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Washington D.C. which hotel? 2007 onward [Master Thread]

Washington D.C. which hotel? 2007 onward [Master Thread]

Old Jul 23, 12, 9:35 pm
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Originally Posted by znke252 View Post
Recently returned from DC and had a fabulous stay at the Fairfax on Embassy Row. The Staff were absolutely wonderful and made us feel welcome. The hotel is spotless and in a great location, close to the metro as well as Dupont Circle which has many restaurants from which to choose. I definitely recommend this hotel for a DC stay. There are others that are closer to the Mall, where the museums are located, but we found the subway easy to use.
I think I stayed here before it became a Starwood. It's a great neighborhood, central but still away from most of the tourist crowds and somewhat elegant with great restaurants nearby. Indeed, Metro is very convenient and easy to use, but watch out for summer weekend track work delays and diversions to buses.
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Old Jun 25, 13, 12:14 am
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Need a little DC help. What ares have a better area to hang out in? I'm in my mid 40s and am going to DC with my wife and friends. I stay in Old Town Alexandria a lot for business and like the area a lot. However, I'm not sure how that compares to DuPont Cir or G-Town.

I don't care much to see "the sights". We are more into a place where we can walk out of the hotel, grab some food (ranging from a slice of pizza to a nice meal), and have the wives do some shopping.

Little help?
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Old Jun 25, 13, 4:23 am
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Originally Posted by jb3t View Post
Need a little DC help. What ares have a better area to hang out in? I'm in my mid 40s and am going to DC with my wife and friends. I stay in Old Town Alexandria a lot for business and like the area a lot. However, I'm not sure how that compares to DuPont Cir or G-Town.

I don't care much to see "the sights". We are more into a place where we can walk out of the hotel, grab some food (ranging from a slice of pizza to a nice meal), and have the wives do some shopping.

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For me the answer would be Dupont Circle, but then again I live not far away and do some work there. In Dupont there are some great restaurants a few hundred yards from your hotel (Pizza Paradiso is about as good as pizza gets in DC, Obelisk and Al Tiramisu are quite good Italian restaurants), you are near a fair amount of shopping (Connecticut Avenue) and well connected by Metro. For weekday lunches I enjoy CF Folks, and other places of note I can vouch for range from a decent deli (DGS) to hipster tapas (Boqueria) and a hotel with a nice restaurant (Tabard Inn).

I find Georgetown a bit less interesting by comparison; while there are interesting places there I find it a bit more focused on younger (students) and older (owners of expensive local housing) residents.

If you go to the DC forum you will undoubtedly find strong advocates for both locations.

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Old Jun 25, 13, 5:44 am
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Thanks for the above how does this compare to Old Towne Alexandria... Which I am very familiar with?
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Old Jun 25, 13, 7:07 am
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I am not out in Old Town that much (call me provincial) but I find it a bit more suburban and less interesting food and shopping wise relative to Dupont. Dupont is a bit more like a real city in both positive and negative ways. I am a "city person" and prefer life in the city but I recognize that others prefer the "colonial charm", access to the river at the Torpedo factory and the cute "shoppes" in Old Town.
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Old Jun 25, 13, 7:18 am
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Originally Posted by ckendall View Post
I am not out in Old Town that much (call me provincial) but I find it a bit more suburban and less interesting food and shopping wise relative to Dupont. Dupont is a bit more like a real city in both positive and negative ways. I am a "city person" and prefer life in the city but I recognize that others prefer the "colonial charm", access to the river at the Torpedo factory and the cute "shoppes" in Old Town.
Agreed.

My go to properties are the Fairfax followed by the Westin Georgetown.

I say stay at the fairfax one night then switch to the Westin Georgetown (actually in West End). The Fairfax is on Dupont and also easily walkable to Georgetown.

The Westin is just west of Georgetown proper and walkable to dupont and the GWU area. I've even walked to the White House from here.
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Was just in DC this past weekend and I really enjoyed my stay at the Fairfax just off of DuPont. It was a easy cab ride or walk to a number of different neighborhoods for dinner or to go out for drinks. It was about a 5 minute walk from the DuPont Metro station (About 35 minutes overall from Door to DCA)

As a platinum, I was told I was upgraded to a "deluxe room" but seemed quite standard. With that, I thought the service throughout was excellent, and this would be my hotel when I return to DC.
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Over the fourth I stayed at the Fairfax and W. I enjoyed the Fairfax more than the W. I think mainly because it was in a more lived in area. The W was great for access to all of the sights. Next time I might try the Westin Georgetown as well.
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I am leaning toward Fairfax or Gtown Westin.

Anyone know if these properties have club lounges?
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Old Oct 6, 13, 11:21 pm
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If you go Westin Georgetown, upgrade to the junior suite, it's worth it. Traditional rooms are really tight.

There is no lounge here. Location is great.

The kicker was a thread about valet parking damaging the car at the Fairfax.

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The Westin doesn't have a lounge either.
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Originally Posted by etsmyers View Post
I am leaning toward Fairfax or Gtown Westin.

Anyone know if these properties have club lounges?
No. No Starwood property in the District has a lounge. Westin Arlington and Alexandria both have an Executive Lounge.
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I will be going to DC for the first time with my 3 kids (age 9-15) end of June next year. I have a BRG rate approved at the Westin City Center for $114 a night for 6 nights 2 rooms! Is that a good choice in terms of location, transportation and food choices? I read that renovation is going on at the hotel, there are quite a few complains on tripadvisor that made me a bit concerned. But with the low price, it is very tempting, and seems to be better choice than Residence Inn pentagon city?
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Originally Posted by frenchie2 View Post
I will be going to DC for the first time with my 3 kids (age 9-15) end of June next year. I have a BRG rate approved at the Westin City Center for $114 a night for 6 nights 2 rooms! Is that a good choice in terms of location, transportation and food choices? I read that renovation is going on at the hotel, there are quite a few complains on tripadvisor that made me a bit concerned. But with the low price, it is very tempting, and seems to be better choice than Residence Inn pentagon city?
Trip Advisor and Flyer Talk do not belong in the same post!

Look at a google map of DC. It a good base of location, if you don't mind walking as DC is a walking city. It's not a too far walk to the Mall area. However, with kids, I would say the Westin Grand-Georgetown and the Fairfax are better for walking and food as they are located on major commercial streets in residential neighborhoods.
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Originally Posted by KENNECTED View Post
Trip Advisor and Flyer Talk do not belong in the same post!

Look at a google map of DC. It a good base of location, if you don't mind walking as DC is a walking city. It's not a too far walk to the Mall area. However, with kids, I would say the Westin Grand-Georgetown and the Fairfax are better for walking and food as they are located on major commercial streets in residential neighborhoods.
+1 But very tough to get two rooms @ $112 each, and you would be pretty cramped at the others with 4 to a room (though I saw a family of 5 at the Fairfax). So in this case I'd take the rooms over the location as your kids are old enough to walk. Not to mention that taxis are cheap and plentiful.

Originally Posted by frenchie2 View Post
I will be going to DC for the first time with my 3 kids (age 9-15) end of June next year. I have a BRG rate approved at the Westin City Center for $114 a night for 6 nights 2 rooms! Is that a good choice in terms of location, transportation and food choices? I read that renovation is going on at the hotel, there are quite a few complains on tripadvisor that made me a bit concerned. But with the low price, it is very tempting, and seems to be better choice than Residence Inn pentagon city?
Definitely stay in DC and not Pentagon City. IMO the only reason to stay in Virginia would be due to having business or friends there (or a great rate at the Ritz Carlton).
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