Just finished a 9-night stay at the Best Western Georgetown Inn and Suites.
First things first... the hotel is actually in Foggy Bottom. Not a big deal... just don't think you're staying right in Georgetown if you book a room here. It's not far away, but this is Foggy Bottom and right next to George Washington University.
Pros about this property:
* The rooms are nice and big. Our room included a large, comfy King-size bed, a sofa, desk, lounge chair and corner table with two chairs. Not bad. Plus, we had a microwave, refrigerator, paper towels w/ holder, cabinet with two glass plates, two glasses, two sets of silverware, coffee maker w/ coffee and a separate sink with plenty of space to fill up a gallon-size plastic bottle of water. The TV is located between the bed and the living room section of the sweet... and sits on a Lazy Susan-type swivel on the dresser at the foot of the bed. This is great because if your companion is sleeping, you can swivel the TV around and watch it from the couch! Brilliant! Just make sure the coaxial cable is tight so the reception is clear (I was a bit miffed that AMC was not among the channel selections, so I ended up missing the new episode of Mad Men... but that's the cable company's fault...).
* The room we stayed in -- a King bed, deluxe Suite -- had TWO air conditioners!! That room was never hot, even though it was August and it was hotter than hell outside. I was very happy about this!
* The breakfast room is spacious with an extra room. There's always somewhere to sit. And, the breakfast -- albeit simple -- is quick and convenient. It generally includes an assortment of bagels, bread for toast, hard-boiled eggs and sometimes toaster waffles. Cereal choices included Chex, Trix, Cheerios and Total Raisin Bran. Lemonade, orange juice and apple juice were available every morning, along with coffee and milk (2% and skim). Condiments included jam, butter and cream cheese. If I got there before 8:30 a.m., I could usually snag a free copy of USA Today or The Washington Post. There is also a TV in the corner, but I usually just read the paper.
* The hotel is located in a great neighborhood! No kidding! It's right next to GWU, half a block from a 24-hour Walgreens (great for buying soda, water, snacks... or any other thing you'd need from the grocery store/pharmacy hybrid). I went there at 1 a.m. in the morning and found that I wasn't the only sane person walking the streets. I never once felt unsafe.
You can also walk easily to the Kennedy Center (We went to see the long-running improv comedy show "Shear Madness" one night... highly recommended!! AAA members even get a discount on tickets when you mention your membership on the phone with the box office) and the White House. The Lincoln Memorial is about 15 minutes away by foot, which is great, since there isn't a close Metro station near that side of the mall (if you you are just going to the Washington Monument or the Smithsonian museums, you can take one of several close stations).
* The hotel is just a few blocks from the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro stop. If you're in DC, the Metro is the BEST way to see the city. It's relatively inexpensive and fast. I never had to wait more than 3-5 minutes for a train on weekdays, and no more than 6-8 minutes on weekdays. Plus, once you get used to the routes (which takes maybe one or two trips somewhere), you'll feel like a pro.
* While I do like to eat out at new places on vacation, sometimes I just like to grab something quick at a place I know. Subway, McDonald's, Dominos Pizza and Starbucks are just a few blocks away (you can even order pizza on Dominos Web site via your laptop and then walk over to pick it up. Very nice.). The night we went to the Kennedy Center, we stopped at Notti Bianche along the way at 824 New Hampshire Ave. NW... great food and nice, quiet atmosphere.
* Parking is just around the corner at the Ritz Carlton. You pay the Best Western directly at the end of your stay. We rented a car for a few nights at the end of our stay to visit Monticello and Mount Vernon. The Best Western gave me a card to use in the Ritz Carlton parking lot that let me in and out of their lot whenever I liked. Parking was $19.99 a night and was also readily available. I found it to be a completely easy experience. I rented the car from AVIS, which was just a few blocks from the hotel on M street (I just walked there to pick up the car).
* The wireless connection is fairly strong... sometimes it would get a bit slow, but generally, it wasn't bad. Definitely bring your laptop if you have one; it makes planning out your days a breeze.
* The elevators in this hotel are dreadfully slow. As you face the elevators from the lobby, the right one has no "Close Doors" option and buzzes as it passes each floor. The left elevator does have a "Close Doors" button and does not buzz at each floor. I took that one as often as possible. The right elevator also seemed to linger a bit too long when opening, especially at the first floor (the first night, one of the maids -- who was in the elevator with us -- even wondered if it had gotten stuck).
* Some of the hallways smell a bit musty or smoky. Our room was fine, but we were also blasting the A/C the whole time (we're from the Pacific NW, so the humidity was just murder for us). Not a big deal, just something I noticed.
* If you want a room with a view, it'll cost you extra. We went with the basic room for the lowest rate... and our view was of an alley facing another building (read: a view of nothing). This is not the place to stay if you want a gorgeous view of D.C. from your room.
* The car circle in front of the hotel is tiny. My wife and I needed to park there for a few minutes while we ran up to our room to grab something. I was a bit worried because if someone else came, they would not be able to get out until I came back (I suppose they could alway back out, but no matter... we went fast). Just be advised that it's not large, so be courteous (Not that I recommend driving in DC if you can help it... the city is TERRIBLE for driving. Such a complete mess with all their roundabouts and weird diagonal/one-way streets. Give me L.A. or Seattle, SF or Seattle over DC anyday! Bleh!).
Overall, I really enjoyed staying here. It was a nice base for our 9-night stay. Keep checking the price online... I booked the room in May, and in June I found a slightly cheaper rate. I just booked the new rate online, then once it was confirmed, I canceled the old reservation. Quick and easy. Best Western has a great online booking system.
If I was in DC for just a few days, I might stay at a nicer place closer downtown, but this was great for a pure sightseeing vacation where the room was just that... a place to rest and sleep until the next morning. I would definitely recommend this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the secure, exclusive downtown Georgetown neighborhood, close to the White House, Dupont Circle, World Bank, George Washington University & more. Convenient walk to 3 METRO Stations & more than 50 restaurants within 3 blocks Easy access to museums, monuments & all sightseeing points of interest Walk to famous Embassy Row & numerous international embassies Shopping & entertainment right at your doorstep Just a short walk to numerous art galleries! SUPERB ACCOMMODATIONS & SERVICES All 76 elegant guestrooms are spacious suites with separate living room & bedroom areas Equipped with refrigerator, microwave, coffee-maker, iron/ironing board & hairdryer Recently renovated bathrooms with beautiful blue pearl vanities, tiles & foyers The new Business Center is well equipped for your on-the-road office needs 500 Square feet of flexible meeting space available for up to 30 people Free high-speed wireless internet access in all guestrooms Free day passes for LA Fitness Center nearby ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Georgetown Hotel And Suites
- Best Western Georgetown Hotel Washington Dc
- Best Western Washington Dc
- Washington Dc Best Western