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Only a few days in Washington, but a really great time.
We did all the usual attractions within walking distance of the White House. Besides White House spotting, the Smithsonian museums were a real standout. Very large and informative museums, all with free entry.
Being in the big smoke, we decided to catch up on the House of …
Met Mark and Diana for a 9am breakfast at Hotel before setting out on foot to see the sights. The White House was first on the list as it was not far from the hotel. From there we went to the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial for both Atlantic and Pacific conflicts - very impressive, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Korean Memorial.
Well, we gave New York our best shot! After an early start the train was delayed by 40 minutes. We're now on our way to Washington. We will pass through Newark, Metropark and Trenton in New Jersey and then Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore. Further delay in Philadelphia - doors this time. Did I mention that we left from Track 13? We finally …
So, today is the day we must return to reality. Even though we haven't bought very much we have trouble getting everything packed away and realize we again might be overweight in one or both bags. This never ceases to amaze me but then I realize later I forgot about the 2 large bottles of beer SAVOR gave us as going away gifts and the two glasses …
Today I wake up to realize I am now 53 years old. It seems hard to imagine at times as I still feel like I am in my mid-thirties. Yes my bones aren't what they used to be and sometimes I'm a little slow getting started after sitting a bit, but I am at such a contented, happy place in my life I refuse to accept it could be half over.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Lombardy Washington DC
I love this charming European style hotel located on Pennsylvania Avenue. Our room even had a ceiling fan, nice cold AC, and a very large bathroom area. Room itself is on the small side but we didnt spend a lot of time in there other than sleeping so all in all not that bad. Liked the convenience to the Metro stops (Foggy Bottom and Farragut West) so we didnt even miss not having a car. Restaurant/Room service on the high side, much better options around in walking distance. Beware the $16 a pop martinis!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Lombardy Washington DC
We loved this place!
I was a little skeptical because our rates were so low, but it turned out to be great! A short 2 blocks to the Metro through a safe neighborhood. Good places to eat across the street. The room was clean and well appointed. Extremely comfortable beds. The staff was courteous & prompt at all times. Great location- our room overlooked the James Monroe house- dating back to the early 1800's. I would definitely recommend this place. The elevator was not a problem. My only complaint was the lighting in the bathroom was too dim. I would love to come back here.
What a great hotel!
We stayed at the Hotel Lombardy this past weekend and were totally blown away by the place! We were there to celebrate my 40th birthday and the staff made it so special! They gave us a breathtaking room and even sent up strawberries and chocolates! Every employee we came into contact with was helpful and friendly. The hotel has such a great ambience and is within walking distance to many of the sites. We took the metro from the airport and it was an easy 2 block walk to the hotel. We will definitely stay there again. Internet rates are great!
My 10 year old son and I stayed here in late February, 2004. It couln't have been better. We arrived at 7:30 am after an all night flight, hoping to be able to leave our bags. We were delighted to be able to check in and sleep!I had meetings to attend that afternoon and the next morning and felt very safe leaving my son at the hotel. The radiator was very noisy and he called hotel services - they came up, explained how it worked to him, and turned it down. The next morning, he was treated very courtously while eating breakfast alone in the restaurant.The staff were wonderful. We lingered one night for 3 hours in the tiny bar. No one rushed us out - they humored our ordering one appitizer, than another, and finally dessert.The breakfast isn't great and is pricy - go elsewhere. Two blocks to the subway. Some one always got us a cab when we needed it. And arranged our airport transportation.It feels like a wonderful European hotel. Our room even had a kitchen (although the stove didn't work but we wouldn't have used it anyway). The elevator is charming - so what if you have to wait! we all rush too much anyway. We paid $89.00 a night (through WashingtonDC hotels) and it was worth much more. I would absolutely stay again.
My daughter and I stayed at the Hotel Lombardy in June, 2003 while doing college tours. The hotel is in a great location for visiting George Washington University and is close to the metro station. There were several reasonably priced eating establishments nearby as well as a cute shopping area across the street. The room itself was comfortable and had a lot of charm. The only downside was the elevator. We had to leave very early in the morning to catch our flight and the elevator wasn't staffed. We rang the bell several times and waited for about five minutes for the elevator but because they were using the vacuum in the lobby, didn't hear us buzzing. We ended up carrying our suitcases down the staircase instead. Still, a good deal if you can get a good rate. We paid about $99 a night for a double non smoking room.
Having stayed at the Watergate I was a little taken back when I arrived at the Lobardy. When I realized the history of the hotel and imagined its past I fell in love with the place. Not the nicest Iv'e stayed in but if you want a little travel back in time and enjoy some simple treats I reccommend you give it a try. Makes you wonder who has stayed in the room your in? A gangster, politician, movie star etc. You know this place has seen its share of all 3!
I stayed in one of the Hotel Lombardy's suites overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue in late 2000. I was utterly charmed by the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, the tiny manually operated elevator, and the rather European ambience of the place. My suite had a well-appointed bedroom and living room, hardwood floors, and a certain echo to it that modern, super-insulated hotel rooms don't have. You won't find hermetically sealed windows or keycards here--be prepared for some time-warp idiosycrasies (which will either add to the attraction of the place for you or drive you crazy, depending on what type of traveler you are). I loved it, and immediately felt at home away from home. I have been recommending this hotel to people I think would appreciate it ever since, and hope to get a chance to go back someday.
Very charming hotel with excellent downtown location, walking distance to White House, Washington Monument, Metro and lots of restaurants and shopping. The staff was very helpful and it has all the things one would expect in a "boutique" hotel. Even tho I booked the lowest discounted rate I could find for a single since I was traveling alone, they put me in what other 4 star hotels call a junior suite, totally unexpected! The only drawback was the hotel didn't have a visible designated loading/unloading area or driveway in front, altho the doormen directed traffic around my double-parked rental and made it very easy for me. If you're a light sleeper, ask for a room far away from the elevator as it seemed to bother another guest who was closer to it than I...and yes, there's only 1 elevator for guests and sometimes you have to wait 2-3 minutes for it to arrive. All things considered, it was an extremely pleasant stay and I would definitely stay here again when in D.C.
Lombardy in a great position
This Hotel is extremely comfortable and in a great position. It was just 10 minutes walk to the White House and the Mall. We stayed at the Lombardy in July 2003. The Hotel was clean and full of character. The room was a good size with a separate area with a sink and refridgerator as well as a good bathroom. Our children thought having a lift operator was great fun especially when my daughter had a go at 'driving' it. The porters were extremely helpful and the valet parking was efficient and useful ($15 per day)
I booked direct with the Hotel and thought the $99 per night was worth it.
Lombardy There's much better in DC
You can do much better in DC. Old rooms , loud A/C, ours fellout at night onto the floor. and old elevators you have to wait for the doorman to manually operate the elevators so be prepared to walk if the hotel is busy
My husband and I spent a lovely "get away" few days at the Lombardy. In all respects, it was a delightful experience. The room was small but very pleasant, staff accommodating and helpful, location perfect for sightseeing and dining. We have always enjoyed smaller boutique hotels and would rate this one among the nicest.