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.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.