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Hotel Harrington
Ranked #124 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
Reviewed 12 June 2014

We spent 4 days. One old lady (me), one spry young woman (my child) and one very energetic 9 year old (granddaughter). We arrived in D.C. via Amtrak, so had no parking considerations. We had adjoining rooms on the 6th floor. That gave us two bathrooms, two twin beds, one double (maybe a queen?) and two flat screen tvs.

Read to the end, the Harrington has one enormous advantage.

This is an old old hotel, the rooms are small small, the bathrooms very very dated, the only amenity in the bathroom is soap (no shampoo, lotion, mouthwash, hair dryer), the closets are scary, the restaurants on site only so-so (we had a couple of great meals at Harry's and an awful breakfast at Harriet's) If you plan to spend relaxing time in your room, this is not the place for you. There is no furniture beyond the bed(s), small dresser, straight chair and a desk. There is no pen/pencil, writing paper, hotel amenities folder as you might find else where. We did have a small fridge, an electric kettle to boil water, instant coffee and tea. There is no pool or fitness center.

...ON THE PLUS SIDE...this hotel is EXCEPTIONALLY INEXPENSIVE for it's location. It is very clean (worn doesn't mean dirty). Plenty of towels and hot water. The air conditioning was odd, but worked just fine. The curtains are very substantial and blocked out all daylight. Our room was on the street side, so there was some traffic noise. But not enough to bother us. You can get almost comparable rates (with stuff) but you will be a goodly distance from everything. Possibly in another state. Staying at the Harrington frees you from figuring out the Metro or finding parking for every place you want to visit.

However, the Metro Center station is a block from the hotel. From this stop you can access all the metro lines. The only time we used a cab was for our visit to the Lincoln Memorial (We were almost at the complete opposite end of the Mall at the Air and Space Museum when we started towards the Lincoln. It was hot, we (me) petered out and hailed a cab.) Every other museum or attraction we visited, with the exception of the zoo, was an easy walk. Mainly we did museums and monuments on the Mall and walked past the White House. We did do the Wax Museum right around the corner.

Tips: Plenty of dining options nearby. But dining any where is pricey. Bring snacks. There is a micro you can use off the lobby. We used it for popcorn.

Summing it up......you can't beat this location. Easy walk to almost everywhere. Nearest Metro station accesses all lines. For the cash you'll save you can buy lots of shampoo!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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AnnTerryGM, General Manager at Hotel Harrington, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

Thank you for your detailed review. We are less expensive than the large chain hotels, and your comments show some ways in which we save. The front desk always has information about the city,metro system,restaurants etc and we want to do all we can to make your visit a pleasant one.We enjoy hosting people from all over the world and would be pleased to see you again.

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We arrived to this hotel for an overnight stay after seeing a play at the Warner Theater. Upon arrival we found out that the parking was located two to three blocks away so after I drop my wife with the luggage I went to park the car. After my return to the hotel I found out that my wife had requested a new room because the one that was reserved for us didn't look too good. The second room was not any better the bed and furniture in the room was very worn out and old, this is a very old hotel that is in really need for renovation and updates, the bathroom didn't look too clean either. We decided to just find another place to stay and found another hotel for about 20 dollars more. The front office clerk at the Harrington was very nice and didn't ask any questions about our reasons for not staying there and processed a cancellation for our reservation. I will not recommend this hotel or the restaurant either we decided to give it a try the next morning for breakfast and the quality of the food was not good at all.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

Is a quite expensive (155 dollars per night). Free Wifi. Breakfast is not included. Kettle, coffee and tea available in the room. Convenient location, very close to the White House (10 min walk), Capitol, Washington's monument, and china town. 2 min walk from the Metro Center station.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

you really can't get a hotel at this price point at a better location - yes it is old (ancient?) but just keep it in mind and take it all in as part of the experience! we got given the wrong room key - THANK GOD nobody was in the room when we walked in - but they realised very quickly and chased us down, apologising profusely and promptly giving us the right key. not a huge deal but i guess it could've ended very badly.
since we were in washington for the sight seeing and not really looking to stay in a hotel room, couldn't really have asked for more - rooms are dated but clean, just use a gentle hand so you dont break anything!
ps. cheap laudramat on site - $2 for washing and drying??

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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AnnTerryGM, General Manager at Hotel Harrington, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2014

Thank you for your review. I ,too , am glad the room key was changed without a problem ! We are always pleased when we can provide a comfortable and affordable visit while you stay with us. Please come again.

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Stayed 5 nights.
The Harrington Hotel is a perfect base for tourists, wishing to walk to most of the capital sites and attractions. DC can make your legs cry of pain, and the Harrington is right in the middle if you want to stop during the day, relax and go out again.
I got a room in the 10th floor, far enough from the street noise and the elevator. The room was clean and well serviced, had a flat TV, coffee maker (no filter, just boils the water) and a refrigerator. I ate a few times at Harriet's and at Harry's, and enjoyed the food and the prices were descent.
Will return to the Harrington and recommend to my friends.

Room Tip: High floor, far from the elevator.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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3  Thank Itzick
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Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

This hotel was a bit dated, but it was clean. The best thing about it is the location. It is walking distance to the National Mall and other sites. There is also a major Metro station within walking distance. The price was great and wifi worked.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

I enjoyed staying at the Hotel Harrington and the primary reason was the location. From the hotel it is just a walk to everything I want to see in DC. The hotel which was built in 1914 was 100 years old when we stayed there so I thought that was kind of special. I enjoyed being able to buy a good breakfast within the hotel, at Harriet's. The HVAC system is outdated, but seemed to work well for us. It was not extremely hot weather when we were there in the middle of May, so I cannot say for sure, but it seemed as though the air conditioner was doing fine. The vent process was old and strange, ceiling vent and a stick to open and close, but it worked for us. There is no way to control temperatures in individual rooms however. The bathroom could use some renovation. There was nowhere to put my things. I had to keep my toiletries in my bag and carry it back and forth to the restroom, and just set it on the toilet seat lid while getting dressed. But the shower was good and the bed was comfortable, and the room was clean. Parking was a little inconvenient as we had to use a parking garage three or four blocks away, $16 daily to park there. This was okay for us as we like to walk for exercise value. At least there was room on the street to pull over and unload/load luggage. I would stay at the Hotel Harrington again due to the location.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Address: 436 11th St NW & E St, Washington DC, DC 20004-1301
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Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Downtown / Chinatown , Penn Quarter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #124 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
Price Range: £87 - £158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Harrington 3*
Number of rooms: 242
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Harrington is located in the heart of Washington, D.C.'s world smithsonian is just 3 blocks from the hotel, the Verizon center is just 6 blocks, so park your car if you have one and just walk to all the sights. In addition, Metro Center, is just two blocks away which is the Red Line. We offer 242 guest rooms, including 26 deluxe family rooms, full service restaurant, fast food restaurant, friendly pub, local tours, and a nice gift shop. Amenities Free Wifi, computer in lobby to print boarding passes, Free postcards at the front desk Private bathroom in every room Refrigerators are in most rooms. Just ask if you need one brought to your room Microwave for guests located in the Internet Cafe Ice Machines - Lobby level and floors 2 through 6 Soft Drinks - Lobby level and floors 1 through 6 ... more   less 
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