Apologies, I'm a few months late in writing this - I was prompted as I am searching for a new bed at home and this hotel has the best beds Ive ever slept in…Hoping you'll share your secrets after reading this please?
After getting married a few months earlier we decided to take a belated honeymoon in Washington DC & Florida and as the Monticello was an old favourite of mine (2 previous visits) I insisted on staying here again. I had followed the revamp news online and kept up to date with the opening and was a little worried that the charm of the Monticello would have disappeared, with all the roof top 'party set' clientele.
A few niggles...
Upon check-in the young man seemed to have a little trouble locating our booking (inc terrace) and initially said it wasn't available, it then became apparent he had mixed up the shared terrace room that we had booked, thinking we had the 'private' terrace room, but after checking with a lady in the office it was cleared up. The room he offered us was on the ground floor directly behind reception, adjacent to the elevator.. I knew this would be noisy so i pointed out it was our honeymoon and asked for another room. All he had was a standard king (without terrace) and that would be a hour before it was ready, which was a no go after a long transatlantic flight, so we risked the first room.
We had no problems with the room/terrace, best beds EVER, spacious and clean but as another person pointed out I cannot understand why one coffee and one decaf coffee are supplied - who wants to have to phone reception for extra coffee when you wake up - Just supply two of each!
Over all during our 4 night stay I was disturbed two of the nights by the elevator and sadly the reception staff/concierge? who were talking and laughing loudly in the early hours of the morning.
My last niggle was on our 3rd morning the cleaning lady knocking to get in the room whilst i was in the shower, she started to enter the room before i could get to the door, i apologised and said we would be out of the room in 30 minutes, her abrupt and rather rude response was that 'I should have used the do not disturb sign' WHICH funnily enough we never had as I had looked for it on day one (on honeymoon!!) and assumed they didn't use them. Either way no excuse for rudeness, especially to a paying customer.
Apart from this it was a wonderful trip to Georgetown as always, it wouldn't deter me from returning back to this hotel, although Id request a different floor away from the elevator.
Maybe some of the Monticello's old personal charm has gone but the location, the revamp of the rooms and the view from the roof top bar kind of make up for it. Its a shame the terrace isn't kept for residing guests only, that way we may have gotten a seat.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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- Monticello Washington Dc