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“Perfect hotel for all of Washington DC.” 5 of 5 stars
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One Washington Circle Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Washington Circle NW, Washington DC, DC 20037   |  
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Ranked #28 of 135 Hotels in Washington DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect hotel for all of Washington DC.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2009

My partner and I stayed at One Washington Circle for five nights in January and would recommend the hotel to anyone who wants to be central for just about everything that Washington DC has to offer.
We (or rather my travel expert better half) booked the hotel online and got a great rate for Washington DC; something around $90 a night excluding a small amount of tax. For this sort of money we were prepared to compromise a little on the quality of the accommodation as the hotel is so well sited for everything we wanted to see. Well, we were very happy with what the hotel had to offer; the reception staff were very friendly and helpful, as was the doorman. The rooms, or I should say apartments as I have read that this place was once an apartment block, are very well equipped - we had a separate bathroom with every extra you could want in terms of toiletries, hairdryer etc. A large bedroom/lounge with two double beds, television, safe (which for a pleasant change from Europe wasn't charged for), telephone, free internet access via ethernet cable, and finally a large balcony. We also had a great kitchen which had a cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, and all the cooking implements you could use including most amazingly a coffee grinder, coffee machine and free coffee beans and condiments! I made fresh coffee every morning which was really lovely and nice to drink whilst looking over the free Washington Post which is also left outside the room every morning.
The room is cleaned very well every day and everything used is replaced or cleaned; the coffee machine I mentioned was completely dismantled and washed every day and the cleaner even left more of the sugar etc that I was getting through a lot of - very thoughtful. As was the mints they left at night - although they forgot us on a couple of occasions. One other small point; they leave you a dressing gown/bathrobe, but only one which doesn't make much sense in a room with two double beds.
I ought to mention noise here; some reports talk about noise from the hospital located on the opposite side of the roundabout which is outside the front of the hotel (and located next to the Foggy Bottom metro station). Our room was down a side street and a few feet from the hotel front, and we didn't notice any noise at all really. We have stayed in many hotels in European cities where the noise is pretty bad nearly all night long - not here though, and the ear plugs that I'd packed as a precaution stayed in my bag.
One small point; we didn't try the restaurant or bar but apparently they are good - certainly the chef has a good CV if you look at their website..
As for the position of the hotel - it is pretty much perfect for all of Washington DC. Basically you are at the upper NW end of Pennsylvania Avenue and about three quarters of a mile from the Whitehouse and most of the middle of Washington. If you don't want to walk (and we did quite happily a couple of nights), then you can stroll across the roundabout at the front of the hotel and get the tube (Foggy Bottom metro station). This station has access to lines that will take you into most of the downtown stops which is good for shops/museums etc including the famous Mall where you can see the Washington monument, the Lincoln memorial, Capitol hill, and all of the big museums. These are all a few minutes away on the metro.
The metro network also takes you further afield, and with a metro train and bus we went to the Potomac Mills shopping mall; this is really huge and great for bargains.
If you walk out of the hotel and head the other way up Pennsylvania ave (in a roughly NW direction) then you end up in Georgetown within a few minutes - you really do have to walk this as there is no metro station there. We didn't know much about Georgetown before we visited Washington, but it turned into one of our favourite places for shopping and food - it has some lovely old buildings and really good restaurants (including a great pizza place). There is a small but really lovely shopping centre on the south side of the main street that we didn't notice until the last day.
To conclude then; One Washington Circle has very good rooms and service, and is a great location for all that Washington DC has to offer.

  • Liked — Great location, value and friendliness of the staff.
  • Disliked — They forgot my bedtime mints...
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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california
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2009

We had a great stay. Our room was spacious and clean. Found out that the building was an apartment building which was converted to a hotel. It is my understanding that George Washington University owns the hotel. Nice kitchen area with a regular refrigerator, stove and microwave. Staff was excellent and very helpful. Others have commented about the close proximity to George Washington University's hospital, emergency room and ambulance sirens. Yes, from our room we did hear the sirens, but for us, the noise did not bother us. Close to the Metro and the hotel is located in a nice area. We were able to book a room with a special $99 per night.

  • Liked — Lots of room
  • Stayed January 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2008

The hotel is in a quiet area, near a subway station and not too far from city-center. Rooms are big and clean. The staff is friendly and helpful, with good language skills (french and italian), very unusual for USA.
Only problem: the day before departure i asked for a taxi to dulles airport, but they booked a limousine.

  • Liked — good staff
  • Disliked — if i ask a taxi, i don't want a limousine!
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oak Park, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2008

I was glad to find this hotel...it clearly is a converted apartment building from the 70s. I had no idea I would be getting something so large. The rate for the price is great. The restaurant downstairs for dinner was exceptionally good. Close walking distance to Dupont Circle and other DC areas.

  • Liked — Convenience and price
  • Disliked — Near GWU hospital so ambulences can be heard at night
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Brussels
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2008

Very good hotel. Excellent location. Good design. Clean big rooms (bathroom with shower and toilet too small but there is a separate pre-bathroom space with a sink). Higher floors very quiet. The breakfast is great (fresh food, good service, nice place). Washington D.C. can get very expensive depending on the period. If you can manage to pay less than 150-175 USD, this is a very good value.

  • Liked — huge rooms, clean, good design of the hotel interior
  • Disliked — bathroom
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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California
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106 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2008

Stayed there for a week with family.

Goods: location, right on Washington Circle. Walking distance to Georgetown and to the Foggy bottom Metro and pretty much everything else; staff very good and friendly; clean and well maintained; kitchen was great eventhough we did not use it much; small pool to cool down and nice for kids; came with complimentary parking.

Bads: location across from GWU ER and a firestation and police station next to it. So alot of sirens.

  • Liked — Staff and well maintained
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2008

My first impression when I entered the room was disappointment. We stayed in "supposedly" the best suite in the hotel, The Grand State Room. However, the room had a musty odor and the color of the rooms are a mustard color. I noticed the rugs were stained and the funiture and walls were worn and old. The lighting was dark and the kitchenette dated. We arrived at the hotel at midnight and immediately went to bed. There is an emergency room across the way from the hotel and the sirens were loud! The ambulances came and went 3 -4 times a night! I have childern and they kept waking up! One night an alarm clock went off in another room and we could not sleep! I called the front desk (no answer) I kept calling finally got someone and explained the situation. They doubted me. I went to the rooms above and below my room. Finally, I found were the alram was took the employee to the empty room and he opened the door to shut the alarm off! Also, be sure to bring a copy of your reservation with you. They over charged us and I had to show proof of my online reservation rate. PLEASE BEWARE!

  • Liked — The location to the White House and monuments only 6 -7 blocks away. Metro close.
  • Disliked — The quality of the room, noise, and lack of professional staff
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Washington Circle NW, Washington DC, DC 20037
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#25 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#28 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#37 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — One Washington Circle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 151
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One Washington Circle Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Washington, DC's vibrant Foggy Bottom neighborhood, just one block from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station. Enjoy cool, vibrant atmosphere from the moment you step through the front doors of our stylish hotel. Our friendly staff members welcome each guest with a genuine smile to our super comfortable, modern accommodations in a prime downtown DC location. ... more   less 
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