Historical Traveller Reviews of Hampton Inn Hotel
Hampton Inn-Convention Center
In DC for a conference. Because the Renaissance- Convention Center could not accomdodate an extra night, we decided on the Hampton Inn for our entire stay. It is only a short walk to the convenion center and I am very happy we made the change. We had a king suite which is wonderful. Very roomy and quite comfortable. Not being able to close the curtains made me a bit uneasy, but who would be looking up 8 stories?
The whirlpool was not working properly and the pool was cold, however after a full day of walking, it turned out okay.
One of the two elevators being broken was a huge problem. Taking the stairs up 8 flights only occured once as I thought I was going to have a heart attack. If you are in a hurry in the early morning, do not plan on using the elevators.
Breakfast was okay. There were several choices and the food was edible. In 5 days, I never had a problem getting a table.
The concierges were all very pleasant and helpful. The free internet access is great. The area is not the greatest - many homeless people in the park across the street. After dark, I was a little apprehensive but I felt safe as I had my husband with me. I would not walk alone after dark.
A short walk (through a not so great area) brings you to a variety of restaurants and ethnic diversity. A word of advice - Do not eat at Ruby Tuesday. Besides being totally filthy, the food was disgusting. A total waste of money. ESPN Zone was very good.
Excellent Hotel, Cheap, and Absolutely Walking Distance to Monuments
We were looking for a hotel that felt safe, clean, was reasonably priced, and was within walking distance to the National Mall. This was definitely it! The parking was $22, but they let us come in early in the morning, drop the car off (even though check-in time wasn't until 4pm), and go walk around D.C. We checked in later that night with no problems. Then we walked a couple blocks later at night to a local bar, and felt safe along the way. In the morning, we just put our luggage with the valet guy, and walked around to more monuments. As long as we were back to get our car by 2pm, they didn't charge us anymore than one day ($22) for parking. The staff was friendly. We will definitely stay here again if we're in town.
Overbooked - breakfast disappointing
Confirmed reservation one week in advance, and again several hours before arrival. Upon arrival were told that hotel had been overbooked. We were transported to another property, but had to check into this hotel the next day. That obviously ruined the first part of our vacation. Staff not very apologetic. Hotel was clean. Pool was OK. Close to convention centre. Surrounding area is safe during the day, but a little scary after dark. Breakfast was a disappointment - eggs and pancakes were cold and dry... every day - very different than other Hampton Inns were breakfast is usually quite good. Overall, nice hotel, but we were annoyed about the overbooking despite a confirmed reservation.
We recently stayed at the Hampton Inn Convention Center hotel in Washington, DC for four nights. The hotel is very nice, very clean and new. The bathrooms are spacious and the showers are wonderful. Plenty of seating for the morning breakfast buffet. The staff was friendly and helpful. We paid $170.00 a night. The only drawback to the hotel is the neighborhood. It's not terrible, but not great either. A bit of a mixed bag. We always felt safe however. The hotel is on 6th Street. I would recommend walking to the Mall via 7th street. Much nicer atmosphere. It's about a 10 block (20-25 minute) walk to the Mall area. We found some nice restaurants on 9th street. The overall rating for the hotel is above average, but the location is so-so.
Good location for sightseeing, transportation, but staff problems
My mother and I visited Washington DC June 10 - 17, 2006 and stayed at the Hampton Inn near the Washington DC Convention Center. We were going to stay at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel but the reviews on Trip Advisor were not good and I'm glad we changed. The hotel is fairly new, so rooms are nice. Nothing spectacular, but the beds and pillows are awesome. I e-mailed the hotel asking where I could purchase a few pillows but no one responded to my inquiry. Breakfast was good everyday - a variety, but by the 3rd day they repeated the menu. No big deal though. The small indoor pool was cold, and the hot tub wasn't working properly, however dunking our aching feet between hot and cold water really helped. The workout room is small, but has different equipment for a complete workout. The small snack shop has icecream, microwave meals, soda, chips, etc, at reasonable rates considering it is a hotel. Ask when staff feeds the fish in the lobby - the kids will love it. As for the staff - they had major problems checking us in. We arrived early and our room wasn't ready so we went out sightseeing. When we returned they still couldn't access our reservation and it took 4 people to get it to work. When we checked out they charged us the wrong rate for the last night, and that became a small ordeal, but eventually it worked itself out. The check-in and check-out took too much time, but the General Manager said the staff was pretty new and they were all learning the system. Across the street is a small grassy area with homeless, drunks, HOWEVER, the area is being renovated and those people posed no problem. A short block away is China Town, with a few great restaurants, the Metro, and bus stops. Use the Circulator to get around instead of the regular city bus. The Circulator has a few routes, which are very convenient. Be aware that security is everywhere and they aren't very accommodating or nice. We did run into people who seemed to be hired by the city to patrol the streets (I think they were with a private security firm) who were very nice and asked us if everything was alright and if there was anything they could help with. These people were certainly nicer than the guards at the Capitol! Don't take a cab from the airport - take the metro, if a station is located near your hotel. It is much cheaper. Thank you to the concierge at the Hyatt Hotel Downtown - he gave us a great list of local restaurants. The worst thing about the trip were all of the 8th grade school groups - the kids were loud, rude, and obnoxious. They had no respect for the buildings they were in or the people around them. All in all it was a good trip, the hotel was nice, and I would stay here again.
Great Value and Services, Good Location
This hotel was great! It started early in the morning with the excellent continental breakfast. Almost anything you wanted was included. The rooms were relatively big and had great views of dowtown Washington. The bathrooms were clean, and the closet was roomy. We stayed in a room with two double beds, and they were plenty big. The free internet was definately a plus. It was fast and easy to connect to. The hotel was a three block walk from the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stop. It was not the best of neighborhoods to walk through, but it was a safe stroll. There are lots of Chinese restaurants about 2-3 blocks from the hotel, and there are a few other restaurants near the MCI Center. The parking valets were very helpful in giving us ideas of where to go for dinner, and promptly retrieving our car. Other features of the hotel included the pool and business center. The pool was smaller than we expected, but still very nice. The business center has a nice computer and free printing, if nesscessary. Lastly, the staff was very helpful and nice. All in all, we would definitely stay at the Hampton Inn Washington again!
Worth a stay
I am staying at the Hampton Inn in Washington DC and am quite impressed with this new hotel in Washington DC. Room is clean with added amenities like a microwave, refrigerator, room safe, free internet access and free morning breakfast! Add to this a swimming pool and fitness center and you have all of special benefits of a four star hotel at three star price. The hotel is a ten minute walk to the Gallery Chinatown Metro stop and across the street from National Public Radio.
I am a very particular and travel to DC frequently for work, so I have stayed at many, many properties. The Hampton Inn was wonderful. The feel is much more cosmpolitan than most hotels of that class and this property worked hard to be friendly and welcoming. The room was great and the bed is a very nice new touch from the Hampton Inn chain. I would stay here again as the location is good and the experience was positive.
Brand new, great staff, moderate price, and convenient Circulator bus
My family of four just returned from a fabulous stay at this new hotel. We booked our stay based on the positive comments posted on TripAdvisor, and the hotel exceeded our expectations in terms of its convenient location for a moderate price. All the furnishings are new and very comfortable. The staff is friendly and helpful. Our children enjoyed the pool and hot tub (small but still relaxing). The continental breakfast was convienent but nothing fancy. If you need to stash a car for a couple days, valet parking is available but expensive. There is a computer available in the business center but the network connection is very slow, making it hard for anyone to be quick on it. The best surprise for us was a new set of three bus lines known as the Circulator buses. The fare is $1 and includes a transfer, which is good for boarding any circulator for the day. One line runs East/West from Union Station past the hotel all the way to Georgetown. Another line, which is one block from the hotel on 7th, runs North/South from the convention center through Chinatown (past the Metro stop) through the National Mall (where you can hop on the third Circulator line, which runs around the mall) to the waterfront. The hotel is a couple blocks from Chinatown where there are a lot of restaurants of all kinds. The neighborhood has had a lot of new construction and development because it is a couple blocks away from the convention center. There ia still an occasional harmless bum, but we felt the neighborhood was safe.
from A TripAdvisor Member
Just return from the Easter weekend stay at the hotel, with my family. Overall, it exceeded my expectation. We like the double queen beds, since have 2 young kids. The front desk was assigning us a room at 3rd floor, but I cited having little kids and would like to have one more quiet. Without hesitation, she gave me one on 13th, and at a corner. Didn't hear any noice at all for 2 nights stay there. The hotel is quite clean. I particularly checked the air filter (since my wife is highly sensitive to dust and smell), didn't need to wash it myself.
The free breakfast was good. They even changed the items day to day.
The pool is almost useless though. Too small.
Personally I don't like Valet parking. I would rather pay same amount of money, and park myself. It's more convenient. As to the charge, I found it comparable to nearby garages. A couple dollars more, but you save the walk.
It's very close to the Mall. But the surrounding neiborhood could be nicer. We have a car, so most of the time don't need to walk. I walked once to the Metro station in Chinatown. Walking back from 7th steet is better than 6th. Living close to New York, I don't see any concerns walking on those steets. But if you are single woman, and have to walk all the time, indeed this may not be good location to stay.
Bottom line, it's a good value. I would say it's a great value.
Top Local Tips for Washington
Metro with stroller and small kids
The Metro system was very accomodating for our double stroller. Our tip is to use the end cars. There is less traffic, and you will have less problems getting the stroller onboard. Also, when it says the doors are closing, take it seriously. The doors don't bounce back like elevator doors.
National Museum of the American Indian
Even if you do not have time to enjoy the museum exhibits, be sure to try out the museum cafe featuring delicious native foods. The dining hall can be crowded and a bit loud. Beer and wine are available.
Have a daily plan and stick to it
Althought we thought we had planned out our trip, we didn't do as well as we could have. Have a daily plan and stick to it. I would advice going to this amazing city in the fall when there may not be as many school children. Be sensible, don't try to do everything in one trip, it just cannot be done. Pick out what you consider a" must see " or "must do" and go from there. Enjoy!!!!!