Let's just get this out of the way: YES, the W has perhaps the best location in all of DC, and the POV rooftop bar has an unparalleled view. We know this. It's absolutely a luxury hotel. The rooms and beds are comfortable, and the customer service is of the "bend over backwards" variety. It's all good.
However, the look and vibe of this ultra-modern, "clubby" hotel is all just a little too...weird. For me, at least. I felt like I was too old to be staying there, or something. The rooms are very dark, and the hallways are even darker. It feels a bit like a gothic horror film. I was excited to be given a room on on the top floor, until I realized it was an interior room, which means you look straight into many other rooms and straight down into the crater of the center of the hotel. They don't give you a coffee maker unless you specifically ask for it, and the room service menu is BEYOND expensive. Most aggravating of all is the extra charge for in-room wireless, which will lose a hotel major points from me EVERY time. Considering what they're charging for a room each night, to be charged an additional $15 for internet seems outrageous, especially since the internet was unreliable and I had to keep reconnecting constantly, sometimes every five minutes. Definitely not worth the price of admission.
All of this is almost made up for by the truly outstanding frosted glass "rain shower" which was one of the best hotel showers I've ever experienced.
Almost. In spite of the shower and the stellar location, I probably wouldn't stay here again.
- 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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