My wife and I take one or two trips every year and have become quite adept at finding lodgings that are both affordable and accommodating. Still, while planning our first visit to Washington DC this year, I grew increasingly discouraged by the high prices for hotels that seemed to be in a good location for those who were interested in exploring our nation's capital. So when I came across the Capitol Skyline the first thing that made me happy was the price; it was around $89 per night -- which doesn't seem that cheap until you compare it to other DC hotels.
I read some reviews and checked out their website before deciding to book it.
My wife and I stayed there from the 17th to 22nd October, 2012 and I think it was a good decision. That being said, I'd like to mention a few things that I'm sure would help readers make up their minds very quickly about the hotel.
1) Neighborhood - Some reviewers said that this was a "not so good" neighborhood. The truth is, it was just fine. We walked back to our hotel from the metro every night in the dark (8-9pm) and there were always other people walking or jogging along. On every one of our walks we saw at least two squad cars patrolling the area. It was well lit and the locals we spoke to said they have no concerns about this neighborhood.
2) Location - While we could see the Capitol building from our room (you can from most of the rooms), it's not close enough to want to make the trek to see the sights. That's where you'd want to take advantage of the hotel's courtesy shuttle and DC's top class metro system.
3) Shuttle - A shuttle departs from out front the hotel every half hour from 7:30am through 10:30am. And again in the afternoon for a couple hours. They stop at Capitol Hill, The White House and the Washington Monument. The shuttle is one-way (you have to find your way back to the hotel). The shuttle driver we had was from Egypt (same guy everyday) and gave us bad directions every time we asked for it. He also played Egyptian music all the time -- which did get to be a little annoying. If I had anything to complain about it would be him. On one occasion my wife had forgotten her jacket in our room and went to retrieve it. She was getting in the elevator to head back down as the driver pulled up (I had her on the phone). I told him she was on her way down and would be only a minute -- he literally waited 30 seconds before telling me to catch the next shuttle. He was pulling away just as she exited the front door -- so we ended up having to stand around for half an hour because the driver couldn't wait 15 seconds more.
4) Metro - The subway system in DC is easy to navigate and efficient. The two closest ones to the hotel are Capitol South (15 - 18 minutes walk) and The Navy Yard Metro (10 - 12 minutes walk). The Navy Yard is not only closer, it's also an easier walk; which makes a huge difference after being on your feet all day. The fare from as far away as Foggy Bottom is only about $3.10 per person. A taxi can cost substantially more.
5) Hotel - The hotel isn't new, but it's clean and charming. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. We got to the hotel at about 7:45am and they let us check in. When we were leaving they held our bags for us (our flight was at 10:30pm) while we enjoyed our last day on the town. In reviews I read before, some people complained about sirens from the nearby station. Honestly, we heard them, but they never disrupted our sleep or really bothered us at all. In fact, we heard more sirens around the National Mall and Capitol Hill. What did seem a little disruptive was when we could here people going by in the hall. The walls do seem a bit thin -- but disruptions were so infrequent that it never really mattered that much to us.
6) Restaurant - The hotel restaurant is a bit expensive and other than the McDonald's across the street, there aren't too many options for dining close by. My advice -- leave early enough to have breakfast at your destination and have dinner before you return.
7) Pool - It was too cold, so we never used it.
All-in-all this was a nice hotel (worth the "discounted" price). Just plan your visit carefully.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Capitol Skyline Hotel is a boutique style hotel located very conveniently to all major attractions. We are located only 5 blocks from the Capital and Library of Congress, 3 blocks from the Nationals baseball stadium and less than 1 mile to the Air and Space museum along with other Smithsonian museums. The Capitol Skyline Hotel is a full service hotel catering to the needs of a highly international clientele. It is an ideal location for guests who need to see the sites, do business "on the hill" and for those who are in town to see a baseball game! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Capitol Skyline Washington Dc
- Hotel Capitol Skyline
- Washington Dc Best Western