Melrose Hotel, Washington DC
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We arrived just in time for the behind the scenes tour - only 4 of us took it and our tour guide was a classic old man named Harvey that took us around the 7 story church and showed us all the ins and outs. The church is intricate in its design with every little piece of stone heavily patterned and detailed to display some meaning or story.
The tour lasted about 1 and a half hours and we enjoyed it muchly.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melrose Hotel, Washington DC
What a treat. The best. Couldn't be better, couldn't be more professional. And wireless internet in the rooms! What a pleasant surprise.
What a GREAT Hotel!
We stayed at the Melrose for New Year's Eve - a great deal from Priceline. The room was really very nicely decorated and quite comfortable. It was very quaint. The only problem we had was quickly addressed once it was brought to the attention of management. They were excellent. We had dinner at the hotel's bar (the Library), which was also excellent. The Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad cannot be beat. We will return to the hotel just for the salad. We also had breakfast the next morning, which was incredible. The bacon is extra thick and crispy and the orange juice is great - I could have drank a quart. Highly recommended!
Comfy beds & great location
We stayed here for 6 nights at the begining of November via a good internet deal. We found the hotel very comfortable after a long day sightseeing, although we did feel slightly out of place in our grungy jeans amongst all the business clientiele!The room was large, well decorated, quiet, clean and the beds were the most comfortable we have ever slept in (we wanted to take them home!). However, the only downside was that the shower could have been slightly more invigourating and the towel rail needed to be mended. Saying that, they were most generous with their soaps and free newspapers etc everyday!Locationwise, it is only 10 min walk from Georgetown, a great place for dining, (cheaper than the hotel restuarant and v tasty) and the Foggy Bottom Metro station was a 2min walk away.We would be extremely happy to both stay there again and would recommend this hotel.
A Good Trip To DC
My husband and I stayed at the Melrose during our vacation to DC & Williamsburg. Our accomadations at the Melrose were nice and we thought our room was comfortable and cleaner than most hotels. It was interesting to learn about the building's origins as a 1920's apartment building. The location was nice as we could easily walk to Georgetown for some great dining and we were within walking distance of a metro stop to get to the Mall area and other sights. I am sure that there are other hotels that are more centrally located to the main DC sights, but the Melrose is great if you want to se the different areas - especially if you plan to include Georgetown. Like anywhere in DC, the parking is outrageous (and so is the traffic - I live in Atlanta & nothing I've ever seen here can compare to the craziness in DC). But we were fortunate to find a lot about a block from the hotel where we parked our rental car cheaply so we could walk everywhere or take the Metro.
Other than the parking situation, I enjoyed the hotel and the staff were helpful. I'm not a huge breakfast person, but if you are, note that the breakfast buffet in the restaurant at the Melrose is overpriced and not very good. Otherwise - good rooms.
A suite for £60 !
We stayed in November 2003 for 5 nights - total price £300. We enjoyed a beautiful suite on the top floor - spacious, wonderful and clean.
Great friendly staff with tips to enjoy our stay. Location wonderul for all the shopping in Georgetown (under 10 minute walk) and Foggy Bottom Metro for downtown (2 minute walk). Room service was quick and tasty and prices weren't too bad. All in all a great hotel - lovely decor, great food, friendly staff - we would stay again.
Not all that it is knocked up to be
We stayed at the Melrose in September 2003. Since it was my 50th birthday, we tried to find a special hotel for this special occasion.
Our stay was a mixed bag. And our final conclusion is that this is not a 4-star hotel. It is a nice 3-star.
On the plus side, the location is good - close to the metro. The pillow-top mattress was very comfortable. And it was nice to have the warm robes (although there were none in our room and we had to ask for them).
We made a special request for a quiet room, and got one on an interior court. That gave us virtually no road noise. We also asked for a refrigerator, and got a room with both a refrigerator and a microwave.
Since these requests were important to us, it is nice that they were provided.
The room was on the small side - but since it was a quiet room we did not ask to change. I did notice from the fire escape plans that there are many different sized rooms, some quite large. So if you want a large room, make a special request.
The bathroom was extremely small. The sink, which is outside of the bathroom, is just a pedestal sink. This means that you have no space to place a makeup or shaving kit. It is only big enough to hold 2 toothbrushes and one tube of paste. The closet door opened right behind the sink, so you had to always close the closet door before you could use the sink. And it was very difficult for someone else to pass behind you while at the sink.
The closet rod was so weak that I was afraid it was going to give way under the weight of our clothes - it didnt but it was very disconcerting.
The thermostat did not appear to actually operate anything. Although I prefer cold rooms, our room was frigid. We could only turn the fan off to stop the wind.
The Frette towels are very nice, but you only get them about half the time. The rest of the time you get some very thin, worn out Frette towels. Also, after four nights, we still had not been given fresh bars of soap, so prior to our fifth night I had to request that.
The carpet was stained in two places with some very dark brown stain. I don't know if anyone had tried to clean it, but during my visit I felt compelled to walk around it or step over it. It wasn't the kind of stain you would want to step on.
The room was short one chair. There was one semi-comfortable chair and one desk chair, and there was room for a second comfortable chair. This resulted in our constantly rearranging furniture.
The TV did not have any pull-out or swivel shelf so you could only watch the TV while sitting on the bed. It was difficult to see from the chair.
Calls to 800 numbers were charged at $1 each. This is the first time a hotel has charged me for a toll-free call.
I could hear voices in other rooms fairly easily - the soundproofing is probably average, but not better than average.
All in all the room was adequate but disappointing after all of the glowing reviews I had read on this website. I would not stay here again.
DC's Best kept Secret
Fantastic service, warm staff and very clean, pretty rooms. Landmark Resturant is 5 star! Great value all in all.
Very Pleasant and Professional!!
My boyfriend and I got a deal on this hotel, we paid about 200 total for two weekend nights in a king room. It was beautiful, very clean and quiet. The hotel staff was very helpful, giving us directions to the nearby metro (subway) so we could sightsee. The mall was only a few stops away. They also gave us a coupon to the hotel restaurant for 20% off, but we decided to eat elsewhere. There was a mistake with the bill that was cleared up right away and the staff was extremely professional about it. We used valet parking since we drove in, and there were no problems there either. The only problem was that there was a church next door and we were woken up sunday morning by the very loud church bells. But it is nice if you want to go to mass! I would definitely recommend the melrose to anyone, we are even planning to go back again!
Melrose all the way!!
Great Bartenders!!!!! The one bartender is HOT! Excellent location for visiting DC.
Melrose Hotel -- Great Value
This hotel was a fantastic find for DC. The rate was only $99.00 for a very large, well-appointed room. The location was close to Georgetown, the White House, and the Metro. The staff was very accommodating and considerate of special needs when checking in and checking out. I would highly recommend this hotel.