Capitol Skyline Hotel

, Washington, United States
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Capitol Skyline Hotel

, Washington
10 I St Sw - Washington - District of Columbia - 20024-4299 - United States Hotel Website | 202-488-7500
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Shared an elevator with a hooker

from A TripAdvisor Member
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Capitol Skyline after finding a decent hotel rate over a year ago. Sure the pictures are great...they just don't show you the ghetto where the cameraman was standing. We spent more money on cabs because the area was not safe in the evening, making metro-use very uncomfortable in that area. When we checked in, there were approximately 3 total floors available, and our first room had a seriously defective bath tub (when stepping in the tub, it felt like the base was a water bed). We were moved to a room with a view of the capitol dome...and the powerplant right next door. Also, we managed to share our elevator at an early checkout with a "lady of the evening." Would never, ever, ever recommend or stay there again.

fine if you carry a gun, wear a face mask, and like vintage elevators

from A TripAdvisor Member
Guys and girls look elsewhere. As soon as I walked in the front door I thought uh..oh. The room itself was actually not all bad once you got to it, but after reading the glowing description on several websites and a couple of reviews on this site someone is pulling your leg. The lobby is not beautiful, and I didn't feel anything like a "diplomat".

It's in a flat out dangerous part of town. If you don't have a car for a quick escape please don't stay here. There are homeless people and druggies all around the place, with the constant roar of sirens through the night.

The place is planely unkempt. Everything is dirty and smells old, paint is old, elevators are old and one is not working. The smell and sights of getting to your room make you wonder when a rat will run accross your shoe. But, once you get to your room it's just almost acceptable.

They had a service elevator running for guests so I got a first hand view of the laundry and physical plant, and of the backside of the kitchen for the cafe. None of this was anything less than a filthy smelly mess.

I will not rebook a room here until Juliani becomes mayor of DC, and clears the criminals from this area, and until the hotel dumps about 20 million into renovating this stinker.


from A TripAdvisor Member
First, I'd like to say that I have never been treated so unfair by any chain business. I was in the service industry for ten years around the Grand Canyon area and I have never encountered such non-sense.

Upon check-in I was treated with utter rudeness by a front desk clerk. He did not seem to want to help me or answer any of my questions. When checking out, I complained to the Manager on Duty with regard to the treatment I received upon check in. He said he would address my concerns. Which was appreciated. The worst of all, I was charged $100 on my Master Card for a missing keyboard from my room - after I had checked out. I tried dealing with management on this issue but was shunned away and my concerns were never addressed. I was simply told that a housekeeper reported the keyboard missing. The fact is, I attended a conference to represent my school and I used a Master Card to pay for incidentals. If I was to steal something from the room, I would not have given my credit card information or any type of contact information. Hello?? My impression of the business and management of the Best Western Capitol Skyline is completely the worst thing that ever happened to me as a guest in a hotel.

Hotel good, surroundings bad

from A TripAdvisor Member
The rooms were ok, clean, looked recently redone. The walk to attractions and so forth is not bad, but you do have to either brave the scary underpass (only 30 yards or so but possibly full of vagrants especially if cold) or else cross a very busy 8 lane where there are no pedestrian crossing lights to help. The park across the street (Capitol side) is also home to vagrants and a soup kitchen or something.
Veterans of big cities will not be scared of this stuff. I walked down to the Chinese restaurant and so forth, no trouble, but I doubt I would have done it after dark. If you're from a small town in Iowa book elsewhere unless you understand to get off your tour bus, go in the hotel and only leave to get back on the bus or in a cab. Cabs are also really cheap from here as you are very close. The restaurant had all new staff and was not yet smooth, but the food was OK and they were trying very hard. Staff was courteous and helpful. SO- not bad at the price, but if you like to stroll around at night, book out in the 'burbs.

hotel in the hood

from A TripAdvisor Member
Well I'd agree with most of the reviews. Its not in the nicest of areas. A sort of semi delrelict urban wasteland landscape, with a very busy highway straight through it.

Its a long walk from Navy yard metro to the hotel. 15 minutes and you have to cross the busy highway.

Well I am sure I saw a rat in the bushes outside the hotel eating a thrown away Big Mac., Welcome to the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

Ok the place has seen better days, I imagined it was build by the mob in the 60's . The staff were ok, and not even a little bit rude. I arrived two days after Thansgiving.

The wind outside my hotel room on the sixth floor, rattled the loose plane of glass, all night. The room wasnt cold, the air con heater was on full blast. Bed was clean and comfortable, don't forget to it the maid.

Breakfast, $8 all you can eat buffet, ok Tramps and hobos across the way not so ok. It was well, c-c-c-cold. 1 foot of snow outside so it made all the hobos seek a warmer place.

Important: There are only two pedestrian routes to get to DC from the Capitol Skyline Hotel .

First via the Navy yard metro, across busy freeway past the gas station and KFC. The other pedestrian route is next to the park towards the Capitol, through an under pass under the freeway. There was a mini shanty town under the freeway , but its high up

The route on foot to the Capitol is very isolated its a straight walk to the underpass, plenty of places were a person could get mugged or worse. The sidewalk leads up to the capitol via the power station. I did walk this way twice after 4pm at dusk, I would not recommend this however. I doubt this route is well used and its pretty deserted. I didn't get harassed, but perhaps I was just lucky.

However, there are lots a Capitol Cops on Patrol, so its not all bad. I am sure theres a fair bit of drug dealing going on next to the gas station.

The only food places open in the evening were KFC and MickyD all week, bleah.

You get what to pay for, the hotel was cheap. I did see alot of DC and all the museums and Smithonian are great , and easy to get to.

A Real Dump

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is a really old hotel from the 1960's and it was a disasater for me and my guest. The bottom floor has some excessively loud dance club that makes it difficult to sleep. The rooms, well, they are just plain tacky and dirty, ranging from the ugly beds, to the "kitchenettes" from the 1960's that are very worn. The bathroom is horrendous and the windows are dangerous and can't be opened without them having some glass break off and fall down upon people below. It was very cold in the room because my guest was paranoid of getting suffocated with the dirty heater so I had to sleep in my clothes because even the blankets were stained and smelly. I can't believe I was charged $169 while my other friends stayed at a really elegant hotel that was cheaper. Also avoid the Ramada in the "seedy" section of town, as it is frequented by the "hourly hookers" and the rooms are disgusting! Avoid this place unless they get new management and remodel soon! The neighborhood is very dangerous at night also, don't walk without a weapon of some sort or stay in a group or just take a cab.

Not what I expected on more than one level

from A TripAdvisor Member
I thought that this hotel was ok for the price we paid. They were friendly at the desk, and they were helpful with us to try to find our way around the hotel and the city. We called before we left to see how far the hotel was from the metro (Navy Yard), because that would be our main/only mode of transportation. They said 4 blocks, but did not tell us that it was in the ghetto of DC. I felt very unsafe walking to and from the metro after dark. I was approched by homeless people more than once when I walked outside the doors of the hotel even to cross the street. There were at least 6 police cars at both of the gas stations near the hotel every night. It was close to the Capitol, but the walk to the capitol is not safe after 4pm. The rooms are very clean, and comfortable, but the cars are loud and are constantly going by. The lobby is nice and clean. The hallways are nice, but the elevators are from the early ages of the world, and seemed very unreliable from the signs posted. If you are on a VERY tight budget like me and my friend were, this hotel is good, but not for a family, or business person.
Stay here ONLY if you must.

What a BEAUTIFUL hotel....

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have travelled to Washington DC in many occasions. My last trip there I decided to stay at the Best Western Capitol Skyline hotel, due to their great rates. Once I arrived, I was amazed how beautiful the lobby looked, nothing like an average Best Western. The staff from Check in to Check out was extremely friedly and helpful. Rooms are clean and beautiful, I could not believe I got all of this for the price I paid.
I definately recommend this hotel.

A great place to stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Best Western Capital Skyline this weekend. When I walked into the lobby, I could not believe this was a Best Western! The front desk was very helpful. As I entered my room, I was surprised to see such a nice room. I don't usually stay in Best Western's but the hotel brand that I usually stay in was sold out in Washington.
Everything about the hotel was nice and the price that I paid was well worth it. I would highly recoommend this hotel to anyone traveling to a metropolitan city. A great buy in a great hotel.

Amazing Changes This Hotel is on its Way

from jeannevan
Just came back from a great stay, the staff was great, made me feel welcome, easy to talk too and very informative. Was told by front desk completed renovations and it shows, the rooms are bigger then your average hotel and the decor beautiful, you can tell everything is brand new. Restaurant food was great, the steaks were sooo good. Rate was are factor in staying but got so much more then the price we paid.

Top Local Tips for Washington

Transport Get walking! We found we walked miles in Washington DC and saw so much at the same time. With a bit of planning and a comprehensive map, so many monuments and places of interest were within walking distance of each other.

Bring your walking shoes. Alot to see but alot of walking to see it all so bring comfortable shoes. Scout restaurants beforehand. Not too many places to eat by the monuments so plan it out beforehand.

DC Circulator Check out the DC circulator. Cheap and convenient


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  • Address: 10 I St Sw - Washington - District of Columbia - 20024-4299 - United States
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