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We left the Smithsonian Museums for a look at some of the buildings and ...
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... some dinner. That evening, Helen and I cooked dinner and ended up hanging out with this really sweet Australian guy who was also staying in the hostel. He told us that he had met an American priest who had just left the hostel who was suing Barack Obama. This was because apparently Barack is a secret Muslim and is trying to change America into a Muslim state. He obviously has loads of evidence that this is true including the fact that he arranged the death of Osama Bin ...
Found our local Metro stop and found our way to Union Station - a magnificent building in the heart of DC.
Found a tour to do which took 90 minutes and we saw all the major attractions - The White House, Lincoln & Jefferson Memorials, The Capital Building among them - we were restricted for time so the tour gave us a good insight into this beautiful city.
Then it was off to the ballpark for the game ...
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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...
Eat but do not stay at the Tabard!
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.
Great place for dinner
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 at this place!!!!
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.
I would never stay here again, especially after complaining and receiving no apology.
Cute Inn with No Hospitality
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.
Bitter Aftertaste at the Tabard
My husband and I chose the Tabard for our 8-nights in Washington D.C..
I thought the web-site was great and I got to pick my favorite room.
However, our stay wasn't that great. The staff was snobbish and acted as though our money (over 1,400+ for the week) wasn't good enough. It lacked a lot of the regular services you'd expect in a place of such sophistication. Like complimentary coffee, ect. And we when we requested an iron and ironing board to dress for dinner, we were met with rudeness. Apparently, the Tabard has one Iron with Ironing Board to make the rounds with all it's quests. Who has ever heard of that? We paid like 160+ a night, certainly expecting something that's in every Motel 6 across the nation is not unreasonable. We completely bothered these people, I quess, so I'd recommend if your not of the East Coast mentality (We're from Arizona), don't waste your time,efforts, or money. They'll treat you like garbage. It's unfortunate, because the Inn itself and the Rooms are extremely impressive. Gorgeous even- Better than anything I've ever stayed in- It was my dream exactly, but the staff reduces you to tears with their indifference.
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.
Home away from home
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.