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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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Our final city of the trip, and what better place to end it than the capital of the United States? We took the Megabus to Washington DC and were amazed to learn that our hosts Katie and Joe live just two blocks from the beautiful Capitol building.
As West Wing fans, it's strange walking round the city; every time we saw someone in a suit, we wanted to ask them, "Are ...
... main street... get out and come into the hostel... apparently the young man had not told the hostel staff the reason for the gas and they had rang the Fire Brigade... you can imagine how embarrassed the lad is now... the last I see of him he is heading out the door, head down, muttering sorry, sorry, over and over again... I think this is where my genetically tainted Barrett humour comes into play because by now I'm finding this way too ...
... for the guard on the roof top who was watching through binoculars while getting fried. The buses were a welcome cool down, taking us back to our hotel. After the crowded streets of NY we were wondering where all the people were in Washington. But well it is holiday season, so they all might have escaped to the beach. Dinner we had down at the Potomac river, just two blocks away from ...
... a hot dog and brat for lunch. That was enough. Kevin enjoyed this museum as much if not more than the Air and Space Museum. Both were truly fascinating.
We did learn that the museums are busier in the afternoons than the mornings. Guess all the kids are sleeping in. Tomorrow's plans include the National Archives which includes the original Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Dinner was a pretty fancy ...
... sitting in a chair. The view from the steps was impressive and where Martin Luther King Jnr gave his 'I Have A Dream' Speech. There were plenty of people just sitting around on the steps and enjoying the view.
By the time we walked back to the Metro station and caught the train back to the car we were exhausted. We drove an extra half an hour back to the Slater Residence for dinner and just about fell asleep watching TV! Talk about a big day!