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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Harrington Washington DC
Not the Ritz
Just got back for a 5 night stay at the Hotel Harrington. Definitely not the Ritz, but for the price and location you can't beat it. The rooms are a little small and you definitely get to hear your neighbors, but it was clean and the maid always left us extra towels. The staff was very helpful and with all the choices for restaurants you don't need to eat there, but it is OK for breakfast at least. I would definitely recommend it for travelers on a budget. It is comparable to any other older downtown hotel in a very large city.
Definitely not fancy but fine. It was $100 less a night than convention center hotels with good access to the Metro subway- 2 stops to convention center. Not large rooms but everything was clean (contrary to previous reviews) and the hotel was well populated and secure. Good for business travelers or single people or students.
The only thing that saves this dump from being a total disaster is it's excellent location. There was a hole in the ceiling, black mold in the shower, an unidentified substance (ketchup, I hope) on the curtains and a lingering stench of cigarette smoke everywhere. I would not stay at the Harrington again.
Simply a Dump
Quite simply, this place is a dump. Forget its "convenient location". The terrible overall condition of the hotel itself and specifically its rooms overrides any advantage of its location. Rooms are cramped, poorly furnished, noisy, and have terrible climate control. A throwback to the early 1900s, it's terribly in need of a complete renovation, if that is even possible. Stay outside the downtown area at a much nicer place for the same price and ride the Metrorail into town.
Got Location, Got Cleanliness
The hotel location was great, the cleanliness of the room incredible but the maintanenance and age was horrible. Looked like the hotel hadn't been touched in 30 years. On-site resurants were a joke. Unfortunetly, the price you pay for something reflects what you expect to get. This hotel would be fantastic if you only paid about $59 a night. Too bad I paid almost 3 times that much.
My husband and I made a weekend trip to DC to do some sightseeing. I chose this hotel because of it's close proximity to The Smithsonian and the various monuments. I figured if it was old and a little worn the location would make up for it. I was wrong. Upon opening the door to our room the first thing we noticed was the musty smell. The room itself was okay but the bathroom was terrible. It was tiny and not clean. There were hairs from previous guests sticking to the walls, the shower stall was moldy and there were cracks in the tile floor. I was wary of taking a shower in my bare feet. Also, a vent was totally covered in very thick dust. I will say that the bed was comfortable and had clean linens but that was the room's only plus. If you choose to spend the night at this hotel you will survive, it just won't be a very pleasant experience. I just wish someone had warned me. I had no idea!
UGH!!!! Don't go there!!!
The only positive thing I can say about this hotel is that it's only a couple of blocks from the Smithsonian Museums. It is old and looks like it hasn't been remodeled since the 50's - it is FILTHY.
I would guess the walls haven't had a coat of paint in 25 years and the wallpaper is ducktaped to the walls!!! Look behind it and you can see that the wall is literally crumbling due to water damage - not in just one place but many!!
It's not cheap either - we paid $114.00 a night.
Do yourself a favor and stay at the holiday inn by the capitol or the sheraton close to the white house.
Worst part about my week long trip
I stayed at the hotel for one night during a week tour of D.C. and Virginia. Contrary to what I had read, the hotel was not only old, but very dirty. Not only that, our room was right over a club which didn't settle down 'till 3 a.m.
Music continually pounded through our room and the street was so noisy (young clubers flexing their mufflers) I got up several times checking to see if there was a window open.
Without a doubt this was the worst (and almost most expensive) hotel I have ever stayed in.
If you are looking for an economy hotel in DC I would recommend the Harrington Hotel. It is located in the heart of museums, monuments and attraction (National Theatre) and metro center which is a direct route from National airport. It is clean. My experience was very positive.
A pleasant, older hotel with no frills, but perfect for those (like me!) who just need a place to sleep for the night while visiting DC and doing lots of site seeing. The rooms are small, but clean. A great deal for $89/night for 1-2.
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... out for a few days. I think the fact that people had talked Washington DC down meant that subconsciously, I didn't have high hopes about the city. I thought it would be quite lonely with some full day of sightseeing. I actually met so,e great people and the Newseum was one of the best museums I had gone to. If someone asked how long to stay in dc for, I would recommend around 3 full day to get everything in because I do regret not making use of all the free museums. It really ...
... in the time we were there we heard two funerals going on with gun salutes and bands playing music.
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... 8230; if we go there again and she asks why, I’ll tell her as I didn’t get the chance to last night because again she came nowhere near us when we needed the bill nor to collect the payment. Dinner sorted … then back upstairs to collapse.
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