This hotel is old, and it shows. Lots of chipped paint, scrapes, dings and just really well-worn facilities. However, the room was clean, the bed linens and carpeting were in good condition and the staff was friendly. I had a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker in the room. There were cups, sugar, etc. for coffee but no coffee. You may want to bring some if you want to make coffee in your room as markets are not abundant in this area of Washington, DC. The TV has a full line-up of cable channels so if you find yourself in the room then you'll have plenty of channels to surf.
The heat in the room was a problem. The only control was a rod that basically shut-off the heating ductwork but didn't change the temperature. Fortunately, the window could be opened to let in some fresh air.
If you carry lots of chargers for your various electrical devices then you'll find that there aren't many outlets in the room. At least, this was the case in my room. One of my lamps was plugged into a multi-outlet extension cord that came out of the baseboard/carpeting, and this had a couple extra outlets.
My bathroom didn't have much room for storage of things such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. We found ourselves keeping them on the desk in the main room.
My closet did have a dorm/apartment style ironing board.
The room didn't have an iron or a hair dryer.
Some reviewers said that the elevators didn't work, but they all worked fine while I was there. They are small so if you have a group waiting to go up then it can take several trips.
The hotel is in a good location for getting to the Metro, the Washington Welcome Center (for tours) and some of the major tourist sites.
Plan on doing some walking or taking the Metro to find places to eat as there isn't much close by, and the hotel restaurants have acceptable food but really poor service. If you opt for one of the hotel restaurants then plan on being there for quite some time as there will be a wait somewhere - to get someone to take your order, waiting for the order to arrive or waiting for your check. I spent almost two hours getting lunch one day, and the place wasn't busy at all. My observations of other tables was that everyone was pretty much in the same boat. Another morning we stopped in for breakfast and despite many empty tables and no lack of staff, we couldn't get anyone to take our order. After 15 mintues of being ignored we left, took the Metro and went to Union Station where there are many dining options.
Don't expect any frills here, but if you want a simple, clean room at a really great price for downtown DC then this is the place you want.
- 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