by Amanda Geronikos
Formerly the Hilton Washington Embassy Row, the Embassy Row Hotel underwent a $15-million renovation in 2014 and 2015. The extensive facelift — which practically transformed the hotel completely — included updates in all guestrooms, a new fitness center and upgraded public spaces. It also included the addition of a new restaurant. Perhaps the most important overhaul, however, included the rooftop pool — the hotel’s best feature (particularly for families), and one that offers some of the best views of our nation’s capitol.
Our Editor Loves
- Rooftop swimming pool
- Historic, renovated property
- Quiet, central location
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
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The newly enhanced accommodations at the Embassy Row Hotel are undeniably chic, and deem the hotel a boutique property. Furnished in hues of black, blue and gray, rooms include comfy bathrobes, deluxe bath amenities, Keurig machines, large desks and 47-inch, flat-screen TVs. Wi-Fi is also available in rooms and throughout the property for a fee. Cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request, free of charge, and connecting rooms can be arranged in advance.
The Deluxe Double offers two double beds for families of four. In some cases, you might be able to squeeze a rollaway bed or crib in the room, but potential fire hazards may prevent that.
Ambassador Double Bed
The Ambassador Double Bed Room is similar to the Deluxe Double, but offers pretty views of Embassy Row.
The hotel's signature suite is ideal for families. It features a separate bedroom with a king bed, plus a queen-size Murphy bed and sofa bed; it sleeps up to six guests.
[Be An] Ambassador [In This] Suite
This suite is similar to the Some Suite, except it offers more space.
Additionally, the hotel offers the following options for two to three guests: Deluxe Queen, Deluxe King, Ambassador Queen, Ambassador King, Ambassador Queen View, Ambassador King View.
Arrived at hotel approx 19:00, went straight up to room, which was adequate, not large but did have king size bed.
Having unpacked went down to 'Station' kitchen and cocktail bar, there seemed to be a lack of staff as 1 bar person seemed to be dealing with all drinks orders and those for food, so a little queue formed.
Decided to order food at approx 20:00 and it took nearly 2 hours for it to arrive, despite chasing up at the bar on several occasions, if it had not been for fact that we were staying in hotel I would have cancelled order, the wait was a joke as order was for chicken special (chicken/fries/veg).
When it arrived it was pretty tasteless and the veg had never been near boiling water. There is al dente and downright hard!!
Breakfast next morning was nearly as bad with waiting staff constantly complaining they had to deal with both food and drinks orders, and looking on customers as if they shouldn't be there.
Would not agree that this is a 4* Hotel as advertised
I had a lovely stay at this hotel! I got a great deal on the room and the location of the hotel was perfect! The neighborhood is safe and there are lots of great restaurants and shops nearby. The farmers market on Sunday was really nice and the rooftop deck was super cute.
The rooftop and pool at the Embassy Row Hotel are worthy of a visit. In fact, the hotel offers a limited number of daily pool passes for $25; after 5 p.m., a limited number of non-guests can access the pool free of charge. The rooftop pool is surrounded by cabanas and chaise lounges, and features views of the city skyline. It's typically open Memorial Day through Labor Day. The rooftop is a popular hangout for happy hour, though kids are always welcome.
The hotel offers foosball and Ping Pong on the basement level, where a new fitness facility is also available.
As the name implies, the Embassy Row Hotel is located on Embassy Row, close to Dupont Circle, a popular area for dining and nightlife, as well as the Dupont Circle Metro Station.
Located next to the hotel lobby, Station Kitchen offers indoor and outdoor seating in a scene straight out of Pinterest. In the morning, you'll find fresh coffee and breakfast specialties, such as sandwiches and pastries, and in the evening, Station Kitchen serves up handcrafted cocktails and tapas-style bites. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available. The atmosphere is best for adults, though kids are welcome.
Station Kitchen also offers a Chef's Pantry, a convenience for families in particular. The pantry provides fresh, on-the-go items; only a few items are put on shelves at one time to ensure everything is fresh. The Chef's Pantry is open 24 hours.
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All About the Extras
The hotel charges a daily fee of $9.95, which covers Wi-Fi and access to the pool and fitness center.
Introduced in 2015, the hotel's fitness center offers a large selection of cardio machines, plus free weights.
The Embassy Row Hotel allows dogs on select floors for a non-refundable fee of $100 per stay. There are no weight restrictions, though dogs must be kenneled if left alone in the room.
The Art of Smart Timing
Although it's located in a quiet location, the Embassy Row Hotel swells with visitors during the summer months -- it's one of few hotels to offer a rooftop pool (and it arguably offers some of the best views in the city). Summertime is the best time to visit the hotel, too, though it's also a nice choice for winter visits.
If you have to fly into D.C., opt to land at Washington Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The latter is located closest to the hotel, but Washington Dulles is serviced by more flights. Rent a car or consider bus service via SuperShuttle.
There's a charge of $45 per night for valet parking ($26 for temporary day parking). The hotel is within walking distance to the Dupont Circle Metro Station, as well as restaurants and local attractions.
For Mom and Dad
Enjoy cocktails and tapas at Station Kitchen, or walk to Firefly (a signature restaurant at Hotel Madera - A Kimpton Hotel) for an equally eclectic atmosphere and delicious, down-home fare.