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... a VIP, this has happened several times since, but today while waiting for the bus, it happened again and it was "the man" himself, Mr President. Just not quick enough to grab my camera. We were very near the Whitehouse, maybe he was heading home for lunch !!
We head tomorrow on our 1st train trip - OMG hoping there are no hiccups, because as you all know we have not got the best track record with trains !!
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We had to visit the memorials from Washington monument to Lincoln's, Jefferson's, Martin Luther's ending at the FDR memorial (the longest) on the island. We were able to include WWII, Vietnam and the Korean war memorials as well. All of these are exquisite and reflect their purpose quite well.
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... over an hour walking around here, then walked over the bridge to the Lincoln Memorial. The Potomac River here is not frozen, but there is plenty of ice. The memorial is huge, with a giant statue of Lincoln, a couple of speeches on the wall, and nothing else. Very impressive, though. It was from the steps here that Martin Luther King Jr made his most famous speech.
Walked up to the Washington Monument, but couldn't get too ...
... his more amazing speeches are etched on the surrounding walls.
To save some precious time we grabbed a cab back to the other end of the mall to the Museum of Natural History. Admired the usual suspects - large & small stuffed animals, minerals, dinosaur bones and mummies in sarcophagi.
What was completely unexpected was the 11m of giant squid in preserving liquid (urk).
Oh, and the Hope Diamond!!
Today we walked passed the White House and the West Wing. It was very big, though in some spots they could pressure spray it to get it a bit extra pearly white. There was a massive water fountain with red flowers around it just like you see in the movies and on tv. It would've been good to do a tour of the White House, but they are not running tours at the moment. After we went to the Museum of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard Washington DC
Beautiful Hotel - location??
This hotel is in perfect condition! You can tell that it is brand new. It offers many amenities that are not typical of the courtyard brand. There is a restaurant, bar, and room service. The rooms are very nice too. The only negatives are that the website says that it costs $9-10 between Reagan National Airport and the hotel when the actual cost is about $17-18 (confirmed with the front desk) and There is almost nothing in the (walking) vicinity. As the Taxi driver said "the area is a 'no fly zone'" - WOW!
I did, however, feel VERY safe walking the half block (200 feet) between the Metro exit and the hotel lobby. It is VERY well lit and there was a Metro police car/ officer at the exit on most days.
It is a 6 minute Metro ride between the capital and the hotel and you can see the capital dome from the front of the hotel. Even though the ride is 6 minutes, you must give yourself 20- 25 minutes to get to your downtown location because of the time you must wait for a train, get tickets, ETC.
The Service at the hotel was also very good. The front desk was friendly, wait staff was eager to serve, and the bellman in the loby was very helpful with directions.
If you want a very nice place to stay, without the desire to take a walk (anywhere) then this is the PERFECT place.
OK for price paid.
Rooms are small but clean and fairly modern. Beds are comfortable but on the small side. Biggest concern was the bathroom, clean overall but not very appealing. Plastic shower/tub combo with signs of mold around tub @ floor. In all fairness it's probably nearly impossible to keep mold at bay with no windows and only a small exhaust fan, more of a design flaw than anything. Location was good, only 3 blocks from the Mall ,and the staff was very friendly. Lobby / restaurant / fitness rooms were quite nice but the pool is kind of a joke, you could almost jump across it - about 9' x 15' feet [by estimate]. They must have a really expensive wide angle lens for the pool photos on the web site !!! Not bad for $$ paid but felt we should probably have spent a few bucks more and stayed someplace nicer.
This hotel certainly helped make our stay in D.C. as wonderful as it was!
My family stayed in this brand new hotel in August. We took adjoining rooms so that the children can sleep in one room and my husband and me in another. The rooms were immaculate, and beautifully furnished. The really comfortable beds, had loads of pillows, there was a pull out sofa, (which was a full size bed when open), the bathrooms were sparkling white, clean, shiny bathtubs, and toilets and vanity, plenty of towels. There was a refrigerator, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, many lighting options/lamps. The elevator came really fast, we never had to wait long, it was there within 15 seconds or less. The kids enjoyed the pool each night.
The staff was terrific, they were so friendly and helpful, they really cared to make our stay wonderful. The metro was only 1 block away, was quiet area, so we did not stay out after dark. I would suggest to look for parking instead of parking in the parking lot to save the $17.00 a day. For us it worked, we stayed in the same spot for the 4 days we were there since we used the metro only, thereby avoiding circling for parking in the city. The metro is clean and they come really frequently.
We loved this hotel and would certainly go back any time. We loved the staff and newness and cleanliness the best.
Very Nice Hotel
I have stayed at this hotel a couple of times since it opened, and I absolutely love it. I am very picky about where I stay, particularly with the bathroom. However, there were no such issues at this location. The hotel was brand new when I stayed the first time, and when I went back a few months later, it was still in emaculate condition. I plan to stay again tonight.
It is true that the neighborhood leaves a lot to be desired. But, I have not witnessed or been a party to, any unsafe activity.
I highly recommend this location. If it remains as clean and up to par as it is now, I will continue to stay there.
Great staff, nice hotel, hang the interior designer
Spent 4 nights here in early June. Not really the sort of neighbourhood for a pleasant evening stroll, but apart from that pretty good. Great staff, convenient location with the Metro (and not a lot else) right next door
The rooms are significantly smaller than the normal Courtyard standard accomodation and whoever designed the rooms has obviously never stayed in a hotel - bedside tables about the size of a postage stamp, appalling lighting and a flat screen TV that's only visible from one side of the bed.
After reading the reviews on this hotel, I was concerned about the area. But it was a great new hotel with warm and friendly staff. We used the metro which was less than a block from the hotel front entrance. We (women) even used the metro at night and never felt uneasy, we were the only people in the subway station. We ate at the burger place across the street which served old-fashion hambrugers and fries. The Subway sandwich shop in the strip mall served breakfast for the busy mornings and the hotel provided a good buffet breakfast($7.95). They cooked eggs or omlets to your liking and provided fast service. The bar served snacks at night and had fresh fruit, salads, and sandwiches for purchase. Our large room had a queen size bed with a sofa sleeper, with nice comfortors, lots of pillows. Large bathroom with plenty of towels. When I visit Washington next time I will stay at this hotel.
Brand Spanking New, Great Staff, Premature Location
Stayed here for 9 days in May 2006. The hotel was just built and opened the end of March 2006- so everything is fresh, bright and smells good. Nice lobby with small bar, dining room complimentary computers and even a free printer. Makes it nice when printing out a Mapquest for a visit or a ticket voucher!
Staff seemed extremely friendly and personable, rooms were a bit above average on size with a nice Sofa and coffee table, Comfy all white bed, oversized computer desk, free Internet, Fridge and, my husbands favorite, a nice BIG FLAT SCREEN TV!!
The location was a bit odd until we heard that new Nationals Baseball Stadium will be built just down the street. It is mostly office buildings still under construction or nice new ones occupied and new Condo projects. It is just a short 1/2 block to the Metro Subway Station. We bought the 7 day pass for $22 and used it many times everyday with ease and safety. A must as all the museums and sites are really spread out in Wa DC. We dined with a convention most evenings - but had room service once and dined downstairs once and were pleased with both. There is only a Subway store and Five Brothers* and a CVS Pharmacy in the office complex next door so dining/retail choices are limited at the moment.
* A wonderful Burger chain - gets lots of awards and I can see why - really one of best you will have - just like Mom used to make.....or better!
Brand new hotel very convenient to Metro
I stayed at the Courtyard Navy Yard for four nights in May 2006. This hotel is brand new and my room was immaculate. I was on one of the upper floors in the corner room (the outside glass sort of wraps around the edge of the hotel). The room was spotless, and with all the amenities you could want including wide- screen LCD TV, free broadband, good-sized bathroom, ironing board, hair dryer, and lots of lighting options. Room service is not available after 10pm, but there is a simple, decent, breakfast buffet and even a little "snack market" next to the registration desk. It's basically a hotel designed for business travelers, but it's new and definitely NOT some dump!
The staff was also very friendly and helpful. The only thing keeping me from giving 5 stars is the location. True, it is close to the Metro, which is a good thing, but that's about it. There is virtually nothing else to do in the immediate area. There is a lot of construction going on with new office complexes springing up, but there is is nothing within walking distance of the hotel right now except a CVS pharmacy. The entrance to the Navy Yard Metro station (green line) is on the next block. If you are a business traveler, I highly recommend the Courtyard Navy Yard if all you need is a nice, clean place to sleep or work and don't care about being within walking distance to everything.
Overall I was pleased and would stay here again if I was in DC on business. For siteseeing it's a bit out of the way but not much. The fact that the place is new and the staff friendly makes all the difference.
Brand new property in area being revitalized
Stayed for 3 nights April 7-10 during cherry blossom festival. My son lives in DC in the Capitol Hill area and he was wary of this area as I was traveling with my mother and we were 2 women alone. However we were pleasantly surprised as this is an area that is being revitalized and the staff informed us the new stadium (replacing RFK) is going to be built in the area so there will be a lot of construction/demolition going on in the meantime. When we checked in we were told the hotel had only been open one week. The rooms are absolutely beautiful with all new contemporary furnishings with flat screen TVs. The bathroom was lovely, everything brand new. The beds are heaven, we love Marriott beds. The parking is valet only at this time but the rate does go down to $10 on the weekends and is $17 during the week. The Navy Yard metro is right across the street which is super convenient. Most of the staff was new and some were still in training. The supervisor of the valet parking people told us that if we came back next year we will notice a lot of improvements in the immediate area surrounding the hotel as they are sprucing up this area. We had a room on the 9th floor and did not have a view as such but if you ask for a room higher (I believe there are 15 floors) we were told there are better city views. For the newness of the staff, we found them to be helpful, especially the concierge, Duane, who was very friendly, giving us advice on pizza delivery and other food options. They have a nice eating area in the hotel which we did not take advantage of but did look at the menus and it looked like they had quite a variety to offer. We definitely would stay there again.
Stayed three nights in the new courtyard
Myself, husband and 9 yr old were booked via Priceline to stay at the L'Enfant. When I called the hotel directly to verify the Priceline reservation I was told we were in the "Parlor Room". Long story short that is just 1/2 of a room w/ a pull out couch! After fighting w/ Priceline they switched us to the Courtyd by Marriott Navy Yd. ($169 per night during the Cherry Festival). We were there 04/05/06-04/08/06. With that said and not knowing the area we checked in early. The valet parking was $17 per day. The front desk and bell hop were super. The room was very nice. Liked the decor, bedding was high thread count, the mattress was fantastic (may have been a Temperpedic), the bathroom was large, new, clean. The second floor indoor pool & whirlpool (and workout room) were all excellent. Smallish but new and very nice. The food at the on-site restaurant was better than average both in price/quality.
We parked our car and never drove - the subway was right across the street and well lit. We were able to tour the entire city very easily via the subway. In the evenings we returned by 7:00 p.m. (still daylight out) and we ate at either the hotel or at the two restaurants across the street. (Safe to walk to). There was a place called 5 Guys Burgers & Fries (very good for that type of food) and there was a Subway (as well as a brand new CVC Drug Store). Perhaps because of our lack of knowledge of the area we felt safer than we should have. The area seemed to be humming w/ building activity. Several Condos/Stores/etc are being build right next to the hotel. We never went out at night so saftey was never really an issue. I wouldn't stay there if we were going out to clubs, coming in late, etc. If just visiting and going out by day it seems fine. It did seem to be a good place for business travel as the hotel offers free wifi, internet, lots of desk space in the room, a great desk chair, etc.