I stayed at this hotel for 4 days in the beginning of September. I came for a work conference at GWU and the location made hotel a perfect choice. My boss booked my room and saw online that the hotel was undergoing construction. He called the hotel and spoke to someone who assured him that the hotel would be done construction by the time I arrived.
This was not the case.
I arrived a few hours early because I came on the metro and (which is located very close to the hotel!). After spending some time at Whole Foods (which is also very close, right across from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station) I decided to head to the hotel because lugging my bags around was not very fun.
When I got to the hotel, I was greeted immediately and was told I could hang out in the lobby until check in time at 3pm. I was fine with this and set up shop, using the free Wi-Fi to get some work done.
I quickly learned that construction was not over and based on the meeting that was going on in the lobby nearby me with some managers and other "official" looking people, I don't think the end date was anywhere in sight.
At about 3:10 pm, I headed up to the front desk to get checked in. I was exhausted and just wanted to sleep! I was told that my room was not ready yet and wouldn't be ready for another 30-45 minutes. I had no choice but to wait. The lady at the front desk was very apologetic and nice during the whole time, which definitely helped out.
Once I was FINALLY able to get into my room, I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was! I had a nice corner room and it was lovely.
The only construction issues I encountered was the elevator. Only one was working and the construction crew was using it as well. I waited an average of 5-10 minutes each time I needed to use it.
The other disappointment was the breakfast. Everything seemed to be out (coffee!!) when I was there and they didn't have any of the hot foods out, only cereal and bagels. They did seem to have the potential to have other items, so that may be due to the construction as well.
So like the title states, my stay was good... but due to the timing of the construction and my stay, I probably didn't get to experience all that it has to offer. I can definitely see that this hotel has A LOT of potential and it seems like the things I encountered was due to the construction, which sucks for me but I guess is life. The staff was EXTREMELY friendly which I think is very important- so kudos to them for great customer service!
- 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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