We saw the mixed reviews, but decided to try this hotel anyway based on its convenient location near the Mall. We followed the hotel's website directions, but they had not been updated since the new construction began and we got a bit turned around (there's no longer a pyramid to mark your turn!) Once we found the hotel though, the check-in was easy, the room was clean and met our needs (3 adults in 2 double beds) as we were only in it to sleep and shower anyway. The beds were comfortable, the A/C worked well, and housekeeping delivered extra towels upon request. Also, the front desk allowed us a later check-out time which we really appreciated. As noted by other reviewers, the cost for parking is exhorbitant but it was well sign-posted, so we knew up front what the charge would be. (In hindsight, we should have self-parked rather than pay $43/day for valet, plus tips.) Since we used the subway to get to our restaurant one night, it was very convenient having a Metro stop literally underneath the hotel. The food court in the Promenade level below the hotel provided other food options besides the hotel restaurant but since they primarily serve the offices nearby, not all are open on weekends. The best part about our stay was how quickly we could walk to and from the Smithsonian buildings on the Mall. That alone made it worth staying there. Also, we were told that a major renovation of the rooms is starting soon so perhaps by next summer all the rooms will be updated.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A homey and comfortable hotel within walking distance of major attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel l Enfant Plaza
- Lenfant Plaza Hotel
- l Enfant Plaza Hotel