The Renaissance “Capital View” is, in reality, at a distance of over five miles from the US Capitol. Any view of the capitol is limited to guests on an upper floor facing the Potomac. (Bring binoculars to see the capitol more clearly!) I suspect the chosen name has more panache than the “Renaissance Airport View.” Situated above Reagan National, for good or bad, that’s the real “view.” The hotel’s west side alternative has a view of adjacent hotels.
The Renaissance has a hip, trendy, flair, (if you enjoy this sort of vibe.) There’s upbeat music in the lobby area and the décor of common areas is quite modern, with festive green color tones throughout. While I requested a King room with an upper floor, “view” exposure, I was told by the front desk staff that they had no King on that side of the building. (Perhaps suspect, as I was staying at the property through a discounted Priceline rate). I was instead given a corner room on the non-view side of the building. The room itself was very nice, although quite small; almost like something you’d get in mid-town Manhattan. The biggest perks of the room were the great bed with superior quality sheets and excellent room darkening blinds, a weakness at most hotels. Also, as others have mentioned, the bathroom in the King room has a large walk-in glass enclosed shower and the shower head was simply fabulous, prompting long, lingering showers.
The Renaissance is located in the same building as the Residence Inn, and the two hotels share an exercise facility and pool. The latter is VERY small. Photos of the pool on the hotel website creatively capture a corner of the pool, as not to showcase the small size. Also, of interest is that the pool is open limited hours.
As we were traveling with a child, we requested a roll-away bed to use. Interestingly we were not charged for this at check-out, unless this was in error. It always seems that higher end hotels nickel and dime you to death with fees for everything. (Paying for parking was painful enough). Speaking of parking, there seems to be limited street parking on Potomac Avenue heading south from the entrance of the Residence Inn. If you’re on a budget, and don’t mind waking a block or so, you may be able to forgo the $24 parking fee charged for garage parking.
Hotel’s location at the south end of Crystal City is void of retail commerce close by. You can either walk north about six blocks to stores/restaurants, or drive about a mile south to a large strip center with a Target, movie theater, etc. Also, the Hyatt and Courtyard by Marriott are adjacent to the Renaissance. In pinch, you can be sneaky and hitch a ride on one of their shuttles back from the Metro if there’s a long delay getting the Marriott shuttle.
While I wouldn't pay the sticker price for this hotel, it's very nice and I will wholeheartedly recommend it.