This was my second stay at this hotel; my original being in April of 2006. Both times I found the staff, which did seem largely immigrant, to be friendly and helpful. The front desk individuals had superb communication skills and were quite inviting to the hotel. I road the elevator with the cleaning staff on several occasions and they, too, aimed to please. Also, I had called ahead to ensure that my reservation was in place and the woman who answered the phone was also very pleasant and helpful.
Check-in and out was easy and efficient. I arrived an hour prior to check-in and she gladly found a clean room available early for me immediately. My standard room was small, but efficient; it also appeared to be extremely clean. With all of the furnature packed into the room (bed, two night stands, desk, dresser, chair), there was barely room to walk. From my previous visit, where we had two large beds, our room was much larger. There was a refrigerator within the dresser area (although we did not get one in my previous visit) and this was not something that I requested. The room also had a blow dryer, safe, iron, luggage rack (although I have no idea where you could have put it), and alarm clock. There was also a beautiful flat screen TV, however I was disappointed by the number of channels that they advertised that did not come in. It seemed to have sufficient lighting, but more important to my visit, the room was easily “blackened out” of outside light and for the most part quiet.
Apparently the entire hotel is either being heated or air conditioned. During my stay, the AC was on and it was entirely too cold for me. I ended up turning the system off, although the air did become stale. The bedding consisted of a sheet and thin comforter. Considering the temperature, I would have preferred an extra blanket. However, they did have four comfortable pillows.
The hot water was a bit slow getting to me, but there did seem to be plenty. The towels were sufficient. They were also advertising an eco-friendly program where they do not automatically wash towels and bedding for guests staying multiple nights, unless requested.
Do not count on their free parking. There is a tiny lot in front of the building a few additional spots in a “garage” area. The garage spots are very tight and I was not pleased having to park so close to a cement slab. I also witnessed a gentleman having difficulties maneuvering his vehicle out of the garage do to someone parking inappropriately. The only time that there was a spot available was when I arrived early and even then most of the spots were taken by the staff. The remainder of my stay, I was not able to park in any of their spots. However, on the backside of their building (take Wisconsin Avenue south towards DC, past the Double Tree Hotel turn right onto Cordell Avenue, turn right onto Woodmont Avenue, left side of the street) there is a parking garage. All of the spots are metered parking (Monday through Friday from approximately 9am until 10pm), however it is free during the weekends. I never had any issues parking here. There was street parking on Cordell Avenue that was metered, but often available. The spots on Wisconsin were more often taken.
Traffic in the area during busy times did get heavier. The neighborhood does have some life to it. However, post-midnight, I found Wisconsin Avenue to be a quick trip. The hotel’s sign was easy to find from the road (although it’s located next door to the Double Tree Hotel). There seemed to be plenty of eateries, drug stores, and even a few gas stations in the area. If you take Wisconsin Avenue towards DC about a mile, you will find much more upscale shopping.
As far as a place to simply rest one’s head, the American Inn is more than sufficient. However, when you consider what I paid for the small room with a few small glitches (TV, heat, parking, ect.), I did not see the value. I would probably return only because it appears to be the cheapest in the area.
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