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Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20001 (Downtown / Chinatown)   |  
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Ranked #67 of 130 hotels in Washington DC
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“security concern”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

recently stayed on an overnight visit to DC. checked-in tired after doing the National Mall tour on foot and dozed. After an hour or so we discovered valuables & cash missing from a bag and made a report to the hotel and hotel security investigated. They said only our keys were used during the time of loss, so the door was open during the burglary. It turned out there are no cctv cams in the room corridors. Granted that we may have mis-closed the door, the hotel's security system is below par, in our opinion. Oh, by the way, we frequently saw shady characters loitering around the hotel's vicinity.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We just had a 5 night stay and really enjoyed our stay there. I thought housekeeping, in particular, were very helpful and efficient. Great location for the National Mall and they have the most comfortable beds! We had the best time in Washington DC over the Memorial Weekend and staying at the WCH made it that much more enjoyable.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

We stay here 3 nights! We love it hotel very closed for walk to go see all nice buildings, we got room with nice view,we will back to stay again soon. Any one look for hotel I recommendation this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Stayed here the night before the Rock N Roll marathon this past March. The location was fantastic to the mall and the Capitol especially. Plenty of restaurants were not far. We did not eat in the hotel but there was a restaurant there. Rooms were clean and seemed very up to date! Would definitely come back and recommend to friends.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

I stayed in the fall of 2012, and had a great trip. The rooms were very nice, although somewhat small. Realistically though, it's DC, and we spent more time walking around than we did in our room, so size wasn't an issue at all. The hotel is very convenient to the mall, but it does put you at the capital end, so if you're looking to get to the other end of the mall with most of the monuments, be prepared to walk a bit. Hotel had a good buffet, although it was slightly overpriced for my tastes. That just may be what most hotels in DC are like. Overall, it was a great stay and I'd definitely stay again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Got a great rate on Priceline and my partner and I enjoyed a pleasant weekend a the Washington Court.
Very large, clean room with a view of the Capitol done. The bathroom was especially large for a hotel with a bathtub as large as ours at home. Perfect for soaking my tired legs after trudging all over DC. The room service breakfast menu was oddly inexpensive (as such things go) and we enjoyed an excellent breakfast in the room one morning.
The $46 valet parking seemed ridiculous so we parked at Union Station which is only a few blocks away and is $22 a night. It's also the closest metro stop with lots of restaurants and shops.
It is a very short walk to the National Gallery on the Mall.
There is a homeless shelter nearby but certainly no one bothered us and one need not walk by it-there are other ways into downtown or to the metro. Homelessness is a sad fact in cities like DC; it it's that bothersome perhaps another type of vacation or destination would be more appropriate.
Overall, very nice stay and we'd be happy to stay there again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room high up facing the Capitol
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WIlliamston, MI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Nice location close to the Capital and The Mall but not much around the hotel. (e.g. Stores/restaurants) Short walk from Union Station but it is very disorienting when you walk out of the station. In addition to there being a a circular street in front of the station, the streets go off in multiple directions. A policeman sort of gave us directions.....the street he told us was New Jersey Avenue was not but it got us moving in the correct direction. If you come out of the front of the station you will see the Postal Museum on your right. A couple streets over to the left of the Postal Museum look for two Irish bars going off on an angled street. This is the street you should walk down to get to New Jersey Avenue. (Note: if you end up on the first street to the left of the museum you will be on Massachusetts Ave. This will also get you to New Jersey Ave.) Once you make a left on New Jersey Ave. you will see the hotel.

We arrived at 11 AM and were fortunate to get a room right away. Whether the clerk was telling us the truth or not is debatable but he said we could only have a room with a king and not two queens. (We were on a girlfriends' weekend.) The reason I am not sure he was telling the truth is because we got the room off a discount website and received a low floor facing the street. Not only did we hear sirens all night, the people in the room next to us were arguing and it was almost like they were in our room. When they flushed the toilet it was like the toilet was in our room and when they slammed the door to their room it shook our wall. The arguing stopped but someone came back at 3:20 AM and pounded on the door to be let in and then the arguing started again. Not the hotel's fault but no one at the front desk ever asked us how our stay was. The valets at the door were very friendly and helpful but I would have to say the clerks at the front desk were just perfunctory.

We had a couple of meals at Union Station...lots of restaurants there and a great atmosphere. We had arrived there on the train from Baltimore, MD. Very easy to get there on Amtrak and quite efficient.

Would not stay at this hotel again. Would stay in another area close to a metro where there were more stores and restaurants around the hotel.

I will say it was clean and the rooms were large but it was not as luxurious as I would have expected for a 4 star hotel.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Downtown / Chinatown , Penn Quarter , Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#53 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#57 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#68 Family Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sophisticated, independent hotel located in downtown Washington DC, the Washington Court Hotel offers the ultimate in modern design and hospitality. Boasting a central location near Union Station and Capitol Hill, the Washington Court Hotel is a 265 room distinguished downtown destination for both business, leisure travelers and DC’s elite. Guests at the Washington Court Hotel can explore the rich history of Washington DC just by stepping outside our front doors. Situated adjacent to Union Station, our 16-story property is located in the heart of the distinctive Capitol Hill neighborhood providing access to the National Mall, renowned monuments, free museums and the U.S. Capitol. Luxuriate in world-class surroundings, complete with Italian marble bathrooms, well-lit vanities, and haute technology including flat-screen TVs and high-speed wireless Internet access. As a truly exceptional destination among downtown Washington DC hotels, Washington Court Hotel is an inspired choice for discerning visitors of Capitol Hill. At Washington Court Hotel, your experience plays center stage to everything we do. A family-friendly adventure, business outing or solo excursion – our helpful staff is at your disposal to set the tone for an experience that is unrivaled on “The Hill”. ... more   less 
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