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George Washington University Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   824 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC, DC 20037 (Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End)   |  
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2006

If you book your reservation from an online discounter and don't show up at the front in a luxury car prepare to be treated like scum. This is a 3 star dinky hotel with the snobbiness of a 5 start luxury resort. They 'proudly display' only the luxury cars in their front yard valet service and they almost towed my friend's old battered toyota from a 15 min loading zone during our 5 min trip upstairs to pick our bags.

We had a problem from the start - the room type (king non-smoking) we reserved was not available. The management is non-existent (it seems they work 9-5 schedule, which is pretty unusual for hotel industry) and leave everything on the shoulders of their young inexperienced personnel. Our assistant seemed to be a college student very nice and naive and incredibly stubborn. She didn't know the difference between the double/full and a queen size bed and was trying to convince us it was the same thing.

She kept arguing with me (although politely) that since we got the internet rate we were not guaranteed a certain type of the room (the king non-smoking). She blantly told us that they gave away the rooms to the people who wanted them that booked on the hotels' website. They obviously knew we CARED about the size of the bed since we called in advance early morning trying to make sure one is available. But of course they decided that we weren't important to acknowledge our request. We were basically treated like some street scum for paying 50 bucks less than their standard rate. Only after I showed her my frequent stayer platinum cards from Marriott and Starwood (which means I stay at hotels at least 125 nights a year) she started to believe me that I know just a little bit more about how reservations work than the average 'unimportant budget traveller' she thought we were. At the end realizing that we won't leave until we get our money back from our prepaid reservation the girl finally gave us the suite (which was the only available king non-smoking).

The suite was very convenient and quiet but the beds were the most uncomfortable, they were hard as rock and I couldn't get a good night sleep for all 3 nights of our stay. The bedding is mediocre, if you expect a down/feather pillow you should bring your own. The double room they showed us was pretty run down, the suite we got seemed to have more updated furniture. The TVs are old 19 inch tubes, but they have extensive cable service (a lot more channels than most hotels).

  • Liked — Location, suites are nice - like little apartments
  • Disliked — Blant disrespect towards budget travellers, elitist attitude of the personnel
  • Tips/Secrets — Make sure to book the reservation for their full retail price otherwise look elsewhere
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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14 hotel reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2006

Enjoyed a four night stay here over the Memorial Day weekend. Highlights were:

Location: A block and a half walk to the Foggy Bottom metro. Extremely convenient.

A friendly, professional and helpful staff. It's been a long time since I've encountered such pleasant hotel staff. Although there's no concierge, the front desk personnel were happy to recommend restaurants, attractions, etc. A minor maintenance problem was fixed within minutes of informing the front desk.

Large room with lots of amenities. King bed, loveseat, table and chairs, armoire with TV, full kitchen with microwave, refrigerator, 2 burner stove, coffee maker, coffee beans & grinder, dressing room with extra dresser and full length mirror, terry robes, hair dryer, ironing board, and safe. Decent-sized bathroom. Except for the door-slammers convention one night, it was a very quiet stay.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2006

Stayed at this hotel for 4 nites over the New Year's weekend. Paid for a deluxe room with 2 TV's and my husband and I ended up with an efficiency unit that we were not pleased with (one TV). Felt claustrophobic upon entering the room and called the desk immediately and they would not change the room. We had arrived early and other guests had not so do not understand why the room could not be changed. Tried 3 times in less than an hour to have room changed but desk would not do so. Although room very clean, it was very drafty and cold with a continous breeze right down the middle of the room. Also, found the bathroom very cold at all times. Our unit did not have a separate bedroom (as pictured in ads) and the way the bed was situated, you felt the walls were closing in on you. When hotel emptied out after the weekend, we were still not offered a bigger room.
Unit had a small refrigerator, a two-burner stove top, and a microwave. Plenty of dishes, utensils, and pots and pans should you want to cook breakfast, etc. Good location very close to Metro..quiet neighborhood, but would not stay here again at this hotel based on our experience. Bed was very hard, and only one very small hard loveseat to sit on. Room too small to spend 4 days in.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2005

We stayed at this wonderful older hotel for 6 nights in October of 2005. We had a spacious corner suite with fully equipped kitchenette (frig, sink, stovetop, microwave, dishes, etc.). Although the furniture was somewhat worn, we were very comfortable. Lots of closet space, 2 TV's, and triple sheets on a nice firm mattress. Excellent, helpful staff that were polite and helpful without "butt kissing". The location is excellent just a short walk from the University and Metro station. The restaurant on the ground floor serves some of the best Italian food we've ever eaten and there is also a TGI Friday's a few blocks away and a little place called Lindy's that serves the best hamburgers ever. The breakfast offerings at the hotel are limited but convenient (expensive for eggs and toast). Overall, a very pleasant stay at very reasonable rates (average about $200 per nite). We will stay here again. FYI- a supermarket, liquor store and pharmacy are located just a few blocks away at the WAtergate complex.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2005

The location of the GW cannot be beat, less than a block from the Foggy Bottom metro station and close to lots of stuff in DC. The property itself is an eight story suite hotel on a quiet street. There are no public areas to speak of, although a new restaurant just opened and there is a very small bar. My room was a large 1 bedroom suite with a kitchenette (microwave, fridge, stove), two TVs, and good
a/c. Although it was clean, the furniture was worn, the shower had no water pressure, and the bed (and sofa) was hard. If you are just going to be in town for business and want a place to sleep, this is a good choice. For ambiance or luxury, look elsewhere. Also: the website claims a continental breakfast, but there is a $10 charge for really really lousy food. Beware!

  • Stayed September 2005, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Hoboken NJ
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2005

I spent the Labor Day weekend in Washington and stayed at the GWU Inn which is located in Foggy Bottom right next to Georgetown. I arrived Friday evening and was promptly checked in with no delays or fuss. When I entered my room ( I booked a standard) I was delighted to see that I had been upgraded to a beautiful suite. This suite was huge with a nice living room with large windows and impressive views of the Kennedy Center, The Watergate and I could even see the venerable old G'town University in the distance. There was also a kitchenette which had a microwave, fridge, stovetop with two burners a kettle and coffee service with "get this" a coffee grinder with fresh beans so you could brew your own fresh joe (nice touch). The bedroom featured a king sized bed and there were televisions in both the living room and bedroom. The bath was large with a tub and shower and nice plush terry cloth bathrobes. This Inn is perfectly located near the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro and you are within walking distance of historic and trendy Georgetown. The staff members were all very kind and extremely professional. This was my first stay at the GWU Inn, however, it will certainly not be my last.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2005

We just returned from a summer trip to the Capital and this place fit our needs. We were travelling with a 16 yo, so we wanted to be able to have privacy, yet be together. Their one bedroom suites solved the problem. It is located near to everything, just a short Metro away for those who don't feel like walking.The metro is located 1 1/2 blocks away and it is so clean and fast. It takes a bit to figure out how to use the farecards, but that's not the hotel's problem lol.
It's located in a quiet area, with views of the Watergate hotel and the Kennedy Center. (only 1-2 blocks away). The kitchenete was ok, mid sized dorm refrigerator, 2 burner stove,coffeemaker and toaster and assorted pots,plates,and silverware was available. They did NOT have any complimentary breakfasts available, so bring whatever you need-- we never did find a supermarket nearby. A 7-11 is up the blocks, but you pay dearly for anything there.
We did eat breakfast at the cafteria at the GW university Hospital (located at the metro stop) Good breakfast, good price.
Some Negatives, No pool is available (much to the concern of our 16 yo,) they do valet the cars-(additional fee for parking), not all of them are kept on premises, which we were not informed of. You need to give them 20 minutes notice for the car.
On the whole, we enjoyed out stay, and would stay here again.

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Address: 824 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC, DC 20037
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End , Upper Northwest
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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#3 Best Value Hotel in Washington DC
#27 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#40 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#55 Business Hotel in Washington DC
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Hotel Class:3 star — George Washington University Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Decidedly Different and Charming... The George Wahsington University Inn evokes thoughts of a visit to a country inn in New England. Drive into the Inn and it is like coming home, the enviornment is warm, welcoming and cozy. This intimate Inn is located in one of DC's most desirable neighborhoods, Foggy Bottom, surrounded by 19th century homes on tree lined streets and serves as a reminder of when time stood still. Enjoy classic tradition blended with individualized comfort and welcoming features including: Spacious rooms and suites- appointed with every comfort imaginable for short leisure visits or extended business stays Convenient location close to exciting Washington, DC attractions and area events. 1,500 Square feet of elegant meeting and event space- ideal for intimate gatherings of up to 50. Special rates for government travel Convenient access to The George Washington University campus events and facilities. We will see you soon! ... more   less 
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