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Hotel Harrington
Ranked #120 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Lots of improvements!”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

I wrote a review back in August of 2007 and since visiting again, I thought I'd write a new review.
We got a two room family suite and it was so spacious (corner room on 10th floor) and the room was very clean.
The kids had their own room (two twins) and their own bathroom. They had their own TV and the room had a divider to close between our rooms (Not a door, just a divider). There was a closet in this room.
Our room had a queen sized bed, desk, fridge, TV, table and chairs. We had our own bathroom and a big closet! The room got changed every day with beds made and towels freshened.
This is a very convenient hotel near just about everything. Super close to the Metro and the "Welcome Center" for tours and trolleys.
Lots of really great places to eat (Harriet's is convenient, but not great. We ate there one morning and they ran out of sausage and the food was merely so/so.)
Every was nice and helpful.
The hotel is OLD. It is 100 years old this year. So realize that when you reserve there.
This is not a new Hampton Inn with new beds and white comforters.
This is an old hotel.
But if you're sight seeing and just sleeping here..... it's perfect for exactly that.

Plenty of outlets. Hair dryer in room.
The only odd thing that happened while we were there is that we had a fridge with a freezer the first two days. We came back one night and that fridge was gone and replaced with another without a freezer. It was odd. All our stuff was there, though!

Beds are not great. That is why I couldn't give a higher rating. They are old mattresses, blankets and pillows. If they were to upgrade something, this would be my recommendation.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Portsmouth, Ohio
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

The Harrington Hotel has a great location!!! It has a very friendly staff!!! The hotel is old and historic. It grew on me after a few days because of the staff and location -- but I was by myself. The hotel housed a lot of families and tourists so it was quiet every night. For the price is was a good fit -- I might stay there again -- I might. The rooom I had was very very tiny but I wasn't in the room that much. The restaurant joining the hotel was fantastic. The stay was in no way bad -- it was good. Just know that the hotel is old and does not have any modern features. Overall it was good.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Livonia, Michigan
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Wanted to be in easy walking distance for my 16-year-old niece's first trip to DC. This was perfect. We took the subway from the train station, walked two blocks and there we were. We could see the hotel sign from the exit of the subway. Good service, nice room and we benefited from a having suite somehow. It was great to fall into at the end of the day. The hotel lived up to its good reputation.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

We needed a cheap-ish hotel in a good location and this fit the bill. We had to circle the block 3/4 times when we arrived to wait for the loading area to clear but once this had happened, it was easy to check in, unload our bags and check out the room before we had to go back down to move the car to the car park (a 5-10 minute walk away, not too far).

The location is perfect - we walked to all the sites except when we took the bus to Georgetown, and there are lots of great restaurants in the area. They claim to have Wi-Fi in all areas but on arrival, they told us it wasn't working in the rooms, only the lobby. This was an inconvenience for us as we needed the internet but a few trips down to the lobby wasn't the biggest problem in the world.

The room was clean and the shower was pretty powerful, but it was extremely basic and fairly tired. They had an extremely basic on/off air-con unit - it was pretty hot when we stayed so this was nice to have, but not all that effective. We had the most basic double room which was exactly that - you get what you pay for! Our room was directly opposite the elevators and although we could clearly hear everytime the lift stopped and unloaded, it wasn't too bad an issue. Moreso was the fact we could literally hear the next-door family's conversations - not ideal when their young kids woke up at 6am everyday.

Overall, this isn't a place to stay if you're looking for any kind of luxury/romance/glamour to your trip but if all you need is a bed and a clean bathroom, this would definitely do the job. Lots of school parties stay here which says it all - it's a safe, cheap, basic hotel in a good location. Perhaps bring ear-plugs if you're a light sleeper.

Room Tip: Try to avoid a room opposite the lifts. Walls are thin - bring earplugs.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Our family of five recently stayed 5 nights at the Hotel Harrington. On arrival there was a BBQ contest happening and the road in front of the
Hotel was blocked off. It was a little hectic but we managed. That is certainly not the hotels fault as several roads were closed for the event. The rooms were a good size for our family. Keep in mind that yes, it is 100 years old. There are some areas that are dated but we were satisfied. There were many guests from other areas of the U.S. and even European countries. Harry's and Harriet's had great food. We are at both during our stay and were happy with the food and service. The hotel front desk staff were very friendly. They always made us feel welcome and even gave our infant son a rubber ducky. He loves it! The gift shop/store was reasonable and even had milk for our soon. We would definitely stay there again. Great experience! For those that complain about the rooms please stay somewhere else
So when we visit again we won't have to deal with you! Thanks!!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2014

If hotel location, safety, cleanness and prize are important to you when choosing hotels, Hotel Harrington is the best.

We stayed four nights with Harrington, booked for Double room with Two Double Beds, luckily we got an interconnected room, with two bath rooms, two single and one queen beds, two TVs, great for three of us.

The location is unbeatable, 10 minutes walk to White House, 20 minutes walk to Capitol, 5 minutes walk to National Mall, 5-10 minutes walk to Forever 21 / H&M, Macy's, 15 minutes walk to China Town. There are many eating places around. It is located in an safe area as well.

The room is quite clean. Make sure you ask for higher floor if possible. Since there were many student groups visiting Washington, Hotel will arrange lower floor for them, I went to use Laundromat on second floor, many students were walking in and out different rooms, talking, listening to music and singing in the corridor.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Gold Coast, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
219 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

This hotel is terrible - we went to check in at 2pm and told our room wouldn't be ready till after 5pm as they are busy which is ok except the ladies on reception as rude and they looked and spoke to you like you are a burden and that they wished you weren't there. Hotel entry is dirty and old and had people sitting on floor waiting to get into their rooms as cleaners were busy. Toilet's in reception were dirty and un-usable (I would rather go in a public park as they would be cleaner). When we finally got to our room it was dark and looked and smelled dirty. We looked for another hotel but everything was booked that night but tomorrow was free, so we checked out early and went to the Sofitel about 5mins away, - this was lovely and would recommend this to anyone and best part about it - IT WAS CHEAPER as well.
OVERALL - I would not recommend Hotel Harrington

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Harrington
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 #120 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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 famous tourist district. Just 1/2 block from Pennsylvania Avenue, between the Capitol (10 Blocks) and the White House (5 blocks), you can easily walk to all the sights, such as Ford's Theatre is just 1 block, your first 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 Telephones - Direct Dial System. Local calls $0.25/each. Long Distance - see instructions in room Postage Stamps - Purchase from the front desk Televisions - Every room has a TV with free HBO! Laundromat - 2nd and 3rd floors Games for kids - just ask the front desk ... more   less 
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