Travel Blogs from Washington DC
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That evening we went to a free show at the Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts. It was a theatre group performing amusing ads found on CraigsList. It was funny, weird in parts (intended), featured a fight scene and a sex scene! I was not expecting that! Thankfully it only involved going down to sports style underwear! Our main motivation for going there was to see the Kennedy Centre and DC from its famous terrace, but also to see a ...
After getting settled in at our 'shoe free' hostel on H Street NE, we headed off to Dupont Circle. We watched a sweaty salsa lesson on the circle for a few minutes before going in search of a bar for a bite to eat and a few beers. We ended up being classy at a bar with $2 PBR tall cans and $3 philly cheese steak (Fi's first). The following morning we decided to hire bikes as we only had one day to fit in the hundreds of monuments and museums DC has to offer. First off we headed to the ...
... took us past a number of sites including the White House, The National Archives (site of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution), Union Station, The US Capitol Building and the Library of Congress, Washington Monument and too the Lincoln Memorial. We go off the bus at this most famous site and caught a shuttle bus to a most sacred site, Arlington Cemetery. Instead of walking around this massive site we caught a tour bus which took ...
... embassy while we were in Washington today and got us all little Korean gifts. He is Korean by the way if I haven’t mentioned already, it wasn’t just random! I got a cute little Korean teddy bear thing which was sweet. After all the pizza and gifts I enjoy my last cider in the cool box and head to bed. Well the van again! Luna decides to go back to our tent but with the zip still broken I’m sure as hell ain’t sleeping in there. My final night in a tent averted ...
... my flight is cancelled so starts the marathon that is travel re-booking. I'm able to get a nonstop to Newark that gets me there with 5 hours to spare. A bit hard to get from Newark, then home, then JFK but doable. Laundry would not be done, but mail and the picking up of planters could be done. Ok not too bad.
Unfortunately the dates in my trip-it calendar just weren't making sense. OHH I see the agent rescheduled me to fly ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Tabard Inn Washington DC
I stayed at this hotel in mid February for a business meeting and awoke in the middle of the night with bed bugs everywhere. I caught two in a cup and took them to the front desk where the night guard was minimally helpful. He did move me to another room at my insistence but then called twice after 4 am to ask me if I had moved my items and again to bring down the key.
The following day the manager was short with me and no one was in the least bit apologetic or sympathetic and made no offer to compensate for the lost night of sleep. My bites the following day were over an inch and a half in diameter! A place I will never return.
I have to disagree with the bad reviews!
The Tabard Inn has a cosy, slightly shabby-chic atmosphere that makes you feel instantly at home. The staff were all polite and helpful and the inclusive breakfast was excellent.
When I checked in I was told that I had been upgraded to a room with private bath at no extra charge. The room (room 2 on ground floor, and a bit noisy) was very large with a lovely bath under a skylight (it made a loud noise when it rained though).
I liked the art deco styling, the selection of books, and the bed was very comfortable. Sadly I visited in January, so couldn't take advantage of the lovely garden. Next time...
We just returned from a weekend at the Tabard Inn. While the downstairs bar and restaurant were true gems, we cannot say the same about the hotel. We made our reservation well in advance and requested a certain room based off the internet pictures but were completely disappointed upon arrival to find that we were not going to have that room or another like it. Instead, we ended up in room 56 which has an extremely small bed (do not attempt if over 5'8!) and no cooperation from the young woman who checked us in to see if there was any chance we could change rooms. Additionally, when we made the hotel reservation the Tabard Inn failed to inform us that the continental breakfast included in the room rate would only be served until 9:30am on Sunday morning and further questions to see if we could eat after were rudely answered that all reservations were booked for brunch. Our advice- Make a reservation for breakfast, lunch, or dinner but DO NOT STAY here if you are looking for a clean, romantic getaway.
Unlike the other people posting messages here, we didn't stay at The Tabard. But we're submitting a review b/c we spent plenty of time at there having dinner and drinks-- which were excellent. The cozy, darkly lit sitting room downstairs has comfy couches and chairs. It would have been perfect for drinks with friends, or table games like cards or chess (you'd have to bring your own though) and my Washingtonian friends tell me love this place in cold winter months. The innkeeper let us look at a few empty rooms, and we thought they had a lot of charm with their antique furnishings. My husband and I came to the conclusion that we would again stay at the Topaz Hotel next door to get their luxuries, but go to The Tabard for dinner/drinks. Or if you stay at The Tabard, only go on pleasure since their amenities really aren't geared towards business travelers' needs.
Dont stay here!!! especially if you have a baby with you. we were put in room 26 which was adjacent to a party room, the party didnt end until 1am and we couldnt sleep most of the night because of hotel noise. when we complained and talked to the owner, jeremiah, he accused of exaggerating and did not do anything to compensate us. the staff were rude, inefficient and inhospitable. the rooms are ok, if you like "charm" but dont like modern convenience. its a noisy place, so you are better off on one of the top floors. when we tried to change rooms, the woman at the desk lied and told us there were no rooms available to move us into. we found out the next day there was a room available and they could have moved us. also, the room we were in was filthy, dirty blinds and windows.
We stayed 3 nights here and was never offered any hospitality at all. Even upon check-in, they did not offer a hello, welcome, or even 'can I help you?' They were not rude, just very indifferent. The inn itself is very cute. The rooms were tastefully decorated. The bathroom was updated, the shower had nice hot water and good pressure, and the towels were soft. There is no elevator..we were on the 4th floor. We tried to have dessert outside at 10pm on Friday night, and they would not seat us at any table since we were not ordering dinner. Seemed like it was late enough that the dinner crowd we be finsihed?!? Instead, we were offered a couch and low table for our desserts. One other concern was security. You must leave your room key with the front desk, and they never asked for any sort of ID or even last name to confirm you as the authorized guest. Was a little bit concerning. I agree with the last reviewer, if you are East coast mentality, the lack of service might not bother you. As for me, I think I will try a different place next time.
My husband and I chose the Tabard for our 8-nights in Washington D.C..
We stayed here for two nights after a week at chain hotel in the suburbs. It was a nice change and my husband loved it. The staff was very helpful ... from making our room ready hours before check-in, to providing an extra bed and waiving extra-person fee, to recommending restaurants in the neighborhood. And the included breakfast was more than enough to get us through most of the day. We were able to chose the specific room we wanted when making reservations, but I felt the photo of the rooms on the Web site were a little deceiving. The bed was hard and small but the furnishings were beautiful. Overall, I'd recommend it, but probably wouldn't stay there more than 2 or 3 nights ... the charm wears off quickly when climbing lots of stairs.
Watch out for your car!
My husband and I stayed here the night we were married. The room was adorable and the shower was simply phenomenal. However, our great experience turned incredibly sour when we went to get our car from the valet. It took 45 minutes because the valet parker was late - on Mother's Day, no less - and when we finally got into the car, it was clear that someone had taken it for a joyride. There were two sets of dark boot prints on the driver and passenger side of the car - a brand new car, no less. I was just relieved that the valet hadn't stolen it, since I'd just purchased the car for my husband as a wedding gift. The worst part is, the Inn tried to blame us for using the wrong valet, when it was clear that their employee was the one responsible.
The Tabard is your Aunt Edna's house - your room will have a comfy, bouncy bed, a nice selection of books next to a welcoming easy chair with an adjacent lamp to light the pages. Your room will be old-fashioned, clean, and as unlike as possible from any slick, cookie-cutter room at a Marriott or Loew's. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be wonderful in the restaurant - tables and lighting are well suited to intimate meals. The bar - all five or six feet of it - is a neighborhood watering hole; the wait-staff will cheerfully bring your cocktails to you in one of the charming up-and-down-stairs-and-around-the-corner nooks and crannies, and will make you feel very much at home. In summary, you do not belong here if you are concerned with quantity over quality, glitz over style, new-money ostentation over old-money taste. Your Aunt Edna would feel right at home here - and so do I.