Hampton Inn is not my first choice when booking a hotel, but the price and location here were good, so I have it a shot. If you are planning a visit to DC, you should consider staying here. The staff were friendly and attentive, but only as far as was reasonable. I arrived with a toddler and a massive amount of luggage three hours before check-in, expecting to meet with a front desk person who would rather I not be there, but nothing could be farther from the truth. The clerk promised to get us in a room as soon as she could, and actually followed us through the lobby about an hour later to let us know it was ready. The bellman chatted with my son and let him "help" push the luggage cart upstairs. The room was small with a view of a brick wall five feet away, but it was clean and comfortable. The indoor pool is small and cold, and the pool room smells strongly of chlorine, but I was surprised they even had one. A hot tub would be a nice addition.
What happened on the day of our check-out is where the hotel went from "good" to "great." We left on July 4th to go overseas and I needed to send some important items to a few people. Of course, in the chaos of traveling with a small, demanding child, I boxed and labeled our packages the night before, intending to take them to the post office before we left. Oops, national holiday- USPS is closed. What to do? My luggage is already bulging and probably overweight. I can't take the packages with me. I can't mail them from where I am going, anyway. I asked Ariel Danley, who was "woman-ing" the front desk that day, for suggestions. Upon my request she agreed to take my boxes to the post office the following Monday and send them off for me. She even appeared to be genuinely happy to do it! I tipped her, but she agreed before I ever mentioned a tip.
Besides all that, the staff were accommodating of my distracted, harried demeanor, and tolerant of my hyper child, who had been traveling for over two weeks and was quite boisterous by then.
- 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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