Just got back from Washington DC for a sporting event and stayed two nights at this hotel. We were traveling with another couple so we had two rooms. Let me start by telling you that the other couple with us is hoping that when their daughter moves to DC area in August this hotel will be close to her because they want to stay there again!
I have to describe this as CLEAN - CLEAN - CLEAN! it is a newer building. In fact, this whole area used to be a more run down area - but you should see the new buildings that have been erected and there is still a ton more construction going on. Thankfully, none near the hotel so you don't have to deal with construction noise.
We arrived 20 minutes prior to check in and our requested quiet rooms were not ready (I always request quiet room, away from ice machine and elevators). We were offered two other rooms but was notified that they are above a nightclub, so they may be a little noisy. We opted to wait. (Got a brew in the restaurant/bar area while waiting).
Elevators are extremely fast. EVERYTHING is clean - had to repeat this again.
Rooms: Both couples were extremely pleased with both rooms. We had an inner room. Could see the top of the capitol building and a nice view of a courtyard. Not a bad view, but I don't get rooms for their view - just aren't in them enough so that isn't a priority. We had king size beds. The bed was an adjustable bed. it was a little tricky to find the knob to adjust the comfort (hard to softer) of the bed. They are at the head of the bed on the side of the mattress under the sheet. I adjusted as instructed - turn knob to your comfort level and wait 15 minutes before getting on bed. It didn't seem much different. So we turned it all the way to softest. It still didn't seem much different. Of course, I guess we could have called to see if it was working properly but we didn't. Our bad. But the bed was comfortable enough. Don't know what to expect with that adjustable thing though. Shower was great! Tall enough for my 6'1" husband with plenty of hot water and water pressure. It's an adjustable shower head so you can have a couple different streams. They had shower doors instead of curtains, so that was better. There was an available safe in the closet we didn't use. Mini fridges in the rooms. The rooms were spacious enough. TV was flat screen, good quality picture for the little we watched. LOVED the room darkening curtains. They worked "too well", I slept in a bit later on the second day because of the dark of the room - that's never a bad thing! Valet parking was charged to your room. No other parking choice available. The car came out the same way it went in. No dents or scratches.
Now I have to say a word about the staff. They ALL were LOVELY!!!! Extremely friendly. Every single staff member we ran into always greeted us with a smile and welcoming greeting, asked us how we were or how our day was going. Ended each conversation with "have a nice day". You can tell their manager is all about quality. This makes a huge difference. We have to mention one staff member. She was the first one to greet us inside the hotel. She works behind the desk - her name is Teemon. She told us she was new and training. She will be a great asset to this hotel. She was pleasant and made us extremely welcomed. She has a great sense of humor and joked with us and remembered us each and every time she saw us and had a hello and kind words for us with each interaction. She made a huge difference in our stay.
The metro is a couple blocks - very close. USE IT!!! It's clean and easy once you get the hang of it. There are people around willing and wanting to help answer your questions. If you stay for any length of time at all, use the pass. It saves you money! Love the Metro system.
We ate breakfast at Tynan Coffee & Tea which is a about three doors down (make a right). They have good coffee and tea and had good breakfast sandwiches (prices not bad at all). Our friends went to McDonald's a little further down the street and when they saw our breakfast sandwiches compared to theirs - they were extremely sorry. Ate with us the next morning.
There is a Harris Teeters (grocery store) next door (to the left as you walk out). To the right is a sandwich shop I read is good - Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
Also went to the Todd Gray Watershed Restaurant in the hotel. Prices are normal city prices not cheap. Had a few adult beverages and different lighter snacks throughout our stay. The food we had was very good. They have a happy hour - you save a little on some beers and simple snacks. We chose to order off the menu for our snacks - more expensive but better food.
There are no bars within a few minutes walking distance. BUT! There is the Metro! We asked where the closest bars are and the staff told us in Chinatown - which is a stop on the metro.
The location of this hotel is good because of the Metro, You can easily get to anyplace.
We were extremely pleased with this hotel and would definitely stay again. Will also recommend it highly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Downtown Washington, DC, the new 13-story Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/U.S. Capitol is in a prime location just one metro rail stop from Union Station - the transportation hub of our nation's capital and home to Amtrak. We are located just one block from the New York Ave/Florida Ave/Gallaudet University red line metro station. Guest rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/U.S. Capitol showcase a modern décor, which include the cutting-edge Garden Sleep System(R), which features bedding of 100% New Zealand virgin wool, a mattress that adjusts to the contours of your body, and a dial that can adjust the firmness of your mattress. Your guest room at our Capitol Hill hotel also features complimentary high-speed internet access - both wired and wireless, a high-definition LCD television, a Herman Miller ergonomic chair and a modern work desk. For our in-room dining, take advantage of room service from our in-house restaurant, The Garden Grille & Bar, featuring American Cuisine offerings. ... more less
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