My husband and I took my cousin's family for a weekend trip to DC and decided to stay at the River Inn for its proximity to a metro station and the fact that I got a good rate for a suite hotel.
Check in was quick and efficient. Because we were staying for the weekend, the friendly check-in clerk told us that if we are able to find it, there are no restrictions for side street parking on the weekend, saving us the $30/day valet parking fee.
We booked two rooms, one for each family, and the space was more than enough. The queen sized bed and sofa bed was comfortable for my cousin and his family.
The room decor was pretty modern, in neutral tones. The bathroom had a low bathtub, so I didn't feel it'd be too comfortable for a soak. The little kitchen was sufficient to heat up food for simple meals. The single door fridge reminded me of the fridge in my first apartment, with a single cubicle for a freezer.
Location-wise, it was two blocks away from the Foggy Bottom-GWU metro (right in front of the GWU hospital) and we took it to go to the Smithsonian. I meant to check out the Trader Joe's, but we didn't have time, but there was a 7-11 on the way to the metro station to grab a bottle of water.
The only disappointment that I had was that their "24-hour fitness center" was a tiny room with a broken TV, a treadmill, an elliptical machine, and a stationary bike. There was also a door leading to a gutted room (that is probably the beginnings of a sauna?), which wasn't very attractive. I did use the filtered water machine in there though. Also, housekeeping seemed to be shortstaffed, as our room wasn't refreshed when we stopped by our room at 2pm, but that's not too big a deal for us. I didn't try the Dish Restaurant because it seemed a bit pricey (but the Ethiopian food in DC is great.!), though my husband did have a cup of coffee there the morning we left and had nothing bad to say about it.
I would probably seek to see what type of rate I'd get here the next time I plan a trip to DC. If it is comparable to what I paid for this time, I wouldn't hesitate to book.
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