My wife and I visited DC for 6 days while she attended a conference and I hung out with our daughter. The hotel was centrally located, within walking distance of the Mall and directly over a main Metro station...big plusses since we didn't have a car. The small food court was nice for a fast meal on the run and the CVS came in real handy several times. Everything closed up fairly early but we just learned to plan accordingly.
The lobby bar was nice, good pub grub and appetizers when our daughter and her fiance stopped by. The front desk staff were very helpful and friendly, trying their hardest to smooth over a couple booking glitches. The room was clean, a little dated but overall pleasant enough. The hotel corridors were definitely shopworn; carpets, wallpaper, paint, light fixtures could all use a refurbishment. Hopefully these will be upgraded as part of the massive remodel that is underway near the front of the hotel. The pool and fitness room were fine. The lobby area was alway immaculate and the staff was always friendly and helpful. The lobby gift shop was great for a newspaper or munchies and bottled water (ice cold!)
Our major complaint was that on Saturday the hotel hosted a Summer Pool Party sponsored by a local radio station. The music was very loud and pretty much closed the pool area to hotel guests for the entire afternoon/evening. So after a very warm morning exploring DC and looking forward to a relaxing afternoon by the pool we instead freshened up and went back out. It was too noisy to even stay in our room. We weren't told about this event when we booked the room, checked into the hotel or while there for a few days. We had a notice on our bed when we returned to the hotel that afternoon. Something like that needed to be published well in advance for guests.
Overall our stay was pleasant enough. Big plusses; convenience and value. Small minusses; rooms and hallways outdated and worn.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel l Enfant Plaza
- Lenfant Plaza Hotel
- l Enfant Plaza Hotel