DoubleTree Suites Washington, DC
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Tuesday: Flew into National Airport, arriving early afternoon. As we had some rather hungry members in our group just hit the TGI Fridays at the airport for a light lunch. Trooped all off to the metro. After fighting the ticket dispensers' rejection of some of our bills, managed to get tickets for the trip to Foggy Bottom. The hotel is about a …
We had booked a cab for 9.45am this morning to take us to Penn Station to catch the train to Washington. Guess what…..the guy didn't show!! So instead we hailed a cab and off we went. We arrived at Penn Station and organised a Red Cap to help us with the luggage down to the train platform (best $10 you will spend).
The train trip was …
The first rainy day in just over a week (around 16 degrees).
We caught the subway (much easier than the New York subway – only a couple of train lines!!!) to the Penn Quarter area to visit the White House Visitors Centre. On the way we stopped at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Centre for morning tea. We had to go through a …
No rain today, however very windy.
We caught the subway to the Arlington National Cemetery. We had a look in the Visitors Centre first and ended up doing a hop-on hop-off tour. Well worth it to get the commentary and save little legs from the huge amount of walking required. What an amazing place. It currently holds over 320,000 servicemen …
A nice and sunny morning.
We decided to catch the subway to Union Station and then walk to the Lincoln Memorial (about a 6 kilometre walk).
Union Station is a beautiful old building filled with nice shops and cafes. We ran into Barack and Michelle while we were browsing the shops. A really nice couple! The kids picked up a packet …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDoubleTree Suites Washington, DC Washington DC
The location is great - easy walk to the mall and about a block and a half from a metro station.
Reserved a two queen bed plus sofa bed suite for 3 adults and 2 children some months ago. Requested additional towels and pillows at time of reservation. When we arrived the front desk manager was calling to see if they even had any rooms to meet our reservation. When we finally got in our room, not only were there no extra towels but there were only three sets. The "fully equipped kitchen" has plates, bowls, flatware for three and one sad skillet - no other cooking equipment. More towels and plates were provided when we requested them.
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Historical Traveler Reviews DoubleTree Suites Washington, DC Washington DC
Good with the bad
Everything in life is a trade-off. I was there four nights. The staff was very accommodating with a complex reservation and actually changed some things for my convenience. Good room rate. Location is convenient to Metro (not even a block if you walk in the right direction!), beautiful neighborhood (GWU). Grocery and pharmacy nearby. Hotel was very quiet. Refrigerator and stove were great conveniences. Cooked and ate in the room a lot. My room was well-cleaned each day.
Any good restaurants are quite a hike, as are all of the tourist sights, if walking. Rented a car on the weekend. Parking is non-existent in area. Either park illegally, troll for 20 minutes, or pay high off-site valet prices. VERY small lobby. No business center.
The hotel TV touted renovation with plush beds, but they hadn't made it to my room yet, apparently. Old worn furniture and bedding; linens were worn out. Room decor dated (gold, green, brown).
I picked it due to personal convenience and Hilton points. All in all, would stay again, but things could be better.
Sep 2-7, 2004
The bad: $20 parking+tax, no broadband internet, no breakfast (except Sat & Sun).
The good: huge suites, not the extra big room kind, but a bedroom and a living room with a pretty good sized kitchen (fridge, stove, dishwasher). Do-it-yourself laundry on premises. 2 Blocks from the blue line (which will take you anywhere--except Lincoln memorial, not metro there). A Safeway 2 blocks away (at the Watergate no less), make your own meals.
The wife & I, plus a newborn, loved this place. Stayed here 5 nights and didn't want to leave (doing a 7 week road trip). There's no lobby, but who needs one? And the pool is on the roof (not heated), but the rooms were awesome, would definitely stay again.
I'd stay here again
We stayed at the Doubletree Guest Suites from July 10-16, 2004. There were 4 adults in the room and we had plenty of space. There was a separate bedroom, spacious living room, kitchen, and bathroom. The beds were comfortable and the whole place was VERY clean! The entire staff (front desk, bellmen, housekeeping) was friendly and helpful throughout our stay. The Metro is only about a block and a half away and was very convenient. We were able to buy groceries at the Safeway in the Watergate complex which was only about a block away. I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and family that plan on visiting D.C. I will stay there again when I return to Washington.
Not for Business
Average hotel overall at best. Desite it's excellent location, we found the "suite" we were given to be smallish, especially with children. Bathroom was cramped with even one person, let alone a family. Despite recent renovations, mgt did not see fit to include any broadband access- hence with a couple of days of work ahead of me, I am relegated to dial-up internet and need to find a nearby Starbucks to have decent i-net access. (And after a frustrating hour of trying to remember how to "dial-up" I discovered the front desk had failed to turn on my phone service. If you have any need for business, find another hotel.
Nice Size Suite/Small Pool
We stayed at the Doubletree for 4 nights in June. Nice size suite. Our room could have been a little cleaner (outside of fridge/handle area looked like it hadn't been cleaned in a long time and bathroom could have been better). The pool (very small) is only open until 8pm and after being out all day seeing the sites it would have been nice to take the kids to the pool. Thought the pool should stay open until at least 10pm. Website says it's 1/2 block from Metro but more like 1-1/2 blocks. Hotel is located in a nice residential neighborhood.
Our family of four stayed here for 6 nights at the beginning of June. The room was huge. We had a bedroom with two queen beds, a living room with sofa bed and table for four, and a kitchen with full size refrigerator, stove and dishwasher. We bought groceries across the street in the Watergate complex and ate all breakfasts and three suppers in the room. Very quiet, hardly saw or heard any other guests. There is no lobby to speak of, basically just a front desk, but we never spend any time in hotel lobbies anyway. Very small pool on the roof. Only 5 minutes to the Foggy Bottom metro which is great after a long day of playing tourist. The staff could not have been friendlier. Would definitely stay here again.
Great from start to finish!
When we arrived, we were greeted by a fantastic bellman named Melvin.
He smiled and assisted us with our luggage and checking in. The room was spacious and very clean. We went out that evening and the desk provided us with friendly service with restaurant recommendations and places to go. Overall our experience was made better by the comfort of being in a nice residential area of the city as well as by the close proximity to so many interesting things! I will return year after year to the Doubletree Suites in DC! R. Bogart
Fine hotel in a good location
No real complaints with this hotel. But it didn't wow me either. Great location! Only 1.5 blocks from the nearest Metrorail station. Close to Lincoln Center. Suite was very spacious. But even my 10th floor room didn't have much of a view. No high speed internet access as of Jan.
2004. Agree with other reviewers that the staff was kind and courteous.
Didn't check out the pool. No on-site restaurant. Probably only an issue at breakfast. They do have room service.
Clean, friendly and great place to stay
We had booked a hotel at Days Inn Cont. Ave., it was horrible we checked out and finished our vacation at the doubletree, the staff was very friendly, rooms were excellent very clean and large rooms. And decorated very nice. Very reasonably priced at 129.00 room for a large suite with a full kitchen and livingroom, with two queen beds. Would definately stay there again. We traveled around the east coast for a family vacation and this hotel was our last place to stay best hotel out of the five we stayed and a perfect way to end our family trip. The bellman Daniel was very nice and helpful, friendly and a great guy,give this man a raise!!. We were within walking distance to a lot of attractions after taking the subway. We walked to everything for three days.
Worth a second visit!
Room sizes were large (even for suites). Staff friendly and location convenient. Family appreciated pool area and the cookies!