Residence Inn Washington, DC/Capitol
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Caught the Megabus from NYC to Washington DC. It took about 5 hours and then we walked to our hotel about 45 minutes away from Union Station. Went out to see some sites and had a late dinner
Up and had breakfast early to catch the bus from New York to Washington DC. Our bus left at 12.00pm from 34th St and 8th Avenue in NYC. The trip took 5 hours and we were dropped off at Dupont Circle where we then we took a cab to our hotel across town. 1st time in a Lincoln and it was like driving in a Jag :) We checked into the Marriott Residence …
After the previous night's lesson on 'buffet etiquette' I decided that the most efficient strategy was for all of us to go through the line, and watch for someone about to leave a table ... BINGO! One family was mostly finished, 'dad' said that they were done, he put the couple things the kids hadn't eaten onto plates and gave us the table. Excellent!
... of Washington, as there is so much to just see even without ever going indoors. We were staying 5 blocks south of the Mall so we spent a lot of time walking around, no need to use the Metro.
Sunday morning and the Mall has a great feel. It turns into a park with locals playing touch football or Frisbee or flying a kite. The Mall always makes me think of the formal nature of the city, the planned layout, the seat of the massive power of the US ...
... We have a good wander round looking at all the past missions and findings and you go could go in one of the rockets. We then head down to the fun section, which I assume was for children but we had a good play with all the experiments anyway. Afterwards, Eric and James hired bikes and headed off to find Nando’s as Eric hadn’t had one before and me and the girls went to get some lunch too. There were loads of catering vans lined up near the museum but not all your ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Residence Inn Washington, DC/Capitol Washington DC
We were in Washington D.C. for a graduation at Georgetown and stayed at this hotel.
Our family of six (4 adults and 2 children) stayed here during the Cherry Blossom Festival in a two bedroom unit. Location was fabulous. Hotel experience was negative. Livingroom/kitchen area was large, but bedrooms rather cramped. Our printed reservation said check-in was 3:00 p.m. which is the time we arrived. We were told by the front desk the policy had been changed that week. Even though the room was ready, they wouldn't allow us to check in until 4:00 p.m. We had to wait in the lobby for an hour. I had called the hotel the day before to confirm the reservation and no one bothered to tell me of the change. There was no supervisor around. Later when we were able to complain to a supervisor, he acted like he couldn't understand the problem. He finally placated us by adding a few Marriott points to our account. Breakfast was a nightmare. No tables, empty food trays, and no silverware for a good 15 minutes. Everyone was complaining. Again, no one was managing the area. The workers seemed overwhelmed. One of our bedrooms had no TV remote, so while looking for it behind the dresser and under the bed, we found a very expired TV Guide and lots of candy wrappers. There was garbage under the livingroom desk. The desk itself was broken on the side with big shards of wood sticking out. There was no blanket for the livingroom sofa sleeper where the children slept. We took a list of these things and other problems down to the front desk. They were none too happy to see us, but did send someone to our room to correct some of the problems. When we go on vacation, we don't appreciate a hotel hassle.
Our family of four with two grade-school kids stayed here for four nights mid-month. This brand-new hotel gets kudos for cleanliness, friendliness, safety, and convenience--under its own roof, anyway. Coming from NYC, I am used to being in a city where anything you could ever want/need is at your fingertips at any hour of the day or night. I am also used to walking long distances, and to public transportation and taking cabs. Families who are not accustomed to these things will already have a problem with this DC locale. During the day, we loved the easy walk to the mall and major sights and museums. But this is not a neighborhood where you'd want to find yourself after business hours. Not because it's dangerous, but because it's just...vacant. Granted, the hotel's suites have fully stocked kitchens, but I am not a person who wants to send out for groceries and cook dinner on my vacation. There are NO restaurants in easy walking distance, especially after a day of sightseeing. The hotel does serve a complimentary dinner M-T-W nights, which we could have opted for the first night we arrived (a Wednesday), but after a long day we really wanted sit-down service, a menu selection, and a glass of wine. We took the metro or a cab to different neighborhoods every night, which was fine, but by the last night, on the heels of unexpected tragic news we got from home, all we wanted was to mindlessly feed the kids and get to bed. The only way to do this was to get a takeout menu from the lobby, order takeout, and eat in the room. Construction sites around the neighborhood seem to indicate changes in the near future--I only hope they're building some restaurants, drug and convenience stores, delis, cafes. To conclude on an "up" note, our spacious, comfortable top floor room had a fabulous view of the Capitol, and we didn't hear a thing (train noise, street sounds, etc). Would we stay again? Definitely. But probably for a shorter duration, and next time, we'll be prepared for nightly ventures out to far-flung restaurants.
Great location just a block from Metro and two blocks from the Mall,. Hotel needs to crackdown on the families who smuggle extra kids into the property as it clearly is overwhelming the ability of the hard working staff to keep up. We saw mountains of sleeping bags being trucked in on the elevator from the parking garage and those kids all went for free breakfast in the morning...the result no tables for the other paying rooms, no food, no cutlery to even eat with if you got food, no bagels, no kids cereals, no juice and coffee machines broken from over use. This was over four days staying there. The pool had to be closed because too many kids had been using it...30 at at time and the chemicals were way out of wack.
The location of this hotel cannot be beat -- one block from the metro, two blocks from the mall -- as long as you own and bring a pair of earplugs. It's right on the train tracks, and the trains -- both freight and passenger -- continue all night and day!! The rooms are nice, and if you get a corner suite, generously sized. The kitchens are well appointed with stoves, full-sized fridges with ice maker, and the bathrooms have ironing boards, hair dryers, and a great shower head. Unfortately, it is loud at this property, it's a little difficult to drive to, parking is $25/day, and the breakfast food runs out and there's no place to sit and eat. Generally Residence Inn is a great stay, and if you can get a deal at this particular location, ask for a street-side room. Also, the views are of construction and rocks or the train tracks.
We spent two weekend nights at the Residence Inn during the Cherry Blossom Festival with our daughter and two of her friends, and were lucky to find a parking space on the street opposite the hotel, so our parking was free! Due to the excellent location of this hotel (about 5 short blocks from the Mall and 1 block from the Metro) we did not need to move our car all weekend. The hotel staff was very friendly, the rooms were immaculate and we appreciated the buffet breakfast, which enabled us to hit the ground running each morning. Dining tables are at a premium, so we took our breakfast trays to our rooms to eat - not a big deal. The girls were a little disappointed with the size of the swimming pool, but agreed that the temperature was just right. I would not consider staying anyplace else to see the Mall museums and monuments, especially for a short stay - this location makes the visit so easy.
The Residence Inn-Capitol, opened Jan. '05 was a great lodging option for my family of 5. A separate bedroom with 2 queens and a pullout sofa fit the bill perfectly without paying the price for 2 rooms. The room had a full kitchenette, but we didn't really use it except to store the snacks that the hotel brought in from the grocery store for us (no charge), because the hot breakfast buffet and buffet dinners(during the week) were included. The kids (and adults) truly enjoyed the warm cookies that were available at the front desk throughout the day. The pool and hot tub were fine and the fitness center was an added perk. The lobby had 2 free internet computers and there were even books on the shelves that you could borrow during your stay.
Terrific Location for Mall visitors
The Marriott Residence Inn Capitol Hill is a remarkable location for visitors to the national mall in DC. A mere three blocks away from the mall, visitors will enjoy the convenience of major attractions just a short distance away.
The hotel rooms are clean and spacious, and including kitchenettes--virtually unheard of among DC hotels. The hotel offers hot breakfast (included in our rates) and hot dinners (for an additional cost) on weekdays. Being so close to the mall does have some downsides however; things quiet down considerably in the evenings, and one will have to take a cab to get to a wider selection of restaurants. The hotel is comfortingly secure, in that guests must have an electronic key to have access beyond the lobby floor.
We really enjoyed our stay! Wonderful location (some sites state 5 blocks to metro, but it is only one very short block). Staff were excellant, housekeeping was wonderful.
I recently used Marriott Rewards points to take my family to DC for the weekend. This property is basically brand new - which is both the good and bad news. The good first: this place is tastefully decorated in a better-than-generic-Marriott contemporary style and located one block from the Metro and about four blocks from the Mall and Smithsonian museums. The bad news: the front desk staff seemed to be winging it and used my family as a training exercise. When I tried to gain entry to the underground parking before check-in, we were rudely treated like home invaders. This rebuff required a stunt-driving reverse exit with about 1 inch clearance on each side of the car. Once inside and checked-in, the $25 daily fee was described -- but the staff did not enter us into the system. So our second shot at the parking chute required us to beg and plead - even though we had just checked in about 2 minutes earlier ! Breakfast on Saturday morning was fine, but Sunday was a madhouse free-for-all. Staff were overwhelmed, all tables taken, no clean plates or silverware, etc. Upon final checkout, my bill came with full price charged to AMEX -- even though I used Marriott Rewards point to purchase. Bottom line: very good location and decent decor, but don't expect any level of sophisticated service.