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Historical Traveler Reviews Avenue Suites Georgetown Washington DC
A great find...especially for families
Just back from a 5 day trip to Washington and thought the Washington Suites was a great find! Very reasonably priced for a spacious suite and full kitchen facilities. Initially thought the kitchen unnecessary until our daughter got sick the final night and we were able to make her soup rather than having to go out.
The rooms are clean and the bathrooms are nicely updated and spotless. No mould or grime which is sometimes the case in some of the bigger chains.
Great having a suite as one teenager was able to sleep in the living room on the pull out while the other got the queen in the bedroom. No arguements over the beds or the TV's since there are 2 TV's.
The breakfast was a perfect start to the day including fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, juices etc.
Location is terrific! We loved to walk the M street strip shopping in the stores our kids love and even grabbing a few quiet moments in the Barnes and Noble just down the street. On a Saturday night the place was hopping and there were no concerns for safety. We found the best restaurants were located in Chevy Chase not Georgetown which is a 15 minute drive from the hotel. The Georgetown restaurants weren't as great for the kids and tended to be higher end french or pub food. Maggianos was a terrific Italian restaurant with hugh portions and great atmosphere. Beside it is the Cheesecake Factory, another good choice for teens. Worth the drive along Wisconson Ave. to avoid the tourist scene in Georgetown and to see the National Cathedral. Great shopping there too!
The Metro is close to the hotel and about a 10 minute walk.
The hotel itself is fairly basic and not fancy or elegant however clean and friendly. We asked for a room overlooking the patio based on previous trip advisor recommendations and while the view is really a parking lot, more importantly it was very quiet!
The only negative is the air conditioning system that is difficult to regulate. We managed to work it so it wasn't too noisy on low but could be a draw back if it's between seasons. We couldn't seem to open windows.
Otherwise, the Washington Suites is a great find.
Highly Recommended ...
We stayed at the Washington Suites ($ 119 per night) for a week during August 2004. We were a family of five and found the room quite spacious.
A minor drawback was the tiny closet-sized bathroom. Another problem was the air-conditioning; it got too cold or was ineffective. We used to turn down the thermostat to the coldest setting and then open the windows to let in some warm air. (Both these drawbacks were very minor considering the overall package.)
Otherwise, the full-sized kitchen and full-sized appliances (fridge, oven, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, coffee-maker) enabled us to cook light meals and save some time (and $). We could reheat leftovers in the oven and store fresh food in the fridge. Especially after eating out a couple of days, we wanted to eat something different which was when the kitchen proved real handy. There were some utensils too. Nothing fancy, but adequate.
The morning complimentary breakfast was just right to start the day. Cereal, muffins, croissants, fresh fruit, yogurt, hot and cold beverages -- our kids loved it. On Tuesday evenings, the manager has a complimentary reception. The week we were there, they served cheese & crackers, hot dogs, beer and fresh salad. That was dinner for us and was very welcome since we were really exhausted after a long day of sightseeing.
The staff is friendly and the place is clean. We had new linen whenever we asked and it always smelled fresh. The elevator is a little outdated but works well. There is a small workout area but we didn't get the time to check it out. (DC is a large area with plenty of places to visit and learn about. Just walking around all day is sufficiently tiring and gives you a workout!)
We had rented a car and it was parked in the basement parking lot by the valet (Parking costs $ 23 per day. And yes, the valets do take tips! We used to give $ 5 each time.) However, if you drive a van, they park it at the back of the building, tightly squeezed in between other vans on all sides. (You can see it from your room if you are staying on the side away from Pennsylvania Ave. You will realize you definitely need a valet to get it out from that lot.)
Washington Suites is well-located just 2-3 blocks from Metro and also as far from Georgetown's busy nightlife. The nightlife is not rowdy; it is mainly shoppers and diners walking around brightly lit stores and restaurants on Pennsylvania Ave. - quite tony and family-oriented! There are good restaurants (fast food, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Italian) close by within 3-4 blocks.
Overall, we would have no hesitation staying again at Washington Suites, Georgetown.
One suggestion - I heard some guests who had rooms overlooking Pennsylvania Ave complain about traffic noise. Ask for a room on the other side at check-in - the staff is quite accommodating.
WE"LL BE BACK
My 3 grandchildren ages 8 to 16 years were there July16 to the 19 2004. We loved it.The rooms were very clean. Everything we needed in the kitchen for making meals.Their free breakfast was my grandsons favorite, also those games the kids like. I enjoyed the movie we rented from the tv. The lady at the front desk the morning we arrived was friendly and helpful.The gentleman that put our bags in safe keeping until we could ck in was a great help. I CAN"T PRAISE EVERYONE ONE THERE ENOUGH FOR ALL THE HELP. THANK YOU WE WILL BE BACK
Highly recommended for families
We came with our 4 teenagers and found the rooms so spacious and clean, we all sprawled out and had some space. The bathroom had 2 sinks, one inside with shower, one outside the door as well as a large kitchen. Bathroom was all marble and looked new. We only stayed 2 nights but it's a perfect place for a longer stay also. Of our 2 week trip with 5 hotels, this was the only one that didn't make a mistake (lost reservation, smaller room, only 1 bed, etc. which the Hilton and Marriotts did to us). The Metro is accessible by a 10 minute walk, but the White House took us about 30 minutes to walk to. With construction around it was hard to see also. Definately would stay here again!
Great value - but limited
The rooms were very good, clean and comfortable. It was really great having separete bedroom and kitchen and a dining table. Kitchen was minimally equipped, plates, cups, glasses, basic cutlery, basic pots and pans. No utensils for cooking.
The only problem we had was the HVAC. They have a system where the air or heat is on for the whole building. You cannot directly control the temperture in the suite. The system is either on or off, with no variance in the room. This proved to be very uncomfortable at times. We stuffed towels in the living area of the room to tone down the air.
The location is good, the staff friendly. It was a very good buy and overall very good, but due to the air/heat problem, would not stay there again.
Nice accomodations - close & convenient
We stayed at the Washington Suites over the July 4, 2004 holiday. Our suite had 2 double beds in a separate room with a TV. The living area had a foldout bed and TV. The suite also had a full kitchen with refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, microwave, silverware, pots, pans, dishes and glassware. We never cooked but we could if necessary.
This hotel is located 2 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro stop that was located at the George Washington University Hospital. Approximately 5 blocks to the west on Pennsylvannia Avenue, is the Georgetown shopping district. Many trendy and unique shops and restaurants.
Continental breakfast consisted of fruit, cereal, rolls, bagels, juice, coffee and was enough to get us out the door. The breakfast area was small but if the weather is nice there is an outdoor patio.
There is not a pool on site, but for a fee you can use a pool at another location.
The Lincoln Memorial is approximately 1 mile to the south and took us 20 - 30 minutes from the Memorial to the hotel since it was mostly uphill. Not a bad walk if you're ready for it.
The location was convenient for sightseeing and restaurants. We were not uncomforatable with the neighborhood although we didn't venture out too much after 9:00 pm. There was some street noise at the front of the hotel, sirens, etc.., but nothing that was unusual.
As a family of 5, we enjoyed staying here and if ever in the Washington area would probably do so again.
Great, safe, location & great value
We chose this hotel after reading the good reviews and it was a good choice. Its in a great location, 5 mins easy & safe walk to the Metro and a 10mins leisurely and safe walk to Georgetown restaurants & shops. It was completely safe even at night time. After being downtown all day it was great to come back to Georgetown and relax and soak up the atmosphere there. The suites are great, it was fabulous to have more than just a 1 room hotel room - we took breakfast up to our room & used the kitchen there which was v relaxing. A couple of tips - the reception desk girl is not very helpful, (the guys were fabulously friendly). And ask for a room at the back not overlooking Pennyslavia Av as it can be very noisy. Overall, its a great location & I would recommend it.
We would stay there again...
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for five nights. We had our 3 teenage children with us. The night clerk was extremely cordial and polite upon our late check-in. The room was spacious, clean, and moderately up-to-date. The lodging price per evening was moderate, which helped us to allow all members of our family to travel. The location was superior, and our teenagers could walk to and from the shops in Georgetown. My husband and I enjoyed dining and dancing on Valentine's Day in Georgetown. We had a rental vehicle, and valet parking was available (for a fee). The complimentaly morning breakfast was very nice and helped to get us all up and out of the room to start our day. I cannot say enough about how nice the staff was - they treated all of us with such helpfullness and kindness - they were fabulous. I give this hotel a positive recommendation!!!!!!!
We found this hotel to offer great value. From our check-in which was warm, friendly, helpful, to the suite swhich is spacious, comfortable, a good-size kitchen with oven, full-size refrigerator and microwave, plus dishwasher and utensils for those who need, to the comfortable sitting room which has comfortable couches, desk, TV, and then the main bedroom which had two comfortable queen size beds, ample drawer space, another TV, and led to an alcove with a rack for hanging clothes, and then a bathroom with a good shower and plenty of good towels. The hotel location is very convenient, about four minutes from the subway, barely fifteen minutes from the airport, and walking distance to the White House or to some of the main buildings such as the Lincoln Memorial. On top of all this comes an adequate breakfast of cereals, muffins, croissants, cold juices or coffee or tea, and there is also a small exercise room with treadmill and weight machine. Excellent value. We felt very comfortable. Very reasonable price.
I recently stayed in this hotel. The rooms are very large with a decent sized kitchen. The decor is okay...a bit dated, but not bad. The rooms were clean. The only criticism is not really of the hotel but the location...it is a bit of a walk (approx. 4-5 blocks) to get to a transit station. It was fine because we just stayed downtown all day and didn't want to go back to the hotel to rest. But if you had young children and wanted to take a break, it would was a lot of your time walking all the way back from the station.
However, downtown Georgetown was a short (2-3 blocks) walk...TONS of great restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, shops...great for the nighttime when you probably don't want to be downtown anyway.
Overall, I would say I would definitely go back here...but I would plan my visits downtown carefully.