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AKA White House
1710 H Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20006 (Dupont Circle)   |  
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Ranked #29 of 130 hotels in Washington DC
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“Sleek and sophisticated”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

I loved this apartment. I stayed for 2 nights. The apartment is spacious and beautifully furnished. Literally everything is available in the apartment, except a safe. I was ensured that there would be no problems and I experienced none. The apartments are 2 streets from a Metro station and there are various restaurants in the immediate vicinity. It is walking distance from the White House. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The bar and lounge are very modern and beautifully furnished. I will definitely return if I ever visit Washington again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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AKAWhiteHouseGM, Resident Representative at AKA White House, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
We are so delighted to know that we were able to exceed your expectations during your stay! Our location is certainly one of the best in Washington being, as you mentioned, only a short 2 block walk from the real White House, a short walk from two different Metro Stations (Farraguts North and West), and many restaurants, shops, and other sights. Due to an increase in guest requests like your own, also please know that we now do have a safe available for guest use at the hotel. This is available through a request with any member of our Guest Service team prior to or during your stay for an additional fee. However, all of the suites are very secure as we take pride in offering a home-away-from-home atmosphere for all of our guests. We all are looking forward to welcoming you back to AKA White House the next time you travel to Washington DC.


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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

My wife and teenage son just spent a week at the AKA White House, and it was everything the best reviewers said it was, and MORE! We put a lot of weight in TripAdvisor reviews, and were not disappointed... We arrived early from a West Coast red-eye, and checked in to see if maybe a room ( 2 bed/2 bath) was available... None were, but
the gracious front desk manager allowed us to stay in a one bedroom being renovated until ours was cleaned... My family slept until noon, while I went for breakfast, visited the White House (2 blks. away!) and played tourist... Our week was perfect, and while the monuments & memorials were crowded, our home-away-from-home was SO much better than a hotel room, complete with our stocked kitchen(Whole Foods) and about the sweetest bartender in DC pouring our nightly gin & tonics! Disappointed the grading scale only goes to 5, as the AKA merits 10's across the board! Downside: it's in a major city, on a busy street, so be patient with some noise, with morning delivery trucks, trash collecting, etc... Thanks, everyone - great Spring Break!

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  • Stayed April 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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AKAWhiteHouseGM, Resident Representative at AKA White House, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Thank you for your review! We are so happy you stayed with us during your spring break escape to Washington DC; as an extension of our AKA family, we love that you’ll felt so at home. Additionally, we appreciate you taking the time to highlight our amazing staff. We have one of the best locations in the city; only steps away from the White House and a short walk to many of the District’s popular landmarks. Being centrally located in a bustling city, street noise is unfortunately inevitable, but we do regret any disruption to your stay caused by outside noise. If you are not completely satisfied with your suite location at the time of arrival due to audible noise levels, we would be more than happy to arrange for a different suite, contingent on availability. Thank you again for your review and we hope you will give us the opportunity to welcome you back to AKA White House.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Stayed here for 2 weeks, for a business trip. Felt very homely, exemplary service with very friendly staff. Really great location, would DEFINITELY stay again! Great amenities in the room, everything you could ask for.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AKAWhiteHouseGM, Resident Representative at AKA White House, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Thank you so much for your great comments regarding your recent stay with us! We take great pride in providing a home-away-from-home experience for all of our guests and we are delighted to know that your say was a reflection of this. Even though our suites are, in your words, “everything you could ask for”, please feel free to reach out to us directly before a future stay so that we can do everything possible to make your stay a unique and exceptional one! We hope to see you again soon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Traveling with an infant for a weekend to see the cherry blossoms. Overall great stay at the Aka, our first time deciding on a suite as opposed to traditional hotel room... Wanted to have a separate space to relax once baby went to sleep and also a kitchen to store & prepare baby food. Only complaint (had it just been my husband and I, this would have been enjoyable as it lets natural light in) the bedroom has frosted glass walls which allow light into the bedroom, this was not ideal for our baby to sleep or nap. Take note, if you are looking for room service, bellmen, etc this is not the place for you... It's as if you are staying at an apartment. Very friendly and helpful staff (Hank at the front door was great!) Excellent location.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AKAWhiteHouseGM, Resident Representative at AKA White House, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your family’s experience at AKA White House with us and the TripAdvisor community! We are delighted to know you enjoyed our spacious suites, which are, as you mentioned, fully furnished one and two bedroom apartments; we are sorry to know that the amount of natural light that our suites receive disturbed your little one, however if you require a darker suite, please feel free to check-in with our front desk and we will do our best to accommodate you and should you be traveling to Washington DC again, please feel free to reach out to us prior to your arrival and we can do everything possible to arrange to have you in one a suite that receives less natural lighting so that everyone in your family will be as comfortable as possible! We look forward to welcoming you all back again soon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

My wife and I stayed there for 7 nights in late March 2013. The one bedroom suite was very large, better described at a one bedroom apartment. The property was very clean and the bed
comfortable. The kitchen was very well stocked with eating utensils, pots and pans, toaster, etc. The full sized refrigerator, 4 burner stove makes for easy preparation for meals.
The washer/dryer worked well. The desk staff and doorman were cheerful and helpful. Maid
service in the suite is scheduled for once per week, but more often if requested. Transportation access excellent, with a bus stop right outside the front door and the subway about one block away.
For a downtown hotel we felt safe walking at night and there are a variety of eateries within 5-10 minutes walk, including a MacDonald's around the corner. Whole Foods grocery is about a 10 minute walk. We would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 610-- handicapped accessible -- one bedroom and 1 and 1/2 bath. It faces away from...
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  • Stayed April 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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AKAWhiteHouseGM, Resident Representative at AKA White House, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback! We take pride in our outstanding concierge services while providing incomparable guest service to our residents throughout their stay with us. "Don't just visit...Live it!" is one of our favorite sayings here at AKA White House and we are thrilled that you found our team provided services and amenities that allowed you to experience such a memorable stay. With in-suite washer and dryers, spacious living accommodations, and fully furnished kitchens, AKA White house is your home away from home. Fantastic to hear you were able to utilize the public transportation as well! Being centrally located to many wonderful sights and niche restaurants, the located of AKA cannot be beat. Our housekeeping is set by our front desk, and can be amended to your needs. Reservations less than 1 week receives a daily clean, while anything longer receives a deep clean, once per week. If a resident wishes to receive anything extra, we are more than happy to schedule this, at a nominal fee. Your feedback is the key to our success as a leader in luxury extended stay accommodations and we appreciate your comments. Thank you again for the great feedback and we look forward to your next lodging dates with us at AKA White House.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Here's the thing.
Generally when I go to hotels on business I want everything to be super functional. I want 24 hour room service and 3-4 hour laundry/ dry cleaning, and also all the amenities that I have forgotten and room cleaning the minute I ask for it.
If this is what you expect from AKA you wont quite get it. Having said that the reception has a lot of amenities you can get and they will clean the rooms when you ask, however this is really a very good serviced appartment that can be booked for one night only.
And frankly speaking it is very good. I live in the 4 seasons serviced apartment building in Hong Kong and have lived there for almost 6 years and I love it. However this was almost as good if not quite as good. there are many restaurants around the area, lots of takeaways you can order from and the white house is litterally a block and a half down the road. In fact the area was the best you can get in DC, the rooms have good furniture even the smallest are 1 bedroom apartments and each has 1.5 baths and a walk in closet. However the bathrooms are the one disappointment here because they could have been really great given the space just by making the walk in closet smaller and putting a rainforest shower there. However overall the shower was okay although there was a problem with the hot water on one day.
The bed was nice, and the kitchen was also very good. Both the living room and the bedroom had tvs and dvd players and the bedroom one was even a blue ray player. Having said that the cable had a couple at least of the HBO channels so you had a maximal amount of choice for entertainment in the rooms.
The maids clean the rooms whenever asked and it was easy to find them especially in the mornings. The rooms were well sound proofed and even though my apartment was next to one with a screaming baby that could be heard in the corridor, nothing came in once the door was closed.
Overall i would certainly stay there again, the only things that could use improvement are the bathrooms and to be fair if we are only comparing this with US hotels it was as good as any that I have stayed in apart from one in New York. If it hadnt been for the cold shower on one day i would have given this a 5* rating.
Really for a family vacation in Washington DC i dont think you can get much better than this.

Room Tip: Do not come here if you want all the 5* hotel amenities Do come if you want to do a lot of sightsee...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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AKAWhiteHouseGM, Resident Representative at AKA White House, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback regarding your recent stay at our property! We are delighted to know that we were able to exceed the expectations of you and your partner and that you were able to take full advantage of all of the amenities and space that our suites boast! We truly appreciate your feedback on our bathrooms as we are looking forward to a renovation at some point in the future and your points will be noted when we move forward with this project. We do apologize for the lack of hot water situation for the one day, please note that we are able to immediately offer you another suite or send someone on our engineering team up to fix the issue. During a future stay, should you encounter any issue or if you have any special requests, please feel free to contact any member of our guest service team who would gladly and promptly assist you. We are delighted to know that you otherwise enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back to AKA White House very soon!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Travelled to DC over Easter and was fortunate enough to book the AKA White House. It was in a perfect location (2 blks from White House), VERY clean, with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, nice bedroom and 1 & 1/2 bathrooms. I took photos but the pictures on their website is exactly what the rooms look like so to post my photos would be redundant.

The rooms are very spacious and the decor very attractive and modern. We even wondered if we were the first ones to ever use the refrigerator, microwave, stove or dishwasher everything was so sparkling! The downstairs lobby had a wonderful bar and atmosphere, only wish we weren't so exhausted at the end of our evenings that we could have used it more.

It is also centrally located to many restaurants, and not too far from a Whole Foods you can visit and stock your kitchen. Also close is a CVS which carries a few groceries if you are only looking for coffee, bread, cream, etc. The Hotel does offer coffee downstairs from 7-10 am, if you don't want to make coffee in your room. Here I also want to mention that in their garage they have 2 Zipcars available for booking and use. If you have never used Zipcar before, go on their website and check them out. For $8/hr you can have a car at your disposal whenever you need it. Convenient for going to the Whole Foods and stocking up on your groceries. You only pay for the hours you use it ~ we took advantage of this and LOVED the ease of use AND the saved cost of paying for a unused week of car rental. (www.zipcar.com)

Note: The hotel is only 3 blocks walk from Founding Farmers a DC Award Winning restaurant (reservations a must) - and just past the White House in the opposite direction is the Old Ebbitt Grill, a historic bar/restaurant (reservations suggested) where we enjoyed eating at the bar (there was a 2 hr wait for a table) and visiting with the locals.

Bottom line - we will never stay anywhere else while in DC, this place for the money is the best buy in DC!!!!

Room Tip: We had a rear facing room, but I am guessing that if you faced H Street you may hear the car traffic...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AKAWhiteHouseGM, Resident Representative at AKA White House, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
We cannot thank you enough for your wonderful feedback! We strive to make sure that all of our guests have stays that exceed your expectations and therefore, it is such a pleasure to read your comments and share them with all of our team and with the trip advisor community. We are delighted that AKA White House felt like home and we look forward to welcoming you and your family back the next time you travel to Washington. Please feel free to reach out to us prior to any future stays so that we can do everything to make your stay unique!

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Address: 1710 H Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20006
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Dupont Circle , Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Washington DC
#20 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#22 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#70 Family Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AKA balances the style and hospitality of an intimate hotel with the space and comfort of a fully appointed luxury condominium. The perfect place for the long stay, AKA stands for unparalleled metropolitan locations; contemporary design; and exceptional business, fitness, and lifestyle services. ... more   less 
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