This was our first stay of 3 nights as part of an organised tour around Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. All the Marriot Hotels we have stayed in have been good but some (like this one ) just need to go that extra step to make them excellent.
Check-in for our group was chaotic. None of our rooms were ready when we arrived, or, at least Reception were not aware they were ready. Thanks to our Tour Rep getting a bit terse with Reception a batch of room keys were distributed covering part of our Tour Group which at least eased some of the congestion. But at least there was complimentary ice-cold lemonade available which was welcome on a hot day. During quiet times Reception was friendly and useful for information.
The room was clean, spacious with two 4 foot beds, en-suite, room safe, decent TV and coffee-making facilities. But there was only 1 caffeinated coffee and 1 decaffeinated coffee which was a bit poor for a Hotel of this quality. Also, there was a bottle of water in the room but it had a $5 price tag which we thought was a bit pathetic. Unlike other Hotels on our Itinerary there was no free WiFi in the room.
The Bar and Restaurant looked a bit pricey so we ate and drank out.
The location was very good. The immediate area was very clean, and the Metro is a short walk away from where you can easily visit, say, Alexandria. Out of the Hotel and turn left and after 50 yards is Walgreens on the corner (pack of 24 waters for $4 dollars). On the opposite corner is a garage/shop for those travelling by car. Left at Walgreens and there is a reasonable sandwich bar after 30 yards and a Chinese Restaurant after 60 yards on the next corner. This was the Mei Weh and we ate here twice. The menu looked a bit more expensive than in England until we realised that rice was included with the price whereas in England it is charged for separately. The food and service was excellent and I can recommend it to anyone.
It is about 30 minutes leisurely walk to Tidal Basin passing the George Washington Monument. A really great walk around the Basin passing the Martin Luther King Monument and FDR and Jefferson memorials. Once around the Basin you are near the Museums and the White House etc - the gemstone collection in the Natural History Museum is fantastic, but compared to the Museum in Brussells, Belgium the Dinosaur collection is pretty poor. Give yourselves plenty of time here as there is a lot to see.
There is a 'circulator' bus which is $1 per person which we used to travel back and on to Georgetown. There is a Bar/Restaurant called Mr. Smiths. Left out of the Hotel and turn right from Walgreens. Walk about a mile (crossing over the river ) and it is on the other side of the road. For lunch we had a pitcher of Sangria between us £32 for the red wine version and £34 for white wine. It was a damn good pitcher and even better because we asked for little ice and so received more alcohol. A plate of cheese and biscuits helped us soak up the booze. At $9.95 this was really good value - different cheeses with a bit of salad, pickled gherkins and green chillies, with individually wrapped packets of a variety of biscuits.
We also had an evening meal at Mr. Smiths. This happened when we walked out if the paper Moon Italian Restaurant just around the corner. Never been to an Italian before that did not have lasagne, canelloni, pizza and meat ravioli on the Menu. Many items on the Menu were something with cheese, and wine started at £32 a bottle. At Mr. Smiths we had a bottle of wine for $15 (but it was before 7:00pm and this would have increased to £29 afterwards). The food here was excellent and I enjoyed a large portion of Ribs with trimmings.
Would I stay there again ? - Yes, but I probably would not eat or drink there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Washington Marriott Georgetown, perfectly situated between Georgetown and Dupont Circle is in the heart of DC. Our well-established DC hotel features a newly renovated lobby and lounge and 470 guest rooms near the National Monuments, George Washington University (GWU), John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and more. From a leisurely afternoon spent exploring monuments to an evening out in trendy Dupont Circle, our Georgetown, Washington DC hotel's location is close to everywhere you want to be. Enjoy a casual dining experience at The Atrium Restaurant, serving fresh, chef-crafted cuisine or a cocktail in The Court Lounge. We offer more than 12,000 square feet of event space perfect for your next group meeting or special occasion. With our unique location on a tree-lined street just minutes from Dupont Circle, area businesses and two of the city's Metro stations, guests of our Georgetown hotel can have a residential experience with immediate access to the bustle of the Nation's Capital. ... more less
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