by Amanda Geronikos
Liaison Capitol Hill DC is sophisticated and hip, yet warm and inviting for families. Highlights include a cozy lobby with free Wi-Fi and an onsite restaurant that welcomes kids and pets with special menus (Fido can actually order a non-alcoholic “beer”). Pets are also welcome in select guestrooms, which feature modern furnishings and pretty views of the city.
The hotel is just steps from the Capitol Building and National Mall, and perhaps best of all, it features a rooftop swimming pool – a perk and necessity on hot summer days in Washington D.C.
Our Editor Loves
- Rooftop swimming pool
- Kid-friendly restaurant
- Location near National Mall
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
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The hotel provides mostly guestrooms, along with a few suites. Accommodations are stylish, yet provide the comforts of home, and many feature spectacular city views. Cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request, though restrictions apply due to potential fire hazards. Some connecting units are available.
Amenities include bathrobes and slippers for parents (or teens), iHome docking stations, Keurig machines and umbrellas to use should it rain while you're in town.
Deluxe Guest Room
This is the hotel's most basic accommodation variation, with two queen beds (or one king bed).
Premium Deluxe Guest Room
The Premium Deluxe Guest Room spans 300 square feet and sleeps up to four guests in two queen beds (or two in one king bed). These rooms are located on the hotel's 10th floor, providing the best views of the city. Some of these units also provide roll-in showers and bathtubs with grab bars for those who are physically handicapped.
The King Suite is the largest accommodation option, offering nearly 750 square feet in which to spread out. It sleeps up to four people (or five with a crib or cot). It also has two full bathrooms, one with a tub. The King Suite can be connected to a King Superior Room (sleeps two) -- great when traveling with grandparents.
It was so nice to be in DC again after a three year hiatus. The sites and restaurants were on our agenda. We ended up at the Liaison on recommendation of a friend, and what a great referral it was!
I don’t think you can get any closer to DC’s major sites than this. It’s literally one block away from the Capitol, Supreme Court and the start of the National Mall with all of its museums, so foot mobile was easy and ride sharing affordable.
As soon as we pulled up to the entrance we were immediately greeted by the valet and bell staff. Doors opened, luggage handled.
Registration was a breeze and the gal who assisted us was welcoming and professional.
A friendly gentleman escorted us to our room and informed us of the hotel’s offerings.
Very modern and chic with warm tones abound. The Art Bar acts as the hotel’s restaurant, lobby bar and lounge.
The room was quiet, spacious and featured all the usual amenities including modern features like strong Wi-Fi and numerous power outlets for all of our gadgets. Bedding was very comfortable, the a/c ice cold with plentiful channels on the tube for everyone. Housekeeping was good and very appreciative as they even left us a thank you note for the tip, a rarity these days.
The single basin and shower/tub both had good water pressure and drainage. Bath amenities were subtle-scented, and the body lotion not oily, all pluses for me.
Located on the rooftop, the city hotel-sized pool is complete with a bar, tables, cabanas, and lawn games. During our stay, they had a special tribute to Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary of the moon landing, with the area decked out in space décor and themed-drinks with passed hors d’oeuvres. Bar and wait service were exceptional.
Easy breezy and friendly.
Ice machines are located near the elevators.
They’re a dog-friendly hotel, as how most of DC is.
We had a great stay and can’t wait to come back. Hopefully it won’t be another three long years!
by Dan H
We stayed for three nights as the starting point of a road trip. The hotel is clean, comfortable and has the perfect location for those who like to explore on foot. We walked the entire capital Mall in a day and made it into downtown too.
Food and drink is very overpriced (like most of Washington) and the shower in the room was a bit ropey for a 4* hotel.
The hotel features a gorgeous rooftop pool with spectacular views of the city. Families can relax in cabanas and pods and on loungers between swim laps. The pool is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The hotel provides a few complimentary bicycles, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Unique to Affinia Hotels, Experience Kits at Liasion Capitol Hill include a StayFit Kit, BYOB Kit, and best for families, a Walking Tour Kit. The Walking Tour Kit provides an iPod with a virtual tour guide, city guidebook, map and pedometer. It's complimentary -- just request one at the front desk.
One of the hotel's best features is its location just 10 minutes from National Mall, where you'll find the Smithsonian Museums, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. Conveniently, Big Bus Tours also stops right at the hotel, providing another means to see the city.
Art & Soul Restaurant
Adjacent to the hotel, Art & Soul offers indoor and outdoor seating for guests who feast on Southern cuisine. Art Smith, formerly a personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, crafts delicious concoctions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, as well as brunch on weekends. There's a separate kids' menu available (ask your server, as it may not be advertised), though many options are kid-friendly as is -- salads, sandwiches and burgers, to name a few.
Additionally, there's a Pooch Patio Menu, with options like Hungry Dawg, a 6-ounce steak, and Bowser Beer, a non-alcoholic beverage to quench your pup's thirst.
Hours at Art & Soul vary, though the restaurant typically opens at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7:30 a.m. on weekends, closing at 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (10 p.m. on Sunday).
Room service is available via Art & Soul, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Book your stay on the hotel's website to enjoy free Wi-Fi. Otherwise, you'll pay $9.99 per day for in-room Wi-Fi (or $14.99 for upgraded service, though it's not necessary). Wi-Fi is free in the lobby and hotel restaurant.
The hotel welcomes pets with treats, food and water bowls and the like. One pet of any size or two pets up to 60 pounds each are allowed; a $25 fee applies.
The hotel offers an extensive (and complimentary!) pillow menu, with six different options.
Open 24 hours, the hotel's fitness center offers three treadmills, two elliptical machines, a stationary bike and a few other pieces of equipment -- it's a standard facility. Bottled water and towels are also provided.
Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at noon.
The Art of Smart Timing
The hotel is most popular during the summer months, not just because it's a prime time to visit D.C., but also because the rooftop pool is open during this time (and is even available to the public for a daily fee). Avoid crowds and enjoy lower rates with a visit in the fall or winter.
Opt to fly into Washington Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and plan to spend about an hour in traffic.
Parking is valet-only and steep in cost -- $48 each day, with in-and-out privileges.
For Mom and Dad
While the kids are still sleeping, sneak up to the hotel's rooftop for complimentary yoga, offered during the summer months. Classes start at 7:30 a.m. and run an hour. The hotel also offers in-room massages. Alternatively, you can grab a cocktail at the lobby or pool bar (when open) during happy hour.