My boyfriend and I just returned for a stay at the Fairfax where we stayed while visiting D.C. for my birthday. Usually we stay at the George Hotel as we enjoy that brand but this time decided to stay here. While we still do love the George this hotel has qualities that the George doesn't. Allow me to elaborate.
Location: The Fairfax is located within two blocks of Dupont Circle on the red line, walking distance to Georgetown and Downtown. In addition, Dupont Circle is full of a variety of dining options of every kind. Shopping is also readily available within walking distance. Not to mention being in Embassy Row you get to see many different embassies.
The area felt safe even late into the night. On a Friday night, after my birthday celebrations, we walked back from downtown- while getting a bit lost- and never felt unsafe. Along the way, we even took "a scenic route" (who doesn't call it that when they are actually lost?) and shared the sidewalks with many students who were pleasant rather than staggering home at that late time of night.
The hotel itself was quite busy during our stay. We stayed in a king room on the 2nd floor, very near the fitness center. The room was oddly light as there was not an overhead light anywhere particularly useful in the room itself; however, the bathroom was well light. The bed was extremely comfortable, and although others have complained about the pillows in other reviews here, we did not find them to be ill equipped. The thermostat was a bit wonky as it would change from the set temperature in the middle of the night to where we would wake up sweating. We didn't realize until the second night and never bothered to complain. Our housekeeper was great! She left us extra water bottles and tons of body wash at our request. The hotel staff we engaged with were pleasant and eager to help. Particularly, one butler, Trainee, who brought our bags up on check in. Our room keys were non functional when we arrived but he let us in and even brought us new keys in exchange for the non working ones without our request.
The fitness room has brand new equipment sure to help you break a sweat and cooled towel to wipe all the sweat away with. It is also fully stocked with fresh apples, water bottles, and a variety of magazines.
We did not find the room particularly small but did note the one towel rack in the bathroom being inside the shower itself was quite useless. In our experience our cellphones and wireless aircard received very poor reception while in the room. Perhaps it was due to the low floor location, who knows. We never had problems with reception elsewhere in the hotel or while in D.C., and also didn't allow that to spoil our stay. All in all, the Fairfax hotel offers a beautifully appointed well equipped hotel in a location with easy access to public transportation (both bus and train- I forgot to mention there is a bus stop one block away), and all the tastes and sights D.C. has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our intimate, upscale Washington, D.C. hotel offers approachable sophistication in a classic setting. Nestled among leafy avenues, world-class boutiques and exceptional dining, The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C. is a haven of refinement. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Fairfax At Embassy Row Hotel Washington Dc
- Westin Washington Dc
- Washington Dc Westin
- Westin Embassy Row