The Liaison Capitol Hill, An Affinia Hotel
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Currently sat on the Amtrak regional train to Washington DC. Yes it is the first proper train journey of our Great Rail Journey holiday.
We were up at 5.45am this morning so feeling a bit tired. I ended up turning the TV off at 1am. They were showing the brand new ep of 'The walking Dead' on AMC but I had missed the first 5 mins & …
... being. The museum goes though all stages of World War II, covers T4 (the eliminating of special needs or handicapped individuals), the full time line of events and studies individuals, the ghettos, concentration camps, the children of the time, and the American involvement. It also highlighted the blind eye that so many countries turned with regards to helping the Jews get out both before, during and after the war- America refusing to let ...
... the platform # until the train is empty and pre-boarding has started. Then there's a mad rush to get not just a seat but to actually just catch the train! Unbelievable. Once we realise how it works, and that it wont work for us, we go looking a red cap and he gets us the train in front of the masses. Luckily too, as it was a full train. The train stopped at a lot of little stations, and passed an airfield that had A10s and the Boeing ...
... to return to Hyannis we decided to drive around Hyannis a little more than when we'd initially arrived and we found an equally as charming town with a high street filled with restaurants and bars and a great harbour and beach area. The Kennedy and war memorials were particularly well kept and where nice to spend 30 mins or so looking out to sea before it got too dark. After dinner at a pizza restaurant on the high street we went to a liquor store to get a pack ...
Merry Christmas to those back home. It's coming up for bedtime on Christmas Eve in Washington. It's been raining. There are a few people out on the streets making their way home or buying last minute wrapping paper from the only place open - the CVS chemist. The decorations on the local houses are understated and dare I say pretty stylish. We visited the National Air and Space Museum. It has to be the best place outside of the MCG. When you walk in the front door the first thing ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Liaison Capitol Hill, An Affinia Hotel Washington DC
Well....... after reading the reviews of this hotel when it was the Holiday Inn on the Hill - Washington, I thought I had made the biggest mistake in the world. I have worked in hotels for the past 18 years, and took advantage of reduced staff rates availabe at other Holiday Inn's. On the 1st April the hotel changed from a Holiday Inn to an Affina Hotel and rebranded as The Liaison Capitol Hill. I was very surprised by this and contacted the hotel about my reservation, I was informed that they would still honour my reservation at the staff reduced rate - THEY WERE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO DO THIS - this was fantastic news. Obviously I was still concerned about comments I had previously read about the old named hotel (bad staff/refurb noise/room issues). WELL let me tell you how great our experience was at The Liaison. We arrived by the Super Shuttle from Washington Dulles airport and was met by a very helpful Bellman who assisted with our extensive luggage. Inside the hotel the receptionist was extremely helpful and chatty, asking where we had come from, what we were planning to do whilst we were here. She also noticed we had booked 2 rooms and they were not close to each other, without even being asked she offered to move them so they were connecting rooms - which was great as we were travelling with our 2 friends. There was also a welcome cherry drink she invited us to try. Our rooms were allocated on the 2nd Floor (which in the USA is actually the 1st Floor - as they class the ground floor as 1st Floor!). Ice Machine just down the corridor. These rooms were just great - 2 double beds with duvets, feather toppers on the mattress and 4 lovely pillows. the hotel also had a pillow menu, where you could choose from one of 6 different types of pillows. Bathroom was nice with tub and powerful shower over. Toilet and sink unit. Room had coffee maker, safe, 3 drawers and hanging space. We still had the old style CRT television, but thet were actively changing them in rooms to the new large screen LCD ones. We also received a new alarm clock radio in our room during our stay. I also know they are putting fridge in the rooms as well. Yes, the restaurant was still under final stages of refurbishment - but wo comes to Washington on a holiday/short break and then eat in the hotel, we certainly didn't. You come to a city to experinece the different restaurants etc. People had complained about noise from refurbishments - well we were immediatley above the restaurant and heard no noise before 9am and then it was only a little hammering. The hotel has a business centre (well a room with colour printer and PC with FREE internet access) this was very useful for checking emails and checking in for our internal flight. The hotel is opposite the Hyatt and very very close to the Capitol Building - also Union Station was only 2 blocks away, where there we plenty of eating establishments and also access to the Metro. Once Affinia Hotels have finished adding the final touches to this hotel it will be even better than it is now. Its not perfect and not a 5 Star hotel, but very resonably priced (even on standard prices). I wish the general public would realise that you get what you pay for in life - and this is also true of hotels. If you rae paying £500 per night, then yes you should get exceptional service and facilities, but if you are paying around £100 then you are getting very good value for money - and YES, thigs might go wrong occasionally - as no one is perfect. I will be writing to the General Manager at the hotel and thanking him for a very enjoyable 5 night stay at The Liaison. (Please note from reading previous reviews, he takes interest on the reviews on here and replies which I think is excellent customer service.) I have pictures that I will try and upload
We stayed at The Liasion 4/19-4/23 for 4 nights. We enjoyed our stay very much.
Still feels like a Holiday Inn. They are trying to upgrade the hotel but it definitely doesn't feel like anything close to upscale. It fit our needs for a hotel close to a metro stop in the area, but I wouldn't go back. Still doing renovations so we heard quite a bit of drilling and other contruction noise up until about 7:30 at night.
I was recommended this hotel from a friend who travels the Capitol HIll area often as a family friendly hotel. When I booked the hotel it was Holiday Inn on the Hill. After booking, I found this site & was shocked reading the reviews, I did read that they were changing the name as of April 1st. Well a pleasant April fools day joke!
I was really looking forward to this hotel because it looked beautiful. The Liaison site said that it had just completed renovation on April 1st. I booked a room for April 11th. When my husband and I got there, it looked great. Awesome location, about 5 blocks from the national mall area. But......it wasn't even completed. There was no restaurant (still being built), so we had to fend for dinner at 8pm in DC. There were no maps available through the hotel, so bring your own. Also, the room wasn't even finished being painted and the AC wasn't working as well as the TV channels. Another issue was that I did say I was disappointed and felt that Liaison misrepresented themselves by listing all these amenties that were not available. All I got was a blank stare from the receptionist. Oh, well. Hopefully, it will be completed soon because it definately has potential as being a really nice hotel, just not yet.
I was very worried about staying here, based on the reviews I had read. But, I had already made my reservations a month or so before, using a special they had. Well, I was pleasantly surprised by the polite and friendly staff. They were very responsive to my requests, though I only had a few requests. The room was nice, and roomy enough for my son and me. Yes, there was construction going on, but we were rarely in the hotel during the day, and when we were, it wasn't that loud.