This hotel is in a pretty good location, short walk to the metro train or buses and then only two train stops to Metro Center - you could even walk there or to attractions if you wanted to. Quite decent neighbourhood with lots of eating places nearby (not just fast food) - the embassies and a few high-end hotels nearby indicate it's pretty good. It's an older building, a bit creaky, but it's quite nice and seems to have been refurbished quite recently.
The room was a reasonable size given it's an older building in DC and nice enough feeling to it; it has a bit of pokey bathroom, but it was functional. Shower was OK, but hot water takes ages to come through - it's worth turning it on about three minutes before you actually want to shower. Ceiling fan is very noisy, but towels are quite nice. The room had the appearance of being recently renovated, furnishings had a new 'period' look but were fairly lightweight, and not a lot of amenities were provided - a desk and chair but no armchair or second chair of any kind, no bedside lamp, etc. The TV was a cheap but newish LCD model, but channel selection was very poor and reception had a tendency to cut out. WiFi was okay once you got connected. The bed wasn't terrible, but a little lumpy, and pillows are sparse and low range. The Venetian blinds on the windows didn't seem that old, but were a little faulty, including one not going all the way down, and certainly didn't blackout the room, especially once day broke. Breakfast cost an extra $5 - I can't comment on it any further as I ate elsewhere. There's no in room coffee making facilities; there is a jug down at reception, but the coffee was undrinkable.
The two counter staff I dealt with didn't seem particularly friendly or helpful. They were however good enough to store my bag when I got there early, but it was just put under the staircase along with several others with free access to anyone passing by, and they never even checked my tag when I came back to check in. The elevator didn't seem to work, meaning you had to lug your luggage up the steep and narrow staircase.
Security is a concern. I was allocated a room, and when I opened the door I found the TV on, the bed had been used, and an open suitcase was sitting on the rack - obviously the room was still occupied. Went back and told reception; she didn't seem too fussed about this and just allocated me a different room, but needless to say I didn't leave any valuables in my room and deadlocked it when I was there. The hotel also shares its entrance with the associated bar with nothing really stopping bar patrons from going up the stairs, accessing the checked bags, etc.
The place is also noisy, from a front room on the third floor (this gave a bit of a view, but also plenty of noise). There's not much sound insulation, with any street noise coming straight in and floors above creaking a bit it the people above are moving around much. The first night, even after the noisy bar patrons left, still had some car parked over the road with extremely loud hip-hop music playing, along with associated noisy hoodlums, until after 3am. The second night noisy bar patrons downstairs and on the street till very late, 2am and after. The third night saw a chap downstairs having an extended, extraordinarily loud, expletive laden late night cell phone conversation, but at least the bar patrons were fewer and cleared earlier being a Sunday. Passing through the second floor on the way to my room there seemed to be a lot of noise coming through from the bar downstairs. Maybe higher level, back rooms would be quieter.
OK, so this place isn't cheap, but anywhere in central Washington is expensive, and compared to what else I could find the price isn't too bad. With some of the issue I've mentioned addressed it would be quite good, but at the moment I probably couldn't overly recommend it. On the other hand I wouldn't condemn it either. Weigh up the pros and cons I've given with the price and see what else you can come up with to match.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Orbitz, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Cheap Tickets, Hotwire and TripOnline SA so you can book your The Baron Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.