I was recently stuck in Washington DC when the Superstorm Sandy hit and I had to stay a couple of extra days. I booked this hotel through booking.com and check in time was meant to be 3pm. I turned up at midday and they immediately let me have a room.
The room was clean with lots of cable tv channels, fridge, hairdryer, safe, ironing board, hairdryer and toiletries. There was a desk that I could plug my laptop into and there was free wifi throughout the entire hotel.
I ate in the restaurant and the food was good, and at happy hour in the bar I had a glass of wine for $5.
The hotel is a few blocks from the nearest metro but I mostly walked around Washington.
I needed to get to the airport and when I asked at reception they immediately managed to book me on to a shuttle bus for the next day with less than 24 hours notice.