Just returned from the Residence Inn Capitol and, all things considered, I probably would not stay here again. The property itself is adequate but the location leaves something to be desired as it’s not in the greatest of areas. Parking in the garage was very difficult and worst of all there are no family friendly full service restaurants in the immediate area. The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning, which is alright, but not nearly as good as the Embassy Suites buffet. Food items consisted of pancakes or French toast (the frozen and reheated variety), as well as sausage, oatmeal, pastries, fresh fruit, juices, coffee etc. The best part of the buffet were the waffle makers. Sadly though, on our day of departure these were not set up because (as one of the kitchen workers told me) “someone had forgotten to order waffle batter.” Be forewarned that the buffet gets extremely overcrowded on weekend. On the Saturday morning that we were there the breakfast buffet was chaotic and the hotel seemed to be incapable of handling the sheer volume of guests that day. When we got to the buffet at about 8:00 there was not a single table available and there were a good numbers of other families who were also scouring the dining room for a table. In light of the overload, the hotel staff was in the process of setting up some additional tables in an adjoining room, but they seemed to be taking there time doing this. Some other families actually used some of the tables in the lobby as well as the concierge tables in light of this. After I finally secured a table in the main dining room though (and the hotel staff still had not set up any overflow tables by that point) we got to the buffet only to find that they had actually run out of plates and silverware, but by that point nothing would surprise me and I joked with my wife that any moment I was sure they would announce that they had run out of food and were closing the buffet; fortunately though that did not happen. Buffet issues aside, our room was very nice, however, there was a permanently ground in toothpaste stain in the carpet and some other seemingly immovable stain on the kitchen table. We were on the E Street side of the property so we did not have much of a view. Parking was $30 a day and the hotel garage is extremely cramped. If you have a small car then you shouldn’t have any trouble parking, but if you have an SUV then prepare for a squeeze. On the plus side though, the garage is gated. The hotel pool is adequate. It’s a salt water pool, which is okay, but what’s not okay is the excessively high chlorine level. My eyes were stinging for hours after opening them for a just a few moments in the pool. Location wise, the hotel is situated just a stones throw from the U.S. Capitol building, the Air and Space Museum and the Native American museum. However, if you were to walk that same distance in the opposite direction you would then find yourself in a rather unsightly section of DC that you probably wouldn’t won’t want to spend any time in. In terms of restaurants, there’s a deli across the street from the hotel, a Potbelly’s sandwich shop around the corner and a McDonalds a few block down en route to the Capitol Building, but otherwise there are no full service restaurants suitable for a sit down dinner in the immediate area. I should also point out that the McDonalds is very dirty and there continually seemed to be homeless people hovering in its vicinity; suffice it to say we did not eat there. Due to the lack of restaurants in the area, I probably would not bring my family here again. After a long day of sightseeing and touring the city under a hot sun, we just wanted to relax and sit down to a nice dinner; so every night we had to make the decision of venturing out on the metro to find a nice restaurant or settle for takeout. If I were travelling solo for business, I would probably stay here again, but given the lack of dining options for dinner, I probably would not bring my family here again.
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