I have been reading the reviews and forums all weekend - and wanted to see if this group of experts can help me distinguish between the JW Marriott and Hotel Monaco for a Memorial Day Weekend trip. I think I have it narrowed down to these two :) There is a $70/night price difference -- which I don't mind paying if there is $70 worth of difference between the two. But if they are relatively the same, I don't see a need in paying $210 more (3 night trip). I like nice - but not too "nice" where we are out of place if we aren't dressed up. We will likely be in jeans :)
We are a couple in our 40's. We like nice, clean hotels. Love the idea of being in walking distance to the monuments, white house, Smithsonian and other touristy areas. We understand the metro is easy, but it's not our thing. We'd honestly prefer to just grab a cab and go where we need to move from place to place. Would prefer to have good options for dinner in walking distance, but we will only have 2 full days (arrive late Friday and leave Monday) - so ideally could cab it for dinner as well if we needed. I'd love a view from the room, but I am not sure either offers - if if they do, it's not $70 difference. Am I missing an obvious choice? I have looked at so many hotels -these two seem to be the best fit. Thank you in advance.
Also, does anyone know of any private tour guides in the area? We don't care for the large group tours. At first I thought we could do the hop on/off bus, but I am thinking hiring a guide 1 day may be better due to our limited time. But perhaps not.