Doubletree Guest Suites DC Hotel

, Washington DC, United States
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Doubletree Guest Suites DC Hotel

, Washington DC
3 star

Rooms: 105

801 New Hampshire Avenue NW - Washington DC - District of Columbia - 20037 - United States Hotel Website | 202 785 2000
205 Traveller

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Big rooms, however...

from ingleberg
Pros: Huge rooms, good location

Cons: So-so service, amenities lacking

My family stayed here 5 nights. We had one 2 bedroom suite and a standard double-bed suite. Both rooms were much larger than we expected, except for the small bathrooms. Clean and comfortable (the beds are especially good).

The location is very good, and we always felt safe. Usually quiet, other than the occasional siren. The Metro is about 1.5 blocks away, as is a small 7-11 store. There are a few restaurants nearby, but most are several blocks away. We never saw parking spots nearby, so count on paying the $25/day valet (plus $3 tax) if you have a car. Valet retrieval was very fast -- we always had our car within 5 minutes.

Service was inconsistent. The man who checked us in was unfriendly and did not bother to explain any amenities (breakfast, internet, etc). The other front desk staff was very pleasant and helpful, as were the doorman and valet staff. My mother, who called back room service for a missing item, was yelled at and told that she had ordered wrong (this was our only complaint when we checked out).

Breakfast is only available Saturday & Sunday. A small room on the first floor, with no seating, had coffee, juice, muffins, danishes and bananas. Very limited -- even Hampton Inns put this to shame. Gold and Diamond HHonors members receive complimentary breakfast room service: coffee, juice, and either muffins or pastries.

Their internet service was very flaky. It's $10/day for wireless -- no ethernet available. The signup instructions in the room are wrong (as I was later advised by the front desk). Over our 5-day stay I had to call their tech support number 4 times about login issues. Fortunately, the support department was always responsive and friendly. From what I could tell, the $10/day only lets you connect one computer.

The last item I'd like to mention may seem minor, but was a big annoyance: this 10-story building only has one ice machine. It was always out of ice. Absolutely ridiculous.

If we returned to DC, despite the issues above, we would probably stay here again. For a traveling family, a large comfortable room can make you ignore problems you might not otherwise.

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from marge333
3 adults and 2 large teens...found our room nice and clean and quite roomy. Very quiet. Nice bedding and furnishings with new kitchen appliances. Beds sooo comfy, however, hideabed like all hideabeds, not comfy. But when we asked for more blankets to "pad"it, the response was immediate and it worked great. Wish the bathroom was accessible without going through the bedroom or had a dressing sink outside but hey...it is not home, it is a hotel! The staff was fantastic...Amy greeted us so warmly and everyone was so responsive and made our stay excellent. Metro 1 block away, shopping 2 blocks at Watergate complex. It felt very safe area even late at night. VERY convenient. Definately recommend especially for families.

Great for family

from A TripAdvisor Member
The doubletree was very clean and spacious. The staff was very helpful and just a 2 minute walk to metro...The pullout sofa is very uncomfortable ..would recommend a rollaway...20.00 a day but very comfortable...//nice size for a family we had 2 adults and 2 children..8 and 12..they enjoyed the hotel also...especially the chocolate chip cookies. Nice continental breakfast on sat/sun only. Donuts,cereals,fruit,coffee and juices..basic but nice. I would recommend this hotel for business or pleasure..also always seems to be cabs waiting outside if you need one.

Nice hotel and location, but slow service

from termoo
We stayed here with a family of 5 for four nights--at an internet rate of $159/night. Having stayed with a friend in Foggy Bottom last February, I knew the location was great, and I was glad to have a kitchen. The front desk staff was warm and helpful, we loved the warm cookies on arrival, and the doorman/bellhop was always very helpful and friendly! We found our room to be lovely and clean, but we were missing a few things:

We only had 4 towels for 5 people.
We only had 2 dinner plates in the kitchen, and one bathroom glass in the bathroom.
There was only one extra pillow for the sofabed. (We solved this by taking one from one of the beds--as they each had three)
We were given only one water bottle and two chocolates by the beds.
One bed had no mattress pad.
The remote control in the bedroom didn't work on the bedroom tv. (Both remotes worked fine on the living room one.)

No problem, I thought. We can get help with all of this. We called and requested more towels. We requested twice. Nothing. Finally we went downstairs to fetch them ourselves, along with more bathroom glasses and a new remote. The new remote didn't work, so we resigned ourselves to manual operation, since it was the weekend and the "mechanic" wasn't in.

I didn't realize the mattress pad problem until I was already in bed, so the next day I left a note (and a tip) for the maid, asking her to please put a mattress pad on the bed and to provide us with 5 towels. When we got back, there was a nicely made bed with no mattress pad, and four towels. We solved the towel problem by taking towels from the swimming pool area that afternoon when we went swimming. I called housekeeping about the mattress pad problem. She wasn't apologetic at all, and she asked if I wanted one. I said yes, they brought me one about an hour later and I had to unmake the bed and put it on.

The next day, we returned to the cleaned room to find three towels. Since we were preparing our own dinner, we also requested more plates. We requested three times, ended up eating off of tiny saucers, and finally received the towels and plates around 9:30 pm. They brought us extra towels, so I stashed some away in the drawers.

The next day, we had three towels again. Glad for the drawer stash!

The air conditioning system in the rooms was effective during the day, but the wall vent blew directly on the people sleeping in the bed nearby. The window opened, but had no screen. The bathroom was small, with the vanity, toilet and shower all in the same room. There was no exhaust fan, so it got pretty fogged up. Outside the bathroom was a very nice, large dressing area, where we were able to stash our suitcases.

The other downside to us was the pool closing at 8 pm. After a long, hot day of walking around, the kids really wanted to swim, and they only had one day where we were back in time.

I'm really easy-going when it comes to hotels, and most of this was humorous to me--to a point. I did get a bit annoyed as the problem seemed epidemic as our stay went on. It seemed to stem mainly from the housekeeping staff.

There were many upsides: location, decor, kitchen, very friendly front desk service and price. I would stay here again, but I'd check everything right away and remedy it before leaving the room.

Good Stay at Doubletree Guest Suites

from A TripAdvisor Member
Pros - location and room size
Cons - uncomfortable sleeper sofa and small bathroom

I took my family along on a business trip to Washington in late May 2005. My primary needs were more space than a standard hotel room and close proximity to a Metro station. The Doubletree met both of these needs. The Foggy Bottom station is very convenient.

We had plenty of space for two small children (5 and 9) and three adults. Our room was on the 9th floor which is called an executive floor. We received complementary bottled water with the room. I am not sure what other differences there are between this floor and others. The room offered two queen beds in one room and a sleeper sofa in the living room. We had two television sets which kept the children happy. We had a kitchen but we did not use it. The room was recently renovated. Some rooms were still being renovated at the time of our stay but it was not an inconvenience. It was certainly nice enough for my family but nothing to really "wow" you. The sleeper sofa was very uncomfortable for an adult but a small child would probably be ok. The beds were comfortable. The bathroom was very small. Basically, only one person could be in it at a time. The hotel does have a wifi service but I did not use it. The pool was not in service. Although we were not interested in the pool, it would have been nice to walk out on the roof to see the view.

Georgetown and the Kennedy Center are close by. It is a long walk to the Lincoln memorial. If you have children or seniors with you, you will probably want to take a taxi to the Lincoln Memorial end of the Mall. The Foggy Bottom station gives you good access the other portions of the Mall. Adults will like the restuarants in Georgetown but my children liked Friday's which is in walking distance.

We paid $224 per night. Overall, I would recommend this hotel and I would stay here again.

Wonderful Place to Stay!

from SuzanneTrumbullCT
We loved everything about the Doubletree! The location was fantastic, just a short, lovely walk to the metro, close to many nice restaurants, surrounded by trees, brownstones, and wonderfully charming street lights after dark. The room was above average in comfort and decor, but what struck us most was how QUIET it was! We forgot we were in a hotel!
The staff was welcoming and efficient, gave us directions and recommendations and topped that off with warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival. We would not consider staying anywhere else and we are already planning a return trip!!!

Near the Kennedy Center and the Foggy Bottom Metro

from awelch2000
This is a good spot. The staff is extremely helpful and the rooms are spacious and clean. I had a good sized living room and bedroom in my suite, complete with a kitchenette stocked with plenty of dishes, pots and pans. Definitely like the hotel.

Foggy Bottom location is quiet, though it pays to make sure that you’re not in a room that opens on the alley. Can be noisy with garbage trucks if you’re on a lower floor.

Other downsides? There are only a handful of restaurants within immediate walking distance and there is no room service. Getting in late, I ended up grabbing a snack that had to pass for “dinner” from the nearby 7-11! Guess that’s where the kitchen comes in! (Too bad the grocery store nearby had closed….) At least being a Doubletree, they gave me a tasty chocolate chip cookie when I checked in.

Also, no high-speed internet and no athletic facilities. When I asked, they said there is a deal where you can use the gym at the nearby Watergate Hotel for a nominal fee.

Great location and staff

from dragoms
We loved the location of this all suite hotel. A short walk to the Foggy Bottom subway made this ideal for our family. The staff at the hotel was excellent as well. Our suite was on the first floor and at first this made me nervous but we liked the convenience of not needing an elevator. The kitchen was a great feature but we had to ask for a few extra pans in order to cook dinner one night. The rest of the stay we used the kitchen for breakfast and snack foods. There is a Safway grocery store in the Watergate building across the street.

One other nice feature of the area is that the Metro system has small buses that take you to Georgetown since no subway goes to Georgetown. You can walk to Georgetown but after walking from site to site all day we were tired and enjoyed taking the bus to get to Georgetown. We tried Sequoia for dinner one night and it was excellent. It is located at Washington Harbor between Foggy Bottom and Georgetown.

Great hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel was absolutely great for a vacation. The rooms are large, well decorated and immaculate. The hotel is in a great location, safe and close to the Metro. The staff couldn't have been more cooperative and pleasant. Parking is $20 extra, but guaranteed; some of the more expensive hotels told us we might have to find our own parking! I would recommend this hotel to anyone going to DC.

Location and Staff are great

from jmjkf
Pros - Great location, easy to get to, close to the metro, across the street from the Watergate (with Grocery store, drug store in lower level). Walking distance to west end of mall (Lincoln Mem., Vietnam memorial, etc) Staff was very helpful with every question/request.
Suites include kitchen, eating area, separate bedroom.
Price was only $109 plus tax, very reasonable for amount of space in DC. On the weekend a continenal breakfast was served.

Cons - older facility, The room we were in needed to be updated. Everything was old. Walls are thin. Lobby too small. Only one elevator was working.

Top Local Tips for Washington DC

Metro is great to get around The Metro is accessible right from Reagan Airport. Buy your farecard and check your route. Rates vary by peak and non-peak times. Do not throw your ticket away as you need it to exit. Buy a farecard for a specific dollar amount if you will be there a few days. If it runs out, you'll be promoted to trade it in for one with more funds on it. The metro is quick, safe, and goes throughout the District. Trains are color coded, and be careful since more than one line can run on the same track. Schedules are frequent, but less so during non-peak times and weekends.

Use the Metro Subway! It is so quick and easy and convenient to all of the usual tourist locations.

get timed entries Do as much planning as possible. We had a timed entry to the National Archives and it saved us 2 hours standing in line and all it took was an email to get the pass.

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  • Address: 801 New Hampshire Avenue NW - Washington DC - District of Columbia - 20037 - United States
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