Note: This hotel is closed for restoration as of Spring, 2014, and so this review may have only historical merit. It sounds like the owners' plan is to make the place somewhat pricier, which is understandable given their investment but would a shame since one of the old L'Enfant Plaza Hotel's best selling points was its value for the location.
Of two accessible outlets in the room, only one worked.
This sort of thing doesn't bother me, since I've stayed in many a cheap beachside motel, but the floors were filthy in the Escher-like labyrinth of stairs and hallways leading to the pool.
Speaking of the pool, on Saturday afternoon the hotel hosted some kind of booze promo party with loud, stupid music and loud, stupid (non-hotel-guest) partiers. This went on for a couple of hours and, according to a staff member, it's "something we do." Not a big problem, since most people in DC aren't there to sit by the hotel pool--but if I wanted a frat party, I'd stay closer to Georgetown.
Bad wireless / 4g reception (to be fair, this isn't the hotel's fault but is an artifact of the building's location and architecture).
No microwave as promised.
The Good: Once you get to the pool, it's excellent-- large and well-maintained, with observant lifeguards.
Very effective air conditioner! In DC this is important. The fridge also cooled very well. This wasn't your usual 60-degree hotel room fridge. We were on a budget and appreciated being able to safely store milk and leftovers in the fridge. To minimize eating out, we got groceries from the CVS on C Street.
Lots of pillows, and they're nice ones. Other amenities included excellent soap (several steps above typical hotel freebie soap), and plenty of towels in the bathroom.
Summary: Located a few minutes' walk from the Mall, this is a comfortable hotel with many amenities. I can't imagine a better location for families: the hotel has a Metro station downstairs, and a food court with plenty of stuff picky kids like to eat. We had a large room, which was much appreciated since there were three of us. If the new L'Enfant Plaza Hotel stays at a similar price point, it will remain a great bargain and a prize destination for families on a budget.
- 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