The Latham Hotel
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Washington DC was a place we figured we should probably see while in the US.
We decided to stay in Georgetown, a little out of the main hub, but close enough to walk to all the big sights. Georgetown is a university town with lots of cool bars, restaurants and coffee shops.
We checked out the White House, Washington Monument, …
We went on a quick weekend escape to D.C. in April, at the start of the Cherry Blossom festival. Our hotel (The Latham) was in the Gerogetown area, which in my opinion, is a great place to stay when visiting D.C. The 3 days we were there, we bascially spent time walking around the Mall area, visiting the museums and other famous sights. We also …
Went thousands of dollars over on my expense account budget. Had a frickin fantastic time.
... ww2 memorial and a far away view out the white house (flag was up so Obama is home!).
DC is soooo much neater than NYC! Far less cars and people about. Traffic isnt chaotic and its generally a bit nicer. All the buildings are similar to the white house, greek style columns and very tall and usually white. Tomorrow is a free day so it will be cool to wonder around (everything is pretty close!) and also rest a bit.
So here are the facts about ...
... in the world; of course, being free may have something to do with that. The Castle now serves as the information center for the Smithsonian. Brandi got directions and we were asked whether we wanted to got to the Air and Space or the Natural History. Having been to DC and my share of museums I thought the Natural History museum would be the most interesting but kids love a good rocket and we were off to the Air and Space museum. The Mall was full of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Latham Hotel Washington DC
A pleasant surprise
I spent two nights this week at the Latham and loved it. The room and linens were beautiful. I was on the 9th floor facing the street. Because the hotel is back from the road, there were no noise problems. I would recommend the room and the hotel to all. The staff was gracious. The door men were great. And the proximity of great, diverse, and inexpensive food in Georgetown was an extra bonus. I would come back with out hesitation.
Avoid this hotel
Possibly the worst hotel experience I've ever had. There were a line of people complaining the weekend I was there - all for good reason. Most of the rooms had broken down air conditioners (in the DC heat, this is not a good thing). Management did VERY little to accomodate problems. We changed rooms 4 times - one had no a/c; one was a "carriage room" - a windowless basement room that was no nicer than a Motel 6; one was a handicap room (we were moved into this one at 3 AM) with a big tiled room for a bathroom and no shower curtain; we finally settled on an "executive suite" (a standard motel room, cheap linens, extremely small) after almost checking out and leaving DC early. No room had all the advertised amenities and all had incredibly old and noisy a/c units. Management did little to compensate anyone or even accomodate repair requests (one woman waited 24 hours for them to fix her clogged toilet - it was clogged when she checked in!). Citronelle is wonderful, but this hotel, or motel rather, is the pits.
Uncomfortable and Unsecure
I stayed at the Latham in late April while on business. My first room was tiny, shabby, noisy and faced a brick wall from 6 ft away. I asked to be moved and was put in a room that had just been refurbished, in order to reach this room you had to leave the hotel and pass the outdoor pool ( which was closed and not lit ) and enter through a separate entrance. The room was nicely done but TINY and with the most uncomfortable rock hard pillows I have ever encountered. The Latham offers free high speed internet which had not been hooked up in my room. After several calls they sent a maint. man who was confused by the fact that it did not work but sure he could fix it ( He did NOT). Another call and the manager appeared with this man, with a very curt " what is the problem". I went to my meeting, returned later and found my door closed but ajar, upon entering I saw the maint. man crawling around on the floor " he quickly said he was " trying to fix the cable for the room above me" and left, CREEPY. Bottom line, rude management, small uncomfortable room and poor service, I was made to feel as though I was annoying them by paying to stay in one of THEIR rooms. Great location but you can stay at a NICE hotel for less money and take a taxi to Georgetown..........
Excellent with a good deal
This is an excellent hotel..for the price. If you get a great deal on hotwire, priceline, etc., do not be afraid at all of the negative reviews. This is not the Ritz but it's a very nice place to stay. It has the best location in all of Washington DC and is very attractive. Very European. You'll have an excellent stay here.
Quaint hotel, price was right
We booked this hotel through hotwire. We got an AMAZING rate, but the room we had was quite small. Which, worked out just fine because we were on the tail end of a week long east coast trip, and after all the sightseeing every day, just zonked out. The bathrooms, however, were almost "paris-sized" SO TINY. Both of us could not be in the bathroom at the same time. Service was great, especially parking services. We were in and out quite a bit, and the staff never huffed once when we asked for our rental car- a bulky ford expedition. All in all, this hotel was very nice for the price, especially being in georgetown.
ALSO- one of the only places with a pool, which was nice for the balmy june afternoons we spent walking around sweating. :)
Elegant small hotel
My mother and I recently spent a weekend in Georgetown, and stayed at the Latham Hotel. Prior to arriving, I called to confirm 2 beds in the room and was told that the reservation had been changed to 1 bed. After some discussion, the gentleman corrected the mistake. I later called regarding transportation from the airport and train stations, and had a difficult time making my request understood. So my initial impression wasn't great. That all changed upon our arrival! Our executive room was lovely (wonderful Frette linens, beautiful decor), although small. We had a room facing the front, so we heard car/street noises at night. I recommend requesting a room in the back. The front desk staff and doormen were outstanding! They booked us dinner reservations, suggested places for dessert/coffee, quickly found taxis, remembered our names, gave excellent directions, and were always friendly. If I wanted to base a trip in Georgetown, this hotel would be my selection!
Mediocre at best
My wife and I recently stayed at the Latham for a weekend in DC. The location of the property is grand, right in the heart of Georgetown on M street. The staff were very friendly and attentive. However, for what we paid, the quality of the upkeep of the property was not up to par.
There were several items in the room (we had a 2 level Carriage Suite) that were in need of attention: the heat pump unit was VERY loud (woke me many times during the night), light bulbs burned out at top of stairs, carpet was worn, screws for some light switches were loose. In general, we had a very nice stay because of the location and the staff.
While the room itself was large, the quality of the upkeep left much to be desired.
Not Charming, but Centrally Located
This was our home base for a girls weekend in DC for Fourth of July 2003. The Pluses: we paid $119/night (on Expedia); the brick exterior and circular driveway make for a pleasant entranceway; the concierge- with a little prodding- was helpful; the central-Georgetown location is fantastic; the metro is a 10-15 minute walk away; the shower area was separated from the sink area by a door; the enviroment is generally tidy and clean; the ground-floor room was surprisingly spacious and we had no problems with the cable TV. The Minuses: The room was dimly lit and uninviting; no full length mirror; the furnishings were less than charming. In sum, it's a pleasant enough hotel to use as a place to sleep, but you won't be tempted to spend any extra time there. We brunched in Georgetown at both the Ritz and the Four Seasons. The Ritz had a lovely masculine/modern interior, but the food was subpar. The Four Seasons was the tackiest looking Seasons I've ever seen (think a 70s take on classy) and the food was nothing special.
Georgetown at its best
Great small hotel in the middle of Georgetown. The hotel is in an area with many fine restaurants and is just steps from the old barge canal. The near by the old district streets and buildings are worth a walk thru. Plus there is a fine pastry/coffee shop at the hotel entry.
After a long stretch of stress, going for a little trip was just what my friend & I needed.
Upon arriving to the Latham, we were greeted pleasantly, check-in was quick & efficient. Our room was adoreably decorated, however, VERY tiny. It had enough room for two queen beds, an armoire & nightstand, with little room to spare for moving about. However, the amostphere was quiet, quaint, very clean & with attentive staff. Nice place to go if you are not particular about luxury. Wonderfully in the midst of historic Georgetown. Great rates too. Would definitely recommend!!