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“Very Nice” 5 of 5 stars
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The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20036   |  
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Ranked #76 of 133 Hotels in Washington DC
denver, co
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Very Nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2008

Very nice hotel. I got a room with 2 double beds, which was fine, since I was the only one staying in the room. It is really great to read and see all the historical things in the hotel. Very nice lobby and very nice staff. The mini bar is very expensive, but that is normal for the higher priced hotels. I would stay here again if they have the same rate as I get on this trip.

  • Liked — The historical information throughout the hotel.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2008

This is a wonderful hotel filled with so much charm and history. The main dining room where we ate breakfast was beautiful and the rooms were very upscale. We love Washington D.C. and would love to return to this property next time we are in the area. Service was very good and it made for a great weekend away.

  • Liked — Regal and chic
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Westport, Ct
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2008

This was the perfect choice in Washington DC for our family of five. The hotel is historic, grand and recently renovated. It is beautifully located, just next to Farraugut North Metro station and easy walking distance to the White House but also near Dupont Circle, shops and restaurants. I arranged directly with the hotel manager and ended up with a finely appointed huge two bedroom suite with living room, on the fifth floor of the hotel. Because it was the Christmas holidays and this floor caters to business clients, we were able to get a sensational deal on premier rooms. The breakfast buffet was elegant and fairly priced for the enormous fresh spread. We couldn't have been more delighted.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Bethlehem, Pa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2008

Luckily we got an insane deal on our room as normally we'd never be able to afford the regular rate, but we thought the place was great. Close to the Metro, White House and Dupont and we loved the bar and the magic tricks from the bartender.

If you got the $$$, I'd recommend it.

  • Liked — Lobby, location
  • Disliked — Pool was kind of small
  • Stayed May 2004, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Atlanta, Ga
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2007

I enjoyed staying at the property. The location is perfect. It is a few blocks away from the mall and the White House and near great dining and shopping in Dupont Circle. The staff was attentive and friendly. The property is an older one; however, it is well maintained and a refreshing change from the typical cookie cutter hotel.

Try not to get a room that faces north (I believe). Apparently, the hotel is located near a club and my room was right above the club. My sleep was disturbed by the club traffic. The traffic stopped around 3 am.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — The loud club next door
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Juneau, Alaska
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2007

We have stayed at this hotel many times and this experience was almost bizarre, although when we thought about it we realized there had been some consistent negative issues over the years. On the "plus" side, the hotel is nicely appointed, clean, and in a great location for access to Metro. On the "down" side, is the general service. When we arrived the desk clerk told us we arrived a day later than we were expected. Now, I suppose some people do that, but we always intended to arrive when we did and have no idea how our reservation got made incorrectly. But instead of being gracious, he was almost attacking. It almost seemed like he was going to turn us away. We had travelled from Alaska to Wash DC, we were to be there 4 nights for some meetings my husband had right there in the hotel - and it took 10 minutes to get him to stop talking to us about being a day late!

Then he sends us to our room and it had to be the worst room I've ever been given. It was clean - but it was soooo small. It was so narrow that instead of the tv being at the foot of the bed (not enough room) it was over on the left wall. You would have to be able to swivel your head completely around on your shoulders to see it! It had the tiniest window, tiniest bathroom, and no chair to sit on. So then we realized that this is the THIRD time we've had to ask for a room change at this particular hotel. Our next room was much nicer, larger, two windows, an easy chair etc. And freezing. The temperature never got reasonable the entire stay. No matter how we tried. A weird thing too, is that the beds are made so that the sheets and blanket cannot be pulled up over your chest to your shoulders. So not only was it COLD, but if I wanted to get all the way under the covers, I had to scoot down so my FEET were hanging off the bed. No amount of pulling on those sheets made a difference.

And.. this is the LOUDEST place on earth. You cannot hold the handle such that you can close the door gently. The ONLY way to close the doors is to SLAM them shut. So the next day I had an opportunity to sleep in and by 7:45 am all I could hear was "slam, slam, slam, slam" as people were shutting the doors up and down the hallway the only way they could!

Then there was a rude concierge. I mean - ridiculous. I went back a 2nd time for some more "poor treatment" and had to wait 10 minutes while she finalized her personal vacation reservations for the holidays over the phone.

So, yes this is a well known old hotel that has a very pretty and ornate lobby, nicely furnished rooms, and is clean and well located. But if you've travelled much, you won't think this is worth the price and you may not enjoy the service. (I had a very nice server in the bar though, and the maids were nice). Also, bring your flannel pj's and earplugs if you are staying here - and if they don't give you a nice room you can ask for another.

  • Liked — Location, Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Front desk service, temperature, loud doors, NO WIRELESS INTERNET
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London
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52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2007

This has to be one of the worst hotels anywhere and I can only assume your other reviewers don't get out that much. I stayed there during the World Bank meetings paying a hefty $670 a night for a box room with a spectacular view of the central airconditioning units. I had thought about ordering a cat from room service to see if I could swing it in the stygian gloom of the bedroom but it seemed unfair on the cat. Ugly, outdated furniture and not particularly clean although the bed was comfortable and bathroom lighting good. Air conditioning noisy and combined with the shudders from the central unit as relaxing as a night on a Soviet aircraft from the 1950s.

The staff: hopeless and feckless. Many of them seem to have pronounced back problems as they need to lean against walls while continuing their conversations with fellow "workers" and refining the art of ignoring the guest. Concierge was as insightful as a Martian.

The bar: cheap but had managed to retain an aroma of stale smoke and beer and a crowd as refined as you would get at a Greyhound waiting room in the middle of nowhere.

The lobby: well that seemed to be populated by large people sipping from equally large polystyrene cups. Very elegant.

The worst laundry I have ever experienced. If you value your clothes don't send them to be laundered, stapling the laundry ticket to clothing items leaves them surprisingly with holes which management didn't seem to think was an issue. Maybe polyester has self-healing qualities but Sea Island cotton doesn't. And handkerchiefs are generally meant to be ironed rather than being returned screwed up in a ball.

My recommendation: keep the building as it has merits but shut the hotel or at least change the operator.

  • Liked — They let you leave
  • Disliked — Being there
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

Address: 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#28 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#46 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#53 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#74 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 657
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Known as the progressive Grand Dame of the nation's capital, The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel is a 4-diamond luxury hotel and a proud member of Historic Hotels of America. With a timeless aura highlighted by an abundance of modern conveniences, our historic hotel is perfectly located in the heart of downtown with iconic attractions like the White House and National Mall just minutes away. Our hotel features 650 guest accommodations and 74 handsomely-appointed suites each with signature Renaissance bedding and Aveda bath products. Ideal for leisure and business, our hotel offers exceptional meeting, banquet and event space, complete with an on-site floral boutique, multiple dining options and a Thomas Pink retail store. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Mayflower Hotel Washington Dc
Renaissance Washington Dc
Washington Dc Renaissance
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
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