by Amanda Geronikos
Embassy Suites is a trusted name for families, with spacious accommodations that feel like apartments — kitchenettes included. Add a location just steps from the White House, National Mall and a metro station (three blocks to be exact), and you’ve officially set your family up for a successful visit in Washington D.C.
Better yet, Embassy Suites Washington D.C. – Convention Center provides family-friendly packages to combine the best of both worlds — the promotions encourage families to get out and explore in return for savings and other perks at the hotel.
Of course, an onsite pool, complimentary breakfast and evening receptions (with games and snacks just for kids) round out the fun.
For more information, read about Embassy Suites Hotels.
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- Complimentary breakfast
- Evening receptions with games
- Family packages with incentives
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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As the name implies, Embassy Suites provides all-suite (and all non-smoking) accommodations, an asset to families. There are several different options available, but you can't go wrong with any of them. All rooms are furnished in tones of red and tan, creating a cozy atmosphere. Suites are outfitted with two TVs, mini-fridges and microwaves.
Four rollaway beds are available for a charge of $25 per night -- request in plenty of advance if needed. Cribs and play yards are not available, so plan to bring your own.
2 Room Larger Premium Suites
This room type sleeps three to four guests with one king bed and a sofa bed (full bed) and includes access to free Wi-Fi, plus a Keurig machine.
2 Room Premium Suites
This room type is just slightly bigger, and also sleeps three to four in one king bed and sofa bed (full bed), and includes access to free Wi-Fi and a Keurig machine.
2 Room Premium Suites - 2 Double Beds
This room has two double beds, plus a sofa bed, with the ability to sleep up to five or six (sofas are double beds). This room comes with free Wi-Fi and a Keurig machine.
Corner Suites With Conference Table
These rooms are 556 square feet in size, and accommodate four guests (or five with a rollaway bed) in one king bed and a full-size sofa bed. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided, as are conference tables that easily double as dining tables.
Corner Two Room Suites
This is the largest room option, at 630 square feet. This room has a dining table, king bed in a separate area and one full-size sofa bed.
Deluxe Two-Room Suites With 1 King Bed
These rooms are slightly bigger than traditional suites. They are 496 square feet, with one king bed, one full-size sofa bed, and a small, four-person table -- perfect for meals or board games.
Deluxe Two-Room Suites With 2 Double Beds
This unit sleeps five to six guests in two double beds and a full-size sofa bed; the two double beds are in a separate bedroom. The room is 547 square feet and has an expanded living area, plus a table for dining or board games.
Modern Two-Room Suites With 1 King Bed
This room provides privacy with one kind bed in a separate bedroom and a full-size sofa bed in the living room.
Modern Two-Room Suites With 2 Double Beds
This is the same set-up as the rooms with one king bed, except it has two double beds in the separate bedroom.
Presidential Suite With 2 Bedrooms DC City View
This, of course, is the ultimate option, with skyline views, a gas fireplace, full kitchen, dining table, two bathrooms and three flat-screen TVs. There's one king bed in the master bedroom and one queen bed in another room. The Presidential Suite spans 1,200 square feet.
Hands down the best accommodations we have had for a family of 5. Plenty of room in the suite, excellent snacks, clean hotel, and outstanding breakfast. All staff were helpful and friendly. We felt at home.
Staff was friendly but our room felt unclean upon arrival. A lot of hair was in the shower and there was even a squished mosquito on the wall. Table and counter surfaces also felt sticky. Carpets were dirty, sheets had holes in them too. Breakfast is a nice extra but there were many times I took a clean plate or mug and found it to be dirty, plus the line is crazy, even when you go early.
The hotel has a small, saltwater pool, open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (sometimes midnight) daily. The pool is approximately 6 feet deep, and towels are provided. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult to access the pool; there isn't a lifeguard on duty. There's a hot tub next to the pool.
The hotel offers several family-friendly packages, including Show Me Your Washington. Kids are given a miniature puppet of George Washington and are tasked with photographing him at attractions throughout the city. Once photos (minimum of five) are posted to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #SMYW, guests receive 50 percent off their final night at the hotel. The package only costs $11 more than best available rates, so it's a wise (and fun!) choice for families. Similar packages are also offered.
Finn & Porter Restaurant
Finn & Porter specializes in steak and seafood, and while it doesn't have a specific children's menu, kid-friendly options are available (burgers, fish and chips, nachos). It's open to hotel guests and the general public, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 11:30 to 12:30 a.m., Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.
Note: Finn & Porter will be rebranded and fully operational under a new name by late-2015.
Complimentary breakfast is served at Finn & Porter daily, and options include a full breakfast buffet, as well as a made-to-order omelet station. Breakfast is served 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The only downside is the restaurant gets extremely crowded (typical for complimentary breakfast at most hotels), and lines can get long, even just to get a cup of coffee. Try to arrive early or go late.
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. daily, the hotel hosts complimentary evening receptions with hors d'oeuvres, plus snacks for little ones. The hotel also provides lots of board games during the event, and with an open space and plenty of seating in what's called the "Comp Bar," it's a great way to unwind after a day of sightseeing.
If you're too tired to go out, order in-suite service -- both a food and beverage menu are available, as are separate kids' options. Youngsters can choose from cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, grilled chicken, salmon and grilled cheese, plus a selection of sides. Room service is provided by Finn & Porter (though the menu is different), thus hours are the same. A $3 delivery fee and 21 percent gratuity are automatically added to the bill.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Free Wi-Fi isn't available in most guestrooms, but you can access it in the lobby, along with three kiosks located throughout the building. Otherwise, it's $9.95 per day, with the option to upgrade to faster service for $14.95. If you are a member of HHilton Rewards (Gold and Diamond), Wi-Fi is free.
If you forgot something or are looking for a last-minute souvenir to take home, head to the gift shop in the lobby, located next to the reception desk.
Also in the lobby is a ticket desk, where you can arrange visits to local attractions or simply ask for tips.
The hotel offers a coin-operated laundry facility, and laundry detergent is available in the gift shop.
The hotel offers a small fitness center, with treadmills, elliptical machines and free weights. It's open 5 a.m. to midnight daily.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the business center, where you'll also find a printer. You can print boarding passes, tickets and more for 25 cents per page.
Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at noon.
The Art of Smart Timing
The hotel is consistently busy, especially during the months of May, June and July, along with the weeks following Thanksgiving into Christmas. Visit in the fall to enjoy ideal weather and slightly fewer crowds.
Fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport or Washington Dulles International Airport, and either rent a car or better yet, utilize public transportation. Public transportation to and from the airport is available via Super Shuttle (shared vans) or the Metrorail, which stops just three blocks from the hotel.
Valet parking is $41 per night, with in-and-out privileges. The valet parking staff is especially friendly and accommodating. Self-parking isn't available. Utilize public transportation (you won't want to drive around the city, trust us). Enjoy walking to various local attractions -- many are just 1 mile from the hotel.
For Mom and Dad
Enjoy a meal at Finn & Porter, or head to nearby CityCenterDC, a complex with upscale stores and boutiques, restaurants and entertainment outlets. It's especially festive at Christmastime (though you'll want to bring the kids along for that).