I am currently writing this review from the hotel on 6/27/2009...
The price and free parking drew me to this hotel. I made reservations well in advance after seeing the hotel advetised on DC's city site. I must admit that the DC Visitor's guide touted it as "close to downtown" and that there was free shuttle service to the Metro. These statements are not true. This was my first trip to DC and I am here for 5 nights as part sightseeing/ part conference, all of which take place downtown. I am driving into town and paying to park downtown each day as a result.
The positives- My room (as well as the lobby, breakfast area, and hallways) is clean. The bed has a nice mattress, the desk chair is very comfortable and modern, 32" Sharp flat screen tv, and the microwave and fridge were welcome surprises. I am on the front side of the hotel, so I do not notice the train noise. The breakfast has been great so far. It has been crowded, but I found the staff to work very hard at replacing what needs to be replaced. The lobby is nice and the wireless connection worked well.
Also, it is very easy to get to. It is set in a weird spot and easy to miss on your way in to town so keep a careful eye out for it on the right hand side coming in off of 50. Its bright yellow color shows a total remake of the old hotel.
Now for the bad. The area puts the "hood" in neighborhood. I walked to the Gas Station literally within eyesight of the hotel on my 2nd night here because the hotel has NO VENDING of any sorts. As I passed a Lawn/Garden store to the east a huge rotweiller ran out at me (it was behind a fenced in area thank God) and I jumped about 10 feet into the street. Point of the story is, there is a reason that dog is stationed in the Garden center- there are whinos, panhandlers, and crackheads all over at night. I felt fine leaving in the morning and arriving back at night (before dark), but don't go far from the hotel. On the other hand, I did get a nice view from my window of one whino trying to pick another one up off the steps of the liquor store across the street- there's apparently a good sense of community among these vagrants- probably something to do with the President's new adminstration:) The parking lot is set at a weird angle and hard to move in and out of. You also have to turn around at a street to be able to go East from the hotel, but you will head west if going downtown. Finally, my shower curtain and bathroom smelled smoky- which I am super sensitive to. Upon arriving after my 2nd day in DC and just finishing a one hour run, I found out that the cleaning crew decided "No Soap or Shampoo for You". I called the front desk, and she had to go on a mad hunt to fgind some, but was very helpful. And again, there is no vending so bring your own snacks. They do have restaurant menus in the lobby, and I did order pizza one night which took about an hour to arrive from Domino's.
Ultimately I would say this...if you have children do not stay at this hotel unless you are driving everywhere. If you are looking for a fair price, with a good breakfast, a clean room, and the chance to see some mildly entertaining "culture" from the hood, this is the spot. I think the people who are negative about this place drew that perception as soon as they saw the neighborhood. Seperate the stay from the area and you will be fine.
- 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
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