I chose this hotel for our family's trip to Washington, D.C. because 1) it sleeps a family of six; 2) it's across the street from the Metro station; and 3) the price is fair. I was very happy with the decision to stay here.
We were in room 812, on the "premium" floor with a room overlooking the Metro station and the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Though the room was standard for Embassy Suites, it had recently been upgraded with new bathroom fixtures, and the sofabed was unlike any other we'd seen. It was so comfortable that our girls claimed it as theirs throughout our stay, instead of trading off with their brothers each night as we usually do. The room was spacious with plenty of space to set our suitcases and a nice armoire for coats and other stuff. The additional bar sink in the hallway, across from the bathroom, was an added convenience.
Breakfast was excellent, with made-to-order eggs and pancakes/french toast/etc. available each day. The breakfast seating area is large, though our group of six usually had to split up into two tables. The nightly manager's reception consists of complimentary beer/wine/sangria/soft drinks and popcorn, chips, crackers and cheese, and veggies and dip. One disappointment was attempting to order from the happy hour menu in the reception area and being told that the two items we wanted (of the six listed on the menu) are no longer available.
The King Street Metro station is very conveniently located across the street, and though our room faced the station, we heard very few trains (maybe just when Amtrak came through?). The King Street free trolley also picks up in this area. We walked next door to Joe Theismann's for supper one night and had very good food there.
As others have mentioned, the parking garage is very tight. You'll be ok with a minivan, but maneuvering a Suburban or pickup truck would be a definite challenge.
Be sure to check out the various packages available--you might find a better price with a package that includes Internet and/or parking than paying for these things a la cart. We chose the premium package that included free snacks from a case in the hallway, accessible via a code provided at checkin, and also free parking and Internet access.
At about $150 a night for this package, I thought it to be very fairly priced for the amenities and convenience of being right next to the Metro station and not having to worry about parking downtown or catching a shuttle to a station. It took 25-30 minutes to get to the main sites via Metro train.
The rooms are being re-done through January 2014; they are working from the top (8th floor) down and were on the 7th floor at the end of November. Posted signs say noise will only be made during daytime hours.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to families of five or six people visiting Washington, D.C.
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