This place was great. Great for what it is, great location, great staff.
After a one-night stay at the Willard (see review) I transferred to this Dupont Circle hotel for two more nights in DC. On the taxi ride over, I thought it was going to be sort of a let-down. I couldn’t have been any more wrong.
The hotel is located a few short blocks from the heart of Dupont Circle, a vibrant and upscale neighborhood of the city with fantastic access to the Metro. Lots of shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, and so on. Very different from the area around the area where the Willard is located.
Check in was super friendly, and the entire spacious lobby area is very well set-up for working, lounging, eating, watching TV, getting ready for a day at work, etc. It has sort of an open-plan and it works well.
Although my king room was a bit small, it had an entire wall of windows with fantastic view of the Dupont Circle neighborhood and the Washington Monument in the distance. As the hotel sits on a hill of Connecticut Avenue, the views were even that much nicer. Room was simple and had a no-frills feel without seeming 'cheap,' and had everything you could need but a safe. Lots of outlets, a comfortable desk area to sit at and a lounge chair, a huge bed with six pillows. Bathroom was a bit small, as well, but was modern, spotless, and had plenty of towels and some basic products. I would say, though, that the sound insulation was a bit lacking, however. I could occasionally hear hallway noise, doors opening and closing, folks talking in the hallway, etc. Not a huge issue, but certainly noticeable.
We had breakfast in the lobby one morning and I was surprised at the quality of the offerings... Much nicer than I would have imagined.
So, in comparison with my stay at the Willard, the Courtyard Marriott was, by comparison, as nice a stay if not better. Totally different hotels, of course, but there was a sense of freedom to be in a more ‘normal’ hotel but with equally friendly, helpful service and in a neighborhood that has more to offer in terms of services and entertainment. Again, totally different hotels and neighborhoods, but it was interesting to stay in the places two back-to-back and to be able to compare. I think I paid somewhere around $290 (?) per night at the Courtyard Marriott on Travelocity and, all things considered, feel this was by far the better deal.
Would I stay again? Absolutely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard Washington, DC/Dupont Circle is a hotel located in the nation's capital with easy access to metro, attractions and landmarks as well as all 3 major airports (Reagan National, Dulles International and Baltimore/Washington International). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Washington Dc Dupont Circle Hotel Washington Dc
- Courtyard Washington Northwest
- Courtyard Washington Dc
- Washington Dc Courtyard
- Washington Dc Marriott