Beacon Hotel

, Washington DC, United States
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Beacon Hotel

, Washington DC
3 star

Rooms: 149

1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW - Washington DC - District of Columbia - 20036 - United States | 202 296 2100
438 Traveller

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Historical Traveller Reviews of Beacon Hotel

Very Nice Hotel

from heh3d
The renovation is complete, so those reading older reviews may relax. Their suffering was for our benefit, because this hotel turned out very nicely. The whole thing is new and modern.
The lobby is nice if a bit small, and the staff seem helpful and quick.
The resturant and bar are both very nice. I had dinner in the Bar and Grill one night and the food was excellent, and the service top notch.
My room was more than twice as big as the room I had in New York the night before. I had a couch, an armchair, a large desk, and two double beds even though it was just me. The TV was big and high quality. HBO is included, and there are a variety of start-on-demand pay perview movies available.

Basically this was a very comfortable hotel. Everything about it said 4 star, so I am a bit surprised that it only received 3 on most websites. I expect that anyone not needing concierge services, or those who are extriemly demanding of hotel staff, will find that they have a 4 or even 5 star stay at this hotel. Highly recommended.

Great room, great location

from slapin
Spent 6 days in DC and had wonderful accomodations at Beacon Corporate Quarters. The suite was spacious with separate king bedroom with 30" HGTV flat screen TV, full bath with separate shower, living room with 42" HGTV flat screen and a "crackling" fire with the click of the switch, kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, dishes/pots/silverware, etc. Room was designed in contemporary style, furnishings were new as the hotel just completed a major renovation. We ate at Beacon's Grill the first night and ordered room service one other evening - food was good. Staff was attentive, always friendly. I would definitely recommend this place.

Location is very close to DuPont Circle, along Embassy Row - tons of great restaurants and shops. Convenient to the memorials (within 1 mile) but we found cabbing in the morning to our first destination and walking back to hotel at end of day was our choice of transporation.

Comfortable, Convenient and Affordable Choice

from SourcesOnline
We stayed at the Beacon Hotel a weekend this April 2005. The hotel was clean, the room was spacious and decently decorated, and included a kitchenette that had a two-top stove, microwave, full sized refrigerator, and dishes with pots and pans. The hotel in located in a very convenient part of DC--about 5 blocks to the White House and just a few blocks from the restaurant scene of DuPont Square. The hotel didn't offer room service per se (maybe just breakfast room service), but there was a restaurant in the hotel and quite a few restaurants within blocks of the hotel.

Though I've stayed at nicer hotels with this kind of room/kitchenette setup, the Beacon Hotel was a comfortable, clean, convenient and affordable choice. I wasn't disappointed. We paid just over $100.00 a night for this room--which was a good price considering the time of year in DC.

pretty good--very convenient, and great rates

from Jennifer855
I just stayed at the Beacon for three nights. while their front desk staff was consistently slow and seem confused and new to the work, I appreciated the hotel in other ways. The rooms have just been redone and while mine was very small it got great light and the bathroom was large and tastefully done. Room service was fast--always less than a half hour--and there's a perfectly serviceable cafe & bar in the hotel. It's very convenients to Dupont Circle, K Street, etc. I paid less than $100/night, which was a fabulous deal.

Average Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I recently spent 4 nights at the Beacon Hotel in DC. The accomodations were nice, rooms spacious and updated. I did have a few problems with the hotel. The front desk staff seemed untrained and VERY SLOW. Check in and check out took forever. Just did not seem to have it together. I had a room facing Rhode Island Ave and the street noise was very should be updated to alleviate that problem. If you are an experienced traveller and do not need concierge or cashier services, this hotel is fine. The hotel is about a 20 minute walk to the White House and is located 2 blocks from Dupont Circle. Nearest metro is 1 1/2 blocks away. Bar has been recently updated and service good. Restaurant good but expensive (as are most hotel restaurants). Again, the hotel itself is comfortable and clean, just don't rely on the staff for any extra attention.

Fantastic stay, top marks all around!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the Beacon while it was still the Governor's House (but in the process of changing name) Oct 16-Oct 19 of 2004.

Two guests, 1 room, 4 nights. Two weekend nights at $125 each, and two weekdays at $154 each. Total was $558, but DC adds a LOT of taxes. Found the best rate on Orbitz. Total w/ DC hotel tax and Orbitz booking fees was $643.

Normally this would be more than I would like to pay, but the location was close to where we had other family staying and the luxury of the hotel ended up making up for it!

There WAS still construction going on while we were there. In fact one whole wing of the hotel was covered in top-to-bottom scaffolding. We were on the 7th floor, and all the rooms on the half of the hallway closer to the street looked like they were under construction. However, no contruction noise while we were there (although we did see work being done, we also did not sleep in.)

Lobby is smallish, with full service doorman in lieu of concierge. Small sitting area with large plasma TV was a nice touch. Had no car, so no idea about parking facilities. Didn't eat in the restaurant, but watched some baseball in the bar. Smoking permitted in both, as in all DC restaurants apparently. Bar did not have Red Bull (a minus in my book).

Breakfast was $12, but again, didn't make use of this, as there were lots of local cafes/restaurants nearby.

Location kind of near everything, but not close to anything. 1/2 mile walk to nearest Metro. 3/4 mile walk to Mall. About the same to Dupont Circle. Close to the intersection of Connecticut, 17th, and N streets (one of those weird 6 way DC intersections) which has lots of mid-range eateries and high-end shops (Burberry's was prominent, as well as some interesting-looking furniture/antique shops.)

We ended up walking half the time and taking cabs the rest of the time. $11 cab ride for 4 people to the Mall, Capitol, Library of Congress, etc. For 1 person it's only $7... weird DC taxi rules (also none of the DC cabs seemed to have meters, they use a little laminated rate chart to calculate the total cost.)

The furnishing, decor, cleanliness of the hotel was top notch. Great towels, linens;excellent and luxurious pillows and mattress. Room had two queens instead of the single King we'd requested. It seemed a little crowded, with not much floor space aside from the bed, but we had 4 people in there watching the Red Sox games for a lot of the time.

Staff were friendly, quick, and competent, but not overwhelmingly communicative. Hotel provided very useful maps showing local streets and restaurants, which really helped us navigate the confusing DC street system. So much for a "planned" capital. We had a late flight, so requested a later checkout. Were allowed an extra hour, but not more as the room was booked. Can't really complain. They checked our bags for us without us having to ask so we could spend a couple hours touristing without lugging them.

Room had a large TV, but it was placed awkwardly so that it wasn't viewable from one of the beds without neck-ache. The TV closet did allow TV to be pulled-out so angle could be adjusted, but probably just as well as it might have been so heavy as to topple the furniture. Small writing desk, which claimed to have Cat-5 Ethernet jack for high speed Internet (bring your own Cat-5 Ethernet Patch cable or buy one at front desk for $10). I didn't try this to find out if it was free or if you had to pay extra. No WiFi in the rooms, but I didn't check in the lobby.

Bathroom very luxurious. Marble floors, separate heater/fan on a timer. One nice touch: wicker basket under sink for wet/dirty towels, instead of just a heap on the floor. Good showerhead placed high enough up (pet peeve of mine is collar-bone-high showers). High water flow-rate, but shower-head pressure was not close to strong enough for my taste.

All in all I'd rate this as a high quality business-class hotel, but at about half the price I've paid for stays at Mariott in DC. It worked fine for us as tourists, though. The overall sense was of quality, tending towards luxury. I would recommend to anyone if it is in their price range.

a pleasant surprise

from RGD
In spite of the negative reviews on this site regarding construction, I had limited choice in where I stayed, because of a big convention going on in DC. I actually liked the Governor's house a lot. Perhaps there is not as much construction going on during the weekends, so it did not seem to bother me so much. We had 2 rooms: one with 2 double beds and one with a kingsize. Both rooms were clean, and tastefully decorated. The former was even a smoking room, but I could not smell anything - it seemed to be well ventilated. I had very little interaction with the employees, but those whom I spoke to seemed very friendly and helpful. Also the location is great! I would recommend this hotel.

s House!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I just returned from a long week-end in Washington DC, where we stayed at the Governor's House. We had a fabulous experience from the time we stepped into the hotel. We had an early flight, and arrived at the hotel around 10:30. Because they had a room available, they let us go ahead and check in. After a full day of sightseeing, we returned to the hotel for a drink in the bar, and a wonderful meal in the newly remodeled restaurant. We had the best salmon we have ever eaten. The new chef is a gem, as are the waitstaff and bartenders!

Our room was clean and comfortable, and also very quiet. The construction on the new part of the building did not bother us at all noise wise. We plan to return to Washington in the future, and will definately stay at the Governor's House again and again! Thanks for making this a week-end to remember.

Wait until AFTER the major construction is completed

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed there in September, 2004. Once the major construction underway is complete, I think this will be a very nice hotel. But before making a reservation, I'd suggest you call the hotel (202) 296-2100 and ask if it's still under construction.

Utell's description said "Fully renovated this charming European style Hotel is testimony to Washington's unique hospitality.", which fooled me into thinking that the construction was complete.

When checking in, you initial next to your departure date and note that if you depart early, there will be additional charges.

When you get to your room, there is a "Dear Valued Guest" letter that says "The construction work adjoining to our building for the additional wing and the new facade on the existing exterior will occur between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Unfortunately, this work must be completed and may cause some vibration noise throughout the building. Another part of the project will require workmen to hang from scaffolding outside the building while they work on the new facade structure. We recommend you keep your drapes closed so that you are not disturbed."

On Saturday morning, there were two guys outside my window noisily installing another layer of windows.

I paid $10 more ($149 vs $139) to get an upgraded room "Dlx rm DD with sofabed workdesk Luxury spacious city view refrigerator." It's a nice room on the 6th floor but I gather "city view" means it doesn't face a courtyard, because I could only see the construction and the buildings across the street.

For a bargain rate, this wouldn't be bad. But this is major construction, not just "renovation". I'd suggest you wait until after they "complete this very important project" before staying there. I think it will be a great choice then.

Love the Gov House

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed there before the construction and just last month during. Still feel the same, "Great Place!". Older hotel with new addtion being added, great local, walking distance to many eats, and short walk to Metro which gets you anywhere.
Have Stayed at 300+ hotels and same if not better service here.

Top Local Tips for Washington DC

Places to eat near the Beacon Hotel For breakfast, go to the Afterwords Cafe at Kramer Books on Dupont Circle. They also have lunch, dinner, a good but inexpensive wine list, great ice cream drinks and desserts, so you can make multiple visits. For dinner, go to Al Tiramisu, on P street about a block off of Dupont Circle. The wine prices are a bit high, but the food prices are a fantastic value because it's really good (we eat out and cook quite a bit, and I was very impressed). Make a reservation, because it's a small, cozy, romantic spot that can fill up.

National Geographic Headquarters The headquarters for National Geographic are right around the corner from the Beacon. You can take a quick tour of the exhibits on the first floor...and it's free.

Terrible parking in DC. Be prepared to pay at least $15 a day for parking around the city. There is hardly any public parking so it can become a bit annoying looking for parking spaces/garages.


Other names for Beacon Hotel

  • beacon hotel washington dc
  • beacon hotel dc
  • beacon hotel corporate quarters
  • Address: 1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW - Washington DC - District of Columbia - 20036 - United States
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