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“Excellent Hotel, Excellent Location at an Excellent Price” 5 of 5 stars
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Residence Inn Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   801 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC, DC 20037 (Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End)   |  
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Ranked #63 of 130 Hotels in Washington DC
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“Excellent Hotel, Excellent Location at an Excellent Price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I checked in on Wednesday, April 3 and checked out on Sunday, April 7.

UPON ARRIVAL: The staff was friendly, efficient and helpful. I was handed a list of adjacent restuarants and a map of the area, as well as a big choclate chip cookie.

THE ROOM: A suite that is huge, with a separate living room, full ktchen (refrigeratore, oven, microwave and dishwasher), a separate bedroom, a closet alcove and a good-size bathroom. The room was spotless and everything was in working order. (Can I live here full time?)

SERVICE WHILE AT HOTEL: The entire staff was excellent. Continental breakfast is served - donuts bagels, cream cheese, butter jam, coffee, milk and other things that I didn't pay attention to because I only had the coffee. I need protein for breakfast, On Saturday and Sunday there are croissants.

When I needed a cab and one was not outfront, one was called for me and because the bell hop was busy a maintenance man opened the cab door for me.

LOCATION: Excellent. The hotel is 2 1/2 blocks from the Metro's Foggy Bottom station (Orange & Blue lines) and 2 stops from Metro Center where one can switch to the Red line. There is a 711 a block away from the hotel, George Washington University surrounds the hotel. A number of good restuarants (recommended by friends) are located around the hotel. There is a Trader Joe's, approximately 0.3 miles from the hotel (at 1101 25th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037), that is open from 10am to 10 pm and has a good selection of wines.

Room Tip: Best rooms are awayv from the elevators and snack room, i.e., rooms __04 - __14 on all floors from t...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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JonSallinen, General Manager at Residence Inn Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Waterlaw,

Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad that you loved our hotel. You mentioned that you may want to live with us. Why Not? Sounds like a good plan to me. Please contact me directly on rates for an extended stay.

Regards,

Jon Sallinen
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

It appeared the hotel was undergoing a management change, so that may have affected employee effectiveness during the stay over Spring Break. The cleaning staff completely missed cleaning the room the first night, did not run the dishwasher the second and third night and did not leave dishwasher soap so we couldn't run the dishwasher, did not replace coffee cups the third night and did not wipe the table tops. The front desk was accommodating in sending up the missing items.

The rooms are spacious, with a full refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and two-burner stove top. However, they did not have basic kitchen tools, such as a colander, frying pan, can opener, dishwashing liquid, coffee cups, cereal bowls, or spoons (to eat with).. There was enough floor space to have more counter and cabinet space, but the specific set up did not allow for it. The furniture, paint, and bathroom were clean and in good shape, but the carpet was in need of replacement, and one elevator had some minor issues (showed the wrong floor on the floor indicator lights). Wireless internet worked well and was included in the room price.

The breakfast was extremely limited, basically either donuts or bagels and coffee. They ran out of juice and donuts early in the morning and cream cheese later in the morning. They had plans posted on their walls about a renovation of the lobby area, so this may change.

The location is excellent. It was a 3 minute walk from the Foggy Bottom Metro. Roti, a Mediterranean Chipotle-like chain, but good, inexpensive, quick eats, Whole Foods with a prepared food area, plus other restaurants are next to the Metro and Bertucci's delivers to the hotel. It was on an attractive, relatively quiet street for an urban setting. It was less than a mile walk to the Lincoln Memorial. It was significantly cheaper than hotels just a little closer to the mall, so it was a good value. Despite its minor drawbacks, which might be temporary as the new management takes over, the location was good enough to stay again. But then, it may be more expensive once it gets its renovation -- that location could likely get a premium price.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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JonSallinen, General Manager at Residence Inn Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Jan_T,

Thank you for taking the time to provide a review of your most recent stay. We are glad you enjoyed the location and I apologize that we fell short in a few areas. We went over your concerns in regards to housekeeping, breakfast, and staff effectiveness. We will use the feedback for our ongoing training. We are in an exciting transition with the construction of the lobby underway. Many physical changes to come and we look forward to your return so you can see.

Regards,

Jon Sallinen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We loved being able to walk from the Metro which we took from Reagan National to get to this hotel. Plus being so close to GWU campus was a big plus for us. We appreciated the warm cookies and the kitchenette plus having a bedroom separate from the living room, which had a pull out bed for our daughter. Bonus!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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JonSallinen, General Manager at Residence Inn Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Jill and Steve Corv,

Thank you for sharing your comments of your enjoyable stay. We are glad you enjoyed the location as we feel it is the best location in DC. We look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Regards,

Jon Sallinen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Washington Guest Suites in Foggy Bottom turned out to be the right choice for us and could be for you ! Its location was 3-4 blocks from the Metro(blue/orange), its proximity to the best eats Founding Farmers and Burger Tap and Shake are all within 3-5 blocks of the suites, as well as Whole Foods and a few good bars! The staff were friendly and so very helpful especially the day valet (forgot his name) and Stephanie. The rooms are spacious with a full kitchen, microwave and dishwasher but they are not Two Bedrooms as stated by Booking.com, they are 2 two rooms one has two beds and the other is a living room. Go figure! Otherwise, the guest suites provide a complimentary breakfast, a great view with a clean and comfortable stay that's within budget ! Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms, they have another week or two to go before being in full bloom. Enjoy the magnolias a the Smithsonian Castle and have a great stay in our nation's finest city, Washington , DC. One love to all, Angella, Massapan & Rock

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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JonSallinen, General Manager at Residence Inn Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Angella F,

Thank you for posting a review of recent stay at the Washington Guest Suites. We are glad that you had an enjoyable visit. As you highlighted our location is in a prime location with everything that you need within walking distance. I apologize for the incorrect description on Booking.Com and I am in the process of correcting so the room types will be clear so the expectations are met. Next time your in DC we hope to see you again.

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Jon Sallinen
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

For the price of this room, the size was amazing, almost a waste for only one night stay. This was so convenient to walk to many areas but the street itself was quiet. I have a hard time sleeping with hallway noise and this room was far from the door and divided from the main living area.

Wolfgang Puck coffee in the room was a bonus but had to go out for any meals. They are in the process of getting ready to update everything, the living areas are in need of new furnishings but the bedrooms were good.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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JonSallinen, General Manager at Residence Inn Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Sharelaughs,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your most recent stay. We are glad that you enjoyed your short trip and with our spacious suites hopefully your next stay will be longer. We are about to undergo a very extensive update to the entire hotel. We look forward to showing you some of the changes when you return.

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Jon Sallinen
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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here for business and appreciated the quiet location, very nice hotel suite and helpful staff. This is located very close to the Watergate, GW University and Georgetown. Convenient to the Foggy Bottom Metro. Everything was clean and well kept. The area is safe and well located with restaurants nearby but no hotel restaurant. Definitely would stay here again.

Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Lazonia,

Thank you very much for taking the time to highlight your stay. We are glad that you enjoyed the location as much as we do. We will look forward to seeing you in the near future.

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Jon Sallinen
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

When I first went to stay at this hotel 15 years ago it had a different name but was still 'tacky'...so much so that we walked into the foyer and back out again to move to another hotel. Arriving late at night I was dismayed to find that the hotel was hte one I'd been to before but with a new name. Time had not improved the place but arriving late at night and with an early moring start I checked in.

The place is well past its prime and it shows. Breakfast is a buffet in a small room ... nowhere to sit. Come down, help yourself and take it back to your room to eat. People in nightwear waiting to make their choice was not a particularly good thing to see.

If you have a limited budget this might do but I will never visit there again.

In fairness, the beds were both clean and comfortable but I would prefer to spend more and stay in a better class of hotel

Room Tip: I am not sure I can say anything here other than stay elsewhere if you can afford it.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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JonSallinen, General Manager at Residence Inn Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
rogchez,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We take all of the comments very strongly and making efforts to improve where we fell short during your stay. We have a lot of exciting "New" improvements that are being made. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly for your next visit.

Regards,

Jon Sallinen
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Address: 801 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC, DC 20037
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End , Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #63 of 130 Hotels in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Residence Inn by Marriott Washington DC/Foggy Bottom is located in the heart of the most historic neighborhood in DC. We are an upscale extended stay hotel nestled in one of the city's most sophisticated and fashionable parts of the city. Our central location is minutes from George Washington University and Hospital, Department of State, World Bank, other renowned corporations, celebrated attractions, restaurants, shopping, Georgetown and one block to the Foggy Bottom metro. Whether you're with us for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months, your daily routine matters .Our inviting gatehouse will allow you to spread out and relax after a long day. We offer complimentary Wi-Fi in all our suites and public areas at the hotel .You will never go hungry with our complimentary daily deluxe buffet breakfast and our Social Hours served in the evenings. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, your stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott Washington DC/Foggy Bottom will keep you well taken care of ... more   less 
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