It was just a short getaway, but from the outset we were made to feel very welcome. Check in staff were courteous, processed us quickly and advised us about our included breakfast as an IHG Rewards Club perk. This is a heritage hotel, and proudly stands with several in this city, but to its credit it saves the stuffiness for the others. The room felt like a true guestroom, clean and neatly decorated, with a huge flat screen TV, an empty fridge, a coffee maker and excellent blackout curtains. Bathroom was spotless, and the amenities were in keeping with this level of hotel. The air con was unusually loud, though it was a constant hum so did not disturb our sleep. There was some noise from the corridor, but I attribute this to our proximity to the elevator.
The hotel bar is trendy and serves tasty appetizers and cheap beer and wine during the extended happy hour, so avail of these. You can sit inside or out, with the terrace tables overlooking McPherson Square. We misunderstood the check-in staff advice that we were entitled to a free appetizer (rather they must have been letting us know about happy hour), though at $7 a plate, that certainly doesn't break the bank. And Sunday breakfast more than made up for it. A delicious spread served in a relaxed atmosphere.
It does need mentioning that most DC hotels charge a high price for parking (with valet the only option), and this hotel is no exception. That is unfortunately the market. However, while very courteous, this valet service did seem unusually slow. They do advise you to call for your car 20 minutes in advance and that seemed about the minimum. So, if you're in a hurry, don't leave it until just before you check out.
On weekends, DC lets its hair down, and hotels let their prices follow. This place was perfect for our weekend getaway, within walking distance of where we wanted to be and a restful oasis amidst unpretentious, friendly staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A restored 1920's architectural gem, the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel offers refined accommodations and modern meeting facilities in the heart of the nation's capitol. Gracing the corner of 14th & K Streets, NW, this Washington, DC hotel places you in the ideal location whether you're traveling for business or pleasure. Just 5 blocks from the White House, 7 blocks to the Washington, DC Convention Center, 1 block to the McPherson Square Metro Station, minutes from the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, and local dining and entertainment, the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel is perfectly situated to make your visit a productive and memorable experience. The Hamilton's own 14K Restaurant and Lounge offers a contemporary American dining experience to guests and local DC residents alike. Perfect for people watching, entertaining, or unwinding after a day of meetings, 14K Restaurant and Lounge is the choice for casual meals or private gatherings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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