Where do I begin. I"m beginning to believe that the W Hotel is just not cut out to be a luxury hotel. It's like almost doesn't count with them, you know? Came here for a conference this past weekend with the wifey, and a little leisure. (Washington dc is one of our favorite cities in America!) So we were pretty hyped but Lemme just say we weren't ready for this W. At all!!! So here goes:
Location- couldn't have been better!! It is literally in the heart of the district and walking distance to everything....and i mean everything! However this same location makes parking ridiculously overpriced, oppressive & draining.
Service- Front desk workers were very courteous and helpful. No complaints here.
Amenities- absolutely none whatsoever, get in where you fit in...and go broke in the process. Period. Quite disappointing considering what they charge. ($350 a night...thank god for the state rate cuz they are robbing people blindly) Bottled water in the room was $9... that should be illegal. the computer lab charges $6 for internet usage. WTH?
Lobby Area---Super cosmopolitan!! Very impressive upon first glance...that is until you check in and see what goes on down there daily. The fake fire place was not impressive. It's like they just redecorated the hotel to be chic but still kinda missed the mark. You'd have to see for yourself. So we're pretty young and like to have a good time, especially in grown n sexy atmospheres, but when when we were going to our room thursday night, the lobby was sheer pandeomonium! They had blocked off the main hallway for the rooftop party and you had to get permission to go to your room by some security man. I told him I stayed there and he let me through, only to walk up to a line of patrons standing by the 1 elevator they had for hotel guests. (the other 2 were for the roof top party which explained the long line in the lobby.) So we waited 20 minutes for that 1 elevator to go to every floor. And that was pretty much the case for the rest of our stay.
So if you can't beat'em, join them! We met another couple down in the lobby for drinks and actually enjoyed the atmosphere and live dj. (took pics!) It was great but the hotel was trying to do the most, with the least and its creating an uncomfortable stay for many of the hotel guest paying $350 a night.
Parking- ridiculously expensive so don't do it! We paid the first night and it was $45. So we started parking on the street a couple of blocks up for free on the weekends and just walked back to the room. Saved us a ton of money. there is a parking garage right across that charges $18 for 2-12 hourse, which is cheaper than the hotel, but you must stay for the max or you end up paying $18 for 2 hours.
Room- Impressively small but decorated nice. Kinda of that overkill feel tho. The light switch is fancy and doesn't always work. Just give me a regular light switch. lol. I liked the shower set up, but if you are not a couple, you have no privacy, as you can literally see through the shower glass, right next to the bed. And for some reason the sliding door doesnt close all the way and the shower leaks water to the outside of the bathroom. We did like the wine glasses in the room! The flat screen and nice and very clear. The bed is comfortable and the room cleaners are pretty thorough.
Fitness Center- Nice, modern, and fairly large!!! Loved it!
Overall, had we paid $350 a night, it would have been a horrible experience. The hotel has potential but needs to work out some lobby nightlife logistics.
- 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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