One of the better hotels I've stayed at...a true upper crust place. Yada, yada. But a couple of things temper my enthusiasm.
First off, having never been to DC with no idea where the best place to stay would be, I was hoping to find a place which was centrally located and close to a Metro. Picked this place largely because Georgetown is a nice area and the metro was "close." Understand, though, this hotel is a decent, 10-15 minute walk from both. It's not in Georgetown itself and the Foggy Bottom Metro station is a solid 3 blocks south. Again, 10-15 minute walk from both. For some this won't be an issue, just be aware of it.
Biggest gripe is this: I booked the trip through expedia and got a "King" for four nights at $1150. Keep in mind, wife + 2 teens with me. I was wondering where the kids would sleep, but this met the four person criteria so went with it. When we arrived, when told there would be two roll-aways put in the room. I was just hoping to get a switched to a room with two double beds instead. I was told that would be an "upgrade" to a deluxe room. How much? "50 a night". I ask what else do you get with the upgrade and was told, it's an inside room, overlooking the courtyard and would be quieter than the street-facing rooms. Fine. I went with the upgrade. We get to the room and find it is NOT a courtyard facing room, but does indeed face the street. I go back downstairs and ask about that. I am then told, there are no more courtyard-facing rooms. So what am I actually buying with the upgrade? I'm told it's a "larger room." This was true. The room was larger, but in my math quieter vs. larger, quieter wins. And the front desk offers a blank stare when I question that.
I expected relief. This is a Fairmont. I expected relief.
After four nights, I can tell you it IS noisy on the street side. There's a fire station a block away and George Washington hospital is 3 blocks away. There were sirens every night. If you must be street side, I would recommend you get a room facing 24th street as opposed to M. M is a lot busier.
Another surprise at checkout. That upgrade that was "50" bucks? It was. But that was minus the room tax. The upgrade was really $57.50. You may think it's a small thing, but it goes back to what I was told at the front desk. And what was actually truth. In hindsight, had that been a frank discussion, I would NOT have selected the upgrade and gone with the king/rollaways and saved $230. The kick in the teeth would have been if that king had actually been on the courtyard OR on M street. And it just might have been. I'll never know.
In my opinion, I expect more from the front desk at a Fairmont.
Given somewhat isolated location and experience, I would not stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is pleased to announce that all of our guestrooms are newly renovated as of June 01, 2016. The newly renovated guestrooms, suites and Fairmont Gold experience transform the hotel into the premier luxury destination in the nation's capital by adding contemporary and innovative features important to today's travelers, such as multiple outlets and a multi-functional table with a chaise. We are currently enhancing our public spaces with a redesign of the courtyard and lobby. During this time, we will install temporary walls around the lounge and lobby staircase where an exhibit of "American Icons" will be displayed. We have partnered with the Georgetown gallery, Artist's Proof, to showcase historic and current American celebrities and personalities. We are working to ensure the guest experience is not impacted during your stay and look forward to welcoming you to the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown. ... more less
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