Historical Traveller Reviews of One Washington Circle Hotel
Lived there for 4 weeks
I stayed here in a one bedroom corporate suite for about 4 weeks from mid-August until mid-Sept. The layout of the suite is decent and it was nice to have a balcony, even if the street below is loud (hospital siren & traffice). The bed is decent, water pressure & temp good, but the furniture is very uncomfortable and the high speed internet access works only about 40% of the time. The front desk people aren’t very helpful and tend to be rude. I travel for business very often and usually stay at a Residence Inn. This hotel’s kitchen doesn't compare. Just the very bare minimum--so don't be lead on by "fresh coffee beans" because that is about all you get in the kitchen. If you have laundry to do understand that there is only one washer and one dryer is the deepest darkest part of the basement ($2.00 for wash, $2.00 for 20 minutes of drying, no way to purchase any soap or get change). I thought about switching hotels so I looked at the rooms at the Washington Suites in Georgetown. The decor nearly was hideous and someone had been smoking in the non-smoking room. The kitchen was better equipped, but I thought that the One Washington Circle Hotel was better for my needs. Overall, the location is wonderful and I’ll probably stay here again because I have lived with much worse before. My brother did visit me for 3 days and liked the place (but not the couch)—so you might want to give this place a try if you need a kitchen and a central, safe location with super easy Metro access.
from A TripAdvisor Member
My dad and I stayed at One Washington Circle on Columbus Day weekend. We booked late so it was the only available hotel that was 3 stars and available. I was a little concerned since I had not heard of it and it was only $139 a night. It was the best surprise. It's directly across from GWU metro stop. It has COMPLIMENTARY high speed internet access (I travel 90+% for work and this was a first). The beds were really comfortable (comparable to the Heavenly Beds at Starwood properties). The staff was completely friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay here again. Note: there are sirens from the hospital. I live in Manhattan so it didn't bother me a bit... Others may not be so numb to the noise.
Did not honor reservation
We had made reservations at One Washington Circle in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2004, online. We received a written confirmation. When we arrived at the hotel on September 20, 2004, we were told that they did not have our room because a group who were there decided to extend their stay. So, the management at One Washington Circle gave our room away. They sent us to a hotel on the Maryland border, because every other hotel in the downtown area was booked. It was the week of the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. We were in D.C. for this occasion, and could easily have made reservations elsewhere months before, but we had stayed at One Washington Circle before and it was in the downtown area. We would NEVER again make reservations there, and advise others to beware that they do not honor reservations, no matter how far in advance you make them.
Loved this hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
I highly recommend this hotel. There is some noise from the street, but the double windows and heavy sound blocking draperies were more than enough to block it from our 9th floor room. Rooms are clean, comfortable and staff professional and personable. Beds are especially high quality and comfortable!
Great Stay at the One Washington Circle
from A TripAdvisor Member
Based on the recommendations of previous reviewers I made reservations at this hotel and I am glad I did. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. The room was more than we expected for the price. Very spacious and upon my request were given a room above the 5th. floor. The sirens were no worse than what we get in our neighborhood. It was very quiet. The doorman let us know when the temperature was going to be extremely high. There were lots of smiles and an eagerness to meet your every need. It was nice to have Spanish-speaking staff even though we didn't need it. Having the metro 1 block from the hotel was wonderful for first timers like us. Our little grandson enjoyed the pool. The food is very overpriced in their hotel so we just asked the clerk for recommendations which he immediately provided. Thanks for posting guest comments.
Would Not Return
from A TripAdvisor Member
After reading reviews about several hotels my wife and I decided to stay at One Washington Circle for our first visit to Washington D.C. The hotel was easy to find and conveniently located close to the Foggy Bottom Metro stop which made it easy to get to all the sights we wanted to see. When we first arrived we were greeted by a gentleman who offered to take our car and park it in the hotel parking garage. Not until checkout did we find out parking was $21.00 a night. I guess it was my fault I didnt ask. The room was a good size with large walk in closet and modern (uncomfortable) furniture. I can say the bed was very comfortable for a hotel bed but my wife would beg to differ. We were surprised that only one review we read mentioned the sirens from the hospital across the street. They were continuous throughout the night and early morning making it difficult for a light sleeper to rest. The Circle Bistro had a very limited menu and high prices so we decided to order out when we were hungry. We have already planned our next trip to Washington D.C. but have decided to pass on One Washington Circle as our hotel of choice.
Lovely Suite and Great Location
Our family stayed here for two nights on a short visit to the east coast. We found the staff, especially Michael, the bellman, to be accomodating and helpful. Also, when we left, the gentleman who retrieved our car from the parking garage was very helpful in directions as to how to get on the highway.
The suite was gorgeous--beautifully decorated and functional. The bedroom had a door for privacy. The bathroom was full of amenities, such as a blowdrier, cotton balls, and luxurious soaps and body washes. The living area was large and had a sofa bed that already had the linen on it. There was a full kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, microwave oven, silverware, dishes, and pots and pans. There were also coffee beans with a coffee grinder.
The front desk staff let us know of a small grocery store two blocks away where we purchased some breakfast and snack items.
The pool was small but enjoyable. The towels were a bit hard to find but they were there. There is a nearby patio with bar service for those who wish to have a drink while lounging at the pool.
A few small negatives: I spilled some coffee grounds on the kitchen floor and cleaned them up as best I could with paper towels. (I would have swept them had I had a broom.) I was disappointed to see that the next day the kitchen floor was not cleaned. Also, a light bulb burned out in one of the lamps. We notified the front desk on our way out for the day. We were told it would be taken care of but it wasn't. There were two televisions. The one in the bedroom had very poor reception. Finally, you need to know that the hotel is near a hospital and a police station. That means sirens. It was pretty noisy throughout our first night but OK the next night. Maybe it's because we were there on a Saturday night which I supppose is a busy time for cops and hospitals.
All in all it was a good experience. The positively definitely outweighed the negative. Also, the rate we paid via Capitol Reservations online, was extremely good. Another plus was the proximity to the metro line. The inn is also in walking distance to Georgetown and you can walk to the White House (although a bit of stamina is required.) We did it in late July afternoon humidity! We would return to this hotel.
We decided with less than two weeks to go that we were going to surprise our teenaged daughter with a trip to DC on the Fourth. We booked flight and room through Hotels. We ended up on the top floor of One Washington Circle (a block from Metro)with a balcony that pointed directly at the fireworks! Since we had walked everywhere, seeing everything for the past two days...we decided to order Chinese delivery and watch the fireworks from the balcony. The live orchestra was broadcast on the TV so we didn't miss a thing. We really liked One Washington Circle - it had a full size refrigerator and whole coffee beans and a grinder along with the coffee maker to make fresh coffee each morning. A good time was had by all!
A wonderful hotel
We stayed here in February for almost a week and were impressed by the size and quality of the rooms we were allocated. The in room extras were great, especially the coffee maker. The kitchen worked well. The only downside was that we couldn't find a quality delicatessen nearby to make the most of the cooking facilities. I would also recommend the nearby cafe Bread and Chocolate as a great venue for breakfast. The hotel was great in terms of proximity to the Metro and most of the staff were very attentive and helpful. They were more than happy to mind our bags while we were out of town for 36 hours and the room we were allocated on our return was equal in every way to the first one.
from A TripAdvisor Member
We recently spent a week here during Spring Break. We had reserved a Deluxe Penthouse Room and were give a very large room facing Washington Circle. It was very large, with 2 bathrooms, a dining room, kitchen, large master BR and high-speed internet. Given that we had stormy weather, it was so nice to return to what felt like an apartment rather than a hotel room. Having internet allowed us to research where we were going to visit as well as restaurants, movie times etc. We did bring a laptop but you can access internet on the TV. The staff was excellent and quick to respond to any requests. The location is excellent, one block from the Metro and a 15 minute walk to Georgetown where there are many restaurants. I actually have missed this hotel since coming home. Other people have complained about the sirens but I only heard about 2-3 an evening and they never woke me up (the hotel is across the street from GWU Hospital). Possibly they are worse in the summer but they didn't bother us at all being on the 4th floor.
Top Local Tips for Washington DC
Don't! You won't need one in DC the metro is excellent, and you'll come out about the same renting a cab and taking the metro as you would with the cost of a car and gas.
Metro or walk
DC is best explored by walking. Metro is great when walking takes too long. Bring some strong allergy medicine if you have seasonal allergies
Taxis are very expensive in DC. If you can manage your luggage on the Metro from Reagan National Airport I'd travel that way into the city. It's easy, fast and $1.35 one way