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Ethan's really excited about visiting Washington, DC. Before I told him and Wade about the trip he told me he really wanted to see DC. Great minds I guess. LOL
It's cold and very windy today. We're doing a lot of walking. That's the great thing about DC... you can walk everywhere and see so much along the way.
Sorry if I haven't written [in a while]. On the 9th, we went on a bus to Washington D.C. On the 10th, we went to the Air and Space Museum. Then we saw the monuments, like the Lincoln Memorial, the Korea Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial.
Today we went to the American Indian Museum. It was great! There's a lot of neat stuff there. Then we went to the Capitol Building and took a tour. We saw all the things in the Capitol.
Then we went over to the Library of Congress. We saw lots of stuff, like the Gutenberg Bible, and Thomas Jefferson's library.
Today, we went to the Museum of Natural History (the Smithsonian one) There [were] lots of stuff there. They even had a kinkajou, my favorite animal Oh yeah, and they had dinosaurs too. And the most famous diamond, the Hope Diamond! You know what it is? It's a diamond that lots of famous people have possessed. And it's said to have a deadly …
[On] the 11th, my birthday, we went to the Holocaust Museum. It was sad. Then, we stopped at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to see money be made.
We then went up the Washington Monument. Wow, what a view up there! That's why there's no skyscrapers in Washington D.C., so the Washington Monument can be the tallest building. We …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Washington Marriott Washington DC
The room was very clean and updated. The breakfast buffet is one of the best I've ever eaten. The bellmen are excellent.
A very average hotel in a city of above-average hotels
The price and location enticed us into booking this hotel for 3 days. The room was so small there was not even room for our suitcases! The bed was just OK. We had to ask for additional pillows, they were as tiny as the room and just as flat. The front desk clerk provided us with mis-information regarding a monument tour. Dupont Circle was advertised as being close by, where it actually it was quite the walk. There are so many great hotels in DC and there are good deals out there too. So if you find a a different hotel costing a few bucks higher than this one, take it, you'll be glad you did. It would be worth it.
Do not arrive at 2 a.m.
I stayed at the Washington Marriott June 25-27. I advised them I was going to get late, the flight was scheduled to arrive at 12.30 a.m. Flight delays made me arrive at 2.20 a.m. The receptionist told me that I had to wait since the computer was running the daily program and the room was not assigned. Finally at 2.40 a.m. I got the key and went up to the room. To my surprise there was a woman inside the room. To make the story short I went to sleep about 3 a.m.
The front desk people were not into the culture of service, they were just doing their job.
Besides that, the hotel is O.K. with an excellent location a couple of blocks from Georgetown.
We stayed at the Marriott from 7/2-7/4 since I was able to get a $60/night from Priceline. It was worth the $60, however, I wouldn't pay the normal asking rates for the room we had. I think there are bigger room, but since we got it through priceline, we got a smaller room. It was a comfortable and clean room but very small. If you'll be doing the sites in D.C. and not spending too much time in the hotel - it's perfect. The bed was very comfortable (even though we asked for a king, they couldn't accomadate and gave us a queen). The bathroom was small but had nice marble countertops. Had all the amenities you could want for a weekend. Great location - only 3 blocks to the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro Station - very easy to get to. Even walking up to Dupont Circle wasn't bad -have your sneakers on!
Enjoyed my stay at the Washington Marriott
I stayed at the Washington Marriott for two nights in June, and I couldn't have been more satisfied with my experience. My room was lovely, and it had a great view from the 9th floor. Everything in the hotel, including my room, was spotless.
I highly recommend the Atrium restaurant. They had a fantastic lunch and breakfast buffet in the $15 range.
However, I think the best part of the experience was the wonderful shower in my room. The oversized tub and marble walls made for a very relaxing shower.
The hotel is within an easy walk to the Foggy Bottom Metro where you can catch the train or a shuttle into Georgetown.
Other reviewers have mentioned the proximity of the hotel to a fire station, and this is true. However, I was never bothered by the sirens once I was asleep.
My Worst Hotel Stay in Recent Memory
I'm a very experienced traveler. Please don't take lightly the title of this review. I was in DC for a conference and arrived in late morning on a Wednesday. I was told my room was not ready and to return after noon. I went to a nearby restaurant and had lunch and returned about 12:30 and it still wasn't ready. I was then told to return at 2 and my room would definitely be ready. I decided to go and visit some historical attractions for a couple of hours and returned at about 2:15. By this time I was exhausted and in need of a shower. I was told that not only was my room not ready, but that I was far down a list of people waiting for a room. I made the reservation at least a month in advance. Needless to say, I was not at all happy. The girl standing next to the one helping me was obviously more experienced and noticed my displeasure. She quickly intervened and found me a room. I arrived at my room only to find that the view I had was of a dirty rooftop and air conditioning units.
After my shower I felt something sticky on my foot. It was chewing gum stuck to the carpet that had not been cleaned up. I was getting very upset. I didn't complain about that because I knew I'd just get back and write this instead. However, there was one thing that I did say something about. The night before I left I went to bed early in anticipation of an early flight. There were high schoolers making noise in the hallway at midnight so I called and they promised to send security. They had little effect. Then I noticed my floor and walls shaking from music. At 1 AM I called and was informed that there was a party on the floor below mine that was to break up shortly and I was asked to be patient. It didn't end until well after 2 AM.
The next time I have to go to the Washington Marriott for a conference, I'll pay double to stay at the Ritz across the street. You usually get what you pay for. I got a cut rate room at cut rate quality with cut rate service.
OK For the Weekend
Stayed here in March for a weekend, based on a Priceline rate of about 65 dollars a night. Couldn't complain with that rate. Large room, typically well-equipped. The hotel is near a fire station, but that didn't bother me. Seemed to have lots of tour groups, including school groups, which could mean more noise. Most significant thing about my stay was that the hotel missed delivering me a message. When the mistake was brought to their attention later that evening, the front office manager came up and apologized in person, and then sent me a wine and cheese platter. A nice touch to ensure that my lasting impression was a positive one. The location is OK, a long walk to Georgetown and Dupont Circle, but lots of restaurants in the M and K Street areas nearby, many of which have half-off Sunday and Monday specials.
Excellent Staff, Location, Room
We stayed 10/28 - 11/1 2004. The staff was exceptional. Service with a smile and willing to go the extra mile. Thomas brought our bags to the room and then went and filled our ice bucket without hesitation. The front office staff got us a rollaway at our request and it was there right as we arrived at our room (no charge). The room price was an excellent value for the location (got it right through Marriott web site and that was after checking all the deals through this site). The hotel room (12th flr) was very quite all night long. The hotel just completed upgrading all their rooms and ours was well appointed. When asked where to go eat, Dorie picked up the phone and made us reservations at a wonderful restaurant (seafood) that we could walk to. They also provided us maps, and walking directions (typed) to family friendly food locations, again within walking distance. The metro stop is 200 feet from the front entrance and that can take you to major sites / airport. 3 blocks to White House / Treasury / Ford's Theater. The hotel also provides 24/7 security staff (not that we felt that we needed it) inside the lobby and by the elevators and will check for hotel ID for anyone entering the room elevator area. Fitness facility was well appointed and never crowded. Lap pool and a hot hot tub.
When we go back - we will stay there again for sure.
Good location, good restaurant
Just checked out today from the Washington Marriott. We stayed Wednesday - Sunday and had a great rate as part of a conference. The location is great. Walking distance of Georgetown (6 or 8 blocks) and the White House (about a mile). The room was nice enough and they were very friendly when they accommodated our request to check in an hour early. (3:00 instead of 4:00) They do have Marriott's $9.99/day service that includes unlimited long distance, local calls, and high-speed internet. We had a wonderful meal at the restaurant - Blackie's - highly recommend it. Although we didn't take advantage of the fitness center and pool, we did use the business center, which had a nice array of services and was reasonably priced. We only had two negative experiences - 1) a front desk attendant who responded very rudely when we asked her to remove a restaurant charge that wasn't ours and 2) we had a lot of trouble finding someone to assist us with shipping a package on a Sunday. One rude employee marred an otherwise good experience.
Love this Place!
I have stayed in on numerous occasions--favorite hotel in DC. Central to everything, plus the restaurant is great. I had always tried to avoid hotels restaurants, particularly for dinner, but this one is worth traveling in for. I was able to get this on a great Priceline deal and since have found some great internet savings on this hotel.