As an SPG Gold I always try to stay at a starwood property as much as I can however the W is one of my least favorite brands due to the "VIP exclusive nightclub" feel that you get starting from the big men in suits where the bellmen should be, the dim lighting, and the infamous red rope. I'm more of a Westin or Le Meredien kinda guy but the W in DC totally surprised me. This property seems to have the right balance of cool mixed in with a good dose of accommodation and hospitality. The first thing i noticed is that they kept the original awning from The Washington Hotel, a staple in DC for years. The awning even has the old name "The Washington Hotel" engraved on the sides +++++++I can appreciate the efforts to preserve the antiquity especially from a brand that embraces modernity. The lobby is great, nice decor, cool colors and a cool bar. I had a standard room on the 8th floor facing the white house so the view was great! Decent sized room for a downtown hotel. Decor was modern but warm, welcoming and comfy. Bed was very comfortable and room was fully stocked each day.
The POV lounge is amazing, the views to the epicenter of power in our country is awesome. The drinks were reasonably priced and were good enough and the bartenders were all nice and friendly. It's really a cool hangout so unless your looking for a wild club scene the POV will suffice for a good night of drinks and good company.
The staff were all great, from the valet to the front desk to room keeping. I was pleased with everyone as they all seemed to be engaged and very attentive.
The only complaint I have about this property would be the elevators, the are tiny and run really slow ( the price you pay for antiquity) but unless your in a major hurry it shouldn't take away too much from an otherwise great property!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to W Washington DC, a hotel beyond expectations. Next to the White House, the most powerful suits - pinstripes and black lace-rendezvous at W Washington DC, where Italian Renaissance meets modern cool. With commanding rooftop views of major landmarks, W-Gate is all about stately indulgence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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