On my recent trip I stayed in three different hotels and this was by far my favourite. The lobby area is fantastic and very well decorated with lots of places to sit. The hotel actually looks like the pictures on their website. Staff were always very pleasant and my check in was smooth and took less than a minute, which was great for me as I had spent the last 5 hours taking a coach from New York and all I wanted to do was rest.
My room was on the 5th floor and it was huge. I asked the hotel to give me a quiet room and that is exactly what I got. There was a separate desk area as well as a sitting area. There was also another sitting area at the end of the huge and very comfortable bed. There was a safe and a fridge which really came in handy. The sink/vanity mirror was outside the toilet and shower. The room was very clean and the complimentary bath robe was a nice touch. The decor is very tasteful and I really loved coming back to my hotel room every night.
In terms of location, it is in a great area; Foggy Bottom which was quiet, and is very residential. I was travelling alone and felt very safe late at night. If you take a left when you come out of the hotel, and walk 5 minutes down Pennsylvania Avenue you reach very nice upscale shopping area. The hotel is a 15 minute walk from the White House, 5 - 10 minute walk from Dupont Circle, 20 - 25 minute walk from the Lincoln Memorial / National Mall side. There are also great transport links for reaching the Smithsonian Museums and the Capitol buildings etc. The hotel is less than a three 3 minute walk from the Foggy Bottom metro stop which is served by two lines (Blue and Orange). I took the metro easily to the Pentagon City where there is a Shopping Centre. The DC Circulator bus stop is just outside the hotel and really does come regularly and is only a $1.
There are lots of places to eat and a Whole Foods, CVS and Walgreens within 5 - 10 minutes walk from the hotel for every day items.
An added bonus was the free wi-fi. It's basic and you have to pay if you want high speed but the basic was absolutely fine for me to keep in touch with back home and allowed me to check in online for my flight.
I would not hesitate to book this hotel again, it was a fabulous hotel and I enjoyed my 5 nights there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just one block from Georgetown and the Foggy Bottom Metro station, the Melrose offers generously sized guest rooms and suites, total wireless high speed Internet capability throughout the entire hotel and is pet friendly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melrose Hotel, Washington Dc Hotel Washington Dc