My husband and I stayed five nights in this beautiful hotel on the corner of H St. and 15th in Room 916, overlooking 15th, Bobby Vann's Steak House, and a business building (king room). Rooms on the southern end of the hotel facing east would overlook Lafayette Park and the White House...next time we might request that. From the ninth floor traffic noise was audible, but muffled; did not bother us at all.
Arriving by taxi, there is a small inset (two car space) in busy 15th St. to unload your luggage, also a few spaces usually available on the street where you could pull a car in long enough to unload. Parking however is valet only, $52/night. We rented a car for two days from Enterprise on Vermont St,. a three short block's walk west, to tour Annapolis and Mt. Vernon, and the rental and valet parking all worked out conveniently. The bellmen were courteous and efficient, not pushy.
The exterior of the building is attractive with inviting outdoor seating and international flags (it's a French chain). Plush, smallish lobby with smooth check-in from pleasant, professional staff.
Our room was lovely, just as in reviewers' photos, with safe, mini bar, robes & slippers, comfortable, plush bed, maybe a bit soft. Maids were unobtrusive and quiet. Only complaint was our towels were not replaced for three days, probably because we re-fold them to keep things looking neat, but still it was obvious they were used. The beds do not have a top sheet, so we left housekeeping a note requesting one, which was done. Greatly appreciated.
We had room service one night, hamburgers and soup. It was nicely served; food was okay. Tea and coffee are complimentary every morning in the posh bar, but no food at all. There is the White House Deli immediately across the street with good pastry and breakfast burritos, but on weekday mornings only. Starbucks and Cosi and others are within two block's walk. The hotel restaurant is open for a lovely, but expensive breakfast.
For dining, we ate at Siroc, and Ceiba and Old Ebbitt Grill. All were in close walking distance with excellent food and ambience; the Old Ebbitt was our favorite. You will pay over $100/couple at all three for dinner, but it was worth it. We walked past the Occidental Grill near the Willard Hotel, looked very nice, so we'll try it next visit. Did not eat at the hotel restaurant...looked sleek and elegant, but the contemporary decor and the menu just didn't invite us.
We loved being two blocks from the White House. Walked over there several times, saw the presidential motorcade leaving twice, with all the resultant security. It's quite impressive. Plus we walked all over downtown, the mall, the museums. The hotel area feels very safe with many business people, tourists, joggers, etc. at all hours. However, there are MANY homeless who overtake the lovely little parks every evening (the smell of urine is quite strong) and were crowded into the doorway of an abandoned shoe store two blocks away on 14th St. They did not approach anyone that we saw, but it puts a definite negative undertone to being downtown.
Oh, the WiFi and flat screen tv worked great in the room. The staff were lovely; several spoke French. This is a very well-managed hotel and we will be back!