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“Great Location, Good Price” 4 of 5 stars
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The Baron Hotel
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   1523 22nd street NW, Washington DC, DC 20037 (Dupont Circle)   |  
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Ranked #34 of 49 Washington DC B&B and Inns
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“Great Location, Good Price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

We loved the Baron Hotel, it has a p[perfect location, right at Dupont circle and very close to the metro station. The staff were friendly and welcoming, and the room was "good enough", nothing fancy and you can feel somethings missing, but really clean and big and has all the basics. Will definitely recommend it and use it again. There is no elevator which can be a bit bad for travelers but for light travelers it is a wonderful choice.

Room Tip: NO elevator, reserve on lower floors
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

This hotel is in a pretty good location, short walk to the metro train or buses and then only two train stops to Metro Center - you could even walk there or to attractions if you wanted to. Quite decent neighbourhood with lots of eating places nearby (not just fast food) - the embassies and a few high-end hotels nearby indicate it's pretty good. It's an older building, a bit creaky, but it's quite nice and seems to have been refurbished quite recently.

The room was a reasonable size given it's an older building in DC and nice enough feeling to it; it has a bit of pokey bathroom, but it was functional. Shower was OK, but hot water takes ages to come through - it's worth turning it on about three minutes before you actually want to shower. Ceiling fan is very noisy, but towels are quite nice. The room had the appearance of being recently renovated, furnishings had a new 'period' look but were fairly lightweight, and not a lot of amenities were provided - a desk and chair but no armchair or second chair of any kind, no bedside lamp, etc. The TV was a cheap but newish LCD model, but channel selection was very poor and reception had a tendency to cut out. WiFi was okay once you got connected. The bed wasn't terrible, but a little lumpy, and pillows are sparse and low range. The Venetian blinds on the windows didn't seem that old, but were a little faulty, including one not going all the way down, and certainly didn't blackout the room, especially once day broke. Breakfast cost an extra $5 - I can't comment on it any further as I ate elsewhere. There's no in room coffee making facilities; there is a jug down at reception, but the coffee was undrinkable.

The two counter staff I dealt with didn't seem particularly friendly or helpful. They were however good enough to store my bag when I got there early, but it was just put under the staircase along with several others with free access to anyone passing by, and they never even checked my tag when I came back to check in. The elevator didn't seem to work, meaning you had to lug your luggage up the steep and narrow staircase.

Security is a concern. I was allocated a room, and when I opened the door I found the TV on, the bed had been used, and an open suitcase was sitting on the rack - obviously the room was still occupied. Went back and told reception; she didn't seem too fussed about this and just allocated me a different room, but needless to say I didn't leave any valuables in my room and deadlocked it when I was there. The hotel also shares its entrance with the associated bar with nothing really stopping bar patrons from going up the stairs, accessing the checked bags, etc.

The place is also noisy, from a front room on the third floor (this gave a bit of a view, but also plenty of noise). There's not much sound insulation, with any street noise coming straight in and floors above creaking a bit it the people above are moving around much. The first night, even after the noisy bar patrons left, still had some car parked over the road with extremely loud hip-hop music playing, along with associated noisy hoodlums, until after 3am. The second night noisy bar patrons downstairs and on the street till very late, 2am and after. The third night saw a chap downstairs having an extended, extraordinarily loud, expletive laden late night cell phone conversation, but at least the bar patrons were fewer and cleared earlier being a Sunday. Passing through the second floor on the way to my room there seemed to be a lot of noise coming through from the bar downstairs. Maybe higher level, back rooms would be quieter.

OK, so this place isn't cheap, but anywhere in central Washington is expensive, and compared to what else I could find the price isn't too bad. With some of the issue I've mentioned addressed it would be quite good, but at the moment I probably couldn't overly recommend it. On the other hand I wouldn't condemn it either. Weigh up the pros and cons I've given with the price and see what else you can come up with to match.

Room Tip: Higher rooms towards the back of the hotel may be quieter.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

Avoid, avoid, avoid. This place is horrible, small, dark and smelly rooms with no views, elevator always broken, loud disco downstairs till 3AM, squeaky floors, you will know what the guy above you is doing, poor internet connection, overpriced, photos misleading.

Room Tip: Hardly any room can be recommended at this hotel
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

1) A four story hotel where the elevator has been "broken" since it was opened last fall
2) Hot water took 10 minutes to reach out room
3) Shower smaller than a phone booth
4) Room only slightly bigger than a parking place
5) Breakfast was extra, and ended up being nothing more than a few stale rolls and coffee
6) Staff consisted of one person (desk clerk)

Room Tip: Get it on the first floor
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Porto, Portugal
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Hotel is in a very good location, near Dupont Circle, with lots of restaurants and bars.
It is close to the subway, only 5 min walking. In the weekend you can park your car close and for free.
The room was ok, kind of small but clean and fair. Bathroom had a large and new shower, but the remaining part was pretty small.
There was some less good points that made it extremely expensive for the quality.
Corridors had an awful smell, like dust and old. As I have dust mites allergy, I could not breath properly.
Also we were in second floor and the lift was not working.
But the worse of all was the breakfast. It was in the night bar, where some frozen bagels were left for us to warm it. And in the end they had a rat walking around the bar. It was disgusting!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

We stayed at the hotel for 4 nights because of research reasons and I found this hotel very nice and usefoul to be in the center of DC. Dupont Circle is a nice place and the hotel is just 5 minutes walking from it. In addiction is just 10 minutes walking from Georgetown, a folkorist place that i recommend to see.

The rooms are really small, that's the only real problem. But they are clean and internet connection is good, so nothing to say. The good thing is the pub included in the hotel where you can relax at the end of a busy day.

In conclusion: cheap, good position, good internet connection, clean and pub in it. Bad things: the room was really small, but ofr this price I have nothing to complain.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Baron Hotel

Address: 1523 22nd street NW, Washington DC, DC 20037
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Dupont Circle , Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Baron Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 68
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