I stayed here for 7 nights in June 2009 with my husband and our teenage son. Our one-bedroom accommodations worked out well. My son slept on the pull-out sofa and it was fairly comfortable. The bathroom was only accessible by going through the bedroom. The tub/shower and toilet were in a separate room, and the sink/vanity just outside the bathroom, between there and the bedroom area.
It was nice to have the kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator and microwave. The maid ran the dishwasher every day, even if it only held one glass and a couple pieces of silverware! I put all our recycling (newspapers, pop cans, plastic) in a bag by the door and it was taken every day, and (I hope) recycled.
There were two TVs. The living room area had a stuffed chair and ottoman in addition to the sofa. There was a desk with wired internet access. We brought two laptop PCs, so I also brought a small wireless router, which I hooked up to the ethernet wire, so we could run both PCs.
Some things that would have been nice to have: one or two folding luggage racks (the only place to put suitcases was on the floor), and a fan in the bathroom (it got very hot and steamy).
The room was very quiet, and I never heard other guests nextdoor or upstairs. Sometimes I heard people walking by in the hall and talking.
Out our window I could see the cemetary behind the hotel, so one evening I walked over there to explore. It's old and historic, with some of the headstones falling over, but interesting to look around if you're fascinated by things like that.
We took advantage of the free breakfast every morning, but never made it back in time for the evening food. The breakfast foods included: scrambled eggs, sausage (only two times), Belgian waffles with syrup or strawberries, oatmeal, bagels, mini muffins, biscuits (with sausage gravy one day), fresh cut up fruit, whole pieces of fruit (bananas, apples, oranges), 3 kinds of unsweetened cold cereal, a couple kinds of yogurt, granola, apple & orange juice, coffee, hot water for tea or cocoa.
I used the guest laundry on the 2nd floor, and was impressed with it. $1.00 to wash and $1.00 to dry. There were 6 washers and 10 dryers, laundry sink, machine selling detergent, a couple small tables with chairs, and a TV. It was very clean. The washers and dryers only took quarters, so it would have been nice to have a change machine. I went to the front desk and got quarters for change.
During our stay we went to my cousin's house for dinner. We had bought a couple bottles of wine to take there, and accidentally left it on the bench outside the front of the hotel. When we got to his house, we realized we had left it, so I called the front desk. The guy at the desk put me on hold, went out front, and came back on the phone to tell me he had the bag with the wine, and would hold it for me at the front desk. I was impressed that no one had stolen it, and that he was willing to go find it for me!
The King Street Metro station was an easy 2 (long) block walk away. We took Metro into DC all but one day of our stay, and found it super convenient and easy to navigate. It was nice to be able to come back to the hotel after a day walking all over DC seeing the sights, freshen up and rest for a while, then walk up to King Street and take the free trolley to Old Town for dinner. There are lots of restaurants and shops in Old Town. While it would also have been nice to stay right in DC for the convenience of being close to everything, for the price I think the Residence Inn Old Town was a good alternative, and was only about a 30-minute Metro ride away from DC.
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