My little boy and I were made incredibly welcome during our stay by the amazing team that run the Hampton Inn White House. This is quite a feat by a chain hotel. By way of comparison, the night before our arrival we'd stayed at the Hilton near the airport, which was totally bland and generic and where we couldn't have felt any more anonymous.
In brief, the hotel has great modern rooms, even if a little small as noted elsewhere, and above all an amazing staff and location. Booked via the Hilton website, the place represented excellent value for money, in our view, certainly compared to other major hotels in the area.
There's a little pool, an amenities shop in reception, and free coffee and tea guests can help themselves to during the day. As a journalist, it was also a rather sentimental pleasure staying in a building that was formerly a newspaper print works.
If we had to really, really be picky about any one thing, it's that the breakfast wasn't a little more healthy and made with better ingredients. But pricing is obviously a factor here and there are a ton of amazing restaurants nearby for great American breakfasts (especially Founding Farmers down the road).
As a Brit who grew up alongside USAF families in England and who has worked for US organisations, I've always had a huge soft spot for America and its people. Part of the aim of this trip was to share some of the pleasure of the country and its people with my own son.
Highlights for us included the 15 minute walk from the Hampton Inn down to the White House and then on to the Lincoln Memorial.
Searching out all the stirring mottos carved in granite into building facades was a fun game for my little guy. We particularly liked the quote on the beautiful National Archive that reads something along the lines of: "The glory and the romance of our history are here preserved, binding the lives of our people in one indivisible union" ... America does clarion calls to the human spirit so well, and staying at the Hampton Inn, it was wonderful for my son to be so close to America's political heart and to get a sense of the idealism and principles on which the US was founded.
We even paused outside the FBI building to take a photo of Flat Stanley (for his school project), half expecting to be told off, but only receiving smiles from the security guards.
Anyway, not wishing to rabbit on, we cant recommend the Hampton Inn White House highly enough. I've forgotten the names of 90% of the people who were so kind to us during our stay, and probably mis-remembered the following, but they included Alex, Jadranka and Joe. My little boy absolutely loved the two ladies originally from the Balkans who ran the front desk at night and the young lady with red hair who was doing her internship ... and how Joe remembers all his guests' names remains a mystery to us! Our stay at the Hampton Inn was central to a trip my family will always remember. Thank you for having us, and we really hope to be back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the iconic Editors building, the Hampton Inn Washington DC/ White House hotel effortlessly combines old-style charm with modern conveniences. Make yourself at home in our inviting accommodations complete with spacious guest rooms, a 24-hour business center, free high speed WiFi throughout the property, 1,351 st ft meeting space, heated indoor pool, free hot breakfast daily, and 24-hour fitness center. You will surely enjoy being within walking distance of the capital city's most iconic attractions including the White House, the National Mall, and Smithsonian Museums., Our D.C. hotel is surrounded by a breathtaking urban backdrop complete with chic boutiques, powerful firms, and upscale dining. ... more less
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