My four days at the Topaz were very pleasant. The decor and layout of my room were really exceptional--lots of room, beautiful design, comfortable bed. Truly one of the nicest rooms I've ever stayed in, among many business hotels. The location was very convenient--walking distance from Dupont Circle and many restaurants. It does the major things right.
First, there's practically no lobby, and almost no restaurant; a bar with some snacks. As I said, you can walk to any number of restaurants, but if you want something in the hotel, your options are very limited.
Second, the front door is always locked, presumably to keep out the riff-raff, so you have to wait for someone at the front desk to open it electronically. They do, but it's a minor irritant to have to pause every time before going in or out. The Tabard Inn next door doesn't seem to have the same concerns. Also, the lobby is very small and the front desk directly faces the front door, so I don't see the need for heightened security
Third, there seemed to be a different person at the front desk almost every time I went past it. It's nice to have some consistency. And the people who were at the front desk were friendly enough, but inexperienced and unprofessional. One of the other reviewers described it as seeming like it was their first summer jobs--exactly. Young people talking with each other, or on their cell phones, not very knowledgeable. When I asked the person at the desk to call me a cab to go to the airport, she suggested a service she knew, so I agreed. The driver was late, and every time she called him to find out where he was, he was "almost there." This gets old pretty fast. I'm pretty sure he was a friend of her's whom she was trying to help out. OK, but if you're working for a hotel like this, you'd better be sure your friends are reliable.
Still, I did enjoy my stay, and the room was hard to beat.
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