by Lissa Poirot
This boutique hotel is found in Capitol Hill Historic District in a residential area that is steps from top D.C. attractions. The Federal-style building features more than 150 rooms and provides guests with complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi. The hotel’s Capitol Kids program provides family with a welcome toy, board games to borrow, non-alcoholic drinks for kids while mom and dad enjoy the evening wine reception each Monday through Thursday, and highchairs and playpens. Rooms and suites provide kitchens or kitchenettes with refrigerators, and rollaway beds are available upon request. Guests may also borrow bicycles to enjoy in the city.
Our Editor Loves
- Kitchens and kitchenettes
- Free bicycle rentals
- Welcome amenities for kids
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
There is much to praise in this hotel. It’s located in a smart residential area, less than five minutes’ walk from a Metro station and from bus stops, ten minutes from the Capitol and the Supreme Court, and within easy walking distance from good bars and restaurants (many of which are frequented by Washington political staffers, lobbyists, etc, giving quite a vibe).
It’s a modern clean hotel. We had a small suite for four people - two parents and two children, with two Queen-sized double beds. The suite was clean, modern, well-appointed and quite stylish. It was reasonably spacious, although the bathroom was surprisingly small and cramped.
Wi-fi was included free of charge, but was erratic and one kept having to log in again - a minor annoyance.
A big plus is that, unusually for an American hotel, breakfast is included in the room price. And it’s quite a good breakfast - unfettered-style, with breads, pastries, breakfast cereal, hard boiled eggs, cold meats and some cooked options (scrambled egg or omelette).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND TIP: The most upsetting aspect of our stay was the attempt to charge a “facility fee” of over 90 dollars for just four nights. This purports to be for use of the gym, bicycles, a business centre and a lounge. We were told about it when we checked in. When I said that we would not be using those facilities, I was first informed that it was compulsory, and it was pointed out that my reservation confirmation (we had reserved through one of the online hotel booking sites) said that a facility fee would be charged. But the fee was not specified; if it were really binding on me in law, what would stop the hotel charging me 900,000 dollars as a fee - a clearly absurd outcome. In fact, it cannot be compulsory as a matter of law: it is not part of the contract, since the mention of the fee came after I had contracted (and paid) for the room, and the fee makes the room price materially different from that stated on the site. It is also likely to be a violation of consumer protection laws - certainly in Europe and the UK (applicable if the reservation was made there) and probably also in the US. So I forcefully resisted payment, and the hotel eventually relented, but I had to make a fuss and the experience injected a degree of stress and unpleasantness that one doesn’t want on vacation.
I understand from a scan of the web that such fees are quite common in American hotels, and are widely condemned as a scam.
This issue apart, it’s a good hotel, and to be recommended.
A beautiful botique hotel 2min walk from Metro station and 2 blocks of a variety of food outlets.
It has a few lovely little surprises of its own which helps make your stay soo much more comfortable.
Would reccomend it....loved it!