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The morning started with me leaving my wallet, filled with my ID, debit card and $300, at home, and my dad driving all the way back to get it, making me almost miss the plane. Note to self: don't finishing packing the morning your leaving. The plane from MV to Logan was boarded by 5 well-kept, middle-aged businessmen, armed with briefcases and …
... which was so cool cos we could see all around DC! Then we had to walk (according to google a ten min walk) for a million miles towards the Capitol building because they were closing off the building for a meeting ... Hoping that we would catch a glance of Obama we didn't mind. Alyssa had arranged for us to get a tour with one of her friends interns. So we had to go to a senators building to meet her, bearing in mind everyone is in suits and heels, converse and denim hot ...
... interesting, thought-provoking, baffling, and straight terrifying. Then in our individual program groups, we had professional career panels. For the Russian Kazan program we heard from three different professionals who use Russian in their job: a Foreign Service Officer, a Russian Museum Curator, and a Development Specialist for Cardno Emerging Markets U.S.A., Ltd. After the professional career panel, we heard from two CLS Kazan alumni. Their insight and tips were ...
... length of the memorial. You would walk through each term Roosevelt served and the stone structures and waterfalls would differ to reflect the key events and challenges for each term. It was very well done. I really enjoyed the sculptures too, I particularly enjoyed the fact that his dog was included – as did all the children visiting! I also think it is important to note that Eleanor Roosevelt was also cast in iron, she is ...
... only restaurant I came across was a burger joint. I really, really wasn't in the mood for a burger, so I passed it up, thinking that there had to be at least one more restaurant in between my hotel and I.
Spoiler: there wasn't.
So, I ended up going on my tour tonight with nothing in my stomach. Luckily for me, the tour was so engrossing that I forgot to be hungry. I got pictures of a bunch of memorials and buildings that are way prettier at ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Quincy Washington DC
Our hotel for the duration of our stay in Washington.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Quincy Washington DC
Huge Room, Very Nice Stay
I stayed 4 days at the Quincy on April.
I am used to budget hotels so I was amazed that at this price level my room was HUGE. A small kitchen with fridge/micro/stove, a sofa in addition to a large bed, huge closets.
This is definitely more than you ever get at budget hotels. Even the small things like newspaper on your doorstep in the morning, very large high quality towel sets.
The TV had a large selection of channels including HBO and Sci-Fi channel. A nice touch.
The bed was large, extremely comfortable. So were the pillows.
I had no noise issues. I was on the hotel front, on floor 9.
The location is very good, close to a metro station.
A few places to eat around the block too.
I'll note that the room prices on the hotel official website were lower than on any other generic bookings site which included "The Quincy".
In short, a recommended stay and if you are a budget traveller like me, this will feel like luxury at a very good price.
A nice hotel but... Oh the noise!
The location of the Quincy is excellent....it is in the heart of the business district and the Metro is just a block away.
The rooms are large with a sectional sofa. The bed was very comfortable and housekeeping is good...the complimentary, in-room coffee was restocked every day. The bath linens including the extra large bath towels are especially nice.
My only complaint with the Quincy is the noise. If you are unfortunate enough to get a room on the backside of the hotel which overlooks alleyways, you will be getting a very loud and long, unwanted wake-up call from the D.C. sanitation department beginning around 4:00 a.m. It is very annoying...it sounds as though the trucks
are dropping the dumpsters from 20 feet in the air.
The Quincy should consider soundproof glass on all the rooms on the backside of the hotel...I consider this to be a major negative on an otherwise nice hotel.
If you are visiting D.C. and fly in from Reagan National, don't waste
your money on a rental car or a very expensive taxi. The Metro stops at Reagan and can deliver you practically anywhere in D.C. you wish to go. It's safe, clean and cheap!
Also, make use of the bus system called "The Connector" if you want to visit Georgetown just 12 blocks away...the ride just costs one dollar.
I just returned for the first time from D.C. on a business trip. I want to return soon with my family. It's truly a wonderful city.
Perfectly acceptable and a great bargain
I lived in D.C. for years and recently had to travel back for business. I was planning on staying with a friend but at the last minute that fell through and I was forced to find a place on just a day's notice -- at the height of cherry blossom season! Tough assignment, but since I was on a limited budget and only needed two nights, I took a chance on the Quincy. I have to say, it worked out fabulously, as not only did I pay less than half I would most places, it was a very good experience.
The interior was obviously very recently updated. The rooms are huge and done up with boutique-style furniture (think Kimpton hotels) including a sectional couch(!) The bed had a new thick pillowtop mattress...high-count sheets...6 pillows. Very comfortable, reminded me of the Courtyard by Marriott beds I stay in often (which are some of the best in the business.) Bathroom had all new fixtures and nice touches like thick oversize bath towels and large "rain" showerheads. Ample closet space. Even a complementary loaner umbrella. My room also had a microwave/fridge/coffeemaker. The whole place was very clean. No shortcuts, very nice all around. Some travelers may wish for more counter space in the bathroom as there is just the pedestal sink and small shelf; however, outside the bathroom there was a counter and mirror (where the microwave was) which worked fine as an overflow station. If my wife was with me, she would have "set up shop" there.
Staff was friendly and efficient. Hotel is excellently located, just blocks from two Metro stations (covering three lines). Also - one gets a free pass to a nearby Bally's for us exercise freaks (no little workout room here!). Of course, I preferred to run ~6 blks south to the Mall and do my exercise there.
Downsides, such that they are, is that this is still an older building so is a bit musty, particularly in the hallways. Also, the back of the hotel is on an alley, and during one night a truck did come along in the wee hours to collect garbage (I was staying on the 4th floor on the alley side). Having said that, at all other times it was very quiet...I had no problems sleeping...and on the street side one would have to deal with street traffic probably at all hours. It's a pick your poison situation common to city living. However, neither of these "negatives" would stop me from visiting again, esp. at the going rate.
Overall...I can't imagine finding another place this nice at these rates in downtown D.C. A very good bargain. I would return and stay again with my wife.
Absolut großartiges Hotel!
Ich habe ein großartiges Angebot über das Internet gebucht. Nur $99/Nacht im Herzen des Geschäftsviertels in der Innenstadt von D.C. Am Anfang war ich etwas besorgt, wegen dem großartigen Preis (Zimmer in anderen Hotels hätten $300/Nacht gekostet). Es war wundervoll. Die Zimmer waren nett, sauber und gemütlich. Das Personal war unglaublich - und das ist noch untertrieben. Jeder schien wirklich daran interessiert, gute Arbeit zu leisten und jeder gab gerne Ratschläge, wo man zum Essen hingehen kann wie auch Wegbeschreibungen.
Auch die Lage ist perfekt. Wir konnten überall hinlaufen! Zu dem Regierungsgebäude, zu den Restaurants, nach Georgetown. Auch eine U-Bahn-Station ist in der Nähe, von der aus wir zum Flughafen und zum Zoo fuhren. In einigen Bewertungen haben sich die Bewerter über den Lärm beschwert (Lieferwagen und der normale Lärm der Innenstadt), aber wir haben damit nur wenige Probleme gehabt; außerdem war das nicht wirklich problematisch, denn das Hotel hatte soviel anderes tolles zu bieten. Im Übrigen liegt das Hotel in der Innenstadt - d.h. nicht im Nirgendwo?! Also ich kann das Hotel nur empfehlen.
Super Great hotel!
I got a great deal on this hotel through Travelocity. Only $99/night in the heart of the business district in downtown DC. At first i was apprehensive because of the great price (everything else was going for $300/night or so). It was wonderful. Rooms were very nice, clean and comfortable. Staff was amazing - and that's an understatement. Everybody seemed to really care about their jobs and were very helpful with advice on places to go and eat, as well as give directions. The Location is perfect too. We literally walked everywhere! To all of the government sites, to eat, and to Georgetown. The hotel is also very close to a metro stop, which we took to and from the airport and also to the zoo. When i read reviews there were some complaints about noise (delivery trucks and downtown hustle) which we did experience slightly but it is not a big deal at all, especially considering all of the great features of the hotel. Besides, it's downtown - not the middle of nowhere?! So, I highly recommend this hotel!!
Alright for a few nights stay
Not a bad little hotel. I traveled here with My wife and 3 sons for a long weekend in D.C. We arrived Thursday night and left Sunday Morning. Everyone and every brochure states continenteal breakfast and cookies. Alas they are no more. We inquired at the front desk and were told they don't provide any and weren't given any reason for the change. Our room was spacious with a kitchen that included a microwave and stove top with stove. Not as huge as some claim but larger than most recent rooms we've stayed at. The checkin staff didn't smile once but they were polite. The room needed some minor upkeep such as one wall border was not finished. And the bathroom door needed repainting. The rug had some stains that looked like varnishing or recent paining. All that is being picky. There was a coffee maker and a basket with coffee but only 1 sugar. The next night no additional sugar was provided and when we brought our own, no additional coffee was provided and our sugar disappeared. The basket was left in the bathroom that day. One towel had some yellow stains on it, looked like hard water/rust stains, so it became a floor towel. It was replaced and all others were sparkling clean. If you park your car you will be charged a nightly parking rate that is expansive 28 dollars and tax on that of 3.36. To go into and out of the garage you have to stop at the front desk pickup your key drop off your key and ask them to open the garage each time. A hassel for sure. The hotel is nicely seated 5 mintues from the White House and we walked to the Museums which are 1.5 miles away and walked most everywhere. There are restaurants on 19th and 18th street within walking distance. It's actually a nice stay for folks looking for a conveneint and comfortable place to stay, but if you are picky you might want to look elsewhere.
Great Hip, Budget Place ~ Be Careful if you have Asthma, Though!
We stayed at the Quincy for one evening at the end of February. The staff was wonderfully friendly and helpful, and the hotel is centrally located to many, many things in DC. Overall, I would recommend it to friends. We liked the general layout of our room, and having a kitchenette was a nice amenity. Also, I loved the huge, fluffy towels!
I had one BIG issue with the Quincy: I have asthma, and while I am guessing the hotel has been refurbished they need to take additional steps to eradicate the old cigarette smoke that is in the walls, the flooring, and everywhere. When we entered the room I could instantly smell that this was a former "smoking" room. Since we arrived at about 1:00am, I tried to ignore it and we readied for bed. I could not sleep at all that night and suffered an asthma attack. I was close to heading for the emergency room, and therefore would NOT recommend the hotel for anyone with breathing issues.
The other minor issue was with the windows. Our room faced the street, and was covered with wood blinds. The blinds looked lovely, but did not keep out much of the street light; I like to sleep in a dark room, so this was a detriment. Also, the windows need to be upgraded as we could hear each and every noise on the street and we were on the fifth floor.
Again, I would recommend this to others with the above reservations ~ and truly, the staff was fantastic.
Best find near everything in DC!
We spent a week at The Quincy in Oct.2006 and had a nearly flawless experience!
Staff were always friendly, some more knowledgable than others (naturally). Every need was satisfied. Extra kitchen supplies were quickly provided. I forgot to bring my trusty can-opener and the Maintenance staff showed up (after normal Housekeeping hours) very willing to deliver my can to the restaraunt... but instead used his handy knife/driver from his toolbelt! :)
The location is fantastic!! One Metro station only 1.5 blocks and another Metro station about 2.5 blocks made easy access to all Metro train lines. Easy walk to The White House and beyond to The Mall. Easy walk to Dupont Circle (lots of restaurants and a Safeway). Close to bus service for connection to Georgetown attractions.
The room was very spacious and very clean. Only minor repairs needed to the bathroom door and TV reception had weak color on one channel (both not significant issues). Roomy bathroom and shower area. Modest-sized separate vanity area. Really luxurious (and plentiful) towels made us feel very pampered. View of the busy street was interesting (especially when a neighboring building had fire department action!) The kitchenette was perfect for fixing all our breakfasts and lunches and a few easy dinners.
Nice extras included the free daily newspaper and delicious (and addicting) cookies every night served with cold milk. YUM!
Overall, we could not have asked for a better experience. Terrific value so close to all the attractions. We will recommend The Quincy to everybody heading to Washington DC!!
A Great Choice!
This hotel is an excellent and safe choice at a good price! I traveled there with my 11 year old son. The staff is friendly and accommodating. The room was HUGE and nicely appointed, at a low rate of $99.00. The neighborhood was very safe and we walked to most restaurants. Try the quaint Italian restaurant around the corner called "Luigi's". Ben and Jerry's is a few blocks away. Here's a BIG tip: The taxi's are expensive, but there is one way, THE BEST WAY to get around. His name is Mr. Foxx and he is a retired gentleman with his own cab who frequently parks outside of the Quincy. This was the BEST! Mr. Foxx will take you anywhere for a very reasonable price and will provide transport for you your entire trip for an overall fare. He can take you to the airport too. He even gave us a private, guided, all day tour of the best sites for a fraction of what is would cost to use a cab here and there. He has been in D.C. for a long time and will guide your tour and wait for you while you check out the scenes!!! Incredible! So, be sure to ask for Mr. Foxx. Tip #2: The hotel has certificates for the asking to the restaurant next door.Ask at the desk. It gives you a credit, so one of our breakfasts was free! The Irish pub in the hotel is definately for adults only, even though they offer food too. It is a smoking bar too, so we ventured elsewhere. The metro was close, but we never used it. Cabs are much quicker. Be sure to check out the FREE National Geographic building lobby too! It's close by. The only issue we had was with the Pay-per-view movies at the hotel. They malfunctioned in the middle and we had to get a credit. The staff was very pleasant about the issue, and said the problems were temporary. Maybe by the time you get there, these problems will have been fixed. We will be at the Quincy next year too I assure you!