Updated: May 21, 2015
Review: Best Washington DC Hotels - Washington Suites Hotel GeorgetownWashington DC Hotel Review from recent visit...
On prior trips to Washington DC, I have stayed at hotels on the Virginia side of the Potomac, using the Metro to get back and forth into DC. In 2010, with a family in tow, I wanted to find a good, family-friendly hotel closer in and closer to Georgetown, which really is the nicest part of DC (away from the Mall) for exploring. After doing some research, what I came up with was the Washington Suites Georgetown. In this review, we'll go over the details of our stay at this Washington DC hotel - what we liked and didn't like, metro access, rooms, hotel amenities, nearby dining and shopping options, and of course photos so you can see what everything looks like. Keep reading below..
Washington Suites Hotel Georgetown Location and MapLocated at the corner of Pennsylvania Ave and 25th Street NW, the Washington Suites is just 3 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station (turn right as you leave front door of hotel, walk a block and a half to the large traffic circle, to around it towards the right and turn right down 23rd street -- the Metro entrance is on your right after you pass the large George Washington University Hospital building) and 10 blocks from the White House (if you follow Pennsylvania Ave towards downtown). But equally important, this hotel is situated just 4 blocks from M Street, the heart of Georgetown, lined with all kinds of shopping and restaurant options. So location was really a prime factor in choosing this hotel - the area around Georgetown is much nicer for walking around with a family in the evening, plus we had quick access to transportation to get to the rest of DC for sightseeing. The map belows shows the location of the hotel (the middle blue marker among those 3 in the upper left), along with some other landmarks to get your bearing:
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Washington Suites Hotel Georgetown - Rooms and AmenitiesWe arrived at about 4PM on a weekday - very easy to find coming in from Dulles in Virginia. We parked the car out front (really only room for 2 cars there, curbside) and it was easy to drop the keys off and get our receipt as we entered the hotel (there are about 5 steps leading up to the front door, and a very steep ramp on the right side). Valet parking is $30 per day, which grants you unlimited in and out privileges - just call 5-10 minutes before you want the car and it will be waiting out front. Check-in was quick and easy, and included a few just-warmed chocolate chip cookies for the entire family. Seck, the front desk agent, may be the friendliest hotel employee I have ever come across. We were made to feel welcome the second we walked in, and he always greeted us with a smile and cheerful attitude as we came and went over subsequent days. Wish all hotels had employees like him! Elevator took us to the 9th floor (10 story building) and we settled into our suite.
I don't know the history of the property, but it kind of felt like a refurbished apartment building. At 650 square feet, you get considerably more space than in a standard hotel room. The suites have one bedroom and bath, a full (but small) kitchen (stove, refrigerator, microwave, sink, garbage disposal, etc), and a living room with a small table and chairs, sleeper sofa, and desk. The kitchen definitely looked and felt a little worn (see photo at right) -- it was functional, but not on par with a modern suite kitchenette. However, still nice to be able to stock up on some snacks and drinks, and to be able to bring home restaurant leftovers. Bathroom, located off the bedroom, was in good condition, consisting of 1 larger area with mirror and sink (photo lower right), and toilet and shower in separate room (plus a separate sink) -- nice for letting multiple people access sinks for teeth brushing, etc. while someone else is showering or using bathroom. Hairdryer and iron/ironing board if you need it. The two queen beds had 3 pillows each, adequate bedding, on the soft side.
Flat screen TVs in both living room and bedroom. Air conditioning worked perfectly on the 100F degree days we visited. Situated right on a busy road, even on the 9th floor we could definitely hear the traffic outside (ask for a room on the back of the hotel if you want a quieter location) -- in fact, the window in our room didn't quite close all the way so we had extra "big city" noise all night (even a car crash on the last night for added excitement - a cab's accelerator stuck and he came roaring across the road, onto the sidewalk (directly below our window), plowing down a traffic light pole and knocking a parked car right up out of the street and onto the curb!). Overall, the room was a little dated, the carpet had a ridge in it, some peeling paint in the kitchen -- but everything was clean and very functional, and nice to see upgrades in the TVs and bathroom. Keep in mind this is not a 5 star luxury property (there is a 4 Seasons right around the corner if you want that!) - but it is a very reasonably priced family-friendly and business-friendly suites hotel. Summer rates were less than $200 for a 2 queen + sofabed suite.
A few more hotel amenities:
- free wireless internet in your room
- outdoor patio for morning breakfast or just relaxing
- coin operated laundry room
- Manager's Reception Tuesdays at 6PM - free beer and wine, chips and salsa, cheese and grapes. We were lucky enough to arrive on a Tuesday evening, so we partook before heading out on foot to explore Georgetown and find a spot for a late dinner.
- There is a VERY small workout room right next to the breakfast room, with a glass door so everyone can watch you workout!
- There is a free breakfast each morning, with toaster waffles, bagels, muffins, croissants, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, and a few dried cereals. Fruit was limited to some pretty soft bananas, leading us to pick up some grapes at the Trader Joes (right across the street) to supplement our morning nutrition. The breakfast room is located just to the right of the reception desk, and there is an outdoor patio with about 6-10 tables for dining.
Where to Stay in Washington DC - Washington Suites Hotel ReviewsApart from our own experience and opinion, we always like to see what other people are saying as well.. Tripadvisor had 159 reviews averaging 4 out of 5, with a few complaints about the noise and somewhat dated rooms (a few also expected the bathroom to be accessed via the living room and not the bedroom), but most reviewers loved the location and the room size, and the reasonable room rate. On Expedia, nearly 200 reviewers rated the Washington Suites Hotel 4.4 out of 5.
Wrapping it up -- would I stay here again? Yes. Would I recommend it to friends? Yes. The location, room/suite size, and value really sell this hotel for me. The neighborhood is clean and safe, easy access to everything. As long as you are not expecting a 5 star resort with room service and swimming pools, the Washington Suites Hotel is a safe bet for your next visit to Washington DC.