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“Great Georgetown Hotel, with a Few Minor Wrinkles”

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The Graham Georgetown
Ranked #15 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
New York
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“Great Georgetown Hotel, with a Few Minor Wrinkles”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

We spent four nights (2 adults, 2 teens) this fall at The Graham Hotel and were very pleased with the experience.

Positives
-Great location. The Graham is right in the heart of Georgetown, but on a quiet side street, so we absolutely loved the location. Yes, there is some city noise, but nothing out of the ordinary.

-Awesome value. As the hotel is relatively new, we thought the price point for the quality of the room and the location were unbeatable.

-Excellent rooms. We reserved the Luxury King suite plus another Luxury Queen where the boys stayed and both rooms were very spacious and well furnished. On the negative side, the rooms lacked bath tubs, seemed to be missing wall art, and were inadequately lighted.

-Public areas. Very solid reception, downstairs bar, but thought rooftop bar would be a great place to hang out in the summer time.

-Beds and pillows. Top notch and very comfortable.

-Reception. We found the reception staff extremely accommodating, giving us an extended check-out in one room, and then finding availability when our stay extended beyond what we expected.

There are a few drawbacks. Here are some:

Negatives-
-Elevator. There are only two, and one is labeled "Service," so waiting times seemed excessive.

-Breakfast. We opted for the included breakfast. This was a mistake. Breakfast was fine, but the menu was limited and service a tad slow. There's a great crepe place across the street; that would have been a better choice.

-Housekeeping. Unbearably slow. When housekeeping tries to combine cleaning with evening turndown service, you know there's a problem. This occurred several times.

-Temperature/climate. We had a lot of difficulty maintaining a desired temperature in both rooms, ultimately choosing to open windows to keep the room cool.

All in all an excellent stay, would definitely be the top value in Georgetown. No doubt Capellas and the Four Seasons are probably nicer, but for value the Graham can't be beat.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

Stayed at the Graham for a week while visiting friends and seeing the sights in Washington DC. Even though there is no immediate access to the DC metro, the Graham is a great location if you want to be close to the shops, sights and restaurants of Georgetown. Buses and taxis are easily available at the top of the street and the walk to Foggy Bottom Metro and beyond is very pleasant and easy. There was never any issue with street noise, the canal path by the hotel made a good running track and the cupcake shop opposite does fantastic expresso. The Potomac is visible at the bottom of the street and there is a Loews Cinema moments away. The Hotel get's 5 stars for it's location. The Hotel experience was a little bit more mixed - I was lucky enough to be upgraded to a suite from the junior suite I had booked. The room was extremely large but lacked any character and tended to be on the stuffy side. As another review mentioned the bathroom had nowhere to hang towels and I found it to be darker that normal. Overall, it felt more like a very large room rather than a suite. However, full marks for cleanliness and the comfort of the bed. I would be happy to recommend and return

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

A warm welcome on arrival and pleasant King room with a street view of Georgetown to the west. The window opens slightly for fresh air, necessary in the warm room. Soft bed and great linens. The room suffered in the details: no hand soap in the bathroom (they were out but I could have extra shower gel); no luggage rack (they brought one to the room when told); urine on back of toilet seat (cleaned it myself); only decaf for the Keurig and the creamer clumped.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Connecticut
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Stayed for two nights at the Graham Georgetown while visiting a relative at the hospital. I will admit to Cabbing it everywhere because I didn't want to deal with busses this trip and there is no close metro to Georgetown. I stayed in a King suite which was a nice size and as some have mentioned has a separate living area with a second TV but no door between the two spaces. The bathroom was very nice. There was not place to hang wet towels which is a bit odd and I found myself having to go in the shower to grab a washcloth :) but minor problem. My room was clean and for the first time in a very long time I wasn't frustrated by temperature control on the heating. It didn't bang on and off like so many hotels which was quite a relief. The bed was very comfortable and I am going to call them to ask the type of mattress they use because I had a wonderful nights sleep both nights. I did have room service which was reasonably priced and very good though I would caution anyone ordering the chocolate cake that it would feed a family of 4. :) There is a dining room on the lower level that serves a very nice breakfast.

I think what sets the hotel apart from some of the other boutique hotels is the friendliness of the staff. Everyone was personable and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Robert C, General Manager at The Graham Georgetown, responded to this review, 21 November 2013
Greetings from the Graham Georgetown! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us while visiting your relative. It is so rewarding to know that the friendliness and professionalism of the team was what made your experience so special to set us apart from the rest of the many choices in our great city. The beds and bedding are wonderful. All the linens are Lidell linens from Ireland and truly it is like sleeping on a cloud allowing for a perfect night's sleep. We look forward to your next visit back to Washington DC and the Graham Georgetown. Thank you for your time and for sharing your experience with us.

Happy Holidays,
Robert
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Nottingham
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

The Graham is in a great location. At the DC-end of Georgetown you're only ever a few minutes walk away from shops, bars, the C&O canal and the bus stop with regular buses going into DC itself. The hotel itself is very welcoming - the lobby smells amazing! The rooms are a good size and are light and airy, our bedroom had three windows. The bathroom was large and again light and airy, however whilst they provided a lot of towels there was no rail or hook to hang them on. The staff were great with maybe the exception of one surly housekeeper. Would definitely recommend The Graham to anyone visiting Georgetown or DC.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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david m, Manager at The Graham Georgetown, responded to this review, 21 November 2013
Thank you for sharing your feedback from your recent stay with us.

I am delighted that you enjoyed our hotel and its great location and spacious marble lined bathrooms.

We are all very proud of our new hotel and take great pride and ownership of the details here. Thank you for your compliments to the staff.

We all look forward to welcoming you back soon,

David McDermott
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sao paulo, brazil
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

We stayed at The Graham Georgetown for 5 nights in October, in a Luxury 2 Queen beds room, and it was a good experience. The hotel is pretty new, with a lovely location, near good restaurants and shops in M and Wisconsin streets. The staff was nice and did their best to accomodate our needs. We didn't have any meals at the hotel, my husband had a drink at the rooftop bar, but apart from the nice view it was nothing special. If you are looking for a nice boutique hotel in Georgetown, this is a good choice.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Robert C, General Manager at The Graham Georgetown, responded to this review, 21 November 2013
Thank you for your time and feedback concerning your recent visit to the Graham. We would agree that our historic location is incredible with many options to sightsee, shop and enjoy a variety of culinary delights. We are glad that you were able to experience our spectacular Observatory Rooftop with its panoramic views of Washington DC. It has the best views and a fantastic team to staff this truly special amenity within the hotel. We do hope that you come back and stay with us again the next time you are in the Nation's Capitol. We wish you a wonderful Holiday Season.

Warm Regards,
Robert Clark
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New York City, New York, USA
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

The former somewhat seedy Monticello Hotel has new life and a welcoming change.
Choice location in Georgetown not a Four Seasons but a very comfortable hotel.
The staff was accommodating ,rooms large and well appointed and most
luxurious bed.The spacious Italian glass shower stall encourages intimacy.
Delighted with this new venue for my occasional DC visit--rear facing room has long vista
very sunny and quiet.

Room Tip: 6th floor room 608 was a wise choice
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Graham Georgetown
Address: 1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-5248 (Formerly Hotel Monticello)
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Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Georgetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#22 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#42 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#43 Family Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Graham Georgetown 4*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The Graham, where cultured sophistication meets modern luxury in one of the most refined residential hotels in Georgetown DC. Named after famous Georgetown resident Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, our Georgetown hotel draws inspiration from Bell's inventiveness and consummate poise, offering a mix of innovative style and gracious service that fit naturally with the spirit of the neighborhood. Nestled along the banks of the Potomac River, The Graham sits in the heart of DC's most affluent and historic area. Our central Georgetown location makes it easy to walk around this intimate neighborhood, home to important landmarks and historic estates, prestigious universities, and numerous independent shops and restaurants. Georgetown University, George Washington University, Washington Harbour, the Kennedy Center, and the National Cathedral are all located nearby, and the area itself is within close proximity to downtown Washington D.C. When the day is over, retreat to one of our Georgetown hotel's 57 guestroom and suites, stylish and spacious with luxurious residential comforts and amenities designed for the discerning guest, including complimentary Wi-fi and a 24-hour fitness center. Experience our new craft cocktail cellar and small-plate dining concept The Alex, and afterwards head up to The Observatory, The Graham's open air rooftop bar and lounge, to take in one of the most stunning views of our nation's capital-martini and cigar in hand, of course. ... more   less 
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