My husband had a conference to attend, so the kids and I tagged along. We have three kids, ages 16, 14, and 10. We acquired a room with two queens and a roll away. We took the Metro, which is a block and a half from the hotel.
The room was a spacious enough, that even after we had the roll away opened, we still had room to walk in the room. It was a pretty normal sized room. We have traveled a lot and a Hilton or Marriott wouldn't have offered a larger room. I made sure to tip the housekeeper each day and she did a great job cleaning the room; although, she would unplug our laptops each day even though they were turned off. That was a bit odd. The bed was too soft for me, but that may be what others really like. The bathroom was fine. Bathtub/shower combo was the same size as the ones I have home...standard size. Our room had a mini-fridge. We had cable and no problems with any channels and rented a couple of movies during the week.
The front desk staff were terrific. Curtis and Brandon would talked to my kids, one in particular, when they would go down in the evening. They offered us free bottled water and chocolates on a daily basis. The water was great after a long day walking in D.C. Paula, who worked mornings, was great too.
The breakfast was actually pretty good, but I'm a fan of protein and they only had boiled eggs to meet that want. The boiled eggs weren't as attractive on day five as they were
on day one and two. They had cereals, oatmeal packets, grit packets, bagel (white and whole wheat), muffins, pastries, apples, yogurt, milk, coffee and tea, too. My kids were satisfied with it, which is the big deal. The breakfast room is small. One day we ate in the breakfast room, another day in the lobby, and another day in the beautiful court yard. If the weather is nice, that is the best place by far, of course.
Yes, the elevator was slightly slow, but the stairs to the second floor was short. So, if I was in a hurry, I just took the stairs, but most of the time, I just took the elevator.
Area restaurants we ate at were Tastees, a diner. Kids loved it and I was done after the third visit. Good food, but get's old. Rock Bottom...good food. Mia's Pizza...Wood fired pizza...EXCELLENT...I recommend the meatball pizza! Chicken on the Run...not bad. Georgetown Cupcake...it's cupcakes, of course it's good! BD's Mongolian Grill...HOLY COW it's GOOD, but expensive. Check them out online before going to see their pricing. Five Guys...always excellent! If you decide to eat at "The Original Pancake House," one plate of pancakes can feed two people. It really and truly can. Look for the "Eat Here" Guide to help with restaurants in the area.
Tips for getting around if it's your first time to the area. When in Bethesday, they have a Trolley (which is more like a people mover) that is free called the Bethesday Circulator. The "Eat Here" Guide has more information. If you are there for a week and plan to take the Metro a lot, get a weekly unlimited pass. It will save you money. If you want to go up in the Washington Monument, book online. The Kennedy Center has free shuttle service back and forth from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station. Don't buy stuff from the street vendors as they are three times the cost of the stores in downtown D.C.
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