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Hotel Lombardy
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2019 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006 (Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End)   |  
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“Lovely stay...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I had only booked a standard room but we were given a lovely room on the 10th floor - there was 2 large very comfy beds, a large kitchen area and a dressing area. We were at the back of the hotel - with no view - but I was given a much better room than I'd paid for!

We had a great sleep!

I think this is a really nice hotel - with nice staff. There's also a nice little bar area
There is a restaurant but we didn't use it - there's always someone on the front door to greet you

It's in a good area - only a couple of blocks from the Whitehouse

There is plenty of bars, restaurants and coffee shops nearby

I would stay here again

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LombardyGM, General Manager at Hotel Lombardy, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Good afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your stay. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed our hotel. Please come back and visit us soon.

Sincerely,

Corrado Palenzona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Using TripAdvisor, we tried to find a hotel in D.C. that was well-located, but not too expensive. Since there really isn't an "off season" in D.C., there really weren't any great deals on hotels. Hotel Lombardy was the best of the bunch we compared.

The hotel is located a mere 15 minutes from Ronald Reagan National Airport (45 or so from Dulles), so we took a shuttle ($45 for a round trip; they schedule your return trip based on your flight time) to the hotel. You could take the Metro, since there are two stops near the hotel (Foggy Bottom and Farragut West are both in easy walking distance). After a short shuttle ride we arrived.

The building in a nice old building, located in the Foggy Bottom district, right next to James Monroe's old house. Foggy Bottom is more of a business district, so it's busy when you would expect people going to work and nearly empty (except for a few local hangouts) on the weekend. The location, while not directly next to anything spectacular (except for a few good restaurants, including Founding Farmers and Bobby's Burger Palace), is close to two Metro stations and a short walk to a good amount of the monuments, including the White House. For the most part, you'll want to take the Metro wherever you want to go. Taxis are also easy to get, since you're in the business district. Lastly, there's a BikeShare (rental bikes) station near the hotel; I guess you can rent bikes and return them at stations throughout the city. Seems like a nice way to get around if the weather's nice. Oh yeah, there's also a CVS around the corner, which is nice if there's anything you've forgotten, or if you need something for your camera...word of warning, they close early on the weekends since it's the business district.

The hotel is what you would expect of a medium-high end hotel. The lobby is small, but classy, and there's a small restaurant and bar on the premises. My wife and I didn't take advantage of either of these, since there were so many other options available and we were constantly on the go. Oddly, there was no business center, but the front desk clerk said we could print our boarding passes at the front desk. We didn't have a car, so I don't know what the parking situation or cost is.

Our room was on the sixth floor of eleven (I think), which meant less noise (except from the street, which I think would've been audible even on the top floor, but nothing so bad that we couldn't sleep). The room was large enough for two people, but I don't know if a family, even with one child, would've been comfortable. There was enough space to get around for two of us, but not much to spare (for example, I don't know if a cot would've fit). The room consisted of a main area with bed, dresser, two side tables and desk; a kitchenette with table for two, sink, fridge, coffee pot, and a few drawers; a makeup table area where the closet was located; and the bathroom, with the sink, toilet, and tub/shower. The bed was large and relatively comfortable, the television (despite the fact that we didn't watch it much) was a nice-sized flat screen, and the kitchenette was a nice touch, but there were a few minor negatives. Our view stunk (it was of the building next door), the carpet looked a bit dated, one of our lamps had a loose bulb socket and kept blinking on and off, one of the handles on the dresser came off in my hand, and the water pressure in the bathroom was little more than a dribble (which is becoming commonplace in hotels...I hate those "rainshower" shower heads). These, however, were relatively minor and were little more than speedbumps during an otherwise great stay. We also had a $4.00 charge on our bill for a mini-bar item we didn't use...we should've had them remove everything from the fridge (which they will do if requested). We had the charge removed at the front desk.

Overall, the stay was very good. It was a nice hotel that had an old timey D.C. feel, which is what I was hoping for during my stay. I imagine I could've stayed at a chain hotel and saved a few bucks, but the ambiance and the convenience of the location were worth the extra money. I would recommend this hotel to any couple that is travelling to D.C. to see the sights.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LombardyGM, General Manager at Hotel Lombardy, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are glad that overall you enjoyed your stay. It is our goal to make sure that every guests have a great experience and it sounds like you did with the exception of a few minor things that we would definitely like to address. If you would contact me directly at the hotel I would appreciate it so that we can correct the issues in that room, if they have not already been addressed. We do room inspections daily to assure that something like this doesn't happen, so i apologize for any inconvenience. We hope to see you again soon.

Sincerely,

Corrado Palenzona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is a quaint property walking distance from Georgetown and Metro stops. It's near GW University so there are ample food outlets, bars , etc. It was a very safe area from what we could tell. We had a room in the back of the hotel so it was quiet on the weekend. We did not spend much time in the room so a view was not important. On Monday morning there was a garbage pickup that did wake us earlier than planned but no big deal. THe rooms are old school but it was a nice change from the cookie cutter chain hotels. The bathroom appeared to be recently remodeled. The room had a Casablanca fan over the bed - you normally do not see this in hotels - but it provided some extra ventilation. We did not use the restaurant. We did sit in the bar one night. It was quiet but that was what we were looking for after a day of running around DC.

There is a Whole Foods about a block from the hotel. This is a good location to get prepared foods. It's on the way to the Metro so it is also a good stop in the morning before sightseeing.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LombardyGM, General Manager at Hotel Lombardy, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Thank you for your feedback. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and we are definitely far from the cookie cutter hotel. We are a unique boutique hotel located in a prime location of the city. In reference to the garbage pick up, I apologize and am glad you were not too disturbed by any noise, this is something that I have been fighting with for a while, having the pick up times of our neighbors garbage pick up changed. Our bathrooms have recently been updated with new tiling throughout, which gives the bathroom a nice fresh look. Again I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to having you stay with us in the near future.

Sincerely,

Corrado Palenzona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We stayed here because it was close to our daughter at GW. They upgraded our room to a suite which was great, 2 rooms etc... The hotel is an older building which has nice character but does not feel old- meaning it is clean, fresh and nicely detailed with updated furnishings. Towels and bedding are really nice. The staff is super friendly and we loved the breakfast at the cafe. This is the best hotel close to the Foggy Bottom that we have stayed at. We will be back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LombardyGM, General Manager at Hotel Lombardy, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
I am glad to know that you enjoyed your stay here at the Hotel Lombardy and thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit. We do have a great location in the city, being within walking distance to almost all major attractions and some really good restaurants and shopping as well. We look forward to your return.

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Corrado Palenzona
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We found the hotel location perfect, not only for access to the metro & a managable walking distance to many of our desired sites, but to nice restaurants, convenience, grocery & drug stores. We felt safe in the area as well as in the hotel. We had a Parkview suite, a great, well-appointed choice, at a great price with ample space for 3. The only missing convenience we did not find but would have appreciated was a microwave. The staff was receptive to needs, addressing an issue with our shower as soon as we requested. Housekeeping & Maintenance were responsive and efficient. The doormen, bellmen and front desk staff were very helpful, making us feel more like family than guests. This was my second stay here and it was nice to see that the same level of service I had experienced previously was still evident. It was my traveling companions first visit and they were equally impressed. None of us would hesitate to stay here again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LombardyGM, General Manager at Hotel Lombardy, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Thank you for giving us your feedback. We are glad you took the time to tell us about your experience. Our goal here is to make every guest feel welcome and at home. Further I am happy to hear that you were please with our staff. We look forward to having you stay with us again soon!

Sincerely,

Corrado Palenzona
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toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This is a very well situated hotel with reasonable rates. Unfortunately I think they save money by cutting staff! Our breakfast dishes stayed in the hallway till almost supper time and the harried staff at breakfast suggested on the phone to come down to pick up my own breakfast as it would take him about 45 minutes before he could bring it up! I did.BTW- he stil charged me an in-room service charge!
The beds were comfortable and all door staff were extremely helpful.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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No. America
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We spent 4 nights at the Lombardy. The first night we spent in a deluxe king room with a small kitchenette; sink and fridge in sleek stainless steel. Our DC daughter decided that she wanted to stay with us the rest of our stay and the very accommodating desk staff moved us to a two-room suite with a pull out couch, which apparently was quite comfortable. The move allowed us a view of the park and Penn. Avenue activity.

One complaint: the pillows are hard as a rock, although there were alot of them. I'd rather have two great pillows than six hard ones.

We loved the feel of this hotel--it is a Historic Hotel of America, through the National Trust for Historic Preservation. These hotels are generally one of a kind and so much more interesting to visit than the vanilla chains. The Lombardy was once an apartment building and the rooms feel like small apartments.

We were very impressed with everyone who we came in contact with on staff--very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was wonderful but expensive (the french toast is amazing.) We spent some time in the dark and intimate bar and had a dinner in the Venetian Room. The crab cakes did not disappoint. Mohemmed was a very cordial and attentive waiter.

Location of the Lombardy is excellent for visits to both the National Mall and the White House.

Thanks, Lombardy, for a memorable and comfortable stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LombardyGM, General Manager at Hotel Lombardy, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay. In reference to the pillows, you will be happy to know that we are in the process of switching out the pillows in our guests rooms to a much better pillow. I will be sure to let Mohammad know that you enjoyed his service. We hope to see you again soon.

Thanks,

Corrado Palenzona
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Address: 2019 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
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#9 Best Value Hotel in Washington DC
#14 Family Hotel in Washington DC
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#37 Business Hotel in Washington DC
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Lombardy 3.5*
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