The first thing you need to know is that this property is nowhere near Union Station. Maybe as a pigeon flies it might be a mile and a half or so but that pigeon does not need to negotiate rush hour traffic or muggers. You do not want to have to walk anywhere around the vicinity of this hotel - it does not feel safe, day or night. Once you are inside the premises it seems safe enough, but the viability of this hotel as a tourist/business facility depends 100% on their free, safe, shuttle bus to Union Station, where you can find a wide variety of restaurants and shops or take the Metro or Amtrak and get anywhere in the world. So any problems with the shuttle are a serious problem with the hotel.
And there are SERIOUS problems with the shuttle. There are two vehicles that do the shuttle. One is a 15-passenger van (too small during high-demand periods) the other is a larger capacity mini-bus (sometimes too small as well) that has so many rattles, clangs, and thunks that it sounds like it's on its deathbed. For the most part there is only one driver during shuttle hours, and the traffic in DC can easily reach gridlock levels then. So the promise that the shuttle makes two round trips per hour? Poppycock. Not guaranteed, and not always possible. This is not the fault of the drivers, it's the inherent limitations of their equipment and work schedules. The drivers, in fact (gold stars to Mike and Cynthia) make a heroic effort, but they are under impossible constraints.
The rooms are kind of an afterthought here unless you have your own car because in DC it's location location location. Mine (multiple nights) was average to a little below. Not much noise from the neighbors; more from New York Avenue below the window. On the other side of the hotel you would get the noise from the Amtrak trains so it's a tossup. My room was directly across from the ice machine, that's my punishment for the ultra-low Priceline rate that I paid.
Breakfast average. Didn't use the hotel wifi, brought my own so no opinion.
Room door deadbolt could not be used because the bolt and the hole in the frame did not line up. I relied on the slider in case of an intruder which was somewhat scary as a woman traveling alone but I tend to err on the side of bravery. There are not enough electrical outlets in the room to plug in a computer, wifi hotspot, and cell phone at the same time. When I fiddled with trying to plug in the microwave behind the tv cabinet, sparks ensued which was pretty scary.
I guess the conclusion is that you get what you pay for (duh) and DC is a pricey town. If you need to come in under $100 a night you can do it here; just be prepared to suffer some inconveniences.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Comfort Inn & Suites New York Avenue welcomes you to Washington DC home of our Nation’s many magnificent museums, attractions, and rich history.The Comfort Inn & Suites New York Avenue is a great start to your trip.The hotel features complimentary hot breakfast buffet, 24 hour hot beverage bar, 24 hour fitness center and business center, free wireless internet access. We offer room types to fit any traveler’s need. We have double queen rooms, deluxe king size rooms with pull out sleeper sofas, double queen suites with a separate living area and king size suites with a separate living area. When you want to spoil yourself or just relax after a long day of touring, we offer Jacuzzi suites with a roman style Jacuzzi tub and separate sitting area. All rooms are furnished with in-room safe, microwave & refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, 32” Plasma TV and lounge chair, work desk and executive chair. Control your own comfort in your room with individually controlled HVAC unit. Start your morning with our complimentary hot breakfast buffet with its abundant selection of hot and cold breakfast items to include our eggs, sausage, and fresh hot waffles. Take our complimentary shuttle service to the Union Station where you can do a little shopping, a little eating and take off on one of the city tours that start from the Union Station. If you want to take your time and plan out your own sightseeing tour, you can also conveniently hop onto the Metro to take you anywhere in Washington, DC to tour your favorite sights in the Nation’s Capital.After a fun filled day, kick back and relax in your spacious clean room with all the comfort of home. While visiting Washington DC may we suggest some of DC must see and do…See the magnificent jewels, dinosaurs and mammals on display at the National Museum of Natural History, the airplanes and interactive flight simulators at the National Air and Space Museum, and the stories, arts and crafts at the National Museum of the American Indian. Art lovers won't want to miss a visit to the National Gallery of Art, while the National Archives is a must for any American history buff. Tour the Capitol Hill neighborhood and explore the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress and Supreme Court. The neighborhood is also home to Union Station and the Folger Shakespeare Library, which houses the largest collection of Shakespeare memorabilia outside of England. Go undercover at the International Spy Museum, where you can crack codes, take on covers and even let your group take on its own covert operation. Or, stop by the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, the newest addition to the Smithsonian system.Ride to the top of the Washington Monument (tickets required) or the Old Post Office Pavilion for a panoramic view of the city. Animal lovers may also wish to pay a visit to the National Zoo, home to giant pandas, cheetahs, tigers and other exotic species.Discover DC's theatre scene. The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage offers free performances at 6:30 pm nightly. Other theatres, such as the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Warner Theatre, National Theatre, regularly present familiar classics. For something a bit more contemporary, catch a show at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company or Studio Theatre.Sports fans can watch the Washington Nationals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics, Washington Capitals or DC United in action.If you are looking for nightlife, head to U Street for live jazz music or Adams Morgan to experience DC's eclectic, international scene.If you love nature, take stroll at the National Arboretum just two three lights from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Inn & Suites Near Union Station Hotel Washington Dc
- Comfort Inn And Suites Near Union Station
- Comfort Inn Washington Dc
- President Inn Washington Dc