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The Fairmont Washington DC
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2401 M St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20037 (Formerly The Monarch Hotel) (Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End)   |  
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Ranked #8 of 130 Hotels in Washington DC
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great base - Good hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Stayed here for 9 nights (during Presidential election) and enjoyed the hotel, staff and location greatly.

Booked a Fairmont Signature room - very spacious, clean, well decorated and tastefully furnished. The room only had a bath (small) with overhead shower, but was perfectly usable.

The Concierge staff and waiters were extremely helpful and polite - front desk a little frosty but nothing too disappointing.

Food was good, but not exceptional.

One observation, was the corridor leading to room (well certainly on 4th Floor) was worn and toed, with many scuffs, scrapes and marks - not a massive issue but a small disappointment.

Overall a good hotel with a helpful team, quality rooms and a good location. Certainly would come back when back in DC.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FWDC, Public Relations Manager at The Fairmont Washington DC, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thank you for sharing your recent experience with us. We have recently checked the corridors on all of the guest room floor to repair any scuff marks. We appreciate you sharing your observations. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to DC.
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

The only reason we were able to stay in this hotel is because we say got a code from this website. We only paid $180/night which appears to be a great deal for DC. Look for the special offer link when booking. Saved up a lot of $$.

This hotel in in a great location. 5 minute walk to Georgetown and Foggy Bottom, about a 10 minute walk to DuPont Circle. Cheap cab ride to most sites. Also not to far from the Metro. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly throughout our stay.

The hotel was nice, but the rooms are nothing special. We requested a room with a king size bed with a view at least a month before our visit. When we checked in we were told a room with a king size bed was not available at the time. We were given a room with 2 'queen' beds. We had the option to wait for a room to be cleaned, but we just wanted to be checked in.

That night we realized that the beds were smaller then your average queen and not comfortable for the my girlfriend and I share. We had to sleep in different beds both nights.
We've stayed in rooms with 2 queens before and never had this problem. A bit of a downer when you're trying to enjoy a romantic vacation. Instead of having a room with a view we were facing a parking lot and what appeared to be an office building. I'm sure if we brought these issues to the staff they would have done everything in their power to satisfy our needs.

The only reason I'm giving this hotel a 3 star instead of 4 is because I expect more out of a 5 star hotel.

Room Tip: Just be aware that the queen beds are not as bid as your average queen. If you requested a king mak...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I stayed here with my 17yo daughter for a week at the end of October including 2 days hunkered down during Hurricane Sandy
Excellent hotel which handled the Hurricane superbly
Tip-join the Presidents Club on checking in which is free and gives you free internet in the room,free gym and other benefits
Superb Breakfasts-we did bed and breakfast
Price good-far cheaper than nearby Four Seasons
Excellent Concierge Desk very helpful with restraunys etc
Tip-get metro plastic travel card to save moeny and use on metro and all buses

Room Tip: Join free Presidents Club on checking in-free internet,gym and other benefits
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed in Nov for 1 night and really enjoyed the hotel. Very nice and clean room, Not the largest but plenty big for 2 adults and 2 kids. Front desk gave us a welcome kit for the kids and could not have been better. Hotel restaurant is nice but casual enough to dine with kids. Food was very good and kids under 5 eat free. Hotel bar was nice too, Parking is a bit odd as it is expensive and vallet only. If you need anything from your car the bring you the car. Street park is by meter and we thoght is was easier to leave it there and take a cab to museums. Cab cost 10 and metro cost 8? Ill take the cab next time... One thing that is really nice with the fairmonts is the tech center in the room, Free wifi, USB charger and all cables are in the room. I forgot my phone charger and there was one in the mini bar!
We will stay here again soon.

Room Tip: Ask for an inside room overlooking the court yard. A little quiter but really all the rooms are nic...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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FWDC, Public Relations Manager at The Fairmont Washington DC, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Thank you for letting us know about your recent visit to D.C. with your children. We hope you will come back soon.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights at the Fairmont at the end of Oct 2012. On arrival we were offered a discounted upgrade to their Gold Floor which we thoroughly recommend (ask for Maggie or Jamil) as its like a small private hotel with lots of inclusive extras which make your stay that bit more special. We were holed up there for a day and half during hurricane Sandy and they provided free ipads, DVD's, half price drinks, etc. The hotel is in a lovely peaceful location, about 5-7 mins walk to the nearest Metro at Foggy Bottom, and about a 20 min walk to Georgetown shops Restaurant bit pricey but probably what you would expect at similar standard hotels in the area and you eat out anyway. All the staff we came into contact with were most professional, friendly and helpful. Rooms very quiet and beds very comfy - could not fault this hotel and we stay in alot. Well done Fairmont, we shall be back!

Room Tip: Quietest rooms are facing the central courtyard. Ask if any offers on for their 'Gold Floor...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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FWDC, Public Relations Manager at The Fairmont Washington DC, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us during Hurricane Sandy. Sorry it had to be under those circumstances. Looking forward to your return visit.
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We recently spent several nights on the Gold Level of this venue and feel it was well worth the surcharge. Service was outstanding - easy to see why the staff was awarded top place among competing Gold Level Fairmonts.

The dining, lounge, and food/beverage area was quiet and relaxing, stocked with newspapers and magazines. Again, service was superior. Gold Level includes a full breakfast with many options. Small plate hors d'oeuvres, which can easily constitute dinner, are available 5 -7 pm, followed by dessert at 9 pm. The self-service bar is operated on an honor system.

Our room was spacious, spotless, and faced an beautiful interior courtyard. Bath products, gym, technology, bed and linens were top-of-the line. Robe and slippers were provided - no need to pack them! With superb attention to detail, the "New York Times" was delivered daily to the door in a monogrammed linen sac - which absorbs most of the ink.

Georgetown shopping was only steps away and the subway was a short walk.

Staff, beautifully trained and professional, remain the single most memorable component of our lovely stay. Many thanks, once again, to everyone there.

Room Tip: The Gold Level on the 9th floor is quiet, without street noice. An interior courtyard room gave us...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Manhattan Beach, California
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

This was my fourth stay at the Fairmont. Service is very friendly, the rooms are comfortable, spacious and quiet, bed is very comfortable, and the restaurant is excellent. The fitness center is a full blown health club with a wide array of equipment, many exercise spaces, dry and wet sauna, pool, and jacuzzi. Join the President's Club online (at no charge) and the fitness center and internet are free. The hotel is conveniently located to several nearby great running courses (fifteen minute run along the Potomac to the Lincoln Memorial), an easy walk into Georgetown or up to Dupont Circle, and a quick Metro ride to the National Mall. I have never been disappointed by this hotel; I'm pretty picky and I would rate the Fairmont a five-star property. I paid in advance and got a great rate directly with the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Address: 2401 M St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20037 (Formerly The Monarch Hotel)
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End , Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Washington DC
#4 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#6 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#6 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#10 Family Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Fairmont Washington DC 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sunlit urban oasis that soothes the spirit, the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is authentically local from its airy "bringing the outside in" design by renowned architect Vlastimil Koubek, to its celebrated cuisine by Juniper Chef Ian Bens and resident beekeeper who is continually creating seasonal and innovative dishes using ingredients from nearby farms.Our luxury Washington, D.C. hotel offers 415 spacious guest rooms and suites that will provide you with a welcome retreat. Try a relaxing visit to our hotel’s large health club and indoor pool or sit outside with your laptop or book in our serene courtyard garden. Whether here for business or your annual family vacation, we understand that your visit to Washington is important. During this important time, our goal is to help create wonderful memories for you. ... more   less 
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