I was delighted to return to DC after being away a year and planned to stay at one of my old favorites, the Mayflower. Unfortunately, it is not the same as it used to be. The rooms are still lovely and clean, and the effect of the grand lobby is still breathtaking. But the old amenities that made it world class are lacking. The biggest issue is the lovely Promenade Restaurant has now been turned into meeting space/"ballroom." This leaves the Edgar Bar as the sole restaurant in the hotel. It is inadequate and totally without charm, dishing out the usual "Marriott food" of average burgers and French fries and very boring flatbread pizza, served less than warm. Worse, I was unable to find a quiet table for myself or for a party of two on three occasions during my 4 day stay. Just about every table in the restaurant is in or very near the bar, televisions, etc. There is a back room that is quiet but it was closed/unavailable the whole time I was staying at the hotel - apparently the staff does not like to serve in the back (quieter) rooms. If you want a quiet meal, you will want to stay in your room and order room service from a not very creative menu.
The staff complained to me about their work hours, and the hotel ran out of clean linens during my stay (they let the guests know this by putting a flyer announcing the linen shortage under the doors of all the guest rooms).
You might want to stay at the Mayflower for the grand lobby and lovely room, but don't expect an exceptional world -class experience. Now it is just a plain old Marriott "Courtyard," albeit with a stylish wrapper.
- 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:
- Mayflower Hotel Washington Dc
- Renaissance Washington Dc
- Washington Dc Renaissance
- Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
- Mayflower Hotel Dc