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Hotel Lombardy
Ranked #38 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
Yakima, WA
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“I'll Be Back!”
Reviewed 22 July 2008

The Hotel Lombardy is an adorable older hotel. The front desk staff are from a different planet than the rest of the staff.

The front desk staff weren't very attentive but everyone else went the extra five miles to make me happy and comfortable.

The rooms where clean and roomy if not a little quirky,

The housekeeping is some of the best I've ever seen. I forgot to leave a tip and will send them a check... it was that good.

The bar and the bartender are great not just for a hotel bar, but just as a DC bar.

I stayed a week and was surprised at the great customer service regardless of time of day or day of week.

In spite of being an older building the AC worked great in the middle of a DC heat wave.
This is a great hotel and one that I'll use again in the future.

  • Liked — The staff (except the front desk staff)
  • Disliked — Small elevator.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 July 2008

This is a little gem, in a great location. We had a very spacious suite at a very reasonable price too .If you are not in a hurry, the antiquated lifts wont bother you at all. Have a delicious Italian dinner at the Primi Piatti restaurant right next door.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing bothered me
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2008

16-07-08

Just had four nights at the Lombardy, and this was our third time staying there. It's a relatively small hotel, but after a slightly nonchalant and rude check-in process, we had no complaints:
- our suite had two double beds (necessary for us and our two children)
- there was a mini-kitchen (with the usual over-priced foodstuffs)
- the beds were very comfortable
- the rooms were well serviced
- we could swim for free at the sister hotel (The Washington Plaza), and they had well-priced happy hours(!)

Why not five stars?
- old-fashioned lifts
- poor TVs (no channel guides, no premium channels)
- slightly dark
- location is okay, but not great

  • Liked — Spacious
  • Disliked — Old-fashioned
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Thank ManorRoad
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Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2008

just returned from three nights at the Lombardy. A day before arriving at the hotel, I called with a question and to confirm the reservation, which I made through bookings.com. The Lombardy could not find my reservation. I was a little worried, as I could not reach bookings.com that night to sort it out. But the Lombardy receptionist was very helpful, and it was all taken care of by the time we arrived. We had a lovely room - one of the ones with a kitchen. The a/c was great, bathroom was clean - not spacious but there was plenty of space in the room, with a little dressing area, a makeup table & hairdryer. Good lighting and lots of mirrors. Beds were very comfy. It was definitely a relaxing space to come back to after a strenuous day of sightseeing. All employees were helpful and friendly. The elevator situation was odd, but interesting, and we did take the stairs a lot. We had breakfast at the hotel twice and that was a good experience as well.

One thing to note - this is primarily a business area, and there was not a grocery store nearby plus many of the coffee shops closed Sat & Sun. But it was a great location for sightseeing - about a 15 min walk from Washington Monument. A great location for transport too. Besides the metro, the 32 or 36 buses take you directly to the archives & mall by the national gallery. They also go to Georgetown, which is about a 15-20 min walk.

For breakfast or lunch, Bread Line was a great spot on Pennsylvania Ave just five min towards the White House (across from World Bank Shop). Great sandwiches & salads at lunch.

We took the All About Town night time tour (reception had brochure) and it was a great way to see all the monuments. They even pick you up at the hotel.

All in all a very pleasant experience. I would highly recommend the hotel.

  • Liked — comfortable room and good air conditioning
  • Disliked — very quiet area on weekend
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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USA
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Reviewed 8 July 2008

The hotel was great. The staff was friendly and the room was clean, comfy and really enjoyable. The rates were very inexpensive comparatively and we felt we got a screaming deal. The only thing that we would change would be to have a business center. There is a FedEx/Kinkos a block away and we just used that. The hotel is in a great location by Metro stops and within walking distance of The White House. There aren't loads of dining in the area, but if you wander you can find some good places. It was really a great stay. The elevators made it unique and fun. Definitely consider this hotel.

  • Liked — The overall feel of the hotel was quaint and inviting. The rooms were bright, clean and very comfortable.
  • Disliked — No business center
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, VA
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Reviewed 30 June 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Lombardy when we were in town for a concert at the Kennedy Center. The hotel staff is polished, professional, friendly and attentive. They were always ready to hold the door, hail a cab, or give directions.

This boutique hotel was immaculate, like something right out of a movie! Our room was somewhat small, but stunning. And I have never seen a hotel bathroom so clean! The plush king bed was extremely comfortable, and we could not hear a sound from the city outside the entire night. Thick curtains blocked out almost all light -- what a great night's sleep!

The Hotel Lombardy is convenient to just about anything -- a 10 minute walk to the Kennedy Center, 2 blocks from the Foggy Bottom metro, 4 blocks from the White House... With tons of great, reasonably-priced places to eat, due to the nearby universities.

One word of warning -- Be patient with the elevators. They are hand-operated by the hotel staff, so it may take a minute for them to get to you. Definitely a unique feature of this hotel, I have never seen something like this before! My husband and I found this a treat, despite the brief wait.

Overall, I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to stay in the Georgetown area of DC. We booked our room on Expedia, and it was only about $100 / night, plus $30 / night valet parking. Especially at such a low price, this was one of the best hotels we have ever stayed at.

  • Liked — Cleanliness & convenience to local DC attractions
  • Disliked — Valet parking required, a little expensive (but comparable to other DC hotels)
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2008

We chose the hotel based on the reviews and description of the hotel on several travel sites. The actual experience was much different than expected. Honestly, the hotel is charming and quaint, and I loved the architecture. The staff was very nice. Our room was small, not very clean, the bathtub didn't drain, it was hard to keep the room at a comfortable temperature, and the elevator, which is not modern, did not function well, and waiting for it caused us to run late for an event. The food was fine, the location was very good, but the overall lack of modern amenities was inconvenient at best.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — not modern
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Lombardy
Address: 2019 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006
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Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End , Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#20 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#25 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Lombardy 3.5*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of DC's Business District, Hotel Lombardy offers a classic European-style experience for discerning business and vacation travelers. A blend of historic charm and contemporary urban sophistication, our downtown boutique hotel offers elegant accommodations and exceptional hospitality just steps away from Washington, DC attractions, government buildings, and corporate destinations. ... more   less 
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