The hotel is in a great location - it's pricey at rack rate, but if you can get a good deal online (I used Priceline) it's a great place to stay. What really stood out to me is that the staff were genuinely warm and helpful - you get the sense that they actually want you to enjoy the hotel, vs. just being nice because it's part of their jobs. Absolutely top-of-the-line experience that way.
The bed was so fabulous, I want to call the hotel to ask where I can get a duvet like it had. They use feather pillows, which I find very uncomfortable, but I'd be willing to bet that housekeeping could probably switch them out for something more supportive. (I was too tired to ask!) Also, the decor is bright and interesting - much more fun than standard neutral cookie-cutter hotel rooms. Maybe not what I would have in my own home, but a refreshing change from the usual. Oh, and yes, I have to agree with just about everyone who mentioned that the rooms are small - but considering how little time you spend in there, that is not problematic at all. I'm very claustrophobic, but I still did not feel cramped. Plus you can see the tv better from the bed this way!
DuPont Circle is just up the street, and the restaurants are open super-late. It seems to be where the young hip crowd hangs out, but its not so painfully chic that a not-so-young, totally-UNhip mom would feel out of place. We ate at "Afterwords" - a cafe at the back of Kramer's bookstore, and it was great. There's also a Metro station right there at the circle, which is convenient for exploring all there is to see. [We were there for a Georgetown U visit - which unfortunately is NOT as close as I thought. It's fine if you don't mind really long walks, but in August heat the last thing I wanted was a really long walk. A cab was a much better choice.]
The valet parking is $35, which sounded like a lot, but is apparently common in the area. There's a garage at 2000 L Street, just a few blocks away, but we arrived late at night and I did not feel safe without many people on that street, so I bit the bullet and parked at the hotel. One thing I wish I had done is study the map more carefully - the area is full of one-ways and these baffling signs that tell you not to turn right, even onto a two-way street. And the circle - holy cow! Five or six streets converge. Madness. I got so confused, it took an extra 20 minutes to find the way back. Of course if you fly in, this is all a moot point, but I sure wish I had taken a closer look before I tried to navigate.
I would stay here again, but would probably wait until the weather cooled off some. Washington is a beautiful city, but with all the walking you inevitably do, it is not somewhere I want to be when it's so hot out. The Georgetown area is full of interesting shops and cafes and it would have been so nice to have a little more time to explore.
- Also Known As:
- m Street Hotel Washington Dc
- m Street Hotel
- Renaissance Washington Dc
- Washington Dc Renaissance
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sophisticated and contemporary, our hotel's accommodations exude stylish luxury. Perfect for a getaway to the Washington, DC area, our hotel is minutes from Georgetown, Foggy Bottom and the DC Metro, bringing the best of the city's attractions to our doorstep. Our guest rooms and suites feature deluxe amenities creating the boutique hotel experience our guests have come to expect. Take in our goose down bedding, sleek bathrooms, wireless Internet and plug-in technology panels, all the while exploring our unique location in the nation's capital. Sip and savor in our Caffe serving illy coffee and our M Lounge & M Brasserie serving indigenous, seasonal dishes and cocktails. An on-site fitness center and business center ensure you are taken care of while on your road and don't forget to ask our Navigator for insider tips for dining and shopping in the city. ... more less
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