Melrose Hotel Washington Dc

, Washington DC, United States
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Melrose Hotel Washington Dc

, Washington DC
4 star

Rooms: 240

2430 Pennsylvania Avenue NW - Washington DC - District of Columbia - 20037 - United States | 202 955 6400
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Reviews - Melrose Hotel Washington Dc

7/10
Friendly and Comfortable
Submitted by: Stephen Goldberg in 11/07/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
The location is fairly central. Hospitality was excellent and the service friendly and good. The rooms were large and comfortable and furnished to a very good level of specification and standard considering the price. Happily recommend the hotel both to business travellers and families.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Melrose Hotel Washington Dc

What more can you expect! Very nice!

from montroseboy
We got the room on Expedia for $127.00 it was the 1bedroom suite Room 404. Very nice and big. The hotel was very nice. We even had dinner one night at the hotel. The food was nice and we both ate for around $38.00, included drinks. They had $9.95 chef choice meals. The Foggy Bottom stop was very near which includes the orange and blue lines. Georgetown was short distance to the hotel. I would recommend this hotel, especially for a price of the above you can't be on a holiday weekend!

Great Hotel - Good Location - Good value

from Wish_2BN_Italy
Let me start by saying that this hotel is not listed as a 4 star hotel as many of the other reviews have stated. Most sites I have found list it as a 3 or a 3 ½ Star Hotel. It definitely lives up to at least a 3 ½ Star rating.

The rooms are exactly as pictured on the hotel website. They are very well decorated and very clean, accept for that 1 hair in the bathtub…but I can look that over. The room was very large, larger than your average hotel room. The bathroom, however, was very small but it served its purpose. The bed was very comfortable. There were not many channel selections on the TV but we didn’t make the trip to Washington to watch TV. We got a newspaper on our door every morning. The room was cleaned every day. Fresh towels were left, along with new soap, mouthwash, shampoo and conditioner. They will also supply fresh sheets everyday unless you request otherwise by placing a card on the bed.

The hotel has valet parking and will not let you park your car in their lot yourself. Valet parking is $25 per day so that can get quite expensive. We dropped our luggage at the door and found alternative parking for $10 per day at a lot on 23rd street between M and N Street, which is only 3 blocks away and well worth it if you don’t mind the walk.

The hotel staff is very nice. They act as a full service hotel so they take your luggage to your room when you arrive and to your car when you leave, and of course they expect a tip. Don’t bother asking to do it yourself because it falls on deaf ears. They are very friendly though so a few bucks for a tip doesn’t hurt anyone. They also let us check in early (about 3 hours early), which helped us out tremendously. They are available to answer any questions you may have about the area. Sometimes their answers are helpful, other times not. I didn’t see an actual concierge desk unless it and the front desk are one and the same.

The hotel is only 2 – 3 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station so you can take the subway to just about anywhere you want to go. There is also a small grocery store beside the hotel and a Seven Eleven 2 blocks away near the Metro station. The hotel is only 7 blocks from the White House and The Mall. Also Georgetown is only a short walk away too. It is in a very convenient location as well as a very safe one.

One downside to the hotel is that it evidently serves as a club on Saturday nights until around 11pm. If you don’t plan on being in that early then don’t worry but if you are tired like we were you may want to ask for a room on a floor other than the 2nd.

The price was reasonable especially for this type of hotel. We did have a slight problem with our bill upon checkout but the hotel took care of the error quickly. Luckily we printed our reservation info so we had proof of the price we were given.

Overall we had an excellent experience with this hotel and would definitely recommend it to any who are looking for a nice place to stay while in Washington DC.

Disappointed

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Melrose is billed as an up-scale luxury hotel in DC. It's nice, but I would not call it a luxury hotel. Overall, I was disppointed. I expected much more in the rooms. I had a deluxe king bedroom. It was OK. But, I've stayed in much nicer rooms in Washington, and at similar or less cost.

The bathroom is very very small. It's extremely cumbersome to move around in. It only has a very small pedestal sink with little room to place any toiletries. Not very functional. The whole bath area was cramped. I would be hesitant to ever stay at the Melrose again because of this.

A plus, however, is that they placed real glass wine glasses in the room. That's a nice touch and not often found in many hotels (usually, it's just a high ball glass or something similar).

I asked for wake-up calls -- one day they called at the wrong time: very irritating.

The restaurant also is billed as very up-scale, but I found the menu lacking and over-priced.

I never saw anyone at the concierge desk my entire stay.

The registration staff were efficient; and, I have to complement them on going out of their way to help me when I had a problem with the airport shuttle.

But, it's the rooms I found disappointing. I've stayed in a number of DC hotels, and there are many which are much more comfortable and roomy in this same price range. While I probably will not stay at the Melrose again, others may find it OK. It just wasn't what I expected, definitely not "luxurious" in my book, and so I was disappointed for the cost.

Great beds, great value, bad maid service

from BigAppleWriter
I stayed at the Melrose over Memorial Day weekend (quite a busy weekend in DC considering the WWII memorial was being dedicated) and was pleasantly surprised how lovely the hotel was. We had a great room (though it faced a side street with no view, it was very quiet) that was big, with an EXTREMELY comfortable king-sized bed, great water pressure, great air, lovely decorations.

We returned to our room one day, after leaving by 9AM, at 2:30PM to a room that had not been made up. If you read other people's reviews, at least 1-2 other people mention this that the maid service does not make up the rooms promptly. I think this can be fixed simply by calling downstairs and saying "I'm leaving can the room be made up by xP.M. time". I was surprised to see it not done, but they came up within 20 minutes and fixed the room.

With an easy location, good food (not great - but who needs to eat there) and good prices, this is a great bet for a visit to DC!

Great Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
The great thing about this hotel is it's location. A 10 minute stroll to Georgetown for dinner and a 5 minute stroll to the metro. Overall standard of decoration was very good and bed was very comfortable. As already stated in a previous review if you get a room at the back of the hotel you will be disturbed by trash collection in the mornings but is only a minor consideration. We would definately stay here again.

t travelers

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Melrose Hotel is a much nicer experience than any comparable hotel for a business traveler to the Washington, DC area. Very convenient to the Metro, and taxi service readily available. They often have room rates at government per-diem rates. The beds are the best I've slept in while travelling, much nicer than your typical chain hotel. The restaurant and lounge staff do a great job, and I always feel welcome.
Convenient to Georgetown dining as well. Definitely worth a visit.

Not what it aspires to be

from A TripAdvisor Member
I booked a room for a week, in large part on the basis of reviews at this site and because it is a five minute walk from the Metro. The (online discount) price was great for what is a part of a posh, mostly European chain, and the room was beautiful and large with a desk in a niche so it served as a separate work area. The rooms are very elegant, so initially I was pleased. However, problems began immediately. I only had one phone, on the desk (in that distant niche), and despite leaving a note for the maid I never received the second one. There was no book explaining services in my room until I asked for one, and I never got a card with an explanation of the phone fees. When I checked out there were calls charged that had not gone through, e.g. busy signals. They did remove them when I pointed it out. At 7 the first morning, I was woken by loud voices that seemed to be either in the hall or outside my window. I later realized they were in the room next door, which appeared to be used as a lounge for the housekeeping staff who shoot the breeze while getting ready for work. Okay, not a big deal and they did not make so much noise on other mornings. One day I came back to my room at 5 pm to find my room had not been made up. When I complained the maid arrived 45 minutes later. No, there was no free drink while I waited for her to do her thing. Every day the maid forgot to replace something; I began waiting for it. One day the shampoo, one day the bath mat, one day the coffee, etc. I spent most of my time out of the hotel, which was a good thing because one day while I was gone they turned off the air conditioning for repairs for most of the afternoon.
This on a sweltering August day. There was no attempt to compensate their customers for this in any way. The day I was to leave I called down for help with my luggage. Good thing I was driving and not hoping to catch a plane because the bell hop never came. Finally, I went down to the front desk and learned that the clerk had forgotten to give my message to the staff. The bell hop could not use the cart to bring down my luggage because that morning they were tearing up a big section of carpet and floor in that hall, so he had to carry the bags. This was a case of a hotel that looked wonderful and luxurious, but the bad service just kept chipping away at my initial enthusiasm. I will say that their staff is unfailingly courteous and knows how to say "I'm sorry" very well but they should not have to say it so often. On the other hand, the bar is nice and the management of the bar and restaurant appear to be ernest and efficient. The bar food (sandwiches, etc) is very good and fairly reasonable, and the drinks are good too.
There are room safes, which is a nice convenience. So, I give it 3, but only because the rooms are so spacious and attractive. Hey, maybe I just hit them on a bad week. If not, I expect that the great online deals will continue.

Good Location, Only Adequate Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed two nights here in March 2004. I wanted to make sure we stayed in a nice part of town and didn't go wrong there, as the Melrose is about a block from Georgetown and two blocks (the other way) to the Metro. Doormen and staff in general is friendly. Buffet breakfast at the Landmark restaurant has a small selection but a menu is available and food is good quality, though it is overpriced like all hotels ($20 each for breakfast? It was good but not THAT good.) The room was big and the king-size bed was VERY comfortable... no saggy Motel 8 mattress here!

Now for the down side. Pricing verges on "bait and switch." Make sure you pay attention to the rate increase on your room. We paid $140 for the first night (which is the price they advertise) and it went up to $220 on night #2! Tricky! I must admit I did notice this before I reserved the hotel but it's still not entirely aboveboard. We had a view of the dumpster out back, which unless you're a dumpster afficianado was not what we expected. It seems about half the rooms overlook the "inner courtyard" (dumpster/trash area.) You also get to listen to the garbage truck early Monday morning and I'm sure they take the dumpster to the 10th floor and push it off. Be advised if you plan on sleeping in on Monday that you request a room with an OUTSIDE view if possible. The room we had (217) was disabled access room, which I'm sure is great if you're disabled but everything is low in the room.
Some of the fire sprinklers are hanging loose from the ceiling, the bathroom door didn't close, they provided one robe for two people, the bathroom extraction fan didn't work, and the shower head was hanging loose out of a hole in the wall. None of these are major but not expected when you're paying $230 a night... even in DC. I would have given them a lower rating based on these problems but when I mentioned them to the manager, he let me have both nights at the $140 rate, which was good of him to do and bumped their rating to a 3 vs 2 from me. Keep this in mind if you visit. I would stay again, but would ask for an outside room.

Melrose Hotel disappointing experience

from A TripAdvisor Member
It was my first trip to Washington, DC. Wanting to make the most of our Washington experience we stayed at the Melrose Hotel. It may have been rated 4 star, but the service was truly lacking: no air conditioning, only heat; dirty glasses in our room left by housekeeping; no fresh soap during the week; food served in the resturant tasted left-over; no bed turn-down service offered. I highly recommend seeing our nation's Capitol, but would never return to the Melrose.

Positive stay - great price

from A TripAdvisor Member
My eight year old son and I stayed at the Melrose for three nights in February. We paid an unbelievably low rate (49.94 nightly) so we were delighted with the location and quality of this hotel. When we arrived, their did not seem to be a doorman or valet parker available, but the front desk checked us in quickly. The front desk manager was not very friendly, but efficient.The bellboy was friendly and efficient. Our room was wonderful- a junior suite, with two large queen beds, a sitting area, an office area with internet access, and a small kitchenette.The bathroom included a seperate vanity area. The room was tastfully decorated, and the only hint of age was the bathtub area, which had some chipping. Service was not four star. There never seemed to be a concierge on duty - and I did not find the fron desk particularly helpful - and not child friendly -although in all fairness, our stay was over the weekend and Monday night. The restaurants were very expensive but room service very timely and efficient. The location was wonderful - at the edge of Georgetown and handy to the Metro, which takes one to all the tourist spots easily. All food in this area is expensive, tough when traveling with children- but with such a gerat room rate, we didn't mind!

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  • Address: 2430 Pennsylvania Avenue NW - Washington DC - District of Columbia - 20037 - United States
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