I have been travelling to DC on business for the past several years and have stayed at a number of hotels in different parts of the area. I stayed at this Embassy Suites on one trip but it was a quick one night turn around.
There are many benefits that this Embassy Suites offers a touring family.
The location acrosss from the metro station made getting to our destination easy every morning. I had mapped out the metro stops for each locaton and we could reach them all without switching lines.
The free King Streey trolley stop is right in front of the metro station and we used it several times. For some rason the two Saturday nights we were there they were short a trolley so waits were onger and some people did not get on. We ended up walking back from the river one night. King Sreet is an added bonus. Several areas I have stayed in have little for kids to do at night. King Street is tourity and pricey but we were able to find places my kids would eat at.
It's true you have to pay for alcohol at the manager's special but it's a buck for beer and wine and two for mixed drinks. The timing worked great for us as we would come back from touring and grabs snacks and drinks for the room. We could relax in the room for awhile before heading out to dinner.
The pool is small. We never had to waith to get in as some noted in the comments. I can see where some large groups could dominate the pool. We had one large group of active and vocal group of teenagers in the pool with us a couple of times, but they were aware that there were smaller kids around.
The two weakest parts of stay were internet connection and breakfast. I know hotels that cater to business travelers charge for internet access because it uncreases profit. That doesn't mean that it doesn't impact my view of the stay. One of the three available computers was down much of the time we were there and the other two were almost always full.
It's nice to have a breakfast buffet at the hotel but there are some things they can improve on. First the selection of fresh fruit was very limited. It's not tht hard to add pineapple and cantaloupe or watermelon to the honey dew that was served each day. Throw in kiwi and strawberries every once in awhile. The other thing I didn't understand is having pancackes in the made to order line. I know they do this to have the pancakes fresher, and they were good, but in some cases having to wait behind ten people ordering omelettes to get three already made pancakes doesn't make sense.
As for crowds, the one Saturday we were there the breakfast area was mobbed. The two Sundays were fairly busy but manageable. The weekdays were not very busy. That may have been due to timing.
Overall I would recommend this hotel to others going on a family trip. I may also head back on a future busines trip to try out some of the restaurants that we couldn't go to with kids.
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