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... museum was very cool. The mammals exhibition is always my favourite as I wandered walking round seeing all the stuffed versions of animals. They also had a really good exhibition about human evolution and you could take your picture and a computer morphed your face into one of the two versions of our ancestors. Fun! They also have the hope diamond on exhibition so that was fun to see. It looked a bit like costume jewellery to my keen eyes but still fun to say I've seen ...
... tourist traps that cost money. He is their ideal target market. He thought his money was well spent and I bit my tongue (after a short lecture).
After this we were again behind schedule and had to hotfoot it back to the Metro. Ended up missing the train I was hoping to catch and had several long waits ahead of us as we changed lines to end up back on the B30 bus to the airport.
We had to wait for the B30 bus out in the cold (brrrr). Finally we hopped on for front ...
... and didn't last too long. Still... How excitement!!!
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... The monument has been covered in scaffolding for 6 months but was still a must see. DC showed me my first American meat pie! And it was delicious but then again so are most things that I try here. (I had the best sushi in Chinatown that would give my favourite sushi place in Brisbane a run for its money) The fall colours were out for show for us with so many gorgeous trees in the parks and on the street. This is the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel Washington DC
Staff was insufferable
I would not recommend this Hotel to my worst enemy. The staff lacked the proper training and did not communicate well with visitors, consequentyly the service was abhorrent.
I just returned from my stay at Wyndham City Center (5/12-5/16/04) for a business conference. It's not the worst I've ever been to, but there are certainly some changes that could be made to improve their service.
Okay, but not the greatest
I would definitely stay here again if it was just me for a few nights. Other than that, this hotel is not a good option. The rooms are very nice, but very small. They do not supply dressers, mini-refrigerators, etc. in the room. We saw this hotel displayed on the internet as a 4 star hotel and it does not provide the amenities a 4 star hotel should. However, now it is rated as a 3 star which is more appropriate. On the other hand, the staff was friendly, the restaurant in the hotel is nice, and the location is wonderful.
AVOID at all costs. The very worst hotel experience ever.
Imagine what could go wrong, and it did. The bellhop refuses to unload your bags from the car or carry help until you get to the elevator, then demands a tip. The downgrade your room and argue when you protest. The room is spectacularly shabby in every way. The maid barely even tries. Dishes from room service remain in the hallway for three days. They don't even clean the cig butts from the elevator ashtray the entire time. No matter who you call, nothing ever changes, though they claim over and over that it will.
Really, truly, the worst ever. I can't imagine how anyone would have a different experience; they must not know better. If you have any concept of a fine hotel, avoid this one at any price. It wouldn't be worth it for free.
Great Deal Good Price
We stayed at the Wyndham for 3 nights. I am a By Request member which you can join for free and they give you great stuff. I paid 119 plus got a bigger room with wine and cheese for free and coupons for free buffett breakfast. I called the hotel and just talked. Try and get room on 8th floor. They had the towell rack in the shower. I didn't get that but that was the only thing wrong. Georgetown 10 minute walk. Great wine store across street. Great room service.
We stayed at the Wyndham City Center for seven nights and enjoyed the central location - walking distance to everything from the White House and National Mall to Dupont Circle and points in-between. The staff was very nice throughout our stay. The "health club" is a bit of an overstatement (as they are at most hotels that advertise one). The cardio machines worked fine but a few stations on the el-cheapo all in one weight machine were broken. Also, I'd like to start seeing hotels in this price category offer a steam and/or sauna room(s) - this hotel had neither. Our room was small (even smaller than say a King Leisure room at a Holiday Inn) but very nicely appointed with quality furnishings. Water pressure in the shower was outstanding and the supplied toiletries were great. The breakfast buffets in the attached Shula's restaurant were OK at $12.95 but watch out for dinner unless you're on a big expense account - prices aren't posted ("market price" even for steaks) and my filet ran me a cool $38.95 - and a salad, vegetable and potato were each extra (about $6 each). The food was good but that's just flat-out overpriced. If you're really loaded, you can buy a football with the menu on it for the bargain price of $325 - yes, that's three hundred twenty five dollars.
We stayed at the Wyndham City Center 12/31/03-01/02/04. We paid around $60 a night which we thought was a really inexpensive especially for New Year's Eve, so were pleasantly suprised how much we liked this hotel. I signed up for their club and my preferences were honored and ready at my arrival. My room was clean and good-sized. I had a king-bed room and there seemed to be a lot of space to one side of the room. The u-shape of the room around the bathroom probably made the room feel bigger since there was somewhat of a mini-hall to get to the door and a space in front of the bathroom and closet. We were on a higher floor so maybe that makes a difference since the other reviews said the lower rooms are tiny. The location was great. I felt safe in the business district type neighborhood and there were a lot of food places and a CVS and other shops really close by. We had a car (driving wasn't a problem since it was the holidays and it wasn't really busy) but we also walked around since the weather was so unexpectedly nice. I'm not sure where the metro stations were (we weren't looking for them) but it didn't seem like walking to the Dupont Circle station would be out of the question, although with kids and bags it could be hard. For the price, I really liked it but I did have some complaints. The room kinda smelled like smoke. I'm not sure if we were accidently put in a smoking room, but it didn't bother me enough to go through the hassle of a room change. Also, the A/C was loud and not very effective. We tried to open a window but the slider was locked so it wouldn't open more than a couple of inches and the curtain was hung in a way that it wouldn't open on that side. I had to prop the curtain away from the side the window opened to get any air. I would definitely make sure that the air worked in my room on my next stay. Also, (and it's probably a rare occurence) but the shower stopped working while my boyfriend was in it on our second day. I called the front desk and they seemed really apathetic to the situation but they said they would send someone up. My boyfriend sat there waiting with shampoo in his hair (I'm not sure how long it was but it was a pretty long time especially if you are sitting there cold and wet with shampoo in your hair). We hadn't gotten a visit or a call or anything when we realized that the water came back on. I called the front desk to let them know and it didn't seem like they really cared. They didn't ask if everything was okay now or if we needed anything else. I was pretty disappointed by that. All in all though, it was a great hotel for the money and I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
Very Pleasant Experience
Stayed five days shortly after Christmas. The GWU Metro station is four blocks away from this clean, well-maintained hotel. Rooms were comfortable, clean, and fresh. This is an above average hotel with nothing particularly noteworthy. Good facility, staff and convenience.
Try the Menweih (sp?) Chinese restaurant across the street. It is one of Washington's best!
Good hotel and service, but you will walk!
Convenient if you don't mind walking a few blocks to metro stops. Very attentive staff, particularly the concierge and doormen. Taxis always plentiful. Famously comfortable Wyndham beds. I joined the frequent guest program to receive free high-speed internet service. Rooms are average size, nicely furnished. A good, though not great hotel. Safe neighborhood with some dining choices, but not as wide a variety as Dupont Circle.
Wyndham city center
Very attentive and accommodating staff. Initial room had sub-par air conditioning, and the staff immidtely offered another room. Rooms are small but clean. Location is good - clean, safe, NW area near Dupont Circle. About 3 blocks from nearest Metro station.
Not worth the $250/night rate advertised on Wyndham's site, but a value at the $100 rates available at sites such as dcpages.com.