My wife I both have traveled enough throughout the US and Europe to know what type of hotel we like to stay in. Historic hotels are our preference and Henley Park fit the bill perfectly. Located close enough to the 'tourist' areas and the Convention Center/Verizon Center, the ca. 1918 Tudor charm struck us both as the better option over the faceless corporate chains around the area. Check out their website for more historical details.
We'd booked a Junior Suite for what seemed to be a very fair mid-summer rate several months back, only to stumble upon an even lower rate on the hotel's website the week before our arrival...saved $20/night off to a good start! We arrived in late morning on a Wednesday and were able to stow our bags for the day while we headed out for sightseeing. Hot and tired and the end of the day, we returned to check in and were stunned by the excellent room we were given (#811, top floor, corner location). Spacious room, king bed, sofa and several tables, wet bar and a good-sized bathroom. Tastefully decorated and windows all around. Fell in love with the room right away...was tough to leave it after our 3 day stay!
Service at Henley Park was professional and always courteous; no one person stood out, but all were friendly enough and we had no problems whatsoever. Our first night we enjoyed the Blue Bar piano lounge just up from the lobby. It was quiet (i.e. only a handful of patrons), but we found the music relaxing, the drinks good (though pricey, especially for a run-of-the-mill beer list), and the vibe chill.
A couple minor drawbacks: street noise, even on the top floor, might bother some guests. It looked like most of the construction around the block was wrapping up as of late July, but the day to day traffic noise on Massachusetts (as well as the occasional wailing ambulance/police sirens) could disturb a light sleeper. Also, the hotel offers free wi-fi internet, but I found the coverage spotty - for instance I got no connection anywhere in our room, but could pick up a signal in the hallway (sorry to any patrons who saw me lurking near the elevators checking email!). The same could be said for the lobby: I tried to connect in the sunny corner sitting area off the lobby with no luck; internet worked fine, however, in the lounge.
All in all, a lovely place and one we would definitely return to and will recommend. Thanks for completing our great visit to DC, Henley Park!
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