Hotel Lombardy

, Washington DC, United States
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Hotel Lombardy

, Washington DC
2 star

Rooms: 132

2019 Penn Avenue NW - Washington DC - District of Columbia - 20006 - United States Hotel Website | | 202 828 2600
498 Traveller

Reviews - Hotel Lombardy

Quietly Elegant and Friendly
Submitted by: Diane Harris in 11/07/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
This was easily the nicest hotel stay I have ever had - the hotel was not flashy, but old-fashioned in its elegance. The staff made the stay perfect - so friendly and attentive - I would have loved to tip them all ten times over.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Lombardy

Great location - but YUK!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Odd, dark, dirty. No ventilation in the bathroom therefore mouldy. Very noisy all night as there was a loading bay outside the window. Drastically in need of a refurbishment. Aircon unit that continued to be noisy for hours after switching off. You get the idea...

On the plus side - an excellent location - just as well as you will not want to spend much time inside.

Great service

from tsdanica
Great location and excelent service from staff members. The rooms are large and clean. If you have any questions about the city just ask the concierge at the desk and you will be surprised how much they know.

Good Location

from zododie
Very old. Badly in need of refurbishing. Smells like the inside of an old trunk. Wouldn't do this to ourselves again. Not a bad price for downtown DC. but don't punish yourself, spend the money for a cab.

Friendly hotel for the female traveler

from Opinion8ted
I travel six to eight times a year to Washington for business, and find that it can be difficult to find a hotel in which I am comfortable staying alone. The Lombardy is convenient for many business purposes and feels secure, with an elevator operator always on duty. Without exception, the staff could not be more friendly or accomodating. On my last visit in February 2005, they made extraordinary efforts to help me locate and retrieve my cell phone when I left it in a taxi late at night. The rooms have an individualistic charm, and I have routinely been upgraded to more commodious accomodations when the hotel is not full. The air is decidedly European and rooms have small kitchen areas and nice bathrooms but a vintage feel. If you like the modern chain hotels and want something stylish, this isn't for you. It's a dowdy but comfy place run by great people who care that you are comfortable. It handles my laptop nicely, too, and the price is always right in this era when companies scrutinize travel expenses.

Old Charm, Excellent Staff

from angry
The Lombardy definitely has some charm with it's manual elevator and the dedication to retain it's decor from the age of orientalism, but as a historic hotel that's trying to retain some of it's original charm, it can look a bit run-down. You can have a great stay here if you follow some tips. Tip #1: Request a room at the front of the hotel. Not only will you get a view of Pennsylvania Ave. vs. an office 10 ft. away, but you won't have to hear garbage and loading trucks starting at 5:30am. Plus the front rooms are about twice the size. Tip #2: Request a room away from the elevator, if possible. Tip #3: Ask for a suite upgrade, they seem to be relatively generous. Tip #4: Don't pay more than $130 a night...and that's only due to location (3 blocks from Blue line - Smithsonian and Airport stops). The elevator is a rather loud mess of squeaking and banging, not to be underestimated by the crowd with a propensity for insomnia. But the staff is the nicest I've ever met in a hotel, which is important when you'll be talking to them every time you step out of your room. I payed $109 for my room which had good quality beds, feather pillows, waffle-weave robes and plenty of space.

Nice rooms, very family friendly staff

from FayettevilleTraveler
We stayed here from Aug 12-15th and had two rooms for our family (seven children and two adults). The rooms are extra large for an urban hotel and the hotel is old but nicely re done. THe bathrooms were very clean and new. The rooms each had little kitchens that were seperated with a large curtain---great place to put a baby in a portacrib. The staff was especially nice to all of our children, remembered us, and talked to our children each time they saw them. In this day and age when hotel staff are usually rude they were very accomodating here. The down side was the walk to the metro, two very long blocks. Because this hotel is in the business district it is very quiet at night and the streets are pretty empty at night. IF you want to spend a lot of time at the Smithsonain, like we did, then I would pick a closer hotel. I would still stay here again because I liked the botique feel of a small hotel and the rates were great, we got $99 a night/room with two breakfasts for each room ($12 value for each breakfast).

s not all one wants

from turkeyvote
The location is great, the staff is very friendly, but maintnenace is a problem.
We stayed 5 nights and were given a complimentary upgrade to a one bedroom suite. Spacious living area, small bedroom with comfortable beds and a miniscule bath with an expansive view from the shower (!!) of several floors of office across the way. Since one of the two anemic air conditioners didn't work without flooding the carpet, we 'enjoyed' that shower view quite a bit and I'm quite sure they enjoyed watching us in the bath. Thankfully there was a ceiling fan to move the humidity around while the single AC unit struggled to cool things off.
Linens were clean and plentiful (after leaving a written note that we had 4 people in the room) but the kitchenette was a joke - no utensils at all.
There are 2 tiny elevators and one or the other was always out of service.
I would stay in this hotel again for the location, but it would be a real gem with a regular maintenance program.

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from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I recently stayed here while on vacation in DC. While it's true that it's close to the metro and to some good restaurants, you'd be better off staying someplace else and paying a little extra per night. The room was tiny and overlooked the oh-so-romantic loading dock of the building next door in the alley. 7am, they started unloading. Every morning. Bar not open published hours, and housekeeping must've been on vacation--it was hit or miss with getting basic items like washclothes, towels, shampoo, etc. restocked daily during our 5-night stay, and let's just say the room was less than clean (dirty glasses left in our bathroom, etc.) We never ate in the restaurant, but the Venetian room left much to be desired--and the hotel was constantly being cleaned (with the exception of our room!). Staff vacuuming outside the bar area at 8:30 at night while people inside were trying to have a quiet, romantic drink. Saw signs all over the hotel saying "wet paint", etc. My dad called the hotel from his home on the other side of the country to try to order a bottle of champagne to be sent to our room on our first night as a surprise, but the front desk said the bar was closed (it was supposed to be open until 10 each night, but wasn't) and the front desk person told him to just go buy us a bottle and bring it over himself. Aesthetically, the hotel had all the charm described on the website. But if you're looking for at least some degree of service (other than having to walk downstairs to have your ice bucket filled), and the assurance that your room is clean and you'll actually have shampoo, stay at another hotel.

Nightmare on Pennsylvania Ave

from A TripAdvisor Member
I travel frequently and have written good reviews of other hotels in the past. But it was hard to find anything positive about this one.

We had a party of 4 and reserved 2 rooms in the hotel. We found the room, bedspread and sheets were dirty and had stains all over from previous (nights ??) use. The AC in my room made periodic noises as if it was short circuited and the bathroom door in the other room did not close. The bathroom door did not fit the frame it must not have closed for a while, I wondered how it got that way for so long. The alternative dining room was dim as half the light bulbs were out.

My son accidentally broke a light bulb. I made 7 calls to the house keeping and no-one showed up to clean or vaccum broken shards of glass. I walked up to the front desk and complained, no one showed up. Finally, I opened a broom closet on the floor and found a vaccum and cleaned it myself. There was Zero room service in this hotel.

The only saving grace is the pleasant front desk and the location. Stay away, try other hotels on pennsylvania avenue. Call all around town tour service or ducktours or anyone who works with tourists in town and they should point you to much better alternatives.

Great Place to Stay in DC

from A TripAdvisor Member
The location was excellent, tons of restaurants within mere blocks of the hotel. 2 blocks to the metro. Walking distance to the mall if you prefer walking. Safe, clean area. Room was clean and quiet. The staff were always excellent. We were also a little skeptical because of the low rate we got from expedia, but it was a steal. I can't believe that this one isn't sold out all the time.

Top Local Tips for Washington DC

$1.35 to the Smithsonian! Use the Metro subway for trips to the museums, Capitol Building, Library of Congress, Arlington Cemetary and a host of others. Minimum fare is $1.35 one way per person and is well worth the fare especially when your feet hurt from walking and touring all day!

Blossom time Early April is a very special time to be in Washington. The cherry blossom is extraordinary.

Using Dulles Airport - use the Washington Flyer! Save lots of $ ... when arriving at Dulles take the Washington Flyer bus ($16 roundtrip) to the West Falls Church Metro station - then take the Metro to your hotel. You'll safe a ton of $, and the Flyer is very comfortable and never crowded. And runs on time!


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  • Address: 2019 Penn Avenue NW - Washington DC - District of Columbia - 20006 - United States
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