I'm really happy I picked this hotel simply for its location. We planned to spend the majority of our time at the different Smithsonian museums and if you walk outside the main door of the hotel, make a right, and walk about 2 blocks you arrive at the Smithsonian castle. Although the hotel is in an area that doesn't have much to offer at night, having a metro stop right under the hotel was just perfect, we used it to get everywhere. Myself and my girlfriend felt safe at night having an elevator that came right up into the hotel.
The room was very clean, although it could use updating. The wall paper in our room was peeling, the furniture was badly scratched, the phones were at least 20 years old, and the art on the walls was beginning to wrinkle and turn yellow. If you want any sort of air circulating in the room you can hear it run constantly. None of that stuff about the room bothered me or my girlfriend. We wanted a hotel in a good location, safe, and clean; the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel fulfilled all of those wants. We didn't plan to spend much time in our room just to sleep and take an occasional break from sightseeing.
If you don't feel comfortable using the metro to get around the city I wouldn't book a room here. It's vital because if you don't choose to have dinner in the hotel there is really no other choices within reasonable walking distance. We used the metro to get everywhere including breakfast, lunch, and dinner (the hotel's dinning options were ridiculously over priced). Getting a taxi in that area is not a reasonable option. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who plans to visit the Smithsonian museums or explore the national mall.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel l Enfant Plaza
- Lenfant Plaza Hotel
- l Enfant Plaza Hotel