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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Harrington Hotel Washington Dc
- Hotel Harrington Washington Dc