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“Very Nice Getaway”

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University Inn Washington DC
Ranked #49 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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LaurieM29
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“Very Nice Getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2008

I stayed here for an in-town getaway weekend with my boyfriend and I was very happy with the hotel. The room was a suite and was very big, it even had a kitchen. I really liked the view from our room - we were facing Georgetown and were on the 6th floor. We went to Georgetown for dinner while we stayed here and were able to walk back to the hotel in about 15 minutes which is a nice walk through the historic streets. The best thing about the hotel for me was the bed. The sheets seemed like they were high thread count and the bed was very comfortable. It was so great to be able to sleep in.

One of the nicest things was the fact that when we checked out, we realized that we left our leftovers from Filomena in the fridge. Unfortunatly, when the front desk checked the room, they were gone, but the front desk person told me that they had 'just cleaned the room' and he offered breakfast at Notti Bianche the next time we stayed.

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2007

Going to the opera... and also a DC downtown club this is the best location. You may drive to and from this location however, the metro is very close also. We checked out of the hotel but were allowed to park for the afternoon-after the opera was over for $11.00. Parking at the Kennedy Certer was $16.00.
We were already at the hotel. The hotel has valet parking at all times.
The metro is very close and you may want to use it just to avoid unfamiliar street driving.
After making a reservation I found a less expensive rate for the same room. ..made a new reservation and cancelled the first.
Our room had a web sight discount rate. .. asked for 2 doubles non-smoking ...and I got that.
The location and price is what prompted the use of this hotel.
The valet and front desk were all very knowledgeable. Even printed out directions to the French Embassy.
I first heard about the GWU Inn when I was taking a summer class and several out of town students (men and women over 40 years old) had stayed there for the length of the classes.
Great location...metro, Kennedy Center, GW .

  • Liked — Location ..............and the great beds!
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
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North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2007

Very thin walls so that you can hear everything going on the room next
to you, above you, and outside....didn't get a wink of sleep. My room didn't even have soap - neither in the shower or the bathroom. For breakfast, the only menu item the restaurant had was the oatmeal and it was only 8 in the morning. The front desk staff is not particularly
friendly and was very rude when I asked for directions.

Stayed November 2007
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1 Thank WalterNC
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Boston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2007

After viewing some less than positive reviews and realizing the GWU Inn catered to the university population, I did not expect much. I was, however, pleasantly surprised. The room was not luxurious but certainly spacious, comfortable and clean (had a suite). The bed was comfortable (would have been better if the bedding was down, not nylon foam-based) AC was quiet and the wireless free (and it consistently worked). There were a few snafus with my reservation but the staff remedied it quickly and professionally. Sure, I'd stay again given a great rate!

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled on business
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Thank paulas852
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Boston
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2007

The hotel itself was nothing to write home about, but it is in a fantastic area of DC (Foggy Bottom area, about a mile from Dupont Circle). Hotel was clean and average; no special perks or amenities, but it provided for a comfortable stay.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled on business
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Estes Park, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2007

The GWU Inn bills itself as a boutique hotel. I've stayed in three boutique hotels in DC - Hotel Madera, River Inn, and Hotel Rouge. The GWU Inn is NOTHING like any of these three. Everything about it is cheaper (except the price). The bathroom fixtures are cheap, the bathtub/shower had mold on the ceiling, the chair/desk combo was like a Walmart special. Also, boutique hotels are usually funky or fun in some way. Not this place. The bedspreads look like a cheap Marriott knock-off - so they were imitating the chain look, rather than the boutique look.

That said, my stay was fine. Everything worked, the place was clean, the bed was comfortable. Service was fine as well. My only complaint was that the walls really were thin - I almost never have problems with hearing neighbors, but around 10 p.m., the person in the room next to me called someone on his cell phone and I could almost make out the conversation, let alone hear the noise. So I do think that could be trouble if you had noisy neighbors.

Would I recommend the GWU Inn? Well, it depends on the price. If the price is anywhere near what you'll be paying for either an upscale chain or a real boutique hotel, no way. It's definitely not the same experience. If it's a good deal, then no problem - it's a decent place with free high speed internet access. Just don't pay too much because it's not really worth it.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — cheap knock-off of a boutique hotel
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled on business
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Chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2007

Very disappointing for the price that we paid for our stay.

The problems started right at our arrival. We were moving in a GWU student and so had a lot of luggage. When we arrived at the hotel by taxi, the hotel driveway was completely blocked by parked cars and the valet was nowhere to be found. We left our bags on the sidewalk and I went to find the bellman and politely asked him to help us move our bags in from the street. He seemed too busy to be bothered, grabbed only two bags, dumped them in a corner of the lobby, and promptly disappeared. We were left to haul the rest of the luggage ourselves in from the street and up to our rooms.

None of us slept during our visit – the hotel walls are so thin that we could hear word-for-word conversations on all sides and certainly didn’t appreciate the crying child/screaming mother combo in the room above us.

Lobby staff was clueless when asked simple questions such as the nearest Chinese restaurant and the times that the Metro started running.

On the positive side, we had a potentially serious maintenance problem in our room one morning; hotel management paid a visit and called a maintenance person right away - the whole thing was resolved in a half hour.

Pluses: Great location close to Foggy Bottom Metro stop and Kennedy Center. Room was clean and well-maintained throughout the visit.

Minuses: Valet service is awful and we witnessed many guests waiting a long time for their cars; customer service at the front desk virtually non-existent.

  • Liked — Rooms were clean, we had a great view of the street and local attractions
  • Disliked — Walls are thin - more soundproofing is desperately needed
  • Stayed August 2007
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Property: University Inn Washington DC
Address: 824 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-2303 (Formerly George Washington University Inn)
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End , Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Washington DC
#13 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#28 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#32 Family Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — University Inn Washington DC 3*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Decidedly Distinctive and Charming... The University Inn Washington DC., evokes thoughts of a visit to a country inn in New England. Drive into the Inn and it is like coming home, the environment is warm, welcoming and cozy. This intimate Inn is located in one of DC's most desirable neighborhoods, Foggy Bottom, surrounded by 19th century homes on tree lined streets and serves as a reminder of when time stood still. Enjoy classic tradition blended with individualized comfort and welcoming features including: Spacious rooms and suites- appointed with every comfort imaginable for short leisure visits or extended business stays Convenient location close to exciting Washington, DC attractions and area events. 1,500 Square feet of elegant meeting and event space- ideal for intimate gatherings of up to 50. Special rates for government travel Convenient access to The George Washington University campus events and facilities. We will see you soon! ... more   less 
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