Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington, DC / Downtown
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Today we did the 'Mall' after a fashion.
Walked through an interesting sculpture garden where the highlights were a silver tree and a blocky pyramid. Glenn was entranced by the squirrels (we don't have them down under).
We then went to the Smithsonian Space Museum. Wow! Seeing space capsules, first passenger planes as well as some …
Day 4 - We arrive in Washington DC, check into our downtown hotel and head straight out to explore. After a quick bite to eat we walk down 7th Ave and start to get a feel for the city. First stop is the Naval Memorial followed by the Sculpture garden where we cool off by paddling in the big fountain in the centre of the garden. We then walk on to …
On our way to DC, we decided to take a little detour through Williamsburg and we couldn't be happier that we did. Zach and I are rarely quiet in our exploration, but we were literally silent for the first twenty minutes of our walk through this American treasure. Somehow Williamsburg is frozen in time and transports you to the earliest days of our …
After our night time train experience, we staggered off into Union station to try and meet up with our luggage. If we had known it would take this long to get luggage from the train to the station, I would have tried to get some more sleep while we waited. Anyway, with luggage in hand, eventually, we took off walking the …
Thrifty50 stayed here on Nov 18, 2011 during their trip titled: Thrifty50's Great Adventure.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington, DC / Downtown Washington DC
Great hotel for the budget minded
My husband and I visited Washington to see the sights and the cherry blossoms. We were very pleased with our hotel choice. It was very clean, and the service was excellent. It is within walking distance of a variety of nice restaurants, Metro bus stops and subway. If you are energetic, you can even walk to many of the attractions. We would not hesitate to stay here again.
It's inexpensive, and you get what you pay for
I stayed here for a conference only because I was on a tight budget. Where to start?
Across the street from Chinatown, with decent dining options everywhere. Walking distance to almost everything.
1) Surly front desk, generally unhelpful or downright hostile.
2) The shower is located IN YOUR BEDROOM! That made for a nice mildewy smell all the time because the shower curtain didn't keep all the water off the 1000 year-old carpet.
3) Toilet made weird sounds all the time.
4) Windows overlooked crack dealer haven
Maybe their full price rooms were better, but I felt dirty after staying here.
Not a bad stay
Like many before, I was pleased with the Red Roof Inn. I paid $95 for a one night stay when I couldn't find anything under $250 in town. I found the hotel staff friendly and the room adequate. I have certainly stayed in worse while paying 2-3x more. The Red Roof Inn is connected to an upscale gallery apartment unit that rents extremely high. Within two blocks you have several other luxurious high rise apartments/condos. DC is trying to clean up that side of town
However, it is DC and they haven't eradicated all the problems. It is on the fringe of town and therefore two blocks in the wrong direction and it gets ugly. Also, it is adjacent to Chinatown, which looks deceiving--I always shop and eat there.
Overall, I would recommend the Red Roof...especially for the price. You are within two blocks of the Red & Green/Yellow metro lines...about 6 blocks from the US Capitol and a straight shot to the White House. As someone previously stated, it isn't the Hilton, Four Seasons or some fancy chain. The room had minor damage to it...but when the lights are out it is all the same.
I am returning to DC in a few weeks and plan on staying again.
Be prepared to sleep outside the city...
I didnīt expect much after reading the comments on this hotel. However I was still surprised that the hotel was sold out when I wanted to check in, after making a reservation 4 (four) months in advance! And I was not alone: at least 4 people told me that they also have been transferred for the first night of their stay to an outside hotel in Springfield, Virginia!
The staff at the reception was not very friendly, but the room was o.k. (except the terribly loud a/c). That I only paid 360 US $ including tax for 5 nights, kept me calm. Next time I would pay more, if I can rely on my reservation!
What a location!!! What a hotel!!! Myself and my Boyfriend visited Washinton DC from the 7-9th of Feb and stayed here at the Red Roof Inn.
We were not expedting much, but to our surprise the hotel was perfect in every way. The room was spotlessly clean and it was hugh mainly cause there gave us two double beds, when we only needed one. We also had our own bathroom, tea and coffee fasility and tv.. so al was well...
The Hotel is also perfectly located to all the attarctions just a few minutes wil take you there. Also the Metro(which is fantastic) is just above the Hotel in Chinatown! Perfect!!!!
Location, location, location!
For the location of this hotel, it's a great deal. The room is very basic and I did have a few problems (i.e. malfunctioning lights in bathroom and a bug crawling across the floor), but considering that I didn't spend much time in the room during my stay, it was not too bad. If you like to work out, they have an exercise room on the 10th floor. I actually had a room on this floor, which made it quite convenient to work out. Be forewarned though, there's not much equipment and it's not in the best condition. But again, this is the Red Roof Inn, not the Grand Hyatt. There is parking in the garage below the hotel, but it's $15/night. However, the parking is very limited and the spaces are rather tight. If the garage is full, there is an outdoor lot located behind the hotel (I believe they charge the same rate as the garage.)
On the plus side, there are a myriad of diverse restaurants on 7th St, two blocks away, plus a ton of Chinese restaurants around the corner on H St (the heart of Chinatown). The metro is two blocks away. This is a great place to stay if you're attending an event at MCI Center, which is only a few blocks away.
Handy location to look around Washington
Based on the review of the person above from Raleigh, we asked for the rooms he used and they were OK. Because they were on the 9th floor there was no problem with plumbing noises etc. The Metro is quite close (Chinatown) but there are a few beggars to deal with on the way there. I'd stay there again but go for the top floors.
Not so bad
I had read the reviews on this hotel, but needed something close to the MCI center for a concert. I was quite apprehensive, and expected the worst. However, for this price, this is a very acceptable hotel. It's a Red Roof Inn, people, not the Hilton! Anyhow, there were four of us, so we rented two rooms. Room 906 was very nice. Room 908 had some stains on the carpet and chair. Both rooms had a very nice view of the steeple of an old stone church (very nice). Overall, the rooms very very clean and adequate. The staff was friendly and helpful. We did not try the restaurant or bar. The hotel is two blocks to the MCI Center, and is in Chinatown, so the location is fairly good, depending on why you are there. The parking deck is minescule, so you may have to park outside, which worked ok for us. Anyhow, it wasn't the Ritz, but for what it was, it was just fine. I would not hesitate to stay there again.
I'm warning you
Wow, where do I start. OK, here we go. You come to this hotel near nightime. You walk up the stairs thinking it's not so bad. You make it into the room.
This is where everything happened. You look at your room in complete disguist. You see plaster and wallpaper just peeling off the wall. You come to the window and there you look and a B-E-A-U-I-T-I-F-U-L view of the parking lot down below. There you see five drug dealers selling drugs. You then here a toilet flush randomnelly. So you go to the bathroom and find bugs on the floor. You turn on the shower and you can't get any hot water! You sleep nicely and comfortabely with the toilet flushing in the bathroom.
You wake up next morning realizing you should have gone elsewhere.
I suggest you look someplace else...
I stayed in this Inn - which is located close
to China Town Washington DC for 5 days. Booking was done through an agency-for a conference and trade show attendance.
The place is worse than it looks on its web site. The carpeting was dirty. The single armchair in my room had big stains. Plumbing was not functioning properly. At one time I could not get COLD(!) water in my room. Running water smelled of rust.
The matrices were wornout; same as the blanket in my room.
There was no closet in the room. The hair dryer was not working.
Noise insulation is quite poor. The view to the outside is nothing to thrill about. Rust was visible in the bathroom.
The windows had thermal leakage. The place needs severe rennovation. The front desk service was not something to thrill about either. Rather impolite and ignorant.
Breakfast was rather decent.
In the overall, I would not recommend this inn for an enjoyable stay. I would definetely opt for someplace else next time I visit Washington.