I accompanied my husband to Washington DC on a business trip. We booked the Hampton Inn Convention Center because it was within walking distance to the office my husband’s meeting was held in and because we are never disappointed with Hampton Inns. This one was no exception. We were greeted on the sidewalk and helped inside with our luggage. The lobby was exceptionally large and sported an aquarium, a concierge (first Hampton Inn I’d stayed in that offered that convenience) and coffee or tea and juices available all day. There is comfortable and ample seating to people watch. There is a business center with high speed computers available for those who don’t have their own computer.
Checking in took minutes. When we were initially given a room on the second floor, I asked for a room on a higher floor, preferably a corner with a view to the south and we were cheerfully reassigned. We had room 902 which gave us a wonderful view, highlighted by the Washington Monument. The scrupulously clean room featured a king-sized bed, comfortable easy chair with ottoman, 25" color television and high-speed internet access with a desk workspace. There was a microwave and small refrigerator and also a coffee maker and iron and ironing board. There was a tub and shower and plenty of toiletries and soft towels provided each day. The bed was dreamy, pardon my bad pun. Soft sheets, a choice of firm or soft pillows and a comforter that was just enough to keep us toasty during the night. The heater was controlled by a wall thermostat and our room was always comfortably warm.
The complimentary breakfast was different each day and offered several choices from toast and cereal to breakfast pizzas and biscuits and gravy, always accompanied by fresh fruit and yoghurt, several juice choices and milk and coffee. Each evening when we returned to the hotel we were greeted with the wonderful smell of chocolate chip cookies which tasted as good as they smelled.
The location of the hotel was perfect for sightseeing on foot. It was only a few minutes walk to the National Mall which many of the museums face. I walked to The White House and to the Lincoln Monument and made my way back past the Vietnam Memorial, the newer Korean Memorial and the brand new World War II Memorial to the Washington Monument. Being in Washington DC in January is a plus in spite of the cold weather and occasional rain showers because there are no crowds. There was no one in line to get a free ticket to ride the 70 seconds to the top of the Washington Monument and no one blocking my view through the small windows.
Another day I walked through Downtown to Georgetown University and through some of the quaint neighborhoods in that area. There are plenty of transportation opportunities including the Metro a couple of blocks from the hotel, a Circulator Bus that stops in the same block and the Metro Buses, but I preferred to go at my own pace and stop and look at whatever I wanted and spend as much time as I wanted. I never felt uneasy or worried about my safety and with a map available at the concierge’s desk, it was easy to navigate. I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable walking alone in the evening to go out to eat or shop as long as I stayed south of Massaschusetts Avenue and no further east than 6th St. in the immediate area of the hotel.
A highlight of our trip was the motorcade carrying President Bush back to the White House following the State of the Union address passed directly beneath our windows. Although we didn't catch a glimpse of the President through the heavily tinted windows of the limousine (which was actually no big disappointment!) we did enjoy the excitement of the motorcycles and police cars escorting the suburbans and limousines.
I highly recommend the Hampton Inn Convention Center for its central location, excellent breakfast, friendly staff and the value especially compared to other hotels in the area. There are sirens of firetrucks and police cars day and night but that is to be expected in the center of a large metropolitan area and the sight of the Washington Monument viewed right out our window diminished any inconvenience or irritation.
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