Staying at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, you really are at the epicenter of the action Washington DC has to offer. They are currently under construction but I can review with emphasis on this location. You really are 2 blocks away from the US Capital/Smithsonian Museum complex... yes, if you didn't know, the Smithsonian Museum is actually a collection of many buildings housing specific areas of museum-worthy topics. This also is another review for another time. The thing you'll want to be ABSOLUTELY sure to do while in DC if you are going to stay for ANY amount of time more than 2 days is be sure to get a room with a working refrigerator. You may speculate if you really need one and it seems like a mundane detail, but trust me you will be saved by that device! There is a small drug store in the adjacent building and a few street vendors you can find, and the hotel has a small gift shop but there is no food except at restaurants (and PLENTY of those) that you'll want to visit for Dinner, but for all other meals/snacks you are on your own. The first meal I bought after we arrived for our one-week stay was a simple turkey sandwich at the very modest Smithsonian's cafe (a small brunch counter) which I was shocked to find that with a beverage was $16.75!! Sixteen dollars and seventy five cents for a VERY basic turkey sandwich and fountain soda and an orange... yeah, I was blown right out of my shoes, but the reason I bring that tid-bit up is that I'm emphasizing the need for that refrigerator. After we spent a day taking in the museum (you'll need at least 10 days to even get a cursory look at everything) I went on a mission to find regular provisions just to have around the room to snack on and small meals etc and to my amazement there is only one regular big chain supermarket in a vast radius of the hotel and a $10.00 cab ride will take you to it. It's a S4#eway and they have pretty much everything you'll need there. Be sure TWO people go, because you're in a cab on the way back too and you'll e carrying a lot of groceries (if your smart and thrifty). If you like to have booze in your room, you'll need to take another cab trip into town where there are only a couple (2-3) liquor stores even within a reasonable distance to the hotel. Neither the nearby drug store nor the big grocery store carry anything stronger than wine and the grocery is the only place to buy that unless you'd like to just flush a lot of money for fun by room-servicing it.. Weather you drink or not, you'll be saved by what you get and keep in that refrigerator, and if you ever think that it sounds like too much effort to do your grocery shopping on the first day, just remember that you will be relegated to SUPER overpriced (and rather mediocre) casual dining which will not only burn a hole in your wallet, it'll shout insults at your general common sensibilities on it's way out. So plan the trip, get the right room, take the big bus tour and see everything... but none of that will feel right or even feasible unless you make a shopping list and at your first opportunity shop... and when ordering your room at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, be sure get the 'fridge!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel l Enfant Plaza
- Lenfant Plaza Hotel
- l Enfant Plaza Hotel