I had a less than happy stay at this hotel two years ago but this time I had a very good experience. This is primarily a conference hotel but the only downside is that the four elevators can't cope at peak times. Check in was a pleasure and I was in one of the renovated rooms overlooking the Public Library on K Street, which is certainly the best of the views at this hotel.
The renovated room was light and airy with a decent armchair and a very comfortable desk chair and good working light. Probably the best working area I've had in a DC hotel. The bed was very comfortable indeed and I had lots of drawer space. (Not sure what room tobben_8 was in!) The bathroom was less exciting with a large shower head but no 'power shower' option. There is a large-screen HD television which is almost too large for viewing lying on the bed, and as it could not be turned round looking at it from the armchair was not easy.
The best aspect of the hotel is the lobby area, with lots of places to sit and work or sit and drink. The breakfast/lunch cafe is good for lunch but expensive for breakfast. $20 for a buffet is a little on the high side. Service is good but not 5 star. On two occasions it took 10 minutes for coffee and orange juice to arrive for breakfast. There is a Starbucks in the corner of the lobby but when there is a convention taking place the queues overwhelm the staff, though they do keep smiling. Wi-fi at $12.95/day though it's free in the lobby area.
Although the area outside the hotel looks a bit quiet there are quite a number of good restaurants at all levels of price within a block or two including the Chinatown area. The Gallery/Chinatown Metro is just two blocks away and Metro Centre is probably only an 8-10 minute walk.
Throughout a week-long stay for a convention every member of staff I came into contact with was unfailingly polite and helpful. I think the renovation work is almost finished and certainly I was not disturbed by it. The Renaissance might not be my first choice of hotel in DC (I prefer the Dupont Circle area) but if I come to a convention here again I know that I will have a very comfortable stay.
- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Washington Dc
- Renaissance Hotel Washington Dc
- Renaissance Washington Dc Hotel
- Washington Dc Renaissance
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the city, our hotel is ideal for experiencing all the history and culture of the nation's capital. Our hotel is in the unique Penn Quarter district, between Capitol Hill and the White House, putting travelers just a few blocks from the Verizon Center, the Spy Museum, Chinatown, National Portrait Gallery and the world-famous National Mall monuments. Surrounded by boutique shopping and eclectic dining, you'll discover something new around every corner.Experience profound comfort in our luxury hotel from plush, well-dressed beds and spacious desks to high-speed Internet throughout. Our recently renovated guest rooms and lobby offers five dining options including, room service,Starbucks, Mixx Bar, 15 Squares Restaurant and Presidents Sports Bar. Vida Fitness Center and Aura Spa is open from 5am - 10pm and is complimentary to guests and includes a Sauna, Steam and one person lap pool. Don't forget to check in with our Navigator for the inside scoop on events in the city during your stay. Discover something new while you are here and the best of DC when staying with us! ... more less
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