Travel Blogs from Washington DC
Ok, you might have noticed I've given up on updating this blog every day. What can I say? I'm on vacation. ;-)
Anyway, on Monday I went to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park (or Zoo for short). A wonderful day to see lots of animals, most of which you can of course see in other zoos as ...
... worst was breakfast, many, many children full of energy unable to serve themselves efficiently requiring the breakfast man to be yelling directions at everyone, including people like me, fully grown adults who are capable of toasting their own bagel.
Children in big groups are just noisy. Therefore breakfast was a madhouse, I generally get to breakfast when it starts because I've not been going out as much this trip and I'm ...
... menu and took our orders by shouting across the diner. Everything we ordered was not being served that day, I didn't see the point of having a menu. What was available was incredibly limited, but pretty delicious.
The next day we headed to Arlington Cemetery, wisely we took a hop-on hop-off tour. It was far too hot to be walking around. (it ...
... br> Found the key, let ourselves in to a lovely warm home with no problems, what a boring trip we might just be getting better at this moving to a new place business. The only problem we did have was that the New York subway stations have turnstyles which are very hard to get a "wheeley bag" through. A lot of pushing and shoving is required. We are most impressed with the trains and if we had of wanted ...
... for however, there were about two other people in the bar. I eventually gave up on the game at half time with only the faintest ideas of what was going on and having spent about the same amount of time watching gameplay and replays as adverts. The same adverts too. At least mix it up a little! I rounded my day off by boking and arranging travel and accomodation for my last couple of weeks in America. It didn't take long to hit a road bump ...
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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.