This review was for a 2-night stay, as a couple from PA, looking for a romantic getaway and to visit the Smithsonian Institute:
We had stayed in the: Grand Deluxe-King Room (Pictures are posted)
Overall, I was very pleased with our stay. The hotel was beautiful and well-kept. The staff was friendly and straight to the point rather than being overly-persuasive and bothersome. The hotel was in a great location being only a block from Dupont Circle, where restaurants, bars, and nightlife seem to be the main attraction. The parking was very high ($98.00 roughly for 2 nights) as we knew this upon booking; however, the metro is located 3 blocks away and is quite inexpensive for a day round-trip (About $11.00 for 2 from Dupont Metro to Smithsonian).
Our room, the Grand Deluxe-King Room, was a very great aspect to our trip. It was in immaculate condition with everything working and clean. Some say it could be outdated; however, I really enjoyed the luxury yellow, floral designs, and minimal over-the-top modern appeal. It was energetic and relaxing. The sitting area provided a decent view though it was not very useful to us; however, could be very useful to business-goers. The bed was extremely comfy, and I was extremely pleased to see bed-bug protectors on everything, including pillows, as I check for that type of stuff before relaxing. The room temperature was available and easy to fluctuate to a comfortable setting at said time, this being an important aspect since it was winter. The shower was large with great water pressure. It could fit about three people comfortably so this was fantastic just for two. The robes were a pleasant addition and were made use of many times.
The reason I gave The Fairfax only a 4-star rating out of 5 was because the lack of room/hotel amenities, besides the parking fees. The hotel really only supplied an exercise room without a pool or hot tub. The room, being a Grand Deluxe, could have included a tub or electric fireplace. Some would say that I should pay more for such things; however, I feel those small qualms could have made this an even more romantic atmosphere with a 5-star rating. Needless to say, I also realized that most Washington D.C hotels do not supply any of those amenities even for a higher cost, so I really don’t feel I missed out on much. If you are looking for something highly-romantic, I would suggest a bed and breakfast.
The location was great. We had walked a majority of our stay around Dupont Circle and the Smithsonian. The area and people were friendly with many choices to eat and play. The standard of living is higher than where we are from, so expect to pay $60-$80 (+ tip) for two at typical (non-fast food) restaurant. I would suggest to keep any shopping ideas for home, since there were minimal shopping stores that offered mediocre prices (Over $100 for shoes is not reasonable for my family, etc).
I would still go back to the Fairfax for the reasons I stated above; however, I think a 2-3 day trip is a reasonable time to conquer many site-seeing attractions in the area without becoming bored if one would have stayed longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our intimate, upscale Washington, D.C. hotel offers approachable sophistication in a classic setting. Nestled among leafy avenues, world-class boutiques and exceptional dining, The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C. is a haven of refinement. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Fairfax At Embassy Row Hotel Washington Dc
- Westin Washington Dc
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- Westin Embassy Row