The reviews are accurate. My kids 16 & 10 fell in love with this place from the get-go. I would describe it as a "grand" hotel with lots of DC history. Many dignitaries have stayed here. My son described the pool area as "sick" (a good thing), and the service was great. Excellent breakfast buffet! It is not walking distance to the Nat'l Mall, but close to a Metro stop in Woodley Park area. Good dining close by.