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“Good location and price, lousy ambiance.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Harrington
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   436 11th St NW & E St, Washington DC, DC 20004-4389 (Downtown / Chinatown)   |  
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Crozet, Virginia
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“Good location and price, lousy ambiance.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This decrepit 100 year old pile of bricks is somehow likable. The staff is friendly and helpful. The owners are attempting to modernize and maintain but there is so much to do. Our room was clean. They had installed expensive wallpaper over inexpertly patched plaster. The beds were very firm but tolerable. I would advise them to add memory foam mattress pads. There was one unused outlet in each room. The paint was chipped and bits of plaster drifted from an old ceiling patch. The vintage bathroom tiles had been regrouted by a novice. The only way to reduce the very cold A/C was to stand on a chair and close the vent. There was a fridge and a hotpot with plenty of instant coffee,sugar,and creamer. Nothing was actually broken, just patched. Breakfast in the restaurant was decent. We had a good time and will definitely return!

Room Tip: There are no ice machines above the 6th floor.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We needed a place to stay for two nights while we were in DC. We wanted a resonable price near the National Mall and a room for 5 adults (so no small beds). We got exactly what we needed. The room was spacious and clean with a large closet. There were a lot of choices around for food, from Macdonalds to an English pub type restaurant. We were only two blocks from the Mall so no need for Metro. The staff was friendly and helpful and we were even able to check in early.
I loved it and will stay there again.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Having booked this hotel and then read reviews we were very sceptical of our choice of hotel. The hotel is old without the mod cons of newer branded ones we are used to. The room was spacious with three beds, we had a fridge. The AC was noisy but worked, the bed was old but the sheets were clean and the maid service was good. There was a strange smell in the corridor and lift, coming from the restaurant below. The hotel is not helped by the two low key restaurants adjoining. We did not eat in either as there was a lot of choice locally. The parking is two blocks away and was fine, they have a nearer lot now apparently. Excellent for being so close to the museums.

Room Tip: Ask for a family room.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you want a cheap hotel near many of D.C.'s attractions and you don't really care about the hotel ambiance, then stop reading now and go ahead and book at the Harrington. For everyone else, I think the word the best describes this hotel is decrepit. It's old (celebrated its 100th anniversary) but whereas some old hotels are charming, the Harrington needs to be gutted in order to bring back what I imagine was it's former glory.

The positives: the staff were efficient (one even cracked a smile) and the room was clean. They had a hairdryer and mini iron/ironing board in the room for guest use. Restaurant downstairs seemed like a very hopping place. Also, the hotel did provide free wifi and it worked, if a bit slow. And my room on the 6th floor was fairly quiet, which is a plus in D.C.

The negatives: The rooms are small (not a huge surprise in D.C.) but the room I got just looked beat. Carpet was worn, baseboards were nicked and chipped, TV from the 90s and the closet emitted a musty odor that made me think twice about hanging anything in it (as well as the fact the door handle was on the floor inside). The A/C was also not controllable, so I spent the night with my teeth chattering because I was so cold. The bed was highly uncomfortable and I didn't get much sleep--I hope they replace this first when a remodel does happen!!!! Among the more annoying quirks the room had only a few outlets. Not surprising in an old hotel, but I had to crawl under the desk to plug in my charger and blow dry my hair without a mirror the next morning because there weren't any in the bathroom.

Again, this is not the worst hotel I've ever stayed at, but it's certainly in the top ten. Everyone's tastes are different, however, and many people I'm sure would find this a decent place to stay, if not the best. The old saying holds more than a bit of truth: you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The hotel is a classic 60's style building. The AC control consisted of a metal rod to the air vent over head. No actual thermostat. The room was small, but functional. We were satisfied for our one overnight, but may consider something different for a longer stay. The staff were excellent and very friendly. The location of it couldn't be beat.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chandigarh
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Stayed in the family suite of hotel Harrington . Must say it was spacious to give the four of us enough space and best were the two bathrooms . The location is awesome with all major attractions and great restaurants a short walk away . The restaurant downstairs served a decent breakfast. All in all a good place to stay if visiting Washington ..

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The good:
Rooms smell nice
Location is amazing
Staff is awesome
Restaurant downstairs is convenient with decent food.
The bad:
Parking is $30 and a 20 minute walk away (NOT exaggerated )
Rooms were decrepit but I'm sure some might call it vintage
12 inch TV gets rabbit ear reception
Windows were crying for a cleaning
Termite or water damaged wood was solved with inches of latex paint
Power outlets were turn of the century- and I don't mean this last one.
Wi-fi only works in lobby. Signal strength was abysmal.

Stayed August 2014
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Additional Information about Hotel Harrington

Address: 436 11th St NW & E St, Washington DC, DC 20004-4389
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Downtown / Chinatown , Penn Quarter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Harrington 3*
Number of rooms: 242
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Harrington is located in the heart of Washington, D.C.'s world famous tourist district. Just 1/2 block from Pennsylvania Avenue, between the Capitol (10 Blocks) and the White House (5 blocks), you can easily walk to all the sights, such as Ford's Theatre is just 1 block, your first smithsonian is just 3 blocks from the hotel, the Verizon center is just 6 blocks, so park your car if you have one and just walk to all the sights. In addition, Metro Center, is just two blocks away which is the Red Line. We offer 242 guest rooms, including 26 deluxe family rooms, full service restaurant, fast food restaurant, friendly pub, local tours, and a nice gift shop. Amenities Free Wifi Free Internet Cafe w/computers in Harriett's Restaurant Free postcards at the front desk Private bathroom in every room Refrigerators are in most rooms. Just ask if you need one brought to your room Microwave for guests located in the Internet Cafe Ice Machines - Lobby level and floors 2 through 6 Soft Drinks - Lobby level and floors 1 through 6 Telephones - Direct Dial System. Local calls $0.25/each. Long Distance - see instructions in room Postage Stamps - Purchase from the front desk Televisions - Every room has a TV with free HBO! Laundromat - 2nd and 3rd floors Games for kids - just ask the front desk ... more   less 
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