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The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection
Ranked #66 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 28, 2012

I've stayed at The Mayflower many times over the past three decades, but this was my first visit in about ten years. It is still a premier property in a great location with nice rooms and an excellent staff. The Farragut North red line Metro stop is steps from the Mayflower entrance. I was greeted the moment I walked into expansive lobby. Check in was a breeze, made pleasurable because of Olivia, whose personality is a great mix of warm welcome and humor. I appreciated an upgrade to a club floor (I'm a frequent guest at Marriott properties). It was on the eight floor, which also had the club lounge. While my room was not large (it is an historic, older property), it had a great comfy bed, nice tub/shower, and a view of ABC News across the street. I was not a big fan of the bath towels, which were rough, but I like the Aveda soaps and shampoo.

The club lounge was very popular and rightfully so. Breakfast was generous, with scrambled eggs, pastries, mini-bagels, fresh fruit, cheeses, cold cuts, juices, and of course coffee and tea. A manager's cocktail party had an open bar, beer and wine, with food selections that could have served as a very filling dinner. Some guests may stay there frequently, as they were greeted by name and waited on hand-and-foot.

I did not use the health club or have other meals here, though I noted that breakfast was being served in the lower level of the hotel, not the grand dining room down the hall from registration that I remember fondly. A piano bar on the mezzanine level seemed to be a popular spot.

The Mayflower is in a great location, with lots of shops and restaurants (including some great food trucks lunchtime in nearby Farragut Square) within walking distance. A somewhat longer walk (or one Metro stop) to Dupont Circle provides even more options for dining, shopping and nightlife. In a city with excellent hotel choices, you still can't go wrong with The Mayflower.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

... and let's just keep that our little secret, shall we? Mayflower is our favorite because of it's location in a wonderful neighborhood for shopping, restaurants and a half-block from the Metro. The staff is GENUINELY friendly and helpful in all areas although the front door staff seems a bit tip-hungry. We booked through Orbitz and got a terrific $99/night rate; at that rate, we weren't expecting a bathroom but instead had a generously-sized regular guestroom -- and a well-appointed one at that. The bath was large and kept very clean with high-quality toweling. The classic architecture of the lobbies was reminiscent of finer European hotels. You really can't go wrong with selecting this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a higher-floor room; the Metro runs right below the building and there is a very, very sligh...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed at the Mayflower as part of a last minute trip to use up some travel points we had. We decided to make it a girls weekend for my daughter's birthday. The hotel definitely has its good points and its shortcomings. Parking is $45 valet or $25 in a near by lot. The service was good but sometimes a little overbearing. There is free Wi-fi in the lobby, but you pay for it in the rooms.

The room was spacious. We booked a a room with 2 doubles because we also needed a roll away. Plenty of room for the rollaway bed but there was an additional charge for it that we were not told of when we requested it. The air conditioning unit was super loud and really could use a good cleaning.

But overall a nice hotel that is convenient to so many restaurants, shops, landmarks and more. Everyone in our group enjoyed the weekend.

Room Tip: Higher floors are definitely your best choice. Also ask for room with street view.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 22, 2012 via mobile

The hotel is old but well maintained with a very friendly and helpful staff. Stayed in a one bedroom suite. Very spacious but I would recommend a new floor covering carpet looks dated. Overall excellent stay. Very close to metro and excellent restaurants. We will return

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Our stay at the Mayflower was a surprise. We booked from Australia and were pleasantly surprised to be greeted at the reception with a glass of champagne by a very friendly lady. Nothing seemed too much trouble to the staff from our perspective. It was a beautiful old building, our room was roomy and everything was clean. We wanted for nothing. Very handy to metro (about 100 metres) and within easy distance to all attractions we were wanting to see. 6 minute train trip to all the attractions! Great stay.

Room Tip: We also ask for a quiet room so don't really want a view. Our room WAS quiet which is extremely...
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Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

Would not stay here again. Think they get most of their money from conferences and events. Rooms are big but the beds and pillows are terrible and the air con is really noisy. The service is good, but breakfast is Terrible and served in an under ground dungeon. I've stayed in better and fresher for less in Washington.

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

I spent a week at Mayflower for business. Given the stay period was during the AAO congress in DC and hotel charged me US$300 for a very ordinary room. The good points about the hotel are its proximity to the city centre and Du Pont circle plus the history associated with it. The bad points are the staff, who were very unhelpful during the stay. I had to request to extended my stay three times and every time I got a different answer. Similarly, we had to call room service a few times for them to come a fix our coffee machine.

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Additional Information about The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection

Address: 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#32 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#33 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#56 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#68 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range: $177 - $754 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 581
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection has been a vibrant social hub in the nation's capital since opening in 1925. Refreshed and contemporary, our historic hotel in Washington, D.C. newly inspires the city for business or pleasure with its premier location on Connecticut Avenue. The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection delights with a timeless luxury found in our sweeping marble lobby, picturesque ballrooms, in-house health club, and luxury-minded guestrooms, offering plush bedding, high-speed wireless internet, and flat screen TV's. Enjoy a culinary delight at our lively American brasserie EDGAR, or step outside to experience the local flavor of Dupont Circle and other nearby attractions. Effortlessly blending historic tradition and modern luxury, The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection is national treasure not to be missed. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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