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District Hotel Washington
Ranked #132 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2014

I'm wondering if some of these overly negative reviews are too keep this hotel an insider's secret.

I had a last-minute solo business trip to DC, and had to find something cheap & centrally located. This place fit the bill. It is a converted historical townhouse, so the lobby check-in is the foyer, center hall. The wood floors under the carpet was creaky and uneven.

My room was the same size as the W Hotel in Union Sq. NYC - tiny. Probably was part of a parlor a century ago. My full-size bed had clean, white linens & comforter. The ornate window mouldings were painted over to oblivion, unfortunately. And the bathroom was clean enough but had not been updated since the 1980s.

When my flight was stranded in ORD & I couldn't arrive til the next day, the front desk made sure my room was ready at 7:45 am for check-in.

Whole Foods is around the corner & the neighborhood is upscale, no problems jogging late at night (I'm female).

So, in sum, no glamor here, and wouldn't recommend this for families, couples or elderly people who cannot hike up/down a big flight of stairs to entrance. It's strictly for individuals who need a day or two in the heart of the city, to maximize time and money.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2014

When we first arrived we were told that our room had water damage and moved to the Embassy Inn ( sister hotel). Checked in into the Embassy Inn, room was extremely small, bed uncomfortable, bathroom dirty. Overall room was disgusting! Heard water running through drain pipes in the wall all night long. When brought to staff's attention we were ignored and no on-site manager. Because our issue could not be resolved by the front desk staff we were even not able to talk or to see the manager!!! Communication with the manager is only via Email!! We ended up booking another room at the Holiday Inn.Respond to our Email after 27hr and 6 calls to the front desk! 96 hr later and still no resolution to our issue. So, stay away from this hotel. It is not worth to pay a cent for this place!!!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Jimbo E
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

Manager is the most obstinate guy taking care of a front desk. There was several rooms ready to check in but he make us wait two hours until 3pm to let us in. Hotel is noisy, rooms are very small and kind of dirty. I do NOT recommend this hotel for anybody.

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We stayed here in april 2014. I had booked for three nights with a friend. My friend had paid the hotel with his visa card. My friend got ill and couldn't join me on this trip, so another friend of me came with me to Washington. My friend who got ill changed his name to my name as the primary guest on booking.com. I had send the district hotel an e-mail before i flew to Washington to tell them that my friend who booked the hotel couldn't join me on this trip, but that I will be the primary guest. I never got any answer back that this would be no problem.

On arrival they behave very rude and difficult for this matter because the visa card i gave them for additional costs wasn't the same visa card that booked the hotel. I told them that my friend booked the room, but got ill and could not come with me to Washington. But that all is oke and paid for. He even changed my name as the primary guest and that we send them an e-mail before we went to Washington. They didn't understand. How can I give them the visa card were the reservation was made with, when this person never went to Washington becayse of illness? When the hotel is fully paid an i give you my visa card for additional costs, what's the problem??

However, they did send the money back to my friend and I had to pay the whole amount of money again. That was the beginning of my vacation in the U.S and my visa has a maximum limit, so I could have been in trouble because i had to pay suh a high amount when it was not necessary at all.

I New York we didn't had this problem. The hotel didn't difficult at al that I gave my visa card for additional costs. We e-mail them also before leaving to the U.S. and they gave us an e-mail that everything was allright.

The front desk receptionist at the district hotel was so unrespectful, rude and wouldn't listen to our explanation. He even would't check his e-mail to search for our e-mail that we never got a response at.

Anyway the rooms are small, i think it's ok for one night, but search for a more beautiful hotel if you stay longer then one night in Washington. I know i will in the future! Next to the hotel is a lounge/ club - lot of noise at night, bring you earbuds!

The district hotel is not close at all to the monuments. But you can rent bicycles close to the hotel and there is a liqour shop and some places to eat close by. That is the only positive note i can say.

I will never return to the district hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank welpke
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We were told there was parking available, at a cost. They were right. At a parkade several blocks away. Nice touch.
Also...do NOT arrive before 3 pm. and, I mean precisely 3 pm! We arrived at 2:50 pm, and were told to wait. Another nice touch...made us feel welcome. The front desk personnel were not the friendliest. They should simply stay at home, and have someone who can at least display a more friendly demeanour.
The rooms were fine, but small.
The continental breakfast was most basic, and with a cost of $5, or so. We didn't partake in their breakfast. Lots of places nearby...go for a walk.
Location was pretty good

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2014

I was looking for a hotel in Washington DC Near the Australian Embassy on Massachusetts Ave for a quick business overnighter. And this was all I could get under a couple of hundred dollars for the night.....I thought - it's only one night, the other reviews said it wasn't great but I thought I'd book and take our chances.
To say it looks shabby on the outside is correct...chic it ain't. I was ok with that until I got to the reception and saw the electric cords stuck though a hole in the wall banged through with a hammer and I thought uh oh....So arriving at 2pm I thought well at least I can go to the room for a shower....nada. Room allocation is done after 3pm, after the maid presents her report and the lobby is starting to fill up....and I thought it's going to be a race....uh oh....not looking any better.
Off to the room.....joy oh joy, the lift works at least. And immediate deflation...the room is a dog box. Lucky I don't have a cat to swing...I have never seen such a tiny room except on the train. Hang on - that's now a dead heat. The bathroom was a time saver....I could sit on the bog and clean my teeth at the same time...onto a winner finally. I couldn't figure out if the towels were towels or grass skirts.
Well generally, I thought it was expensive for what you got, shabby - yes, small, yes, no closets for the clothes and no place for the suitcase...so that stayed on the floor and competed for walk space. The TV was perched high on the wall and not much bigger than a PC monitor. There was a tiny table with an ice bucket and underneath it I found a iron...no place to use it though but I guess I could use it to warm up a steak?
For dinner my wife and I scoured the neighbourhood for a cosy little local gem to eat at, nada only roadworks and dark dirty backstreets...so we walked downtown to our favourite place the Cuba Libre.....a trip highlight...
The 'coup de gras' was the $5 cost for breakfast....it consisted of the worst ever coffee, doughnuts and pastries, and waffles. The lobby was crowded with munching people, nowhere to sit and the deathly silence of disappointment. My wife and I walked to the nearest civilised hotel and ate a wonderfully hearty breakfast to erase the memory. Good Luck if you decide to stay.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Property: District Hotel Washington
Address: 1440 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20005
Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #132 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — District Hotel Washington 2*
Number of rooms: 58
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