One Washington Circle Hotel
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Packed our bags as we were checking out today. We extended our check out time to 2pm without additional charge as our flight was not until late at night. Went for a walk and bought some lunch. Put our bags in storage at the hotel. Caught the train into ...? . .? Got back collected our bags, caught shuttle to Metro then caught the train to Union …
... dam. The cold temperature of the water produced this fine mist across the river which was like a natural air conditioner. Time for a swim with an ever so graceful entry.
The river was tranquil. This was our first glimpse of the Smoky Mountain Ranges and we were impressed to say the least. This would have been the perfect spot to set ...
... a map and promptly took us in the wrong direction... We went down a steep hill and found a running/biking trail where a cyclist told us the back entrance to the zoo that was down the path. We managed to follow directions and soon found ourselves wandering into the zoo. At this point let me say, feel free to bring your own food and DRINK with you. There were no check points, no-one opening our bags looking for contraband, we just walked right in. ...
... laid out with many smaller rooms and key-coded wall colours and quite wonderful interior garden courtyards with comfortable and elegant lounge chairs and glass tables and central fountains and huge palms etc making for restful interludes to this formidable and surprisingly and delightfully uncrowded but well used Gallery. Of course we were selective about what to look at but stunning Tintorettos,Rubens, Holbein ,van Dyck El Greco, Veronese, Van Gogh, Matisse, Cezanne and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews One Washington Circle Hotel Washington DC
Enjoyed One Washington Circle
We stayed at the hotel from March 22nd to March 25th and were impressed at the service and the size of the room. Coffee beans and grinder were definitely a plus, kitchenette, spacious room, newspaper every morning at your door, chocolate mints every evening, Aveda shampoo, soap, lotion, and conditioner. Upon checking in, the front desk called to make sure everything was OK. We needed an extra set of towels for our daughter which was provided immediately. Very fine service and the restaurant was good. There is a coin operated laundry in the basement which was also nice. We would definitely stay there again and through hotels the room rate was better than most of the hotels. It is in a very convenient location. The sirens from the hospital were not excessive and we encounter that here at home so it was not anything unusual for us and didn't bother us at all. Throughout DC there are sirens when the President passes or an embassy official passing through, as well.
One Washington Circle: Fabulous Hotel, Great Staff, Incredible Rooms, Perfect Location
In March 2004, my wife and I planned a trip to Washington, DC to attend a leadership conference. Since I hadn't been to DC since I was a kid, we decided to extend the trip and do some sight-seeing as well.After reviewing several Washington hotels, we decided on One Washington Circle (hereby referred to as OWC). We wanted a hotel within walking distance to the National Mall, but also within easy access to a MetroRail stop. OWC provided both of these. It was approximately six blocks down 23rd Street from the Lincoln Memorial / Vietnam Memorial end of the National Mall, and about seven blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.In addition, it was only one and a half blocks from the Foggy Bottom/George Washington University stop on the orange and blue lines of the MetroRail, Washington's excellent subway/surface rail system. (The hotel is affiliated with GWU and is adjacent to campus).OWC was also a short walk (about 15 minutes) from the Georgetown area, with its excellent dining and shopping opportunities.Rate: We booked online via expedia and obtained an "Expedia Special Rate" of $179/night for the first two nights, with the third night free. With tax, the total for three nights came to just under $420. Not bad for a three-night stay during spring break, a popular time in DC. The only negative with the Expedia Special Rate program is that you have to pay the entire amount up front at the time of booking.Checking In / The Room: After a harrowing ride from BWI airport (the driver was clueless and easily lost), we arrived at OWC about 1:30 on a Wednesday afternoon. The lobby was very nicely decorated, with modern furniture and a circle motif that carried through to the end tables, wallpaper, and the mirrors on the walls.The desk staff were very friendly, and told us that the room we'd be getting was not the room we'd booked. Instead, they had upgraded us to a 3rd floor suite! Cool!We rode the elevator upstairs. Again, the hallways featured the circle motif, with round mirrors and circles on the carpet. We found our room, tucked into a corner of the floor, and opened the door.And were absolutely blown away. We travel a fair amount, but don't generally stay in suite-class accommodations. This was, by far, the nicest hotel room we've ever stayed in. The door opened up into a short hallway which led into a large living room. This room featured a sofa, easy chair, glass-topped coffee and end tables, a large desk, and a armoire with a 32" TV inside.To the immediate right as you walked in was a small coat closet, and then the suite's kitchen. The kitchen was fully-equipped, with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, and even a coffee grinder!! And yes, the hotel provided fresh coffee beans each day of our visit!Past the TV on the right side of the room was a dining area, complete with a black dining table and six chairs. The table was lit by a funky set of four overhead lights with colored shades.At the far side of both the living and dining rooms, sliding glass doors led out onto a large balcony, easily 25 feet wide. This balcony didn't have a great view, overlooking 23rd and L Streets.To the left of the living room was the entrance to the bedroom. This room featured a king-sized bed, two end tables, a dresser, a 19" TV, and a large closet. The suite's bathroom was connected to the bedroom, and was huge and well-stocked. The shower stall (no tub, unfortunately) was huge.The hotel also offered turn-down service and left chocolate mints on the nightstand each night.Food / Beverage Service: The first night we stayed at OWC, we left the hotel for dinner and a few drinks. As we were walking back to the hotel, we were snowed on, and decided to stop in the hotel's bar, the "Circle Bistro," for a nightcap and to warm up. We were pleasantly surprised to find a wood-burning fireplace in the bar, and spent a couple hours enjoying the atmosphere. The bar was elegantly decorated with comfortable furniture and several little nooks to tuck yourself into for quiet conversation.Drinks were typical hotel prices -- that is to say, expensive. As an example, a martini was $6.50, an Amstel light $6.00! However, while we were there, we noticed advertisements and menus for their happy hour specials, 5-7 PM each day.So two days later, we returned. We only had about an hour before we needed to leave the hotel, and the bartender (same one from two days earlier) was happy to expedite things for us. They had several drink specials, and several happy hour hors d'Ouevres platters for only one dollar each!! My wife and I had a different snack in mind, though. We'd seen, in the hotel room and in the elevator, advertisements for "Chef George's Swiss Fondue."We ordered the fondue, and it came in about 15 minutes, as promised. It was a deliciously creamy Swiss cheese blend, served with cubes of fresh Italian bread and various fruits. Delicious!!We didn't have occasion to eat any other meals from the hotel restaurant, but if the fondue is any indication, the food is superb! The Circle Bistro restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also provides room service to hotel guests.Checking Out / Miscellany: Checking out was a breeze, and the hotel staff was happy to hold our luggage for about six hours while we traveled to Arlington National Cemetery and then spent the afternoon in Georgetown. They also arranged for a cab to our next destination when we departed.The hotel provided high-speed Internet access at no charge. Since I had my laptop with me, we simply connected the Ethernet cable provided on the room's desk and were online. For those traveling without laptops, Internet service was also available through the TV set and a wireless keyboard.We had one billing discrepancy that showed up on our account, an $18/day charge for hotel parking, even though we didn't have a car. The hotel staff resolved this, although it took two calls to the front desk.About the only other negative aspect of OWC was its proximity to George Washington University Hospital. Ambulance sirens were quite noticeable during the day and early evening, though neither my wife nor I were bothered by them while sleeping. I can be a fairly light sleeper, so I assume the frequency and/or volume of sirens at night are lessened.All in all though, a fabulous hotel. 100% recommended.
My wife and I stayed at One Washington Circle for a mini-vacation in late February of 2003. The hotel was better than advertised! I found a great rate on the internet and since we were trying to go cheaply, decided to give One Circle a try. First, the rooms are very spacious.
We had the smallest suite availabe but still had more than enough room for two. The full kitchen is a great plus. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The hotel is only 1 block from the metro. Very easy walk to Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Lincoln Memorial and the White House. I would reccomend this hotel to anyone.
One Washington Circle, one superb hotel
I've stayed in some nice places during my two months in America and Canada but this was easily the best. Right from the friendly and very helpful staff to everything to do with the room One Washington Circle deserves to be praised to the hilt. Everything is spotless, the rooms (well, all of them are suites) are massive, comfortable, well appointed, tastefully decorated and most of all as clean as you will find. The hotel is a bit out of the centre of Washington, but still only a 15/20 minute walk to Lincoln Memorial and/or The White House.
And it's a 5 minute walk from Foggy Bottom/GWU subway station - which means a 10-minute ride right to the heart of everything on the cleanest of America's subway systems - it's only 10 minutes from Arlington/Pentagon by train as well, and close to the nightlife of Georgetown. I would heartily recommend this hotel to anyone staying in DC, even those on a tighter budget like me - I got three nights for the price of 2 and enjoyed my time there immensely.
Nice hotel... clean and neat. Entire staff was great. However- due to its close proximity to Geo. Washington Hospital there was the constant sound of sirens. The hotel staff did offer to 'upgrade' us to a larger room and did so. Now in the larger and much nicer room the intensity of the sirens was somewhat reduced, but still present. A word of advise- ask for a room on the 5th floor or higher. We were on the 3rd floor.
The sofa and easy chair may have been stylish, but very uncomfortable to sit in for any extended period. The restaurant was very over-priced and the menu limited. Walk a couple blocks north to Bread and Chocolate for breakfast or lunch. Try Shula's for a great steak dinner or Legal Seafood, both are within a couple of blocks. Easy access to the Metro is also a short walk away. All in all, we would stay there again but would insist on more peace and quiet.
My husband, 2 yr. old and I recently spent 2 nights at this hotel. I had done a lot of internet research to find an attractive hotel with a great location. I'm so glad I picked One Washington Circle. The hotel has recently been redecorated with an attractive, modern look. The staff was friendly and helpful. Every room is a suite and has a balcony with a view. Our room was very spacious with a large entry, kitchen, bath, living room, bedroom and walk-in closet that was bigger than most bathrooms. The television had computer access as well as video game access which my husband loved. The location is also great, just a block to the metro (a much nicer and cleaner subway system than Boston or NYC) and is within walking distance of the Lincoln Memorial and many other sights. We would definitely stay in this hotel again and highly recommend it!
A great little hotel
We were thoroughly satisfied with our recent stay at One Washington Circle. Since we were traveling with another family, we had booked two rooms. Both rooms were quite comfortable and very clean. We especially liked the large, fluffy pillows and enjoyed using the Aveda soaps and lotions. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We arrived well before normal check-in time and were pleasantly surprised that one room was ready and that we would be allowed to check into it early. All of us were able to freshen up a bit before heading out to see the sights!
On the day we checked out, they let us store our luggage to be picked up later that day. For an additional $8, we were allowed to keep our car in the garage as well. The hotel is unassuming from the outside and looks more like an apartment building set amidst large shade trees. All the rooms have small balconies, which is very nice. The hotel is located in a residential area within easy walking distance to the Foggy Bottom metro stop. The hotel is close to both the Georgetown and the downtown area. We felt very safe and will definitely consider returning to this hotel in the future.
One Washington Circle was fantastic
The hotel was perfect in every way. Beautiful suite with a fully equiped kitchen, fresh coffee beans to grind for our morning coffee, and all the comforts of home. Just across Washington circle from Foggy Bottom metro stop, where you can also catch the Georgetown shuttle for fifty cents, or just a short walk to Georgetown for some great sights. We felt perfectly comfortable, even after dark, coming and going by metro. No shady caracters to be seen at any hour. The staff was very attentive and friendly, especially Loren at the front desk. We got a great price on the internet and just wanted to tell everyone you can't go wrong with this hotel. We will definately go back to Washington as soon as possible and One Washington Circle Hotel will be our hotel again.
Favorite D.C. Hotel
This totally renovated hotel is our favorite place to stay in D.C. The Penthouse and Grand suites are extremely spacious and well decorated, and having a balcony and kitchen made us feel like we were staying in a beautiful apartment in a great residential neighborhood. The location is great and very close to the metro. You can walk almost anywhere if you want. The staff is friendly and made us feel very welcome. If you stay off season, the rates are particularly good. Overall, this is a beautiful hotel at a good price.
A disaster area
We booked four nights at this hotel with a break of three days and a return for three more nights. The first four days were uneventful. When we returned for our extra three nights - booked and confirmed long in advance - we were told, at 11 p.m.. that our rooms were being kept by the people who had booked in during our absence and we would have to go to another hotel, but could return the next day. There was no way they could oust the people in our reserved room - we were told - because DC law insisted that, once you occupied a room, you could keep it as long as you could pay for it! Imagine 50 people did that...The staff were totally unsympathetic and couldn't understand why we were upset. We moved, eventually, to New Hampshire Suites where we got a much better room, a much better deal and more sympatico management. There is no way we would ever contemplate returning to Washington Circle and George Washington University ought to think hard about its ownership of this downmarket hotel which charges upmarket prices.