bellman brought us ice and the hotel offers complementary shoe shines. Too bad they delivered the shoes many hours after they promised them, and then only when we called to find out where they were. The hotel is greatly located, across the street from the White House, and walking distance from many museums and tourist destinations. However, if this room layout is typical for a W property, we won't frequent this brand again.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on a higher floor facing the White House and/or the mall.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WHotelDC, Manager at W Washington DC, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Hello Lori R,

Thank you for your feedback. W’s are known for their modern design mixed with the local culture. Our designers we inspired by the original French Renaissance styling to create a unique destination in Washington DC. Because of the historic nature of our building we were not able to make large changes to the structure of the rooms. We would like to apologize for the experience you had with us. We would love to speak with you more in regards to your stay. Please email us at wdcsocial@whotels.com and let us know Whatever/Whenever you may need.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013 via mobile

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.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WHotelDC, Manager at W Washington DC, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Hello Icollens,

Thank you for your review. We do have the perfect location in downtown Washington with a short walk to many of the major landmarks and businesses. We are happy you love our modern design and W vibe. We love offering our signature Whatever/Whenever service to make each stay unique. We hope to welcome you back soon and please let us know anything you need.

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Address: 515 15th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Downtown / Chinatown , Penn Quarter , Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Washington DC
#27 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#47 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#63 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#69 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — W Washington DC 4*
Number of rooms: 317
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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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