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Liaison Capitol Hill DC — a Joie de Vivre hotel

415 New Jersey Avenue, Washington, 20001, DC

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Overview

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

Family Interests

  • Bicycling
  • Museum/Cultural

Family Amenities

  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool

Rooms & Rates

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.

King Suite
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.

Reviews

Wonderful staff!!

by LS S

I am surprised to see some of the more recent reviews that were critical of hotel staff, since my experience was so different. Yes, the facilities are a bit older than some hotels and the amenities are not designed to impress, but this hotel punches above its weight class (or more accurately, its cost class). Part of that is the cleanliness of the rooms, including very clean bathrooms, towels and linens, but even more impressively, the friendliness of the staff. From the front desk staff that was able to work with us on early check-in and late check-out to the facilities and cleaning staff that we passed in the hallways, everyone was smiling, friendly, offering to help and engaging in conversation. This was my second stay at the Liaison, which I chose both times based on price and location, but my next stay will be because they are so welcoming.

Don’t request anything, you won’t get it.

by staysALOT

Asked for foam pillows four times and all of my requests were ignored including going to the front desk to request this. Only after I contacted Hotel Tonight, who I booked my room through, foam pillows arrived within five minutes. Then asked to be followed up with from a manager, you guessed it, request ignored by the front desk.

Don’t expect to go swimming at the pool at night. Loud DJ with a Latin Dance Party happening. Couldn’t even get to the pool. Nice group, but not the right location for this event.

Family Activities

Pool
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.

Bikes
The hotel provides a few complimentary bicycles, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Experience Kits
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.

Nearby Attractions
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.

Family Dining

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
Room service is available via Art & Soul, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

Planning & Tips

All About the Extras
Wi-Fi
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.

Pet Policy
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.

Pillow Menu
The hotel offers an extensive (and complimentary!) pillow menu, with six different options.

Fitness Center
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/Check-Out
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.

Getting There
Opt to fly into Washington Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and plan to spend about an hour in traffic.

Getting Around
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.

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