We have stayed at many Res Inns, this one is definitely a cut above the others. The exterior is brick, in keeping with the historic district, and was certainly more attractive than any other RI we've stayed. We asked for a quiet rm, and woman said one was very quiet but distant from the elevators, the other closer to elevator and street but still quiet. She was correct - rm was still very quiet while being convenient to elevator.
The liv room area seemed somewhat larger than other RIs, and was clean and nicely furnished. We liked that the room had 2 separate closets and 2 sets of drawers - one in liv room, the other in bdrm. Our daughter slept on sofabed and had convenience of having all their clothes in that area, and not in bdrm.
The bedrm itself was standard size, loved that bed was double sheeted and lamps by each side of bed were easy to turn on/off for reading in bed and had an outlet for recharging phone - nice touch. Sink was o/side the shower/toilet which is great when everyone's getting ready at same time. Both bedrm and liv rm had their own flat screen tvs.
Breakfast selection was also better than at other RIs, four hot dishes that changed each day and both bagels and eng muffins were avail in whole wheat (in addition to plain ones), and area kept clean even when very busy. As others have mentioned, the free shuttle was excellent and will take you anywhere w/in a mile of the hotel. That doesn't sound far, but that mile encompasses most of the restaurants, shops, museums and galleries.
Another nice touch was the three free newspapers avail ea day in the lobby - Wash Post, USA Today or WSJ.
A few negatives (but not major). First is we kept having to request additional towels, face cloths etc. Even tho we were registered for 3, they kept giving us only 2 towels, etc.
Second, we received incomplete directions several times. We asked how to get to Metro and was told to take a left at hotel entrance and go 2 blocks. After searching and asking, we found that Metro was not on same street but you needed to turn up a separate street, and cross another to get to it. Metro is still easy walk, but directions should have specified turns needed. Same thing happened when we asked for directions to restaurant (Joe Teismans - good pub fare and salads) - they told us just to walk 2 blks. Again, they never mentioned the turn needed. We were surprised they didn't just show us on a map.
The other negative is true of most RIs where we've stayed and continues to puzzle. We stayed Fri - Tues, so in order to get the reduced weekend rate for Fri -Sun we had to ck out on Mon morning, and ck in again! If we didn't do this we'd be charged the much higher weekday rate for all nights. I don't understand why they can't just charge you a different rate on different nights, or take the aver and charge that for ea night. Altho we did not have to move to a diff room, we did have to wait in line to ck in/out, and to get new keys. Inconvenient. Other hotels that we've stayed at do not do this, the bill simply shows the diff room rates for the diff nights.
But, all in all, I would highly recommend this hotel. The attention to detail was really outstanding - from the variety of newspapers to the thoughtful room design. Would definitely stay again.
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