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When Chloe and I went for our first evening stroll after getting into DC, it was like we were instantly at home. The climate was perfect (silkily warm with the gentlest breeze) and there was an understated mood of content. As we strolled through Lafayette Park, just some 5 blocks away, teenagers were playing ball games and others we'd strolling …
It was an early start to drop the car off at Orlando airport. We were supposed to find a gas station to fill the car with fuel but couldn't find one on the freeway to the airport so expected to have to pay the overpriced cost of fuel to the rental company. The lovely lady at Dollar decided to not notice the tank wasn't full and so we didn't have to …
... it back to my room and took advantage of the extra hour of sleeping time (Daylight savings time, huzzah!). Today the group will be arriving for orientation and I look forward to meeting with them and starting my first ever Road Scholar adventure. Before they get here though I am going to try and fit in some of the Smithsonian Museums, so it's ta-ta for now! I will update again tonight with pictures and the first days activities on the program.
... with fountains and dedications to the Pacific and Atlantic theaters. Very impressive! We then went to the Vietnam Memorial always so moving to see. Up to the Lincoln Memorial and then we ended with the Korean War memorial. They were all so interesting and thought provoking. Hard to explain. The pictures I have posted won't do justice to what I saw but it will give you a glimpse.
We walked back ...
... Cathedral. It is beautiful! We took a "Behind the Scenes" tour which took us all over the cathedral, and we learned much about the history of the cathedral. It was interesting to hear that the cathedral was built in the 1900s, and the structure was finished in 1990. It is somewhat weird to see a cathedral that completely resembles the ancient European cathedrals, complete with gargoyles, and know that it is so new. The ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews State Plaza Hotel Washington DC
Great Value in the District
My daughter and I spent 5 nights there 4/22-4/26. We were very pleased altho the maid service was not perfect(slow to replace toiletries w/o specific request, removed unopen sode from fridge).We arrived at 7 AM after a red-eye flight. The hotel gave us a room immediately and did not charge for the extra time. The room was spacious with separate kitchenette, bath and dressing room. Well lighted, good tv, good AC, friendly staff quick to respond to any request. Safe, great location near GWU, 5 blocks from Metro, walking distance to Lincoln Memorial, inexepnsive taxi ride to Reagan Internat'l. Didn't use restaurant but it looked nice. Hint: learn to use the metro right away -- it's great. Eat at Ebbett's Grill. Don't miss monuments at night.
Professional service; perfect location; nice price
Located 4 blocks from the white house and four blocks from vietnam memorial, so good location for touring without need for metro.
The rooms have older furniture and tile. But very clean. The staff was very professional and well dressed.
Price was good $100-140 depending on the night. Parking right under the hotel, so you have access to your car whenever you want.
My room had full refrig, gas stove, and sink. Could have used a microwave.
Not a pleasant experience
Would not recommend this hotel to anyone. Front desk workers were not very friendly and one in-particular was quite rude. Most of the employees do not speak very much english. Parking is a nightmare unless you get there right at check-in time. The room was average for the price. It was clean, but the kitchen/appliances looked like they were from 1950. The "courtesy bar" which was filled with overpriced candy and trailmix was opened and items were missing. We called the front desk and after being transferred to 3 non-english speaking employees we were told there would be no charges. We, again, asked if there were any additional charges at check-out and were told there was nothing additional. Of course, charges appeared on our credit card. The weekend we were there was warm and humid and we could not get them to turn on the air-conditioning because it was too early in the year. This made being in the room/sleeping very uncomfortable. Not a pleasant experience, at all.
We were very pleased with the State Plaza
We required two bedrooms, and we booked a junior suite with a pullout couch. This was much more economical than renting two rooms anywhere else. The suite was very spacious and comfortable for two people, and included a large kitchen. The kitchen made it easy to eat in - another economy. To the right of the hotel door on the E Street side is a drugstore and a liquor store, and to the left on the F Street side is a (rather modest) grocery store. There are no restaurants close by, except the one in the hotel. We ate one dinner there, which was very nice, but upscale - not burgers and fries. The location is convenient to the sights, especially the Lincoln Memorial, which is impressive at night. If someone else is paying, you can certainly find more luxurious places. But we felt the State Plaza was a find for an economical and pleasant stay.
Keep it simple for the incompetent staff
If you want a great location, don't want to pay much, are a party of one or two, and have NO SPECIAL REQUESTS for the staff, this is a pretty good place. It has a 1950s apartment building feel. No, the views aren't any good, but you can walk out the front door and be down at the Lincoln Memorial in 10 minutes. Big kitchens, and there is a decent Safeway grocery 10 minutes on foot at the Watergate complex. I came with a large group of schoolkids. Disaster! Expedia reservations found only after a protracted battle with the receptionist (whose English was poor). Couldn't get adjacent rooms. In fact, our rooms were in different floors and in different buildings. We arrived in the afternoon but weren't settled in our rooms until after dinner. Phones didn't work. TV volume didn't work. Wrong keys given. Bellhop couldn't find our rooms. lots more but I'll spare you. to sum up: great location. good price. bad service
We stay there regularly!!!
This hotel is perfectly located in DC center. YOu can park on the street or in the garage they have. It is walking distance to all the museums. We have stayed there maybe twenty times in the past 8 years and only had one minor problem of note. For about 100.00 you are moving back in time to about 1955 with the decor and the whole deal. Every room has a stove, frig and a coffee pot and they are located in a little kitchenette off from the main sleeping area. There is a zip mart right next door to get goodies. The rooms have a little dressing room off of the bathrooms that makes it great for a little privacy. The plumbing is old and it will run hot and cold sometimes but the bang for the buck is beyond anyones complaint. I have stayed 5 star and 1 star and this ranks 5 for value and 3 for everything else.
State Plaza: March 2003
The hotel staff could speak better english, but none of them were native to our country. Front desk personel should be more informed, ask more questions about their customers upon check-in. The aft building, were I stayed, had no cover to protect from the weather. You had to pass thru a long hall, then thru a garage. The view is something to be desired, since I saw the rear of other buildings. The front & rear entrances were modest. The rooms are comfortable & kitchenette roomy.
The restaurant meal was almost adequate, but food delicious. The location is great, close to many attractions. Cost was comperable to lodging in the Washington area. I give it a 6.5 on scale of 10.
Great locations, great price
Apart from having to tell the taxi driver where it was - I had never been before I used my map! It was a great stay, brillaint location within walking distance of white house etc... price was very reasonale, rooms clean, beds comfy, staff pleasant, kitchen with all amenities. No complaints!
If you are looking for something clean and close to centre its a good choice!
State Plaza - Consider Carefully
We (2 adults and children aged 15 & 12) stayed in two adjacent rooms in August 2003.
We didn't experience any of the problems described by Frederick, MD but then we asked very little of the staff during our stay.
There were some indications that the hotel is not all it ought to be.
Our rooms were adjacent, as requested, but there was no door between the two so we could check up on our kids only by retaining a key and going via the corridor. Both rooms were, however, clean and spacious with full kitchen facilities including a fridge/freezer larger than ours at home!
The taxi booked by the hotel for our departure was expensive (until we negotiated the driver down), untidy and appeared to be a private car.
There were no signs or anything to suggest it was an official taxi.
The best thing about this hotel is the price and location. It's within walking distance of the White House, Lincoln memorial, Watergate, JFK centre, Arlington cemetery and loads of other places. This meant it met our needs but Frederick's tales suggest we may have been lucky.
First of all, I arrived with my employer, only to find that then main entrance is NOT handicap-accesible, and as I'm in a wheelchair, that is annoying. In order to get to the rooms, I had to go outside, down a stinky alley, past some dumpsters, and through a too-steep-for-wheelchairs parking garage. I felt like a second-class citizen. Then, the girl at the front desk was unbelieveably rude, even after we found out that the reservations had been put in for the wrong date. My boss pulled out her laptop with the confirmation from Expedia.com, with the date listed correctly, and after showing the girl, she looked my boss in the eye, and still called her a liar. They finally fixed it after my employer had to get two or three different managers. The elevators smelled very strongly of urine. We missed the first business meeting because of the hotel, and lost out on a deal. It took almost 6 hours to get towels. The Internet connection in the room was not working, so we called for a technician, whose English was poor at best. He just kept saying that the high-speed service wouldn't work with AOL. So we tried to get him to fix the dial-up access, which he flatly refused to do. In the end *I* had to fix the high-speed connection to work with the AOL. Last time I checked, that's NOT my job. After going around and around with numerous people, a manager agreed to comp the stay, and offered us free lunch the next day in the restarant. Trying to ignore the stained carpets and ratty bedspreads, the evening was passed with our beautiful view of the dark, stinky alley and dumpsters. Before we checked out the next day, we requested our free meal. They flatly refused, and called us liars once again. Its not that I was terribly desiring more of their bland, freezer-burned salmon, but at least wanted some feeling of hospitality. In the end, I had to call my husband to leave work, pick us up, and drive my boss to the airport. I then went home and cried.