This is a little dated (1 month, but I wanted to publish it before it got any older. We had a great experience in DC and the concierge (Jonathan) at the Hilton Garden Inn (815 14th Street N.W.) gets the credit. I wanted to make sure he got kudos for his help. We visited DC for a long weekend). It was my wife’s first trip to DC and my first trip for pleasure. I’d walked the Mall, but little else. We did a little prep work and gotten some restaurant recommendations from friends. My wife was weeks away from having back surgery and we weren’t able to do much walking, but wanted to try and get this trip in.
We arrived in the morning, checked into the hotel, and took a cab to the Capital Building for a pre-arranged tour. We scouted out the “hop on hop off” buses and the pedicycles, but they just didn’t seem to offer the kind of tour we were looking for. I travel a lot and I have never used concierge services or organized bus tours. But we didn’t have much time and I thought it was worth a try. Jonathan spent a lot of time with me and recommended On-board tours. He felt that their staff (all belonging to a guild for tour guides) made all the difference. He was right. We ended up taking two On-Board tours. The tour guides (and the bus drivers) were all characters in their own right. Each was a wealth of information and each seemed to have a genuine interest in sharing their city with their guests.
Jonathan also helped us get reservations at a restaurant I had been unable to get us into, had suggestions about the best way to avoid the lines at Georgetown Cupcakes, and the merits of Clydes for brunch (it was very good). So, many thanks to Jonathan. You made our trip.
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