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Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill
Ranked #89 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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Los Angeles, CA
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28 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Convenient Location, not bad but not superb”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2007

This hotel is in a convenient location by the capitol. The neighborhood is not so great although I did not see homeless people all over the place as claimed by other reviews. There was a homeless shelter nearby, but I did not see too many homeless people on the street. There was security by the hotel.

The hotel itself is nice, with large room, iron, hair dryer, tv in bathroom, coffee maker, and other amenities. However, the walls were thin, and I could hear the other hotel room doors closing with a "bang." The lobby also looked nice, and the staff was courteous and helpful. There are two restaurants and a Starbucks across the street. It is only about 10 minutes from Reagan National.

I had to pay an arm and a leg for this place because I booked it a week before, and it was a busy week for DC. If I got a good deal on this place, I would have rated it higher. I'm not sure it was worth the price I paid, but it wasn't a bad hotel.

  • Liked — The amenities provided in the hotel room
  • Disliked — The price and maybe the so-so neighborhood
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2007

Spend two great nights at the Washington Court in mid-October.

Very friendly staff and hotel is in a great location - about 2 blocks walk to Union Station where all the tour buses stops. About 3 blocks to the Senate.

Reception area very impressive and breakfast room perfectly adequate.

Rooms themselves were great. Very comfortable beds and very quiet rooms. Lots of added things in the bathroom like coffee, hairdryer and very rubbish little TV! Shower was fab.

Would say that the area is "up-and-coming". Other people have mentioned the homeless shelter nearby - didn't find it a problem and to be honest you get people begging pretty much everywhere in DC. Not many shops etc nearby - just a Starbucks across the road.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2007

I’ve stayed on Capitol Hill in Washington a number of times over the last several years for various business meetings and conferences, but none of the hotels at which I’ve stayed measure up to the Washington Court.

When I arrived at about 1 p.m., I was offered a room with two double beds immediately, or the option of waiting until about 4 p.m. for a king room. As this trip was only for a single night and I had some things I wanted to accomplish before my meeting (including reviewing some documents and getting in a light workout), I took the room that was available.

The room, which opened into the interior courtyard area, was beautifully decorated and included a desk, a reading chair, and an alarm clock one did not need a manual to figure out.
The bathroom, which has a small black-and-white TV and telephone, was nicely decorated with the usual amenities. The only drawback was the main bedroom's rather tired 27” television with a picture that got fuzzy every few minutes. I certainly wasn’t going to pay to watch a movie on that television…

Service was very good. In addition to accommodating my (very) early arrival, housekeeping brought a robe within minutes of my request, and everyone I encountered was friendly and helpful.

The lobby bar served as a nice meeting place. The service was good and the prices reasonable.

Only a few negatives (in addition to the television issue I mentioned above). The fitness center is a little light on cardio equipment, though it does have plasma TVs to watch during your workout. It would be better if the plasma sets were in the rooms.

The business center was also somewhat sparsely equipped and, unlike the Hyatt across the street, did not have a kiosk offering complimentary airline check-in. A colleague said it cost him about $14 to check in, counting computer time and the cost of printing out the boarding pass. I’ll admit it: I walked across the street to the Hyatt (where I have stayed recently) and used their complimentary kiosk.

This area of Capitol Hill offers quite of few restaurants (some of them very good, like Bistro Bis in the nearby Hotel George), and is convenient to Union Station and the Metro. The homeless residents get a bit more aggressive after dark, but such is the case in many large cities.

The biggest challenge, as with virtually any hotel in the District, is getting a favorable rate. The father in advance you can book, the better – and it’s likely to be better still if Congress is not in session. If you can get a competitive rate (or if money is no object), I’d highly recommend the Washington Court Hotel.

Stayed October 2007
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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2007

Great hotel for the cost. Good location.

Stayed October 2007
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Toronto, ON, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2007

First impressions are important. My family and I arrived at the hotel at 2pm. We were tired from long flight/amtrak connections from Buffalo, NY to BWI to Capitol Hill that started at 5:30am for us coming from Toronto, Canada. Anyways, we did not know that check in was at 4PM! The hotel clerk was very rude to us giving us attitude. I kept my cool and was very patient with her. My wife on the other hand, well...that's another story. I can only assume that the only reason we were treated like that is because most of the guests are dressed in business suits when we were dressed down for comfort. Anyways, the room cleaning service was substandard. The TV in the washroom that other guests spoke about in their reviews was a disappointment. Although having a TV in the washroom was nice, the TV was a small 6 inch portable one that only had 4 channels. We were expecting like a flat panel plasma/LCD. Half the time the door men were too busy talking to each other that we had to open the doors ourselves. No big deal, but what are these guys being paid for? One review we read prior to our trip mentioned that there was no where to eat close to this hotel. This is half true. You can eat at the Union station food court where there is a variety of food to choose from. We also ate at Capitol City Grill next to Union station. The food was pretty good there. If you walk about 10 minutes to 7th St/ H St, chinatown is there. The chinese food was not as good as Toronto's but there are several other restaurants to choose from in that area. Do not walk around after it gets dark! It appears to be dangerous in this area with many homeless people that are scary looking. BUT there are cops everywhere which brings a sense of security. I think we saw a cruiser or secret service vehicle during the daytime every 10 seconds while we walked around the sights.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — the service
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2007

Stayed at Hotel for 6 days, arrived early morning and they were able to hold our luggages before check in which is great! Very few bell hops/guest service workers around. During our stay, we didn't see a lot of other guests around, probably due to the House/Senate in recess, so not a lot of activity in the Hotel. The restuarant is fancy and expensive. They have a Starbucks across the street, but closes way too early at 7pm. I would have loved if they had a cafe shop in the hotel.

Hotel is about 3 blocks from Union Station, where we rode the Metro Rail to all the popular sites, big plus! There are homeless people near the hotel, usually on one side of the street, so we just walked on the other side.

We were satisfied with the hotel, considering the price we got it for and the location. Hotel is at a great spot to be close to the capital and union station, which helped cut down with the extra walking.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Very few workers/helpers at the front desk
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
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new york
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58 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2007

This property is fine, and is pretty good for the price, but I definitely wouldn't give it five stars. The common areas are nice. Service was good. The rooms are decent sized for an urban hotel - in okay shape, probably redone within the last ten years, but a bit worn. A sizeable number of the rooms face towards the atrium, other hotel rooms, and offices, so there isn't as much natural light, and you need to keep the sheers drawn for privacy.

A lot of trivial details were off, like toilet seats left raised after cleaning (and for that matter, either beige or yellowed, so didn't match the white toilet), & facial tissues in their cardboard box instead of concealed by a nice-looking cover. The hotel restaurant was mediocre at best.

The only truly important thing I have to add to the reviews is a note about location. Yes, this hotel is very close to the Capitol and to Union Station. However, it is also one block away from what is literally the largest homeless shelter in the country (I looked it up - the shelter has 1350 beds). There are a Lot of homeless people in the neighborhood - we were asked for money several times a day and followed a few times when we walked to/from Union Station. Yes, they were absolutely harmless - but it still didn't make for a particuarly fun experience.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
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Property: Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill
Address: 525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2019
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#42 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#61 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#68 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#76 Family Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill 4*
Number of rooms: 264
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sophisticated, independent hotel located in downtown Washington DC, the Washington Court Hotel offers the ultimate in modern design and hospitality. Boasting a central location near Union Station and Capitol Hill, the Washington Court Hotel is a 265 room distinguished downtown destination for both business, leisure travelers and DC’s elite. Guests at the Washington Court Hotel can explore the rich history of Washington DC just by stepping outside our front doors. Situated adjacent to Union Station, our 16-story property is located in the heart of the distinctive Capitol Hill neighborhood providing access to the National Mall, renowned monuments, free museums and the U.S. Capitol. Luxuriate in world-class surroundings, complete with Italian marble bathrooms, well-lit vanities, and haute technology including flat-screen TVs and high-speed wireless Internet access. As a truly exceptional destination among downtown Washington DC hotels, Washington Court Hotel is an inspired choice for discerning visitors of Capitol Hill. At Washington Court Hotel, your experience plays center stage to everything we do. A family-friendly adventure, business outing or solo excursion – our helpful staff is at your disposal to set the tone for an experience that is unrivaled on “The Hill”. ... more   less 
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