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... of the city, so we spent the night chilling out and chatting to locals in a heated pool and ridiculously hot jacuzzi overlooking Capitol Hill. Some of the locals were drinking out of red cups, it was just like the movies!
A fairly slow start to the day saw us up and out the hostel by about half 10. ...
... DC is Georgetown. While this part is actually the older neighbourhood of dc, it doesnt feel like it. Rows of shops n branded boutiques big n small, hip cafe n restos on M street and Wisconsin avenue, waterfront new or refurbished even outdoor skating rink. Well, except for the C&O canal, small but antique rows of tiny houses.
Last dinner at Royal Thai cuisine n bar, great food n service with choices of cocktails from the bar...
... an iconic place. A short walk past the Treasury Building, where Josh thought I could ‘easily’ get a job, and back on to our bus.
Lunch was at a train station – Union Station. A beautiful, big old building which feels more like a shopping mall than a train station. Plenty of eating areas too, so after ‘fuelling up’ we were ready to go again.
Our bus was diverted from going past Capitol Building; in fact, there ...
Long haul travel has certainly improved over the years! Despite the fact that leg room has decreased, the little extras kept us happy. Help yourself bars of snack food, drinks and fresh fruit plus little deliveries every hour or so of ice cream, bars and pizza. Yes, alright.... It's all about food but it doesn't take much to keep us happy.
After a couple of hours in LA (and I lost count of how many security checks) we got to our lounge. On the way I had my ...
... Avenue. I can honestly say that, despite it being the most expensive meal I've ever had, it was the best money I ever spent. Calamari Salad with Jalapeņo, Cucumber, Scallions, and a Chinese Mustard Vinaigrette as a starter followed by Pan Roasted Rockfish, Red Thai Curry Shrimp, accompanied by a Golden Pineapple Sambal.
When it was all done I wanted to do it over again. THAT good. Definitely worth a visit if you have the opportunity.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Courtyard by Marriott Washington Convention Center Washington DC
Good value, good location
My husband and I stayed here while on a weekend getaway. I found the price for a downtown hotel reasonable and the accomodations clean and neat. The valet staff, your first point of contact, were friendly and professional. The front desk staff was likewise friendly. The one and only problem was that we got a smoking room and I can't STAND the smell of smoke...which you can't get out of a smoking room even with cleaning. (I know that non-smoking vs. smoking rooms are only requested but not guaranteed...but I always wonder, "why?") The location was awesome...out the door and across the street and we were on the Metro going anywhere we couldn't walk. Several blocks easy walk and we were at all the Smithsonians. We didn't really notice any excess noise (and, after all, what do you expect when your windows face downtown D.C.?).
All in all, a good value. My boss and his family stayed this spring and also had a good experience.
Great location, noisy neighbors
The hotel's location is great, a few blocks from the Mall and Chinatown, with plenty of restaurants, museums and stores nearby. The hotel itself is nice, clean and pleasant with a great little pool in the basement and a fantastic $10 breakfast buffet. Room service is very limited, and the clubs on F Street are hard on the ears if you've got a room on that side of the building. The crowds that sprawl across the sidewalk on that side of the street are also a little disturbing. All in all, however, it's a very good choice for lodgings.
SIMPLY A GREAT PLACE TO STAY
This hotel was an amazing find. I just got back after staying there for 3 nights with my ten year old. The room with very nice, above average in size, clean, quiet (we requested the quiet side of the hotel), the staff VERY friendly and attentive. When I asked for a mini fridge, it was in my room ten minutes later at no extra charge. Best of all the hotel is a half block from the Gallery-Chinatown. It is across the street from the Spy Museum, one block from Ford's Theatre, and a fifteen minute walk to the Mall. The area felt VERY safe (and I'm travelling with a ten year old so "safe" was an issue). There is a fair bit of construction going on down the block but I never heard it or was bothered by it in the least. The pool was small and too warm for my liking but with all the sightseeing, we didn't have enough time for that to be an issue.
I would book here again without any misgivings.
2 gals and a Courtyard
This was a great experience!!!! Staff was courteous, friendly, helpful and PROFESSIONAL!!! Location is GREAT!!!! The hotel is an old bank transformed into a lovely Courtyard- the vault is still visible in the restaurant. Food was delicious, security at door was outstanding- had to use your key to access the elevator- doorman got taxis for us, though we walked everywhere- and I mean EVERYWHERE!!!! Excellent location- close to all we did! Rooms are comfortable, clean, just what you expect from Marriott- can't wait to come back! Price was great, too. Several wonderful restaurants within walking distance-
This place is in a terrific spot if you have an event at MCI center. Great for sight seeing to. I read about all the noise from the clubs across the street, but it was not a factor. Basement pool was small but surprisingly heated. There is a Jaccuzi adjacent to it. Rooms were ok. Nothing better than your average Holiday Inn. The Gordon Biersch restaurant that is part of this Hotel is good and seems to be a happening spot.
Great location. Great value.
I stayed here in May and was very happy with our accomodations. It was definately a "no thrills" hotel, but we were there to enjoy the city, not the room. We noticed long lines at the clubs across the street on weekend nights (none during the week); however, we didn't experience the noise problems others have mentioned. The best thing I could say about this property is that you couldn't ask for a better location - walking distance to most attractions (Spy museum, National Mall, White House, Capital, Washington Monument, etc) and there was a metro station about a half block from the front door. We didn't take advantage, but it would really be nice if you wanted to go clubbing, because some of the nicest clubs are just across the street. I'd definately stay there again.
This hotel is a well-located inexpensive hotel with good access to many popular attractions. The accomodations are adequate however the first room we were given had an air-conditioning unit that was inoperative because it had frozen over. We were moved to another room, and when we arrived the a/c worked fine but it too froze up in the middle of the night and became inoperative. This was the first weekend in May, so I can only imagine what the summer will bring.
We stayed at the Courtyard recently and thought it was a great location and loved the restoration of what was once an old bank building.However, we too, were kept awake until the wee hours by the booming sound of the bass from the clubs on the same block and were bummed out at the massive crowds that gathered on the sidewalks and on the streets after about 10 at night every night.We had to change rooms and get an inside room, which was much better.It's a good bargain hotel, but ask for an inside room, if you stay there and want to get any sleep.
Noise near the Marriot
I stayed at the Courtyard Marriot Convention Center because it was close to the MCI Center.Everything about the hotel was great, but on Saturday night, the club across the street or next door (hard to tell which one) started up...which is great if you love clubs but the bass boomed throughout my room. Would recommend but if you are staying on a weekend, I'd ask about the noise concern.
This hotel was a great value. We paid $99 per night in the off-season. It's a standard Courtyard Marriott, nothing fancy but clean and comfortable. Rooms were a little on the small side but were clean and adequate. About 5 blocks from the Mall and attractions and about 1/2 a block to the Metro station. Pool and whirlpool were small but sufficed, workout room was good. If you're looking for a "no frills" hotel (no concierge, limited room service, no lobby, little bellman help) at a great price, with a great location this is it!