On arriving to the topaz we were warmly welcomed by really lovely front desk staff. Check in was smooth and our room was clean and welcoming. I read a few negative reviews so was unsure what to expect. We had a twin double bed room and found there to be plenty of space for all of us (2 adults, 2 children). The bathroom is small and simple, but there was a good size "dressing" area with table before you enter the bathroom. The location was great and on our first day we walked down 17th to the white house then onto the washington monument and MLK memorial. (We caught a taxi back as we were exhausted by that stage!) Once we got back to our room, the front desk staff had left the kids a welcome pack and some sweets and cookies which was so kind of them.... and with jet lag, at 5 in the morning we were happy to have some snacks to feed the kids!
THe hotel "Bar/ restaurant" didn't offer much, but next door was a fantastic restaurant called the talbard inn - we ate there twice and loved it both times. Staff really made this hotel stand out and we felt very welcomed by them each time we came in and out of the hotel, location was great and rooms were clean and comfortable. We did room service on one night and that was not too bad, but as the kids were too tired to go out it was great to have as an option (menu was simple however). TV could have offered more options. Overall our 4 night stay was enjoyed by all.